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Julia and Hans Rausing Launch £10 million Charity Survival Fund

The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has launched a new ‘Charity Survival Fund’. A total of £10 million will be made available to support charities in the UK, specifically focusing on small and medium size charities.The aim is to provide core funding to help charities overcome the impact of Covid-19, offsetting lost income. Deadline for applications is 27 July.

More details can be found here.

(Thanks to our colleagues at Community Matters Yorkshire for sharing the following information) 

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to charitable organisations in the United Kingdom.

The trustees welcome applications for projects within the following areas on a three-year rotation: -

  • Music and The Arts / The Elderly
  • Homelessness / Refugees and Asylum Seekers
  • Children and Young People

Please check the website for the relevant priority for each grant round.

Grants are available up to £5,000 depending on the organisation's annual income

Application Form: Online application form is available on the website when the application round is open.

Deadline: There are four application rounds per year each open for a month - usually February, April, July and September

Contact:  For Grant acknowledgements only:  Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, Rathbones, Port of Liverpool Building, Liverpool, L3 1NW

Email: admin@austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk

Website: https://austin-hope-pilkington.org.uk/

Working safely during coronavirus

The Government has updated its guidance on how to make your workplace secure during the pandemic.  There are 12 separate guides all addressing different sectors or scenarios plus a five-step guide to making a secure work environment.

Click here for more details.

How to manage negative social media comments

At some point if you are on social media, you will encounter a negative comment or two directed your way.  The temptation is to respond in a similar manner and explain why they are wrong, however this is usually the best approach.  Digital Giants has put together an infographic showing the seven steps to responding to a negative comment. We highly recommend adopting these as a strategy so you and your colleagues are prepared should you encounter such negativity.

Click here for the infographic.

Cultural and heritage organisations to receive a £1.57bn support package

The UK's arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus, the government has announced.  Organisations - many of which are charities - across the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent cinema will be able to access emergency grants and loans.  The money will provide a lifeline to cultural and heritage organisations hit hard by the pandemic. Plus funding to restart paused projects will help support employment, including freelancers working in these sectors.

Click here for more details about the announcement.

Attached is the 1st July edition of the One Halton Newsletter.  If you have anything you wish to share amongst the One Halton Partners, any contributions are very welcome. Please send them either directly to Angela Cole on angela.cole12@nhs.net or the generic email which is onehalton@halton.gov.uk they would love to hear from you sharing good news stories and innovation.

Halton Groups we need your feedback - COVID-19 - Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

Survey background

Cheshire & Merseyside Health and Care Partnership recognise that the skill, energy and compassion of the VCSE sector is proving vital in keeping our communities strong and safe. We also recognise the huge pressure that this is putting on the sector’s staff, volunteers & budgets.

One of the areas that we would like to find out more about are the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector requirements for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) at this time.

The aim of this piece of work is to share supply chains with the sector and identify the needs to be able to share with partners to influence ability to access larger supply chains and also influence the need to fund services to cover PPE costs.

This piece of work is being led by staff from Halton and St Helen's VA and CVS Cheshire East who have been seconded to work for the CM Health and Care Partnership. 

We would appreciate your support by completing the following short survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VCFSEPPE

Thank you for your time,

St Helens Mind - stakeholders have your say

St Helens Mind are putting together their strategic plan which sets out what they want to do in the next 2 years.  This is a shorter time period than usual because of Covid-19 and how this might change things, so they want to keep their plans under more regular review.  They want to know what you think they should be doing to support the community, help those with mental health concerns, education people about mental health and promote positive well-being.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GRBK63L

Halton Disability Partnership (HDP) now has a store of wheelchairs and Zimmer frames.

These are available at very short notice to any person in need, there is no referral form, no paperwork and just a small donation to HDP required.

For more information please contact HDP on the details below:

Telephone: 01928 248937 

Websitewww.haltondisability.org.uk

Informal. Free. Just download the zoom app, for this Thursday 8pm login. - fortnightly meeting 

Click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6481464011 to start or join a scheduled Zoom meeting

There will be various speakers giving tips on wellbeing and motivation.

 

The VS6 Children and Young People's VCFSE Assembly was held via Zoom on 27th May 2020. Gill Bainbridge, MYA, chaired the event and 44 participants from 39 organisations attended.

Key speakers were:

• Matt Mason from the Combined Authority presented data on the Impact of Covid on the LCR
• Gill Bainbridge outlined thoughts around how to safely return to direct work with children and young people (workshop 1)
• Monique Collier considered the impact of the pandemic on the needs of children and young people (workshop 2)
• Stuart McGrory asked people to think about the needs of their organisations and how we "build back better" (workshop 3)
• Phil Prescott launched the LCR Metro Mayor Youth Advisory Group

During three workshops, participants discussed the key themes in terms of their own organisation's experience, concerns and ideas. These were collated by the facilitators and form the basis of this report. Notes from the workshops are on pages 4 to 6.

The ideas, concerns and requests have been drawn together by VS6 into a set of recommendations (see page 3) forbuilding back C&YP VCFSE activity. Participants and registered organisations were asked to respond, input and help finalise these recommendations.

The full report can be found in the attachment below.

Re-Connect Priority Grants Round

The ESF Community Grant Programme is already helping many people across the Liverpool City Region who face additional barriers in the workplace to improve their employability and gain employment. Whilst the formal bidding rounds are currently closed, the Programme is launching a targeted Grant Programme in response to COVID 19.

This round is called Re-Connect and seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID 19.

Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across the Liverpool City Region to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector.

Projects should look to develop and maintain participant connections to learning experiences. Project activity should support, maintain and improve participant employability and resilience.

All project activity must be within the current government COVID restrictions, but should include flexibility to adapt as and when those restrictions change in future months.

Funded activities will target those aged 19 and over, from the hardest to reach communities.  The funding can help ALL who are out of work or economically inactive but especially those that:

  • Have disabilities, learning difficulties or health conditions
  • Are from ethnic minorities
  • Are aged over 50
  • Are lone parents

All eligible participants must live in the Liverpool City Region.

To apply organisations must meet the organisational eligibility criteria below.

  • Are you a Third sector organisation run on a not for profit basis, i.e

Constituted Voluntary / Community Group

Social Enterprise (Not For Profit)

Registered Charity

Community Interest Company (CIC)

Company Limited by Guarantee

Please note that Private Companies Ltd by Shares cannot apply – if you are not sure on your organisational status or your constitution/governing document please speak to the ESF Grants Team before submitting your application for further guidance.

  • Do you have an annual turnover equal to or under £600,000
  • Do you employ no more than  49 full time equivalent employees
  • Has your organisation been in operation for a min of 12 months
  • Does your organisation have a Governing Document/Constitution?
  • Does your organisation have an Independent Bank Account into which the grant can be paid?
  • Are you not already in direct receipt of funding from the European Social Fund, or other ESF co-financing with the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), or National Offender Management Service (NOMS).
  • Are you applying for funding to work with unemployed & economically inactive people?
  • Are the people you plan to work with at least 19 years old?
  • Is your proposed activity taking place within the Liverpool City Region?

 

PLEASE NOTE - Project start date must be on or after 2nd November 2020 and all activity must be completed by 31st May 2021.

If you can answer YES to all of the questions above, you may be eligible to apply for a Re-Connect ESF Community Grant.  Please download the application form, guidance notes and FAQs from the Website below:

https://www.wea.org.uk/liverpool-city-region-esf-community-grants-open-application

ZOOM Information sessions will take place from Tues 14th July – Thurs 16th July. Please e-mail ESFGrantsLCR@WEA.org.uk for further details.

Re- Connect for the Liverpool City Region opens on Wednesday 8th July 2020

DEADLINE for applications – Noon - Wednesday 29th July 2020

For further information, please e mail ESFGrantsLCR@WEA.org.uk

 

 

Connect - The latest newsletter from Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership Issue 15 7th July 2020

Click here to see the latest edition of Connect, the Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership’s stakeholder newsletter and find out what is happening in Halton .  

Introduction from Dr Jackie Bene, Chief Officer at Cheshire and Merseyside Health and Care Partnership
 
Just a few days ago, we celebrated the 72nd birthday of our NHS, which serves as an important reminder of the creation of one of the country’s greatest assets. It has provided the opportunity to reflect on those who have been impacted most by the virus and has seen the entire country come together to commemorate the courageous NHS, care and voluntary workforce, who have been helping us through the pandemic and have ensured that the region has stood up to the many challenges the last few months have brought.  
 
You will of course be aware that as a system, Cheshire and Merseyside is still continuing its robust response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Whilst it is encouraging to see the number of infections and deaths decrease in the region, it is important that this work continues and that we don’t lose the collective momentum that has been created.  
 
As the virus has become less prevalent in the general population, an important area of focus is the disproportionate impact that Coronavirus has on our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, as detailed in last month’s report from Public Health England. I’m sure you’ll agree that the findings of this report, as well as the issue of health inequities across a number of groups, should be at the forefront of our minds as we continue to support our population and plan for a system-wide recovery.  
 
Please do take the time to read through this newsletter, which includes an important statement about the Partnership’s ongoing support to the region’s Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Sector, information about the Partnership Coordination Group, a feature detailing the commendable efforts in achieving 50,000 Coronavirus antibody tests across Cheshire and Merseyside, important updates from our Places and Programmes and much more.  
 

This event will give you the opportunity to share your views on the issues facing BAME individuals, communities and organisations; the impact that Covid-19 has had; and the role the VCFSE sector and LCR CA should be playing to support BAME individuals, communities and organisations in resolving these issues. The also be the opportunity to hear LCR Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.

The event is scheduled to take place via Zoom on Tuesday 14th July from 10am to 12pm. Please note, it’s necessary to register for this event in advance and places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

To book your zoom place, please click the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vcfse-assembly-seeing-inequalities-though-a-bame-lens-tickets-112426602996

 

 

During these unprecedented times Acas is here to help.

Whether it’s avoiding redundancies, making changes or improving working relationships Acas are here to offer support and advice for your organisation. You can ask for your local Acas adviser to call you, to talk through any issues you may be facing. A call costs nothing – and it nearly always helps.

Get in touch to let them know how they can help

LCR LISTENS: Our Recovery

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, has launched a public engagement exercise to listen to local people’s priorities,  to help shape the Liverpool City Region’s ambitious plans for economic recovery.  The proposed plan will set out how we will respond to the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic for the whole city region and will be submitted to central government later this month.

The plan builds on the city region’s Local Industrial Strategy, which was the subject of extensive public engagement through the Metro Mayor’s “#LCRListens” scheme, which brought in a new approach to involving local residents in shaping the future of our city region.

Local residents are now invited to take part in an online #LCRListens survey, giving local people the opportunity to comment on key elements of the draft economic recovery plan to help the City Region “Build Back better”  https://LiverpoolcityregionalCA.researchfeedback.net/s.asp?k=159403145017

Many thanks for taking the time to complete and/or share this survey, with an opportunity to win one of three £50 Love to Shop Vouchers.

If you want to find out more information about the recovery plan please visit our website https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/lcr-recovery/

ESF COMMUNITY GRANTS – LIVERPOOL CITY REGION 2019-2021

Re-Connect Priority Grants Round

The ESF Community Grant Programme is already helping many people across the Liverpool City Region who face additional barriers in the workplace to improve their employability and gain employment. Whilst the formal bidding rounds are currently closed, the Programme is launching a targeted Grant Programme in response to COVID 19.  This round is called Re-Connect and seeks applications from a wide range of voluntary organisations who are ready to reach out by using approaches which tackle the new and emerging barriers arising from the impact of COVID 19.  Small grants of up to £20,000 are available across the Liverpool City Region to eligible organisations in the VCSE sector.

Projects should look to develop and maintain participant connections to learning experiences. Project activity should support, maintain and improve participant employability and resilience.  All project activity must be within the current government COVID restrictions, but should include flexibility to adapt as and when those restrictions change in future months.  Funded activities will target those aged 19 and over, from the hardest to reach communities.  The funding can help ALL who are out of work or economically inactive but especially those that:

  • Have disabilities, learning difficulties or health conditions
  • Are from ethnic minorities
  • Are aged over 50
  • Are lone parents

All eligible participants must live in the Liverpool City Region.  To apply organisations must meet the organisational eligibility criteria below.

  • Are you a Third sector organisation run on a not for profit basis, i.e

Constituted Voluntary / Community Group

Social Enterprise (Not For Profit)

Registered Charity

Community Interest Company (CIC)

Company Limited by Guarantee

Please note that Private Companies Ltd by Shares cannot apply – if you are not sure on your organisational status or your constitution/governing document please speak to the ESF Grants Team before submitting your application for further guidance.

  • Do you have an annual turnover equal to or under £600,000
  • Do you employ no more than  49 full time equivalent employees
  • Has your organisation been in operation for a min of 12 months
  • Does your organisation have a Governing Document/Constitution?
  • Does your organisation have an Independent Bank Account into which the grant can be paid?
  • Are you not already in direct receipt of funding from the European Social Fund, or other ESF co-financing with the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), or National Offender Management Service (NOMS).
  • Are you applying for funding to work with unemployed & economically inactive people?
  • Are the people you plan to work with at least 19 years old?
  • Is your proposed activity taking place within the Liverpool City Region?

PLEASE NOTE - Project start date must be on or after 2nd November 2020 and all activity must be completed by 31st May 2021.

If you can answer YES to all of the questions above, you may be eligible to apply for a Re-Connect ESF Community Grant.  Please download the application form, guidance notes and FAQs from our Website

https://www.wea.org.uk/liverpool-city-region-esf-community-grants-open-application

ZOOM Information sessions will take place from Tues 14th July – Thurs 16th July. Please e-mail ESFGrantsLCR@WEA.org.uk for further details.

Re- Connect for the Liverpool City Region opens on Wednesday 8th July 2020

DEADLINE for applications – Noon - Wednesday 29th July 2020

For further information, please e mail ESFGrantsLCR@WEA.org.uk

Job Title:     Veterans Liaison & Support Officer x 3

Location:     North West – Manchester, Liverpool, South Cumbria, Lancaster or Preston Areas

Salary:        £24,000 - £27,000 depending on experience

Hours:         Full Time

Contract Type:     Fixed until Mar 2022

Company benefits

  • 5% Employer pension contribution
  • Employee Assistance programme
  • Travel Expenses 

Do you have experience in supporting vulnerable adults and empowering them to move forward with their journey? 

Walking With The Wounded are very proud to be working with the NHS Lead Provider for the newly commissioned Path Finder, Veteran’s Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS) in the North of England, working in a Provider Collaborative which includes Cumbria & Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Combat Stress and Walking with the Wounded. The service has been newly commissioned to provide support in the following areas: 

1. Crisis Care 

2. Therapeutic inpatient support 

3. Care co-ordination across organisations able to support the veteran 

4. Support and care of family members/carers of the veteran 

The HIS team will operate across the whole of the North of England and will be a multi-disciplinary team (Mental Health Practitioners, Psychology & Liaison & Support Officers) who will provide a liaison, advice and support service for local mental health teams, the veteran and their family. The team will be supported by a clinician help line, operated by Combat Stress and the model will involve ensuring veterans are empowered to access services for health and social support via the Liaison & Support Officers (provided by Walking with the Wounded).

Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) are currently recruiting for 3 Veteran Liaison & Support Officers (VLSO) spread around the North West of England to join the regional lead who has already been appointed and implement the new HIS project/pathfinder in partnership includes Cumbria & Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, Combat Stress.

They are looking for a small but dedicated team who will empower ex-service personnel to regain their independence, thrive and contribute in our communities.  You will be a self-starter with the motivation and the ability to get the job done. You will form part of a wider collaborative team, you will be home based with daily travel around the region to support your clients and build relationships in the community. You will be expected to attend Multi Disciplinary Meetings at various Mental Health Trust throughout the region and work within the collaborative team.

WWTW supports those who have served in the British Armed Forces and their families. They specialise in developing pathways to independence as well as employment with organisations who recognise and value the unique skills and qualities of ex-service personnel.    

They are looking for a self-starter with prior experience of working with vulnerable adults with Mental Health (MH) issues; an individual who can work independently and prioritise their tasks in line with the role’s important responsibilities.  Primarily you will be part of a small team of staff at WWTW, operating in a much wider collaboration that includes the NHS, Combat Stress, other service and non-service charities as well as local support services.  Your role will be to work with clients in the community (or their homes) facilitating intense support by analysing individual needs to create a support plan that will break down barriers to a successful stabilisation and navigate the pathway of their MH journey.

In return, they will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and develop your skills and career as a Veterans Liaison & Support Officer in a supportive, inclusive environment. In this role, no two days are the same and every day will bring new challenges. Internal training will be provided and we encourage our staff to develop their own personal and professional skills.  

For this role the successful applicants will be required to apply for an NHS honorary contract so will have to pass the NHS recruitment guidelines as well as WWTW’s. Upholding the values and professionalism of both the charity and NHS is paramount. 

For an informal discussion or assistance with your application please contact Gemma McDonald on 07468 608 329

You can read more about WWTW on their website www.walkingwiththewounded.org.uk  

Apply by completing and submitting a short application with a supporting CV here:

https://walkingwiththewounded.peoplehr.net/Pages/JobBoard/Opening.aspx?v=59af6468-0909-4aa6-ad49-6165552cc42e

Closing date for applications is 13 July 2020. The advert may be closed early as if sufficient applications are received.

Interviews are planned 22 July 2020 and may be held via Zoom or another webinar type platform, depending on current Covid-19 restrictions.

The government has created a new tool to help businesses in England to reopen safely.

The tool encourages businesses to carry out a risk assessment and helps to identify workplace adjustments.

Use the new tool to check what your business must do to keep people safe.  

You can also check if you should go back into work as an employee and find out what you should do if you cannot go back into work. 

Dear Colleague

We are supporting researchers from the Public Health Institute, LJMU, to carry out a survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on voluntary, community, faith and enterprise sector organisations across our local region. This research will provide evidence about:

  • The needs of voluntary, community, faith and enterprise sector organisations and the support required to support infrastructure and sustainability in the short and longer-term; and,
  • Whether there are specific groups within communities who are vulnerable and for whom there are specific concerns, and where an appropriate response is required to ‘reach out’ to provide immediate support.

The survey will take up to 20 minutes to complete. For more information, and to access the survey, please go to:

https://ljmu.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/covid-19communityunmetneed

We would like to capture views from as many organisations as possible across our local region. Please share this survey with colleagues, as appropriate.

The survey will be open until 24th July 2020.

For more information about the research, please contact Dr Hannah Timpson, Reader in Socioeconomic Engagement in Health, Public Health Institute, LJMU: H.Timpson@ljmu.ac.uk

Thank you,

Sally Yeoman, VS6

Coronavirus recovery - six data protection steps for organisations

As lockdown restrictions begin to ease and organisations begin to reopen, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has set out six key steps every organisation needs to consider around the use of personal information.

These steps include only collecting data that is necessary, being open, clear and honest, and keeping information secure.

Click here to see all six steps.

Government changes - Shielding

The Government set out its 'roadmap' for the future of those who are shielding.

From 6 July, people who were shielding:

  • can meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancing;
  • are no longer required to observe social distancing with other members of their household; and
  • can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household.

From 1 August, people who were shielding:

  • are no longer required to shield and instead are advised to adopt social distancing and to minimise contact with anyone outside their household;
  • are able to return to work - if working from home is not an option - on the proviso that the workplace is COVID-19 safe; and
  • are able to go and buy food, visit places of worship and exercise whilst maintaining social distancing.
  • Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable are able to return to school.

Full details can be found here.

Safer St Helens

Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership (VRP)

Community of Practice Programme

Grant Funding Pro-forma

As part of the work of the Violence Reduction Partnership in Merseyside, St Helens Community Safety Partnership has been awarded funding to deliver programmes and interventions that assist in the delivery of the overall aims of the programme.

Halton and St Helens VCA is a core member of the St Helens CSP – Safer St Helens – and has been allocated £40,000 to fund local projects that can directly assist in the delivery of projects to prevent and reduce serious violence in St Helens. The three priority areas for delivery are:

  • Targeted Interventions with at risk young people
  • Youth diversion and mentoring
  • Local education initiatives

Grants available are for a maximum of £4,000 for each project / organisation.

In addition to the direct funding available, VCA will be strengthening the Community of Practice that will bring local organisations together to share best practice and to look at ways in which we can work together to make a real difference in our communities.

Groups who are applying for funding must be willing to commit to working together as part of the Community of Practice.

Projects must be deliverable within the short term (until 31 March 2021) and current landscape. All organisations are adjusting to the current constraints to service delivery but this funding provides organisations with an opportunity to innovate and develop creative responses within safe practice.

Please complete the attached form and submit it to VCA no later than 31 July 2020.

Please note that all funds must be spent and your programme completed by March 31st 2021. As this is part of a national programme funded by the Home Office there will not be any opportunity to roll funds or programme activity over into the new financial year.

Group should also be aware that as part of the grant funding, every organisation will be required to complete performance and monitoring information at the end of each financial quarter. two key dates for monitoring information. Groups must be able to commit to supplying their monitoring information by these dates.

For more information on the types of programmes we are looking to support, please see the guidance notes at the end of the form.

Local Authority Funding update from Halton Borough Council July 2020

Thanks to our collegues from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council for information on the following funding:

Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund

Deadline: The deadline for applications is midnight on the 31st August 2020.

Details: Charities, voluntary organisations, and community groups can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for activities that highlight the dangers of Loan Sharks and have a positive impact on their communities. The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund is made available from money seized from convicted loan sharks by the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT). Organisations will need to demonstrate the positive impact their project would have on their community, and how their project contributes to delivering the IMLT’s priorities which include: raising awareness of the dangers of loan sharks; promoting the work of the IMLT in communities; & encourage reporting of loan sharks.

 How to apply: https://www.stoploansharks.co.uk/cash-seized-from-loan-sharks-to-fund-community-projects/

 

The Fcc Community Action Fund

Deadline: The closing date for applications at 5pm on the 2nd September 2020.

Details: Registered charities, churches, parish councils, local authorities and CASC registered sports clubs can apply for grants of £2,000-£100,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of community facilities. This can include village halls and community centres, public play areas; publicly available multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks; sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access; churches – community spaces only; nature reserves; public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access; and Museums. The funding is available to projects located within 10 mile of an eligible FCC Environment site.

How to apply: https://fcccommunitiesfoundation.org.uk/funds/fcc-community-action-fund

Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates directly to your inbox

Attachment:

Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council 29th June 2020

Attached is the Latest Monthly coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council dated dated 29th June 2020.  Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates directly to your inbox

The last few months have been some of the hardest and yet, most rewarding of my career. I’m sure I’m not the only person in the local VCFSE sector who feels that way. 

After lockdown started the VCA worked with colleagues from Halton Borough Council (under the banner of One Halton Together) on a project which used volunteers to provide support for shielding individuals with shopping, dog walking and wellbeing calls. We were thrilled to see over 1,200 residents from Halton and St Helens sign up via our new Volunteer Portal and they were able to put themselves forwards for individual voluntary opportunities posted on the Portal’s Covid 19 Community Tasks page. So far the project has supported over 260 residents in Halton. I was supported by my amazing colleagues at Halton & St Helens VCA, but also by a wonderful team of people from the Council, who were Fitness Instructors at Kingsway Leisure Centre prior to the pandemic. We’ve become firm friends and I’ve even participated in their (frankly challenging) Facebook Live workout sessions. The project was hectic and in the first few days, occasionally chaotic, but I loved every minute. Even the times when I got shouted at by residents we were trying to help because shopping was late or (as was the case in one particularly memorable occasion) a volunteer had forgotten to buy milk (a fair point – we all need a cup of tea - it was sorted within the hour). It was exhausting. Like so many colleagues in the sector, I endured seven day working weeks. Being that tired reminded me of when my children were very little, but like I said above, I loved every minute. It was great to help people. Really, really lovely.

During Volunteers Week, which began on Monday 1st June, we released a series of free audio podcasts which celebrated the project. They can be listened to via www.VCAradio.com. In particular, I would recommend the following episode which features several volunteers who explain their motivation for joining the project & explain how they feel it has benefitted them: https://vcaradio.com/2020/06/03/volunteers-week-2020-covid-19-volunteers/  

 

A few weeks into lockdown my son, Fred was completing an activity for school and presented me with this rather lovely portrait. The attention to detail is tremendous (though in truth I have been wearing shorts every day). I particularly like the pile of books that my tiny laptop is resting upon. You can’t tell from the picture, but they are copies of “The Walking Dead” graphic novels. I’m a huge fan of zombies and I always assumed in the past that I would be useless in a Zombie Apocalypse. But now I’m not so sure. I think I’d be good as the person who recruits and supports volunteers to go on scavenging expeditions and deliver food. I suspect dog walking will no longer be seen as a priority in such times. No doubt it would be challenging work, but probably considerably easier than home schooling two primary school aged children.

Above the picture Fred wrote; “Daddy has been helping people and being nice to me. He also reads me Harry Potter and is good at Hagrid’s voice.”

These are sentences I will always treasure. Fred’s being very kind about my Hagrid voice. I’m not sure it’s an accent that would cut the mustard in Cornwall. I’d like to stress (in case any of our Trustees are reading this) that the reading aloud of JK Rowling’s work occurred outside of office hours.

Of course, the VCA wasn’t the only VCFSE organisation in Halton delivering a project supporting shielding residents. There were lots of hugely successful projects out there. We’ll never have exact figures or be able to know the true scale of the impact groups had on Halton residents, but the VCA attempted to log activities and keep track of member organisations work. We know that thanks to groups like Age UK Mid Mersey, the British Red Cross, Halton Carers’ Centre and Citizen’s Advice Halton, around 7000 residents were supported with wellbeing calls, food deliveries and employment or benefit advice. Groups like Sew Halton & Veterans Community Force Halton CIC produced and delivered vital PPE and food to colleagues in hospitals and the wider health sector. I feel bad mentioning any groups really, since I’m missing out so many others. Many, many groups stepped up to the plate and delivered. They all deserve a great deal of credit.

I may have been stood in my bedroom for hours on end, but I felt a real sense of community and togetherness. I felt part of something much bigger. And this feeling gives me great hope for the future of our sector and what we can achieve.

A week or so into lockdown we started facilitating a weekly Zoom meeting for VCFSE groups and statutory colleagues in Halton. The purpose of the meeting was to bring groups together so that we could discuss the statutory & VCFSE sector’s response to Covid 19. We’ve been able to support one another by sharing concerns, advice & best practice. The meetings have also provided colleagues with the chance to question guests such as Mike Amesbury (MP for Weave Vale), Colin Scales (CEO Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) and Sarah Blackie (Funding Officer – National Lottery).

I’ve loved the meetings, and in particular, I’ve loved watching relationships blossom between the attendees with representatives of groups working together on projects and supporting one another.  Since austerity kicked in, VCFSE organisations have often come to see it each other as competitors. There has been less and less money in the sector and groups sometimes found themselves having to tender against each other for contracts. It’s easy to criticise groups for mission drift, but it’s understandable when so many organisations have been unable to survive. It’s hard to build trust and collaboration in such an environment. As such, I’ve tried very hard to keep the meetings positive and fun, though obviously they need to be practical and relevant or no one would come back.

I think it helps that most people know who I am. I’ve been volunteering in Halton for over 25 years (a statistic I like to remind people of on a regular basis). I’m not someone who’s looking for a transfer to a Charity working in Liverpool or Manchester or to create a profile for myself on the national stage. I really like Halton. It’s where I belong. I think people trust me. They recognise that I might not be the most competent player on the field, but that I’m one with a good heart. Certainly one that won’t try and steal their funding.

Representing the sector has always been a challenge. It’s impossible for one person to represent the whole of the VCFSE in Halton (or anywhere really). Are the viewpoints of a leader at a brand new Mums & Tots club going to be the same as those of a CEO running a franchise of a national Charity? Will the views of the Trustees of a Rowing Club match those of the Trustees of a Veterans Association or Music Society? And do any of those viewpoints deserve to be seen as more valuable than the others?

I think that’s where these meetings & the VCA (by facilitating them) can play an important role. We can bring our members (and any VCFSE organisations) together. We can share our opinions and experiences in a safe, supportive environment.  And we will be listened to by colleagues and decision makers in the Statutory Sector. The Chief Executive of the Council is coming to the next one.

I think we’ll look back on our meetings as the very start of some brilliant partnership working, which benefitted all the groups involved and the residents they support. If I can nurture that in any way, I’ll be really proud.

Matthew Roberts

If you’d like to join our Zoom Meetings, please e-mail mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Our next meeting is at midday on Friday 10th July.

 

RAISE was established more 19 years ago to help Housing Association tenants with advice in their homes. They have developed a way of working that allows Benefit, Debt and Money Management workers to come together to offer an integrated service.  RThey see people all over the Liverpool City Region and help them deal with their money.  Since 2006, Raise has been a registered charity .

They are recruiting for the following roles:

1.      Money Advice Caseworker - closing date 17th July

2.      Finance Officer – Maternity Cover - closing date 10th July

For more information and how to apply, please click the link below:

https://www.benefitsadviceteam.co.uk/jobs/

 

The Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund is an interim replacement for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) and is now open for new enquiries.

CRT Trustees recognise the incredible response our coalfield communities have had to the COVID-19 crisis, and have allowed them to alter the funding support they offer to better support the delivery and sustainability of key services.

They are still offering grants of up to £10,000 that can address local needs during this difficult time.

Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services in order to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people.

More details on new guidance and deadline dates can be found here https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/england/covid19-ccip-funding-support/

 

Suicide Risk Factor Map

This suicide risk factor map has been created by Zero Suicide Alliance and the Mental Health Foundation.

This interactive map will allow you to better understand the community that you are working with and the multiple social factors which exist in those areas that are strongly linked to suicide. This will help you to deliver your sessions, or your services in the right places based on need. You can compare areas by region, or by local authority.

https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/ZSA-Resources/map-view

MINDS- Physical Activity and Mental Health Webinar

About this Event

At Mind, people with lived experience of mental health problems are at the heart of our work. They are involved in the design, development and delivery of our programmes and projects to ensure all our work meets their needs and their opinions and ideas are valued.  During this webinar, you will hear from three members of our lived experience physical activity advisory group. They will discuss:

  • how they influence our work
  • what physical activity means to them
  • the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on their mental health and physical activity habits
  • how the sport and physical activity sector can support them and other people experiencing mental health problems to be active as lockdown restrictions ease.

The webinar will also cover elements of how you can involve people with lived experience in your work.

The webinar will take place Wed, 15 July 2020 14:00 – 15:00  on Zoom.

Using Physical Activity to support mental health

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 

 

What you can and can't do after 4 July

The Government has set out its plan to return to what they call "as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can".  They have produced a guide outlining who can do what where and when.  This guidance includes what venues can or can't be opened, what you can do if you are a clinically vulnerable person and the COVID-19 secure safety guidelines for organisations.  Please note this guidance is only for England.

Click here for the full list.

 

Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council 20th June 2020

Click here for the Latest coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council dated dated 20th June 2020.  Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates directly to your inbox

The External Funding Team is available to offer free bid-writing support to any Halton organisation that wishes to bid for emergency funding. Please contact them at funding@halton.gov.uk

 

Re-opening Village and Community Halls post COVID-19 closure

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has published information to help village and community halls reopen once government coronavirus restrictions are lifted.  ACRE’s information sheet looks at how village halls can prepare risk assessments, ensure social distancing once open and introduce effective cleaning regimes. There are also some practical resources including checklists, notices for display in halls and sample terms of hire.

Click here to see the information

 

National Churches Trust - UK

The National Churches Trust has supported important projects at a wide range of places of worship through its grants programmes. They consider applications from listed and unlisted Christian places of worship throughout the UK. Deadline is 6 July.

 

Wilkinsons - Helping Hands

Helping Hands is a community initiative where each local store has a budget to distribute to projects and schemes within the stores local community.

 

News Letter Mailings Survey

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete and submit the news letter mailing survey,  The results from that show that the majority of readers are ready for us to restart our regular fortnightly ebulletin, we will of course still send out important / time sensitive information on an ad-hoc basis as and when we receive it. 

This will probably be our last dedicated daily covid-19 mailing.  We would like to thank everyone who helped us with information to share with our readers, and hope you have found it useful during the peak of the pandemic.

Our first ebulletin is planned to go out Wednesday 8th July, if you have any news you would like to include, please feel free to use the template below to share that news.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vca-newsevents-template

 

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

The Liverpool city region has a strong history of local people setting up their own community-led housing projects, especially housing co-operatives. A new energy has emerged in recent years focussed on place-based approaches to housing and neighbourhood development; Granby 4 Streets and Homebaked Community Land Trust’s being shining examples, alongside Safe Regeneration in Bootle.

Safe Regeneration are proud to announce the Liverpool City Region Community-led Housing Hub (The Hub) is now up and running. The vision with the Hub is to promote the different models of community-led housing right across the region and to support people and groups to develop and deliver their own community-led housing schemes. This is all underpinned by the vision that housing should be of a high standard, affordable, environmentally sustainable and in the ownership of local communities. 

Paul Kelly started as Director of the Hub on April 1st 2020 and is keen to hear from any organisations interested in developing a community-led housing scheme in Halton and St Helens. Maybe you are working with a particular community, or age group and keen to do more. They are here to help so do get in touch on the details below. 

Paul.kelly@saferegen.org.uk

Mobile 07484 380 319

Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council 20th June 2020

Attached is the Latest coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council dated dated 20th June 2020.  Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates directly to your inbox

The External Funding Team is available to offer free bid-writing support to any Halton organisation that wishes to bid for emergency funding. Please contact them at funding@halton.gov.uk

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 

 

An Open Letter to Professionals from North West Regional Forum

The Chair of the Learning Disability and Autism Partnership Board has shared a very important document for information and cascading click here to read 

 

Supporting communities to be digitally connected - Good Things Foundation and Devices Dot Now

Thanks to Jo from Changemaker for sharing

A new scheme to get digital devices to vulnerable people https://www.onlinecentresnetwork.org/sites/default/files/data_collection_-_centre_info_1.pdf

DevicesDotNow is a project aiming to connect the unconnected. It is led by FutureDotNow and supported by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. There are a number of national partners, including Good Things Foundation.  FutureDotNow has secured donations of new equipment from industry partners. Good Things Foundation will ensure its safe transfer to the hyperlocal community, through the Online Centres Network.  Hear Dot's story here to see how getting connected digitally helped her to see her family virtually for the first time and brought much needed company during the pandemic.

 

Christmas Challenge 2020 open

Applications for the Christmas Challenge 2020 are open. The Christmas Challenge is a week-long match funding campaign which launches on #GivingTuesday, 1st December. Last year, the Christmas Challenge raised £15.6m for 588 charities.  Up to £25,000 of match funding is available per charity. There is millions of pounds of match funding available for a wide range of charities.  As well as accessing Champion funds, evidence shows that donors are more likely to give, and to give more in match funding campaigns. The Big Give also offers a free suite of resources, training and guidance for all participating charities. The deadline for applications is Friday 3rd July (although the Big Give may be able to accept late applications). For more information and to apply visit: https://www.thebiggive.org.uk/s/christmas-challenge

 

TAZ Clinic and Referral Update

TAZ Clinic is now open again on an APPOINTMENT ONLY basis for all 13 to 19 year olds.  Unfortunately they can’t offer a walk-in service at this time, but appointments are currently available from 09.30 to 16.30 Monday to Friday.  They’re asking young people to contact in one of the following ways to make an appointment:

Call / WhatsApp or text our dedicated mobile number: 07795452161

Email at: taz@sthk.nhs.uk 

Further details for young people are on the TAZ webpages and Get It On

They are aware that clinical services have been reduced for young people over recent weeks and that many young people have felt the need to maintain contact with peer groups, boyfriends and girlfriends, even during the period of ‘lockdown’.  With this in mind, if you have concerns about the sexual health or safety of a young person you know or work with, please advise them that clinic is available again.  If you have more serious concerns about a young person’s sexual health the TAZ Outreach Team are still available to provide one to one support, via referral. Click here for the referral form.  Please contact the team via the details below for further information.

TAZ Outreach Team

Fingerpost Park Health Centre, Atlas Street, St. Helens, WA9 1LN

01744 627697

www.tazsh.com

 

VCA need your feedback

During the peak of the covid-19 pandemic, it was important that we shared information and updates on a daily basis to members to support their rapid response during the first 3 months of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.  We put on hold our regular fortnightly ebulletin and replaced it with a daily covid-19 mailing.  

Over the last couple of weeks that information has lessened and we are reviewing the needs and regularity of those daily mailings and the benefits of returning to our fortnightly e-bulletin.  We would like to know your views.  

The link below will take you to a very short survey (2 questions) which will help us to decide what would be best for our newsletter readers. 

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/news-letter-mailings-survey
 

 

Job Vacancies Halton & St Helens VCA

(Temporary) Volunteering Services Officer, Part time 21 hours funded until 31st March 2021.  Salary: £11,663 (9 months), 26 days holiday plus bank holidays pro rata

We are looking for someone who can provide an operational and development role supporting the work of our Volunteer Centre.  This will be a temporary post until 31st March 2021 with the possibility of seeking further funding.  Duties include:  Developing and promoting the benefits and profile of volunteering across Halton and St Helens working with local people and organisations.  Applicants need to have experience of working with volunteers and partnership working with a variety of organisations have good IT skills and be proficient with Social Media as a platform for engagement.

(Temporary) Volunteering Coordinator WHHT, Part time 28 hours funded until 31st March 2021,  Salary: £15,550 (9 months), 26 days holiday plus bank holidays pro rata

We are looking for someone who can provide a development role supporting our work in engaging volunteers with Warrington & Halton Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.  This will be a temporary post until 31st March 2021 with the possibility of seeking further funding.  Duties include:  Supporting the development of volunteering within the Trust, supporting staff in the supervision and management of volunteers; promoting volunteering; delivering training.  You will need to have experience in working with volunteers and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, CRM systems and Volunteer management platforms to be able to manage competing demands and prioritise workloads. 

You can download a Job description and application form from our website links below.

Volunteering Services Officer

Volunteering Coordinator WHHT

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 26th June 2020, with interviews taking place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July 2020.

 

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

An Open Letter to Professionals from North West Regional Forum

The Chair of the Learning Disability and Autism Partnership Board has shared a very important document for information and cascading see attached.

TAZ Clinic and Referral Update

TAZ Clinic is now open again on an APPOINTMENT ONLY basis for all 13 to 19 year olds.  Unfortunately they can’t offer a walk-in service at this time, but appointments are currently available from 09.30 to 16.30 Monday to Friday.  They’re asking young people to contact in one of the following ways to make an appointment:

Call / WhatsApp or text our dedicated mobile number: 07795452161

Email at: taz@sthk.nhs.uk 

Further details for young people are on the TAZ webpages and Get It On

They are aware that clinical services have been reduced for young people over recent weeks and that many young people have felt the need to maintain contact with peer groups, boyfriends and girlfriends, even during the period of ‘lockdown’.  With this in mind, if you have concerns about the sexual health or safety of a young person you know or work with, please advise them that clinic is available again.  If you have more serious concerns about a young person’s sexual health the TAZ Outreach Team are still available to provide one to one support, via referral. The referral form is attached.  Please contact the team via the details below for further information.

TAZ Outreach Team

Fingerpost Park Health Centre, Atlas Street, St. Helens, WA9 1LN

01744 627697

www.tazsh.com

 

 

Small Charities Week 15th - 20th June 2020 Round Up 

Day 1            I Love Small Charities

Small charities are amazing! About 97% of all charities are small. We know they matter and we want everyone to know how much they matter too! Using the hashtag #smallcharitiesweek #welovesmallcharities tell us about your favourite local small charity and why you love them.

 

Day 2            Big Advice Day 

If you are a small charity it’s important you get access to the right support and advice. If you’re in Halton or St Helens you can start with us at Halton & St Helens VCA. Our website is a great place to start for information and advice and the right person to contact whether that’s Jane Williams our Community Accountant or Lynne Daffern for information on how to get on our mailing lists www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk  It's important you know about the Charity Commission and the regulation for charities https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission  

There’s lots of other resources too that can offer information and advice in your journey as a small charity. Here’s a few:

https://mycommunity.org.uk/

https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/site-homepage#

https://mailchi.mp/01cc768790ae/ocs-for-info-june-5?e=ace03d9781

 

Day 3            I Love Small Charities

Every day small charities make a huge difference across Halton & St Helens. Their work during the Covid-19 crisis has been obvious to many more people. We wanted to share with you the impact that small charities have had in Halton & St Helens over the last 12 weeks click here for report.

 

Day 4            Fundraising Day 

Merseyside Funding Information Portal www.mfip.org.uk is funded and supported by the CVS network across the Liverpool City Region. Led by Sefton CVS we use it to provide information and resources about funding for local small charities. We are also working with St Helens Borough Council and Halton Council to think of new ways for local groups and projects to raise funds through #sthelenstogether spacehive and the Halton Foundation

 

Day 5            Charities Big Impact Day 

 IMPACT!!  Small does not mean amateur or insignificant, in fact here is the impact that small charities have had during the current crisis.  Click here to see the results.

 

Day 6            Appreciation Day 

Annie Lawrenson shares her thoughts on Leadership and shares her appreciation for a few people she feels shows these qualities,

click here to read the full article. 

 

 

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 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 

 

VCA need your feedback

During the peak of the covid-19 pandemic, it was important that we shared information and updates on a daily basis to members to support their rapid response during the first 3 months of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.  We put on hold our regular fortnightly ebulletin and replaced it with a daily covid-19 mailing.  

Over the last couple of weeks that information has lessened and we are reviewing the needs and regularity of those daily mailings and the benefits of returning to our fortnightly e-bulletin.  We would like to know your views.  

The link below will take you to a very short survey (2 questions) which will help us to decide what would be best for our newsletter readers. 

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/news-letter-mailings-survey

 

Small Charities Week

Although Small Charites Week finished on Saturday 20th June we have included Day 6 to sign off the week. 

Day 6 - Appreciation Day 

Annie Lawrenson shares her thoughts on Leadership and shares her appreciation for a few people she feels shows these qualities, click here to ready the full article.

You can also see a round up of the week on our home page.

 

St Helens SOBs Group Virtual Meeting - 23rd June at 7.30pm

Please share with those bereaved by suicide who wish to link in with Derek and the peer to peer support of the St Helens Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBs) Group.  Contact Derek on the SOBs mobile and he will send you the link to the virtual meeting on 23rd June at 7.30pm.  Phone number 07580 358312

 

NHS St Helens CCG

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NWB) North West Boroughs Healthcare has upgraded its existing 24/7 mental health crisis lines to freephone numbers. This means they are now free to call from both landlines and mobile phones. The new dedicated phone numbers are:

· 0800 051 1508 for people living in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington

· 0800 051 3253 for people living in Wigan

The crisis lines provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages, including children and young people, who need urgent mental health support. You do not need to be known to their services to contact the crisis lines - they are available for both patients and public. Please be assured, anyone who dials the original local numbers will still reach their mental health crisis teams first time, without the need to be diverted. However, calls made to the original numbers will be charged.

For more information about the crisis lines and the range of support available, please visit:  https://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/

Advice for the public Key messages

The updated summary public guidance can be found at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus This includes the up to date guidance for shielded patients. The latest health advice for the public is available at: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus NHS England has confirmed that the ‘help us to help you’ campaign remains the key message for the public. This reminds the public that NHS services are open and to seek medical help and treatment when needed and not to wait. Handwashing and maintaining social distance continue to be the main messages promoted across NHS social media channels with an advertising campaign (including print and billboard media) running on the Test and Trace service.

 

NatWest Social & Community Capital Coronavirus Response Fund

Social & Community Capital is a charity funded and supported by NatWest in order to help social enterprises and community businesses

  • In response to the pandemic, Social and Community Capital are launching a £1 million Coronavirus Response Fund
  • They are offering grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 to organisations across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.
  • These grants are unrestricted and can be used for any purpose, including core costs.
  • Applications will be open from Midday on Monday 22nd June 2020.
  • Applications will stay open for at least one week. It is hoped that applications will remain open for longer but may need to close after a week depending on how many applications they receive and if they reach their capacity, so applicants are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible.

Click here to find out more

 

iCAN Information: Advertising Standards Agency launches new Scam Ad Alert

The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) are launching a UK Scam Ad Alert system in partnership with the major digital advertising and social media platforms, to help tackle bogus ads that leave consumers out of pocket.  The new system will help get online paid-for scam ads taken down across multiple platforms. The Scam Ad Alert responds to ongoing concerns about online paid-for ads linking to fraudulent content. Many scam ads use false stories or doctored images of celebrities, and misleadingly imply those celebrities have endorsed the service.  Consumers can now Report Scam Ads appearing in paid-for space online to the ASA. The ASA will promptly send an alert to all participating platforms with key details of the scam ad, as well as to publishers when the ad appeared on a publisher owned site.

iCAN Warning: Telephone banking scam

Halton Trading Standards has been notified that residents in the Borough have been receiving automated telephone calls claiming to be from their bank. The calls claims to be urgent, as a foreign bank transaction is about to take place for £670. The message then goes on to state the transaction is being held for 15 minutes, and the resident should press ‘1’ to continue.  Do not press ‘1’ this is a scam, simply hang up.  Residents should be alert to any similar scenarios and giving away their personal details and/or banking details.

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.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

 

Job Vacancies Halton & St Helens VCA

  1. (Temporary) Volunteering Services Officer, Part time 21 hours funded until 31st March 2021

Salary: £11,663 (9 months), 26 days holiday plus bank holidays pro rata

We are looking for someone who can provide an operational and development role supporting the work of our Volunteer Centre.  This will be a temporary post until 31st March 2021 with the possibility of seeking further funding.

Duties include:  Developing and promoting the benefits and profile of volunteering across Halton and St Helens working with local people and organisations.  Applicants need to have experience of working with volunteers and partnership working with a variety of organisations have good IT skills and be proficient with Social Media as a platform for engagement.

  1. (Temporary) Volunteering Coordinator WHHT, Part time 28 hours funded until 31st March 2021, 

Salary: £15,550 (9 months), 26 days holiday plus bank holidays pro rata

We are looking for someone who can provide a development role supporting our work in engaging volunteers with Warrington & Halton Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.  This will be a temporary post until 31st March 2021 with the possibility of seeking further funding.

Duties include:  Supporting the development of volunteering within the Trust, supporting staff in the supervision and management of volunteers; promoting volunteering; delivering training

You will need to have experience in working with volunteers and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, CRM systems and Volunteer management platforms to be able to manage competing demands and prioritise workloads. 

You can download a Job description and application form from our website links below.

Volunteering Services Officer

Volunteering Coordinator WHHT

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 26th June 2020, with interviews taking place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July 2020.

 

Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector

ACEVO has published their final report from its Making Diversity Count project which is in collaboration with Voice4Change England.  The report - 'Home Truths: Undoing racism and delivering real diversity in the charity sector' - does not ask if there is a problem with ‘race’ equity in the charity sector. It has long been known that there is an under-representation of BAME people working in the charity sector, and that under-representation is worse in senior leadership roles. Instead, this report looks to reframe the ‘diversity’ debate, saying that racism is a significant and unresolved issue in the charity sector just as it is in the rest of society.

Download the report here.

 

Tackling loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority groups

New research published to tackle loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority groups

A cross-faculty team from the University of Sheffield has collaborated with colleagues from Brunel and De Montfort Universities on a major new project focused on better understanding loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority groups.  Funded by the National Institute for Health Research’s public health research programme (NIHR PHR), the 18-month project aimed to identify successful approaches to reducing loneliness among these social groups.  Click here to read more and download a graphic booklet 

 

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

NatWest Social & Community Capital Coronavirus Response Fund

Social & Community Capital is a charity funded and supported by NatWest in order to help social enterprises and community businesses

  • In response to the pandemic, Social and Community Capital are launching a £1 million Coronavirus Response Fund
  • They are offering grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 to organisations across the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.
  • These grants are unrestricted and can be used for any purpose, including core costs.
  • Applications will be open from Midday on Monday 22nd June 2020.
  • Applications will stay open for at least one week. It is hoped that applications will remain open for longer but may need to close after a week depending on how many applications they receive and if they reach their capacity, so applicants are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Organisations must employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups
  • Organisations must generate at least 30% of revenue from trading income
  • Organisations must have had a pre-coronavirus annual turnover of between £50,000 to £1 million
  • The organisation must have suffered a loss of trading income since March 2020, caused by lockdown restrictions
  • The organisation must have been founded and trading prior to 1st January 2019
  • The organisation must have been financially sustainable (or on a path to financial stability) up to March 2020
  • The organisation must be constituted, operating and delivering impact in England, Scotland, Wales, and/or Northern Ireland
  • The organisation must have one of the following legal structures: Community Interest Company (CIC), Company Limited by Guarantee, Community Benefit Society, Co-operative Society, Unincorporated association, Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), Charitable Trusts, Registered Charity

The following will need to be provided in the application form:

  • Basic information about the organisation, contact details, staff and volunteer numbers, year and date founded, financial information for the last 3 years and forecasts for the next 2 year
  • A description of the organisations mission, key activities and impact over the last year
  • Details about the grant request including what it will be used for, why it’s needed and what impact would be achieved

For further information/how to apply please visit:

Website:  https://www.business.natwest.com/business/loans-and-finance/social-and-community-capital.html

Twitter:   @SocComCap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tackling loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority groups

New research published to tackle loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority groups

A cross-faculty team from the University of Sheffield has collaborated with colleagues from Brunel and De Montfort Universities on a major new project focused on better understanding loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority groups.  Funded by the National Institute for Health Research’s public health research programme (NIHR PHR), the 18-month project aimed to identify successful approaches to reducing loneliness among these social groups.

While loneliness is increasingly recognised as a social problem with significant implications for mental and physical health, research addressing these issues within migrant and ethnic minority groups is limited and there is reason to believe that these populations may face increased risks.

Sarah Salway, Professor of Public Health and chief investigator on the project, remarked:

"To our knowledge, this is the first research to examine in detail what we know about tackling loneliness among migrant and ethnic minority people. This was an exciting project in which we worked with members of the public to assess and summarise the existing research evidence. The project was unusual in looking beyond older people to consider loneliness at all ages and life-stages.”

More information can be found here:

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/socstudies/news/new-research-published-tackle-loneliness-among-migrant-and-ethnic-minority-groups  

https://www.journalslibrary.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/phr/160844/#/

Graphic booklet that summarises the findings available online here:

 https://issuu.com/niftyfoxcreative/docs/social_solation___loneliness_amongst_migrant___eth?fr=sYjEzNTEyOTI2ODM 

Hard copies of this booklet can be ordered free of charge  here

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 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 

 

Job Vacancies Halton & St Helens VCA

  1. (Temporary) Volunteering Services Officer, Part time 21 hours funded until 31st March 2021

Salary: £11,663 (9 months), 26 days holiday plus bank holidays pro rata

We are looking for someone who can provide an operational and development role supporting the work of our Volunteer Centre.  This will be a temporary post until 31st March 2021 with the possibility of seeking further funding.

Duties include:  Developing and promoting the benefits and profile of volunteering across Halton and St Helens working with local people and organisations.  Applicants need to have experience of working with volunteers and partnership working with a variety of organisations have good IT skills and be proficient with Social Media as a platform for engagement.

  1. (Temporary) Volunteering Coordinator WHHT, Part time 28 hours funded until 31st March 2021, 

Salary: £15,550 (9 months), 26 days holiday plus bank holidays pro rata

We are looking for someone who can provide a development role supporting our work in engaging volunteers with Warrington & Halton Teaching Hospital NHS Trust.  This will be a temporary post until 31st March 2021 with the possibility of seeking further funding.

Duties include:  Supporting the development of volunteering within the Trust, supporting staff in the supervision and management of volunteers; promoting volunteering; delivering training

You will need to have experience in working with volunteers and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, CRM systems and Volunteer management platforms to be able to manage competing demands and prioritise workloads. 

You can download a Job description and application form from our website links below.

Volunteering Services Officer

Volunteering Coordinator WHHT

The closing date for applications is midday on Friday 26th June 2020, with interviews taking place on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July 2020.

 

Small Charities Week Day 4 and Day 5 

Due to there being no update mailing yesterday here is Day 4 and Day 5 from Small Charities Week.

Day 5            Charities Big Impact Day 

 IMPACT!!  Small does not mean amateur or insignificant, in fact here is the impact that small charities have had during the current crisis.  Click here to see the results.

Day 4            Fundraising Day 

Merseyside Funding Information Portal www.mfip.org.uk is funded and supported by the CVS network across the Liverpool City Region. Led by Sefton CVS we use it to provide information and resources about funding for local small charities. We are also working with St Helens Borough Council and Halton Council to think of new ways for local groups and projects to raise funds through #sthelenstogether spacehive and the Halton Foundation

 

Liverpool City Region’s Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board is seeking new members.

Established by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram in 2017, the Advisory Board is the first of its kind in the country and brings together people from a cross section of our local communities, reflecting the diversity of the city region. It acts as an independent sounding board, ensuring that issues of fairness and social justice are considered in every strategy that the Combined Authority develops.

As the work begins on recovery from COVID-19, and realising the Metro Mayor’s ambition to ‘Build Back Better’, there is vital work for the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board to do. The Advisory Board currently meets by virtual means on a monthly basis. Membership is unremunerated, although reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

The Advisory Board is especially keen to strengthen representation from residents of Halton, Knowsley and St. Helens, as well as from those with lived experience of the LGBTQI+ community, the retired community, neurodiversity, and sensory disabilities. Applications from people resident in the above local authority areas and/or with the lived experience referred to will therefore be particularly welcomed.

Further information about the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board, together with the expression of interest form to complete, go to:  https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/governance/fairness-social-justice-advisory-board/

 

Furlough fraud

Employers that believe they may have abused the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will have a 30-day period (starting in July) to admit their mistakes under plans being fast-tracked through Parliament.  Almost £20bn was paid out to more than one million employers in furlough claims as of 7 June 2020 and a further £7.5bn has been paid to 2.6 million SEISS claimants in the same period.

Full details are here.

 

Thinking about... Merger, during Covid-19

The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) has published 'Thinking about… Merger, during Covid-19' which is for senior staff and trustees of small and medium-sized voluntary organisations.  This report brings together the experiences of a wide variety of voluntary organisations and advisers that have contemplated or carried out merger to highlight different dimensions of ‘thinking about merger’. It includes:

  • Reasons for thinking about merger
  • Stages in the merger process
  • What makes a successful merger?
  • A collaboration spectrum

Read the report here. 

 

Innovative Solutions Open Call Announcement!

Sport England has announced its first Open Call for Innovative Solutions. They are looking for solutions that remove barriers for communities least well served due to the impact of Covid-19: women, older adults, from a BAME background, on a lower income, disabled or living with a long-term health condition. 

For full details head to their website.

 

NEPT Offer- Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) local links and customer fees - Social Care - TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS FREE OF CHARGE Click here for more information

 

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

Are you born a leader or is it something that can be taught?

Why are some people and organisations more successful than others?

These are just some of the questions I ask when I find myself going down the rabbit hole that is my brain. When we look in the dictionary for the definition you will see that it describes leadership as the action of leading a group of people or an organisation. You then start to look at the different leadership styles and examples in history provide us with evidence of their results both the good and the bad.

When you ask people "what makes a good leader ?""what are the qualities or attributes needed ?" they will probably reply with things like….. being authentic, honesty, trust, know what they are doing and can show us the way, they inspire others to be the best they can be. Leaders set direction, build an inspiring vision but at the same time must also use management skills to connect with and guide the people alongside them.

I have read many books and watched hours of TedTalks over the years that explore leadership and whilst I can learn from the examples and wisdom being shared I feel the real power and test in someone being able to lead at any level can be described in 3 short but very powerful words….. Head, Heart and Hands!. Having the knowledge and understanding (Head) along with the passion, empathy and connection (Heart) and ultimately having the skills and ability to get stuck in and act (Hands). With just the head and hands you have the knowledge and skills but no desire or motivation. With head and heart, you have the knowledge and the desire but not necessarily the skills (hands). You can have the skills and a passion (hands and heart) but not the knowledge or understanding and so on..

I have worked for Halton & St Helens VCA for 20 years. I started in the role of Volunteer Recruitment and Training Officer, with Helen Fitzgerald as my Line Manager and Barbara Swift as our CEO. Previously I had worked in the private sector and have seen leaders come and go. Most of my working life I have had the privilege of working with some amazing people that I would describe as great leaders.

When it comes to working in the charity sector we are awash with great leaders and over the past 20 years I have seen both people and organisations grow, adapt and continue to be consistent in delivering services for those most in need, all the while needing to be creative with limiting resources. They continue to be innovators as the landscape changes and inspire others to do the same, living their values and leading with head, heart and hands.

Here are my top 3 leaders (but I could go on…) of people I see as a great example of Leadership.

Sally Yeoman – an obvious choice for me as our organisation has needed to weather many a storm, politically (with a small p) and financially over the years. Sally continues to advocate and champion the sector for more investment, more inclusion and a place at the table when key decisions about local services are being discussed. She is a leader that metaphorically speaking, sits in places that are uncomfortable and is prepared to have those conversations, if it means ultimately the sector will benefit.

Helen Fitzgerald – previously my line manager all be it for 18 months and is now the CEO of the Deafness Resource Centre based in St Helens.  Through her ability to create vision and inspire others to see what is possible, she took an organisation on the brink of closure to become a commissioned service of BSL interpreters, communication and advocacy support for people in our communities who are deaf or hard of hearing across the northwest.

Elaine Hughes – CEO of St Helens Coalition of Disabled People.  Elaine has led an organisation which has transformed its income streams from being 100% reliant on grants and funding applications to now generating its own income by creating a programme of services and activities that individuals with personal budgets can access.

So to celebrate day 6 of Small Charity Week, I wanted to highlight the valuable work that leaders within our sector undertake day in and day out… and the courage it takes to stand in that space, to take the risks, make yourself vulnerable, connect with those around you and inspire the change that we see is so needed in our communities…. Yes, I have highlighted who, in my humble opinion demonstrate leadership, but there are many that have gone before us, many that stand with us and what is exciting is we see a new generation of leaders emerging with the sector.

“Leaders become great not because of their power but their ability to empower others” – John Maxwell (American Author)

I urge you to take some time to reflect and think about those people who display leadership for you and share your story with us…. Email me alawrenson@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Ann-Marie Lawrenson

Capacity Lead

NEPT Offer- Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) local links and customer fees - Social Care - TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENTS FREE OF CHARGE

What we do

The Disclosure and Barring Service helps employers make safer recruitment decisions each year by processing and issuing DBS checks for England, Wales, the Channel Islands Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man. DBS also maintains the adults’ and children’s Barred Lists for England & Wales and Northern Ireland and makes considered decisions as to whether an individual should be included on one or both of these lists and barred from engaging in regulated activity.

Covid-19 Response

In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Home Office and the DBS have put temporary arrangements in place, to provide standard and enhanced DBS checks and fast-track emergency checks of the adults’ and children’s Barred Lists, free-of-charge. This applies to healthcare and social care workers in England and Wales, being recruited in connection with the provision of care and treatment of coronavirus, or those being recruited to backfill roles because of the impact of the pandemic.  You can read more about that here.

Please refer to our website for the most up to date information.

DBS Checks in the Adult Social Care Workforce

DBS offer four different levels of check:

  • Basic DBS check
  • Standard DBS check
  • Enhanced DBS check
  • Enhanced DBS check with Children’s and/or Adults’ Barred List check

Access to Standard and Enhanced DBS checks is controlled by the law.

We have produced a leaflet which explains the eligibility of a range of roles across the adult social care sector. It is based on generic descriptions of the roles and their responsibilities. This guidance applies whether the people in these roles are paid or unpaid.  You can find this here.

We have developed a short video which aims to show the process of a standard and enhanced DBS application in a more user-friendly way. The link to the video is here-  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dbs-disclosure-process-video. Jobcentre Plus staff can share the link to this video with Employers.

Recently, we delivered a webinar in partnership with Skills for Care. The webinar aimed to improve understanding of:

  • emergency COVID-19 Barred List(s) checks and free-of-charge checks
  • the DBS eligibility tool
  • barring referrals

Questions were asked by attendees and you can find our responses here.

Regional Outreach

DBS are currently running a pilot Regional Safeguarding Outreach programme in two areas – Wales and East Midlands.   Regional safeguarding outreach officers work closely with organisations in their region to develop relationships and raise awareness of DBS as a safeguarding organisation.  They will listen to needs, discussing any issues or barriers local organisations may have come across; developing and delivering any sessions that may support organisations in safeguarding and safer recruitment.

For more information about the Regional Outreach programme and the services available, please watch the short video below:

Regional Safeguarding Outreach Video (filmed in February 2020).

You can contact the team directly by email:

DBSRegionalOutreach@dbs.gov.uk

Barring Referrals

During this difficult time, we understand how busy everyone is and how peoples work may look very different. However, there is still a need to continue to safeguard vulnerable groups. You can still make a DBS Barring referral via the online portal or via post. Some employers do have a legal duty to make a referral. You can read more about this here.

Dear Applicant

Thank you for the interest you have shown in the Volunteering Coordinator WHHT post.  Information about Halton and St Helens VCA and the work we do is available on our website at www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Attached are:

  • Job description and Person Specification – this will be used to shortlist for interview
  • Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form
  • Annual report

Please return your application by midday on Friday 26th June at 12 noon.  Interviews will take place on Thursday 2nd or Friday 3rd July 2020.  

Please note that due to the short timescale between shortlisting and interviewing we will contact the successful candidates by phone or email so please make sure that you have included a daytime telephone number that we can contact you on.

CV’s are not required.  Please complete the application form fully addressing the person specification as this will be used in the shortlisting process to select candidates for interview.

Yours sincerely

Sally Yeoman

Chief Executive Officer

 Dear Applicant

Thank you for the interest you have shown in the Volunteering Services Officer post.  Information about Halton and St Helens VCA and the work we do is available on our website at www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Attached are:

  • Job description and Person Specification – this will be used to shortlist for interview
  • Application Form and Equal Opportunities Form

Please return your application by midday on Friday 26th June at 12 noon.  Interviews will take place on Thursday 2nd or Friday 3rd July 2020.  

Please note that due to the short timescale between shortlisting and interviewing we will contact the successful candidates by phone or email so please make sure that you have included a daytime telephone number that we can contact you on.

CV’s are not required.  Please complete the application form fully addressing the person specification as this will be used in the shortlisting process to select candidates for interview.

Yours sincerely

Sally Yeoman

Chief Executive Officer

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 

 

Small Charities Week Day 3     I Love Small Charities / The Impact of COVID-19 CRISIS on the VCFSE Sector  in Halton and St Helens Report 

Every day small charities make a huge difference across Halton & St Helens. Their work during the Covid-19 crisis has been obvious to many more people. We wanted to share with you the impact that small charities have had in Halton & St Helens over the last 12 weeks click here for report.

 

New Psychological First Aid training during COVID-19 open to all frontline and essential workers and volunteers

On 15 June Public Health England (PHE) launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers. The course teaches the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies and aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide this support to people affected by COVID-19.  PFA is a globally recognised training in emergency situations and PHE has been developed this new course as part of our national incident response, and in partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, FutureLearn and others.

The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required.  By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support. The course takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace.

 

Job Vacancy with Age UK Mid Mersey

HEAD OF SERVICES Development and Performance 

21hrs per week worked over 3 days

£28,000 pa FTE

This post holder will lead the strategic development of Age UK Mid Mersey services to ensure the value, relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of all service activities undertaken by Age UK Mid Mersey within the communities it serves; and ensure that targets and objectives set by funders are responded to appropriately. Work closely with the CEO to build good relationships at a strategic level with those responsible for the planning and commissioning of health, social care and well-being services across Mid Mersey, as well as with other external agencies and funders who could contribute to this work. 

The Head of Services – Development & Performance post is an active, integrated and cohesive member of Age UK Mid Mersey Senior Management team, contributing fully to strategy development and delivery of the organisation’s vision. Although this role has its own set of duties and responsibilities, the role is part of a split role and the post holder will work collaboratively with the Head of Services for Delivery and Projects, in terms of working together to actively deliver the overall strategic objectives for the Services area. There will also be a requirement to provide cover for each other during periods of absence.

For more details and an application pack: Visit the website; https://www.ageuk.org.uk/midmersey/about-us/work-for-us/ to download an application pack or email shelleybrown@aukmm.org.uk for more details.

Closing date: 30th June 2020 Interviews: w/c 6th July 2020

 

iCAN Warning: Disconnecting your internet scam

Halton Trading Standards have received information that consumers in Halton are again being targeted by bogus telephone calls threatening to disconnect their internet.  The calls are automated and state they have detected fraudulent activity on the consumers internet connection and it will be disconnected. It urges the consumer to press 1 on their telephone keypad and it is highly likely they will then ask for the consumers personal details and/or ask them to make a payment. This is a scam, please hang up the phone.

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

 

Ways to Work programme

Please click here for the latest information about Halton Borough Council's Ways to Work programme, which is keen to accept new customers onto the programme.  Please circulate amongst your own networks.  

 

Latest update from DWP 18 June 2020

Click here for the latest update in full.  Includes information on

Support Package for Debt Advice Providers £37.8 million support package  will be available to debt advice providers so they can continue to provide essential services to help people who are struggling with their finances due to Coronavirus. The Money and Pensions Service will oversee the allocation of the funds to charities and other money guidance services.

New British Sign Language (BSL) videos  have produced a range of BSL videos on coronavirus and benefit changes. These include new content for Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay. You can view these videos on the DWP YouTube Sign channel. Videos about Access to Work, PIP, Carer’s Allowance and Child Maintenance will be added soon.

 

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

DWP

Touchbase  - Touchbase 12062

Funding for Local Authorities to Assist those Struggling £63 million for local authorities to assist those struggling to afford food and other essentials New funding confirmed for local authorities to help those struggling financially as a result of coronavirus. Additional money will sit alongside the £6.5 billion of extra support being provided through the welfare system to support the most vulnerable in society.

Local authorities across England have been allocated a share of £300 million to support the new Test and Trace service Local authorities across England receive funding to support new Test and Trace service

Loneliness Minister: Write letters to people isolating at home Public urged to reach out to vulnerable groups this Loneliness Awareness Week. People should consider writing letters and cards to those still isolating as lockdown measures ease to ensure they don’t feel forgotten, the Loneliness Minister urged.

Support Package for Debt Advice Providers £37.8 million support package  will be available to debt advice providers so they can continue to provide essential services to help people who are struggling with their finances due to Coronavirus. The Money and Pensions Service will oversee the allocation of the funds to charities and other money guidance services.

Programmes to Stop Criminals Reoffending Unpaid work and key programmes to stop criminals reoffending will be delivered by HM Prison and Probation Service from next June. The voluntary sector will play an enhanced role. Charities and private sector organisations can compete for more than £100 million pounds a year to run services such as education, employment, accommodation and addiction treatment.

Employers/Employees/Vacancies

Change to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Information on Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been published on GOV.UK. Two new sections were also added to the Job Retention Scheme guidance collection under the heading ‘Work out What you can Claim’:

  • Steps to take before calculating your claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

HMRC are continuing to keep employers updated via their weekly bulletins and are signposting to webinars offering more support on changes to the scheme and how they impact employers on the help    and support if your business is affected by Coronavirus page on GOV.UK.

Good Place to Start – new resource for jobseekers

 With 2.3 million new claims to Universal Credit and many more people feeling uncertain about their futures, we have launched two practical online support platforms through our new ‘Good Place to Start’ campaign. jobhelp offers essential advice to those looking for work, on which sectors are recruiting now, how to make the best of transferable skills and how to secure a new role. employerhelp offers business advice on recruiting including the matching service Find a Job.

 DWP have produced a jobhelp stakeholder toolkit and an employerhelp stakeholder toolkit. You’ll find emails, newsletter content and social media posts you can use to share the message in your own channels

Reservists returning to civilian work eligible for government support schemes Military reservists will be able to access the government’s self employment scheme and those returning to work in the coming months will be eligible for the job retention scheme, the Chancellor announced.

Boarder Control Plan Recognising the impact of coronavirus on businesses’ ability to prepare, and following the announcement in February that the UK would implement full border controls on imports coming into GB from the EU, the UK has taken the decision to introduce the new border controls in three stages up until 1 July 2021.

HMRC Unveiled a New Package of Measures As well as injecting £50 million to support businesses with recruitment, training and supplying IT equipment to handle customs declarations, the government intends to remove barriers for intermediaries taking on extra clients by adapting the rules around financial liability.

High Streets Task Force – England The High Streets Task Force will provide access to cutting-edge tools, including free access to online training programmes, webinars, data and intelligence for high streets across England as part of the government’s efforts to get shops back in business safely.

General

New British Sign Language (BSL) videos  have produced a range of BSL videos on coronavirus and benefit changes. These include new content for Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay. You can view these videos on the DWP YouTube Sign channel. Videos about Access to Work, PIP, Carer’s Allowance and Child Maintenance will be added soon.

 Ways to Work Programme

Please see the latest information attached about Halton Borough Council’s Ways to Work programme, which is keen to accept new customers onto the programme. Please do circulate amongst your own networks.

The IMPACT OF COVID-19 CRISIS on the  Voluntary Community Faith & Social Enterprise Sector in Halton and St Helens Report

Every day small charities make a huge difference across Halton & St Helens. Their work during the Covid-19 crisis has been obvious to many more people. We wanted to share with you the impact that small charities have had in Halton & St Helens over the last 12 weeks report attached.  

 

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 

 

Small Charities Week 

Day 2            Big Advice Day 

If you are a small charity it’s important you get access to the right support and advice. If you’re in Halton or St Helens you can start with us at Halton & St Helens VCA. Our website is a great place to start for information and advice and the right person to contact whether that’s Jane Williams our Community Accountant or Lynne Daffern for information on how to get on our mailing lists www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk  It's important you know about the Charity Commission and the regulation for charities https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission  

There’s lots of other resources too that can offer information and advice in your journey as a small charity. Here’s a few:

https://mycommunity.org.uk/

https://knowhow.ncvo.org.uk/site-homepage#

https://mailchi.mp/01cc768790ae/ocs-for-info-june-5?e=ace03d9781

 

ACAS information on Working safely during coronavirus

ACAS have new guidance to help those who may be beginning to return or are now planning on returning to work in accordance with government advice. This includes guidance for how to start the discussion, what fears people might have and where they can go to get more help and advice. Check the website for the following information:

Extending or ending furlough - includes links through to downloadable letters
Changing an employment contract - key considerations when varying contracts
Rights at work - a new page linking through to key areas of guidance on rights at work 
Redundancy process map - outlining steps and providing links to further guidance
 

Click here to subscribe to updates diredtly into your inbox  

 

Help Mamafit create their NEW NORMAL!

 Mamafit are looking for feedback and the opinions pregnant women, mums, dads & families to help them shape their current and future activities:

✓ Provide feedback on the Mamafit @ HOME online programme

✓ Help plan the return of face-to-face classes

✓ Let Mamafit know what you would like to see available in the future 

 Take the SURVEY ➡︎ https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MamafitNewNormal

 

Focus Employment Hub Ltd - Radio Show and Podcast Launching Soon

Focus Employment Hub Ltd will be launching and presenting their podcast and radio programme soon. The programme and podcast will be focusing on equality and diversity issues and the whole community. They would like to hear from individuals, groups and organisations, who may wish to provide content or guest speakers. See the link below for some of the topics that they may be including and feel free to suggest some of your own.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/focus-employment-hub-ltd-radio-show-and-podcast-launching-soon

 

Halton Borough Council Adult Learning

The Centres are currently closed but the Adult Learning Team are still taking enquiries for September 2020 If you would like to improve your maths, English or IT, learn a new skill or retrain for a new career, they are here to help. They have lots of courses including some new online wellbeing and craft courses so if you are interested, please get in touch with the Learner Services team

www.halton.gov.uk/adultlearning  

Phone 0151 511 7788

Email adult.learning@halton.gov.uk

 

Final Infographic showing the Impact of the sector in the boroughs of Halton and St Helens

We have been asking that if you are delivering services and interventions in direct response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic you would share your data so we could bring it all together to demonstrate the work of the sector to our local partners and decision makers.  As we move to a new phase in the COVID-19 crisis we will no long be collecting data but have produced a final infographic consisting of all data for each borough during April to June click here  

We would like to thank everyone who took part

 

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

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 

 

Small Charities Week 2020 - 15th to 20th June 

Small Charity Week is focused on celebrating and raising awareness of the essential work of small charities and the contribution they make to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and around the world. This year's Small Charity Week runs from 15 - 20 June 2020.

Day 1            I Love Small Charities

Small charities are amazing! About 97% of all charities are small. We know they matter and we want everyone to know how much they matter too! Using the hashtag #smallcharitiesweek #welovesmallcharities tell us about your favourite local small charity and why you love them.

 

VS6’s VCFSE Sector Assembly on Mental Health

The VS6 partnership would like to invite you to attend VS6’s VCFSE Sector Assembly on Mental Health. This event will give you the opportunity to share your views on the issues facing mental health service users and support organisations at this time, and help shape a Liverpool City Region wide response to these issues.

The event is scheduled to take place via Zoom on Wednesday 1st July from 1pm to 3pm. Please note, it’s necessary to register for this event in advance and places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Click here to RSVP

An agenda and link for the Zoom call will be circulated to those who’ve registered in advance of the event.

Final Infographics of Impact For Halton & St Helens

We have been 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 click here 

As we move to a new phase in the COVID-19 crisis we will no long be collecting data but have produced a final infographic consisting of all data for each borough during April to June click here  

We would like to thank everyone who took part

 

HMRC - Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – new guidance published

Click here for the latest update 

 

Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council 8th June 2020

Click here for the Latest coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council dated dated 8th June 2020.  Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates directly to your inbox.  The External Funding Team is available to offer free bid-writing support to any Halton organisation that wishes to bid for emergency funding. Please contact them at funding@halton.gov.uk

 

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 If you have missed any pervious editiions you can catch up here

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-updates-vcse-organisations

Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council 8th June 2020

Attached is the Latest coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council dated dated 8th June 2020.  Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates directly to your inbox

The External Funding Team is available to offer free bid-writing support to any Halton organisation that wishes to bid for emergency funding. Please contact them at funding@halton.gov.uk

We have been 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 click here

As we move to a new phase in the COVID-19 crisis we will no long be collecting data but have produced a final infographic consisting of all data for each boroughs (see attached). 

We would like to thank everyone who took part

Focus Employment Hub Ltd will be launching and presenting their podcast and radio programme soon. The programme and podcast will be focusing on equality and diversity issues and the whole community. They would like to hear from individuals, groups and organisations, who may wish to provide content or guest speakers. See below for some of the topics that they may be including and feel free to suggest some of your own.

• Arts and Entertainment (they would be happy to hear from musicians, artists and writers to give them a platform to share their material)

• Breaking News

• Business 

• News

• Promotion

• Opinions/listeners slot 

• Humour

• Sports

• Community

• Mind Body Spirit

• Political Issues

 

For more information, please contact John at Focus Employment Hub Ltd

Phone Number +4401744453696

Email focusemploymenthub@gmail.com

 

 

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 

 

Carers Week 8 - 14 June

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year the theme is Making Caring Visible. A dedicated website has more details including a range of support and information for carers.

 

Co-ops Local Community Fund

The next round of the Co-op's Local Community Fund is now available for local causes and local community groups to apply for.  As a guide in terms of criteria, if the cause/charity is supporting those most in need, is improving mental and physical wellbeing or building community resilience then they can apply. The closing date is Sunday 28th June 2020.  Follow the link  below for more information and a portal to apply through.  

https://causes.coop.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR2HY0uwLqXskSY1QnbgL5ym8tmUqBSlJcUm_AKeG6nMCau526tidVZEFh8 

 

One Halton Newsletter Edition 2

Click here for the second edition of the One Halton Newsletter.   This edition includes an update from the voluntary sector organisations.  Please remember if you have anything you wish to share amongst the One Halton Partners, all contributions are very welcome. Please send them either directly to Angela Cole on angela.cole12@nhs.net or the generic email which is onehalton@halton.gov.uk they would love to hear from you sharing good news stories and innovation.

 

Children & Young People's Assembly - Draft Report & Survey

The draft Recommendations report following the Children & Young People's Assembly;has now been published. Click here for a copy and a news story is on the website click here to read: https://www.vs6partnership.org.uk/news/cyp-recommendations

A survey on the draft recommendations is now live and you can complete the survey by clicking onto the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XWW3YG5

The deadline for completion of the survey is noon Monday 15th June.

 

iCAN Warning: Bogus Trading Standards call connection service

Halton Trading Standards wants to make residents aware of a scam which relates to our partners at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI). The scam is regarding bogus websites claiming to be a "Trading Standards Call Connection Service."  Chartered Trading Standards Institute has received evidence of a fake website which sends callers to a premium rate number which the site claims charges £1.55/ minute plus access charges. The phoney website even lists the address of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, giving the impression that it is officially endorsed by it.  Chartered Trading Standards Institute - Chief Executive, Leon Livermore, said: "CTSI does not offer a consumer helpline service. Citizens Advice manages the UK's consumer support service through the Consumer Helpline, which is free of charge". Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline are contactable free on 0808 223 1133

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.  If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

 

Our colleagues BHIB Charities Insurance have kindly shared the following resources: 

Following the return to work announcements, the immediate reaction of many charities and voluntary organisations will be wanting to start providing services again from your offices as soon as possible. However, it is important that your building is equipped for reopening with safety measures in place. The current policies and risk assessments you have in place may no longer be sufficient and may need to be adapted and changed.

To support you with this, BHIB Charities Insurance have created a FREE ‘Charity Reopening Checklist’ and a ‘General Workplace Risk Assessment’ which we hope you will find useful. We have detailed them both below with links to download them for free.

COVID-19 – Charity Recovery/Reopening Health, Safety & Fire Checklist/Risk Assessment

This checklist aims to list some of the key issues that charities and voluntary organisations should consider prior to reopening. It should facilitate charities in reviewing your internal policies, risk assessments and safe systems of work to make sure they are still relevant, as well as ensure the charity has considered how staff and volunteers will return to work safely.

Download the Checklist here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Business Recovery/Re-opening – Health, Safety & Fire Checklist/Risk Assessment

COVID-19 – General Workplace Risk Assessment

This generic Risk Assessment aims to support charities getting back to their regular place of work. It is not likely to cover all scenarios and each charity should consider their own unique circumstances. Much more specific assessments may look quite different although many of the principles will still be relevant.

Download the Risk Assessment here: COVID-19 - General Workplace Risk Assessment

 

Latest update from HMRC on Job Retention Scheme important dates

Click here for the latest update from HMRC on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

 

DWP update 8th June 2020

Click here for latest vacancies from DWP and information on mental health e learning course at home

 

VS6 Publishes VCFSE Recovery Paper 9th June 2020

The VS6 Parternship has today published a paper demonstrating the contribution of the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Sector in the emergency response across the Liverpool City Region, and their involvement in recovery planning. A copy has been sent to the Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.  This paper provides an overview of the involvement of VCFSE organisations in the emergency response to Covid-19 across Liverpool City Region, lists some of the emerging issues currently faced by the sector and makes a number of recommendations for consideration in the post-Covid-19 recovery planning.

It contains several recommendations for recovery planning, namely:

  • Involve local VCFSE leaders in a relevant and proportionate way in all recovery planning and governance arrangements.
  • Engage with the sector and with communities through existing VCFSE sector networks and representative bodies.
  • Ensure VCFSE services and support offers are embedded in the CV-19 response through the living with Covid and build back better periods.

In terms of strengthening support for a resilient VCFSE sector in the future, recommendations include:

  • Work with VCFSE leaders across LCR to describe a sustainable VCFSE ‘ecosystem’ which outlasts the current emergency.
  • Support the strengthening of volunteer management and coordination capacity.
  • Use the voice and reach of the public sector to give a platform for the VCFSE sector’s successes and concerns.
  • LCR public sector organisations should support the financial and business security of the sector both directly and indirectly.

The full report can be viewed here.

 

The NHS Long Term Plan, COVID-19 and the mental health challenge

Just 18 months on from the launch of the NHS Long Term Plan, is it already outdated when it comes to mental health?  As the focus of health policymakers moves from coping with COVID-19 to catching-up care across all conditions, attention is increasingly turning to the mental health catastrophe we face

Read this blog from Public Affairs Networking here.

 

Census 2021 Recruitment 

Job centres across the UK are actively supporting ‘The Adecco Group’ with the Census 2021 high-volume recruitment campaign. Collectively we aim to promote inclusion across all community groups and ensure a diverse workforce is in place for the census.  This presents an exciting opportunity for candidates to be involved in the first ‘digital census’ in history. A wide range of temporary part-time and full-time roles will be available offering contractual periods between a couple of weeks to several months. Candidates can apply for officer (those working in the field), supervisory or managerial roles (subject to individual experience).  Adecco/ONS are working hard to ensure they are taking every necessary step and precaution to ensure the well-being of both staff and candidates, in light of COVID-19.  We are now rapidly approaching the recruitment ‘Go Live’ date which is only 4 weeks away (6th July 2020)! All adverts will be accessible on the microsite which is: www.censusjobs.co.uk  Using the same link there is also currently a platform for candidates to ‘Register’ their interest ahead of this date and for them to find out more information, including the story so far and how the Census has changed since 2011.  ONS (the end employer) requires all successful candidates to be civil servants for the duration of the contract, therefore all candidates must satisfy the Home Office and Civil Service guidelines. The ‘.gov.uk’ website contains further information (if required): https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-rules.

 

Citizens Advice - Directions programme

The Directions Project from Citizens Advice Halton is up and running to provide support and encouragement to people who are looking for work. Originally planned as a 4 week face-to-face training programme, they have been developing information to help people during the Covid-19 lockdown, and for while social distancing remains in place.  Free to people who are eligible (18+, resident in Halton, not working, or not in education or training), the Directions project can help people to:

  • Write a new or update their existing CV
  • Make better job applications
  • Identify what skills they have and help to think about developing new skills
  • Learn about being a volunteer adviser
  • Find education and training opportunities to suit them

CAB is in the process of moving the Directions learning programme online - but in the meantime, people can get 1-2-1 support from a Keyworker (via phone and email) to help support and encourage them in their job search and work readiness.  If you know someone who might be interested in the Directions support, then either complete a referral form (click here), or email us at:

directions@citizensadvicehalton.org.uk 

 

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

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 

 

Two U.K. Mayors Are Facing Off in a DJ Battle For Charity

In contrast to the current political unrest happening Stateside, two mayors in the U.K. are engaging in a bit of playful competition for a good cause this weekend.  On Saturday, June 13, Andy Burnham, the Mayor of Greater Manchester, and Steve Rotheram, the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, will take part in a livestream DJ battle intended to establish which city has a richer musical history, while also raising money for COVID-19 related charities.  Viewers of the free stream can comment to vote for a winner while making donations to support the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity, which addresses homelessness, and LCRCares, which is supporting various organization in the region during the coronavirus pandemic.  Originally scheduled to happen on June 7, the stream was postponed, with organizers announcing that "this weekend does not feel like the right time to be celebrating. Instead, we are following the lead of the music industry and making sure that nothing detracts from the message people need to hear: Black Lives Matter."  

Click here to find out more and how to join in.

 

Liveable Streets in St. Helens

Help St Helens Council identify locations that need traffic calming measures during the COVID19 crisis.  It’s important they introduce enhanced spaces for pedestrians and people on bikes across the Borough. This will enable social distancing for safe essential journeys and exercise.  They want to hear your thoughts to help shape and deliver this ambitious project. It’s really easy to get involved, just drop a pin on the map to quickly comment about a specific location. Once you’ve left a comment you can also share it with friends and family using social media. Please submit your comments by the end of 31 August 2020. Click here to find out more and submit your comments https://sthelensliveablestreets.commonplace.is/

 

 

Age UK Mid Mersey Minibus for Sale

Age UK Mid Mersey have a Charity Minibus For Sale £2,950 (ovno) Volkswagen LT2.8 TD 46 Crew Cab Chassis 3dr (LWB) 2005, to find out more details click here

 

Charity Bank - Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund has been expanded and improved to make more loans to charities and social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It offers:

  • Maximum loan amount now £1.5m (minimum still £100k) 
  • Interest-free & fee-free for the first 12 months
  • Faster than applying for a standard loan

To find out more click here

 

Halton Business Brief - COVID-19 Business Information 10th June 2020

Click here to read the latest edition

 

Message from Community Fund North West Officer 

As you may be aware COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on some of our communities. The National Lottery Community Fund are explicitly looking to address inequalities through the Coronavirus Community Support Fund funding, especially focusing on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, LGBT+ communities and disabled people-led organisations (DPOs).  The Coronavirus Community Support Fund is Government Funding which is being distributed on a first come first served basis so we encourage all groups to apply as soon as possible, but if you know any groups working in these communities please encourage them to apply.

Further information can be found here: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/covid-19/learn-about-applying-for-emergency-funding-in-england

 

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

To see the weekly infographics for Halton and St Helens, please click the link below:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/weekly-infographics-impact-halton-st-helens

 

 

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 If you have missed any pervious editiions you can catch up here

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-updates-vcse-organisations

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund has been expanded and improved to make more loans to charities and social enterprises affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It offers:

  • Maximum loan amount now £1.5m (minimum still £100k) 
  • Interest-free & fee-free for the first 12 months
  • Faster than applying for a standard loan
     

What is RRLF?

The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is an emergency loan fund which will provide repayable finance to charities and social enterprises who are experiencing disruption as a result of COVID-19 and is intended for such organisations who have an otherwise viable business model. It has been established to make the Government’s existing Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) more easily accessible to these entities.

RRLF is not appropriate for everyone and will not work for all charities and social enterprises. For many, grants or other support may be more appropriate (for potential alternative sources, see our COVID-19 Emergency Funding page) and organisations should also consider other government schemes (see our COVID-19 Resource Hub for more information). For smaller loans of up to £50k organisations can consider the Government’s Bounce Back Loan Scheme.

What are the RRLF’s key product details?

Key features of the product include:

  • loans will be for between £100k and £1.5m.
  • these loans will be interest-free and fee-free to the customer for the first 12 months
  • the loan term will be a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 3 years
  • interest will be charged at 6.5% per annum for years 2 and 3 (after principal payments start).

Applicants should also be aware that any monies received under the CBILS does not reduce the borrower’s liability in any way – as with any loan product, the borrower remains 100% liable.  Applicants should also be aware that changes may be made to RRLF as the CBILS scheme evolves. It may take some time for these changes to filter through to the SIB website.
 

Age UK Mid Mersey have a Charity Minibus For Sale £2,950 (ovno) Volkswagen LT2.8 TD 46 Crew Cab Chassis 3dr (LWB) 2005, to find out more details see attached

Citizens Advice - Directions programme

The Directions Project from Citizens Advice Halton is up and running to provide support and encouragement to people who are looking for work. Originally planned as a 4 week face-to-face training programme, they have been developing information to help people during the Covid-19 lockdown, and for while social distancing remains in place.  Free to people who are eligible (18+, resident in Halton, not working, or not in education or training), the Directions project can help people to:

  • Write a new or update their existing CV
  • Make better job applications
  • Identify what skills they have and help to think about developing new skills
  • Learn about being a volunteer adviser
  • Find education and training opportunities to suit them

CAB is in the process of moving the Directions learning programme online - but in the meantime, people can get 1-2-1 support from a Keyworker (via phone and email) to help support and encourage them in their job search and work readiness.  If you know someone who might be interested in the Directions support, then either complete a referral form (attached), or email us at:

directions@citizensadvicehalton.org.uk 

The draft Recommendations report following the Children & Young People's Assembly;has now been published. This is attached and a news story is on the website click here to read: https://www.vs6partnership.org.uk/news/cyp-recommendations

A survey on the draft recommendations is now live and you can complete the survey by clicking onto the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XWW3YG5

The deadline for completion of the survey is noon Monday 15th June.

Please find attached the second edition of the One Halton Newsletter.   Please remember if you have anything you wish to share amongst the One Halton Partners, all contributions are very welcome. Please send them either directly to Angela Cole on angela.cole12@nhs.net or the generic email which is onehalton@halton.gov.uk they would love to hear from you sharing good news stories and innovation.

Co-op Local Community Fund

The next round of the Co-op's Local Community Fund is now available for local causes and local community groups to apply for.  As a guide in terms of criteria, if the cause/charity is supporting those most in need, is improving mental and physical wellbeing or building community resilience then they can apply. The closing date is Sunday 28th June 2020.  Follow the link  below for more information and a portal to apply through.  

https://causes.coop.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR2HY0uwLqXskSY1QnbgL5ym8tmUqBSlJcUm_AKeG6nMCau526tidVZEFh8 

VS6 Publishes VCFSE Recovery Paper 9th June 2020

The VS6 Parternship has today published a paper demonstrating the contribution of the Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) Sector in the emergency response across the Liverpool City Region, and their involvement in recovery planning. A copy has been sent to the Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.  This paper provides an overview of the involvement of VCFSE organisations in the emergency response to Covid-19 across Liverpool City Region, lists some of the emerging issues currently faced by the sector and makes a number of recommendations for consideration in the post-Covid-19 recovery planning.

It contains several recommendations for recovery planning, namely:

  • Involve local VCFSE leaders in a relevant and proportionate way in all recovery planning and governance arrangements.
  • Engage with the sector and with communities through existing VCFSE sector networks and representative bodies.
  • Ensure VCFSE services and support offers are embedded in the CV-19 response through the living with Covid and build back better periods.

In terms of strengthening support for a resilient VCFSE sector in the future, recommendations include:

  • Work with VCFSE leaders across LCR to describe a sustainable VCFSE ‘ecosystem’ which outlasts the current emergency.
  • Support the strengthening of volunteer management and coordination capacity.
  • Use the voice and reach of the public sector to give a platform for the VCFSE sector’s successes and concerns.
  • LCR public sector organisations should support the financial and business security of the sector both directly and indirectly.

The full report can be viewed here.

Latest vacancies from DWP attached and information on mental health e learning course at home

Welcome to the Volunteers Week 2020 Review 

What a week we had - if even in a virtual world and far from the usual in person events and celebrations we've had in the past.  It felt strange to be doing things digitally but the response we had was outstanding.  We know lots of you were also celebrating - saying thank you to your volunteers for all of their contributions throughout the year.  With some staying at home either shielding or isolating for health reasons, it will have been a big boost to know that they are still valued and are not forgotten.  

We wanted to recognise the efforts of those 1200 volunteers who signed up to support their communities through our volunteering portal www.volunteering.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk and have started to gather volunteer stories that we can use throughout the year to promote.

Our twitter feed was full of your thanks and recognition to your volunteers showcasing some of the ingenuity our sector has in celebrating from a distance. Thank you for tagging us in.

Here's a quick round up of the highlights and links to the legacy that was Virtual Volunteers Week 2020

 

Claire Redford-Kerr, VCA & WHH NHS Trust Volunteering Lead

Read Claire's reflections on how things have changed in the wonderful world of volunteering since she fell into her career with Halton & St Helens VCA back in 2001. Click here to read more 

Volunteers Week #Cheers for the Volunteers 

VCA staff contributed to this national appreciation of Volunteers across England when we got to say thanks with @NAVCA. Check out both videos and see if you recognise anyone

https://youtu.be/QwhJtx6OfT0

https://youtu.be/DdckWJw6Zz0

During Volunteers Week we shared 4 podcats which you can listen to again using this link https://vcaradio.com/

  • The first of our Volunteers Week Podcasts celebrated some of the VCFSE groups in Halton. We asked them how volunteers ha supported their efforts during Covid 19 and how they thank them.  During the podcast you’ll hear from Torie Begg from Sew HaltonMark Lunney from Age UK Mid MerseyBilly Jones from Veterans Community Force Halton CIC and Hitesh Patel from Citizens Advice Halton.
  • The second of our Volunteers Week Podcasts celebrated some of the incredible volunteers from Halton and St Helens who have been responding to request for help posted on the VCA’s Volunteer Portal. We ask the volunteers how they first got involved, what they think they had gotten out of it and what their personal highlights had been. During the podcast you’ll hear from Martin Dunlop & Mary Didsbury (from Runcorn), Kathryn Geraghty (from Widnes) and Catherine EmleyPaula Drake, Femi Ogunshakin & Paul Jameson (from St Helens).
  • The third of our Volunteers Week Podcasts celebrated our partnership work with colleagues in the statutory sector in Halton & St Helens. We asked them about the role volunteers have played in supporting residents during Covid 19, as well as the future of volunteering in both boroughs. During the podcast you’ll hear from Cllr Rob Polhil & Nicki Goodwin from Halton Borough Council and Cllr Seve Gomez-Aspron & Sarah Bullock from St Helens Council
  • The fourth of our Volunteers Week Podcasts celebrated some of the VCFSE groups in St Helens. We asked them how volunteers have supported their efforts during Covid 19 and how they thank them.  During the podcast you’ll hear from Gill Ellison (St Helens MIND)Kim Hughes (Apex Trust)Claire Eddleston (Positive Life Workshops CIC) and Sam Lewis (Sam’s Diamonds)

Volunteer Virtual Celebration Event 

The finale of the week was the Volunteers Virtual Celebration Event which was a first for us and very different from our usual events, we were joined on zoom by almost 100 volunteers, coordinators and statutory sector partners, We were also joined by local St Helens volunteer and Comedian Johnny Vegas, we captured as many faces as we could of those who attended see attached and see if you recognise anyone. 

Our colleagues BHIB Charities Insurance have kindly agreed that we can share the following: 

Following the return to work announcements, the immediate reaction of many charities and voluntary organisations will be wanting to start providing services again from your offices as soon as possible. However, it is important that your building is equipped for reopening with safety measures in place. The current policies and risk assessments you have in place may no longer be sufficient and may need to be adapted and changed.

To support you with this, BHIB Charities Insurance have created a FREE ‘Charity Reopening Checklist’ and a ‘General Workplace Risk Assessment’ which we hope you will find useful. We have detailed them both below with links to download them for free.

COVID-19 – Charity Recovery/Reopening Health, Safety & Fire Checklist/Risk Assessment

This checklist aims to list some of the key issues that charities and voluntary organisations should consider prior to reopening. It should facilitate charities in reviewing your internal policies, risk assessments and safe systems of work to make sure they are still relevant, as well as ensure the charity has considered how staff and volunteers will return to work safely.

Download the Checklist here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Business Recovery/Re-opening – Health, Safety & Fire Checklist/Risk Assessment

COVID-19 – General Workplace Risk Assessment

This generic Risk Assessment aims to support charities getting back to their regular place of work. It is not likely to cover all scenarios and each charity should consider their own unique circumstances. Much more specific assessments may look quite different although many of the principles will still be relevant.

Download the Risk Assessment here: COVID-19 - General Workplace Risk Assessment

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

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

As we move into the next phase of the Covid 19 crisis we will be updating groups with helpful guidance to help you manage the transitions click here for Recovery and Resilience resources and information. 

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

 

Cheers for Volunteers 

It's National Volunteers Week and some of our staff have contributed to this national appreciation of Volunteers across England to say thanks with @NAVCA Check out both videos and see if you recognise anyone

https://youtu.be/QwhJtx6OfT0

https://youtu.be/DdckWJw6Zz0

 

Volunteers Week 2020 you can stil join in to thank your volunteers

Join us in our Virtual Celebration of Volunteers Week to raise a glass and a virtual #cheersforvolunteers & quick quiz too.  Are you joining us? Online get together to celebrate Volunteers Week 2020.   This will be really informal with maybe a little quiz but we do have.... wait for it..... A LOCAL CELEBRITY COMEDIAN who will be drawing our raffle... yes a FREE RAFFLE for all volunteers who register.. so to get the link and your chance to get a ‘virtual’ raffle ticket for your chance to win one of 5 amazing prizes such as a Afternoon Tea for 2 at Home, Vouchers etc  Registration is necessary using the link below 

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=342&reset=1

 

Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission during the coronavirus pandemic

Guidance for trustees on what matters may need to be reported as a serious incident during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for more details

 

DWP update 29th May 2020

Click here for the latest update from DWP with information on 

  • NHS Test and Trace service
  • Tell Us Once service awareness
  • Guide for pension savers
  • Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is now live
  • Looking Out For Each Other campaign

 

Comic Relief are looking for BAME led partners to help distribute funds

Comic Relief say: "Recent research by Ubele Initiative has shown how years of reduced funding to organisations led by and serving BAME communities has further reduced the frontline support now available and means that many smaller organisations are now at greater risk of closure. This information and the call to action from #Charitysowhite has led us to review who our funding is currently reaching and how that reflects the needs of under-served and/or minoritized communities across the UK.  "We know we can’t do this alone so we’re seeking BAME led organisations to partner with to meet our aim of ensuring funding reaches underserved communities. We are looking for partners with the ability, expertise, networks and knowledge to distribute funding quickly to a diverse range of locally rooted BAME led and focused organisations across the UK.  We have ring fenced a budget of £650,000 for this opportunity."  The deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 8 June 2020. More information here.

 

Bereavement Information and Support for St Helens residents during COVID19

Information from our colleagues at St Helens Council 

As the pandemic continues to develop and impact on all of our lives, we want to reassure you that our priority is to continue to provide the highest standards of service while protecting the health and wellbeing of the bereaved, our staff, your staff, you and the public at large.  Please read our information and support for St Helens residents who are experiencing bereavement or loss during the pandemic.

 And link to our website

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/births-deaths-and-marriages/deaths-funerals-and-cremation/covid-19-information-for-funeral-directors-and-mourners/

 

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

Thanks to all the groups who responded to our request to share your data so we can demonstrate the work of the sector to our local partners and decision makers. Click here to view the latest infographics for the sector 

 

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

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. This will be an interactive session with a mix of breakouts and whole group work; the session will include:

  • How to tell your story and effectively work with journalists
  • Top tips about engaging with different forms of media
  • A case study from a charity who will share their experience of successfully working with the media during the pandemic and the chance to ask them questions
  • The opportunity to discuss with other small charities practical ways to get your voice heard about the impact of COVID-19 and how you can push for 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. During the session we will support you to:

  • Feel safe to explore your feelings and thoughts around loss in relation to COVID-19
  • Develop tools to process your feelings of grief and strategies to build resilience
  • Feel confident to support and encourage others to cultivate their resilience

The session will be delivered in a way that means you can participate anonymously, if you'd prefer, creating a safe space for you to share your thoughts, ask questions and for this conversation to take place.

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

It’s Volunteers Week and seemed fitting really that I reflect on how things have changed in the wonderful world of volunteering since I fell into my career with Halton & St Helens VCA back in 2001.

Back then being the newbie and surrounded by a small team who had a wealth of history and knowledge of the voluntary sector I was excited and daunted by my new role.  Volunteering development – an alien concept in some ways but being a regular volunteer from the age of 14 I wanted to help others experience the buzz that giving to others or causes that you are passionate about can make you feel.  I volunteered at 14 as a peer mentor for a young womens health project – providing confidential safe spaces for girls to be open about relationships to bring down a high teenage pregnancy rate. It seemed like I had dropped in on my dream job.

Over the years there have been some significant events nationally and regionally that have called for the support of volunteers and without their involvement would have increased costs or hindered progress.  Times to celebrate and bring people together, In 2001, Manchester held the Commonwealth Games, Liverpool became the Capital of Culture in 2008 and 2012 was the London Olympic Games.  Volunteers then were #nevermoreneeded.  Times of joy and celebration that many clambered to take up and be part of and they did in their droves with lots of disappointment for those that didn’t make it.

Throughout that time volunteering has increasingly been brought into the forefront of people’s minds, recruiting volunteers more competitive and their deployment intrinsic to national, regional and local people and place strategies – had we started to lose the sense of that individual “the Volunteer”.

Over the years, we’ve started to build steep steps for those potential volunteers to climb before they can get involved and it becomes just as hard to “bag” that much sought after volunteer role as it is to get your dream job.  Interviews, screening processes and a myriad of training you must fulfil before we can let you get going.  Do not get me wrong we are in a world where safety is paramount for the beneficiaries of support and organisations providing that support.  There are roles that have to have those high-level screening processes but over the years caution has sometimes stifled that natural human response to help in the world of formal volunteering.  Potential volunteers get frustrated, lose motivation and get disappointed.  We lose sight of the wealth of experience, knowledge and motivation being offered to us ready and willing.  The clock starts ticking the moment they submit their name on a website; call, leave a voicemail or knock on your door and say “Hi, I want to volunteer…” Harness that passion right from the beginning.

The motivations of volunteers are as broad as fashion choices through the 80’s.  You can’t pin them down to one thing and they will change over time, because people’s lives change, and their experiences change.   I always ask our volunteers why and I listen intently – I want to make sure that I know who they are and that I give them the best experience I can.  I know I’m not going to get it right all of the time and sometimes we can’t meet their motivations and expectations so be honest.  A good Volunteer Manager will have a volunteers’ journey as the central focus in their work.

No matter what is happening in the world there are people out there who want to help – its human nature and coming back to this year, the pandemic took us into a darker place.  Our communities are scared and vulnerable because of an invisible enemy.  The simple act of a human touch has been taken away and its impact sends ever increasing circles of helplessness impacting mental health, isolation, health and wellbeing. 

This last 12 weeks have highlighted volunteering at its best formally and informally.  The demand for ways volunteers can engage has far outweighed the need for the first time I can remember since those large celebratory events.  The altruistic nature of volunteering lives on as people are desperate to help. Organisations struggled with the recruitment journey, worried about this new wave of people coming forwards and fought with their robust systems against quick turnaround. Rabbits caught in headlights in a professional world.  People did what they needed to do on the ground in their own communities regardless and connected on a street by street level – offering their help to strangers they have lived alongside for years maybe.  Organisations have started to see the problem of the steps we’ve put in their way.  We’ve made that volunteering journey harder and we need to change.

Simple everyday tasks became impossible for a lot of our communities so quick and easy community tasks were created to give those people who wanted to help the ability to do so in short bitesize pieces. We had to work out different ways to screen people and how we can get them the information they need to play their part safely. Changing our engagement meant people were supported quicker and in a shorter time frame and the impact on both the people receiving support and those giving it has been astounding.  Those volunteers have had the best experience in the most testing of times and they still want to give.  We need to harness this into the future.

 

Is this a volunteering revolution?

Claire Redford-Kerr, VCA & WHH NHS Trust Volunteering Lead 

 

 

 

Bereavement Information and Support for St Helens residents during COVID19

Information from our colleagues at St Helens Council 

As the pandemic continues to develop and impact on all of our lives, we want to reassure you that our priority is to continue to provide the highest standards of service while protecting the health and wellbeing of the bereaved, our staff, your staff, you and the public at large.

Please read our information and support for St Helens residents who are experiencing bereavement or loss during the pandemic.

 And link to our website

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/births-deaths-and-marriages/deaths-funerals-and-cremation/covid-19-information-for-funeral-directors-and-mourners/

Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission during the coronavirus pandemic

Guidance from the Charity Commision for trustees on what matters may need to be reported as a serious incident during the coronavirus pandemic. 

We appreciate that during the coronavirus pandemic the charity sector will face extremely demanding and ever-changing challenges. Charities’ primary interest must be looking after the beneficiaries they serve.

It is still important during the pandemic that trustees are aware of matters that may need to be reported as a serious incident. Timely reporting of serious incidents enables us to provide advice and guidance to charities where required. It also helps us to gain a better understanding of the risks facing the sector, which is particularly important now as we seek to understand how the pandemic is impacting on charities.

Our guidance on serious incident reporting continues to be the main resource for helping trustees to decide whether to report. However, we appreciate that the pandemic is giving rise to some unprecedented challenges and scenarios that were not envisaged when this guidance was published.

We have therefore produced a supplementary examples table to help trustees to decide if they need to report an incident that is related to the pandemic. Trustees should still exercise their judgement in deciding whether an incident is significant in the context of their charity, taking account of its staff, operations, finances and/or reputation. However, some key things for trustees to consider are:

  • having to take action to meet government rules, such as closing premises, should not be considered to be a significant incident in itself. It is the impact of this action on the charity that is key to determining if this should be reported
  • we usually expect charities to report any financial losses that don’t involve a crime where they exceed either £25,000 or 20% of the charity’s income. However, these thresholds do not apply when considering financial losses that are related to the pandemic. Trustees should focus on the significance of the impact of any losses rather than the amount
  • trustees may still delegate to others, such as staff members, the responsibility for deciding which incidents should be reported to us. However, such decisions should be reported back to the trustees, who remain ultimately responsible for them
  • use our online form to submit reports, which should be submitted as soon as is reasonably possible after the incident or when the charity becomes aware that a significant harm or loss is highly likely. Remember to use the form to tell us about what the charity is doing about the incident
  • where trustees consider reporting an incident but decide not to report it, they should keep a brief record of their decision and the reasons for it

When deciding how to respond to the reports we receive, we will continue to prioritise those that indicate individuals are at risk or that there is a risk of serious harm to a charity’s work. We will also prioritise reports where we identify that trustees require advice and guidance from us to help them to deal with an incident. This is why it is important to tell us what the charity is doing about the incident.

Latest update attached from DWP with information on 

  • NHS Test and Trace service
  • Tell Us Once service awareness
  • Guide for pension savers
  • Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme is now live
  • Looking Out For Each Other campaign

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

As we move into the next phase of the Covid 19 crisis we will be updating groups with helpful guidance to help you manage the transitions click here for Recovery and Resilience resources and information. 

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

 

Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund (LADGF)

From 1st June 2020, Halton Council will start to receive applications for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund (LADGF).

The Government announced it is making additional funding available to allow the Council on 1st May 2020 and finalised its guidance on 26th May 2020. This funding is to support small businesses that have been affected by COVID19 but are outside the scope of the existing small business grants scheme and retail, hospitality and leisure scheme. This scheme is for businesses who have so far received no support during the COVID19 crisis.

Based upon the Government guidance and the identified priorities of the Council, four grant regimes will be available from 1st to 30th June 2020:

  • Shared Space Grant
  • Charitable Sector Support Grant
  • Bed & Breakfast Support Grant
  • Businesses either working from home and/or other locally owned businesses in other premises

Click here for more details 

 

Volunteers Week 2020

Here at the Volunteer Centres we are preparing for a week packed with celebrations of everything that is volunteering.  Some of the features we will be highlighting include:

  • Interviews with some of our volunteers on their experience of volunteering through the pandemic and what it means to them.
  • Interviews with some of our local authority partners to thank everyone in our community that has stepped up and supported those most vulnerable.
  • Interviews with some of our members who engage volunteers in the work they do and how important it is to them and the people they support.
  • A virtual Volunteers Week Quiz - with some raffle prizes and hopefully a special guest (we're working on this).
  • A national "Cheers for Volunteers" campaign to say a massive thank you from the nation to every single volunteer for their help and support - not just through the pandemic.  Volunteers have been engaging in many ways throughout the year supporting you as organisations too.
  • We also want to know what you are doing and how we can support you in promoting the fantastic work you do with your volunteers.

Here’s What We Need You To Do:

  1. We want to feature you and your organisation in celebrating all that volunteers have done for you over the past year. We want to know why they mean so much to you.  Click here for a document which you can download and print or replicate in your own way and write on "I love volunteers because"... If you could either get someone to take a photo or if you're happy doing a quick video of no more than say 10 seconds and email that in to our volunteer@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk email address - we will be able to pull together a short animation that we will use on our social media, website and future celebrational material.  Submission of any media will be providing us with consent to use it for the purposes outlined.
  2. Tell us what you are doing to celebrate – do you have any case studies we can feature throughout the week alongside our current programme to say how great Halton and St Helens are in engaging volunteers to enhance your services and provide additional benefits to the people you are there to support?
  3. Engage in the national campaign #CheersforVolunteers – spread the word so we can make a big noise about Volunteers and the difference they make to our communities.
  4. If you would like us to invite a volunteer to our Volunteer Quiz and have them take part in the raffle – send us their name, postal and email address so that we can send them an invite and a raffle ticket.  If you’d like to come along you can register here

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=342&reset=1

  1. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  For now Thank You for putting yourself forwards in the first place, it shows the true altruism of volunteering.

Cheers for Volunteers 

It's National Volunteers Week and some of our staff have contributed to this national appreciation of Volunteers across England to say thanks with @NAVCA

https://youtu.be/QwhJtx6OfT0

 

Mental health free online platform for adults in St Helens launches
From 1st June adults aged 26 and above will be able to access mental health and wellbeing support online for free thanks to a new service for St Helens residents.  Qwell is an online counselling and support service which aims to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of adults in St Helens by providing an early response to emotional wellbeing and/or emerging mental health needs. This enables any issue to be addressed promptly, and prevent problems from escalating and requiring a more specialist response such as face to face intervention or crisis.

Children and young people in St Helens aged 11-25 already have access to Kooth.com and following the success of this platform, especially during lockdown, Qwell which is from the same team, is aimed specially at adults and provides:

  • Online emotional wellbeing and mental health support service seven days a week, 365 days a year, with counsellors online from 12 noon to 10pm Monday to Friday and 6pm to 10pm at weekends
  • An accessible, safe, secure, moderated website with online community features
  • Qwell is a confidential service which adults anonymously access therapy and self-help content, with links to other appropriate services
  • Adults aged 26 and above who are registered with a St Helens GP can visit www.qwell.io from today to sign up to the Qwell website.

 

Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC Job Vacancies 

Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC have job vacancies for the following roles:

  • Accommodation Support Worker - 37.5 hours per week
  • Mental Health Support Worker - 37.5 hours per week
  • Mental Health IT / Office Administrator - 20 hours per week
  • Office and Accommodation Cleaner - 20 hours per week
  • Handyman / Gardener - 20 hours per week

Expected start date 22nd June. The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm on Friday 12th June.  Click here for more details about the roles and how to request an application form.

 

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is making £5m available for its second phase of funding for May to December 2020.

Funding will include

  • Emergency grants for current grantees who are facing immediate financial crisis
  • 12-month grant extensions for current grantees with ongoing projects
  • Grant increases to enable current grantees to meet costs associated with adapting activities in order to sustain work.

The Trust will also launch a Covid-19 Initiatives Fund over the summer which will be open to grantees and non-grantees, to support new initiatives rooted in the values of equity, rights, peace, climate justice and power and accountability that either a) challenge current responses to and narratives about the crisis, or b) build support for systemic change in a post-Covid society.

Click here to find out more.

 

ACAS National E-Connect newsletter

Have you signed up for the ACAS National E-Connect newsletter it has lots of useful information on Coronavirus advice and resources.  Click here to subcribe for a copy directly to your inbox. 

 

Government Guidance

The Government has recently updated its advice/guidance/rules on what you can and can't, or should and shouldn't, do as the lockdown eases.

Here are some updated links which you might find useful:

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do - updated 1 Jun 2020

Guidance on shielding - updated 31 May 2020

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - updated 29 May 2020

Working safely during COVID-19 - updated 29 May 2020

Test and trace: workplace guidance - updated 27 May 2020

You can find all the Government's Guidance on coronavirus at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Legionella risks during the coronavirus outbreak

For the latest guidance on legionella from the HSE click here

 

Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council 1st June 2020

Click here for the Latest Monthly coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council dated dated 1st June 2020.  Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates directly to your inbox

 

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

Thanks to all the groups who responded to our request to share your data so we can demonstrate the work of the sector to our local partners and decision makers. Click here to view the latest infographics for the sector 

 

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

Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC Job Vacancies 

Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC have job vacancies for the following roles:

  • Accommodation Support Worker - 37.5 hours per week
  • Mental Health Support Worker - 37.5 hours per week
  • Mental Health IT / Office Administrator - 20 hours per week
  • Office and Accommodation Cleaner - 20 hours per week
  • Handyman / Gardener - 20 hours per week

Expected start date 22nd June. The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 5pm on Friday 12th June.  See attached for more details about the roles.

Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund (LADGF)

From 1st June 2020, Halton Council will start to receive applications for the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund (LADGF).

The Government announced it is making additional funding available to allow the Council on 1st May 2020 and finalised its guidance on 26th May 2020. This funding is to support small businesses that have been affected by COVID19 but are outside the scope of the existing small business grants scheme and retail, hospitality and leisure scheme. This scheme is for businesses who have so far received no support during the COVID19 crisis.

Based upon the Government guidance and the identified priorities of the Council, four grant regimes will be available from 1st to 30th June 2020:

  • Shared Space Grant
  • Charitable Sector Support Grant
  • Bed & Breakfast Support Grant
  • Businesses either working from home and/or other locally owned businesses in other premises

To ensure the discretionary grants are awarded to those small businesses most impacted by COVID19 an assessment will be undertaken against a number of criteria including:

  • The business must have no more than 50 employees;
  • The business must be a solvent business that was trading on 11th March 2020;
  • The business must have ongoing property costs;
  • The business has been significantly financially affected by COVID19;
  • The business has not received other relevant grant support from Central Government apart from the Furlough Scheme.

Businesses which have received cash grants from any Central Government scheme for COVID19 are ineligible for funding from the Discretionary Grant Fund.

For further information on how to apply.

An application form must be accompanied by all relevant information in order for it to be processed.

Other Business Support

The main source of information for all business support during the coronavirus crisis remains the UK Government web site at www.businesssupport.gov.uk or alternatively Liverpool City Region Growth Platform site at https://growthplatform.org/business-covid-19-advice/

Please refer to the above websites in the first instance for up to date information.

If, however, you’d rather speak to someone locally please call Halton Borough Council’s Business Development Team on 0151 511 7825 or email business@halton.gov.uk

We appreciate that this is a very difficult time but we are assured by government that they are exploring every possible avenue to provide support to businesses and to that end the Council and other public sector organisations are working hard to put in place the systems necessary to make that happen.

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is making £5m available for its second phase of funding for May to December 2020.

Funding will include

  • Emergency grants for current grantees who are facing immediate financial crisis
  • 12-month grant extensions for current grantees with ongoing projects
  • Grant increases to enable current grantees to meet costs associated with adapting activities in order to sustain work.

The Trust will also launch a Covid-19 Initiatives Fund over the summer which will be open to grantees and non-grantees, to support new initiatives rooted in the values of equity, rights, peace, climate justice and power and accountability that either a) challenge current responses to and narratives about the crisis, or b) build support for systemic change in a post-Covid society.

Click here to find out more.

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

As we move into the next phase of the Covid 19 crisis we will be updating groups with helpful guidance to help you manage the transitions click here for Recovery and Resilience resources and information. 

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

 

Volunteers Week 2020

Here at the Volunteer Centres we are preparing for a week packed with celebrations of everything that is volunteering.  Some of the features we will be highlighting include:

  • Interviews with some of our volunteers on their experience of volunteering through the pandemic and what it means to them.
  • Interviews with some of our local authority partners to thank everyone in our community that has stepped up and supported those most vulnerable.
  • Interviews with some of our members who engage volunteers in the work they do and how important it is to them and the people they support.
  • A virtual Volunteers Week Quiz - with some raffle prizes and hopefully a special guest (we're working on this).
  • A national "Cheers for Volunteers" campaign to say a massive thank you from the nation to every single volunteer for their help and support - not just through the pandemic.  Volunteers have been engaging in many ways throughout the year supporting you as organisations too.
  • We also want to know what you are doing and how we can support you in promoting the fantastic work you do with your volunteers.

Here’s What We Need You To Do:

  1. We want to feature you and your organisation in celebrating all that volunteers have done for you over the past year. We want to know why they mean so much to you.  Click here for a document which you can download and print or replicate in your own way and write on "I love volunteers because"... If you could either get someone to take a photo or if you're happy doing a quick video of no more than say 10 seconds and email that in to our volunteer@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk email address - we will be able to pull together a short animation that we will use on our social media, website and future celebrational material.  Submission of any media will be providing us with consent to use it for the purposes outlined.
  2. Tell us what you are doing to celebrate – do you have any case studies we can feature throughout the week alongside our current programme to say how great Halton and St Helens are in engaging volunteers to enhance your services and provide additional benefits to the people you are there to support?
  3. Engage in the national campaign #CheersforVolunteers – spread the word so we can make a big noise about Volunteers and the difference they make to our communities.
  4. If you would like us to invite a volunteer to our Volunteer Quiz and have them take part in the raffle – send us their name, postal and email address so that we can send them an invite and a raffle ticket.  If you’d like to come along you can register here

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=342&reset=1

  1. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  For now Thank You for putting yourself forwards in the first place, it shows the true altruism of volunteering.

Cheers for Volunteers 

It's National Volunteers Week and some of our staff have contributed to this national appreciation of Volunteers across England to say thanks with @NAVCA

https://youtu.be/QwhJtx6OfT0

 

Test and trace system kicks off 1st June

A team of 25,000 contact tracers will text, email and call those who test positive for the virus and find out who they have been in contact with over the last couple of weeks. Any of those thought to be at risk of infection will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.  

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was confident that the "vast majority of people" would participate in the voluntary system

Read the full article here.

 

Christmas Challenge 2020 Applications Now Open

The Christmas Challenge gives your donors the chance to double their donations as you raise vital funds for your work.  Deadline for the stage 1 application is 5pm Friday 3rd July. The deadline to collect the pledges is 5pm Friday 28th August. Remember you can start collecting your pledges as soon as you have submitted your stage 1 application, so the sooner that is submitted, the more time you have to collect the pledges.

For more information and to register, pease click the link below:

https://www.thebiggive.org.uk/s/christmas-challenge

 

iCAN Warning: Grants Scams

Halton Trading Standards has recently seen an increase of Grant scam emails. These emails suggest that you have been selected to receive a grant, there is no cost to receiving the grant they just need you to complete a form with your personal details. This is a scam, they are after your personal details. Below is the wording from one of these scam emails:

We screen your profile and see that you qualify based on your income
level to receive grant that you do not need to repay. A group of donors
sponsor the grant to help people and businesses during this Covid-19.

If you are interested, contact us to fill out the grant form. We have
been paid to screen and process the grant, no fee is required from you
or information which could lead to financial loss or identity theft.

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

 

Social media image size guide – Infographic

Ever wanted to design a really good profile pic or image header for your Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or LinkedIn page but couldn't quite get the dimensions right?  Then click here. This is a handy guide setting out the dimensions for each profile/header image across all the main social media sites. 

 

HMRC Update 

For the latest information on furloughing staff click here 

 

Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council 25th May 2020

Click here for the Latest Monthly coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council dated dated 25th May 2020.  Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates directly to your inbox

 

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

Thanks to all the groups who responded to our request to share your data so we can demonstrate the work of the sector to our local partners and decision makers. Click here to view the latest infographics for the sector 

 

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

Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council 1st June 2020

Attached is the Latest Monthly coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council dated dated 1st June 2020.  Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates directly to your inbox

Welcome to Volunteers Week we look forward to hearing from you and sharing your stories about your wonderful volunteers 

Dear Colleagues

Here at the Volunteer Centres we are preparing for a week packed with celebrations of everything that is volunteering.  Some of the features we will be highlighting include:

  • Interviews with some of our volunteers on their experience of volunteering through the pandemic and what it means to them.
  • Interviews with some of our local authority partners to thank everyone in our community that has stepped up and supported those most vulnerable.
  • Interviews with some of our members who engage volunteers in the work they do and how important it is to them and the people they support.
  • A virtual Volunteers Week Quiz - with some raffle prizes and hopefully a special guest (we're working on this).
  • A national "Cheers for Volunteers" campaign to say a massive thank you from the nation to every single volunteer for their help and support - not just through the pandemic.  Volunteers have been engaging in many ways throughout the year supporting you as organisations too.
  • We also want to know what you are doing and how we can support you in promoting the fantastic work you do with your volunteers.

Here’s What We Need You To Do:

  1. We want to feature you and your organisation in celebrating all that volunteers have done for you over the past year. We want to know why they mean so much to you. 
    Attached is a document which you can download and print or replicate in your own way and write on "I love volunteers because"... If you could either get someone to take a photo or if you're happy doing a quick video of no more than say 10 seconds and email that in to our volunteer@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk email address - we will be able to pull together a short animation that we will use on our social media, website and future celebrational material.  Submission of any media will be providing us with consent to use it for the purposes outlined.
  2. Tell us what you are doing to celebrate – do you have any case studies we can feature throughout the week alongside our current programme to say how great Halton and St Helens are in engaging volunteers to enhance your services and provide additional benefits to the people you are there to support?
  3. Engage in the national campaign #CheersforVolunteers – spread the word so we can make a big noise about Volunteers and the difference they make to our communities.
  4. If you would like us to invite a volunteer to our Volunteer Quiz and have them take part in the raffle – send us their name, postal and email address so that we can send them an invite and a raffle ticket.  If you’d like to come along you can register here

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=342&reset=1

  1. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  For now Thank You for putting yourself forwards in the first place, it shows the true altruism of volunteering.

Best Wishes

Claire Redford-Kerr

Volunteering Lead

in partnership with St Helens Council #sthelenstogether and Halton Borough Council #onehalton

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 

 

As we move into the next phase of the Covid 19 crisis we will be updating groups with helpful guidance to help you manage the transitions click here for Recovery and Resilience resources and information. 

 

iCAN Warning: The NHS Test and Trace service launches today - beware of scams

The service has been introduced to allow the NHS to trace the spread of the virus, isolate new infections and play a vital role in giving early warning if the virus is increasing again, locally or nationally.  It is highly likely that scammers will make phone calls, send texts and emails pretending to be from NHS Test and Trace in order to obtain your personal details. Learn how to identify a genuine contact tracer from a scammer:  

Genuine NHS contact tracers will:

  • call you from 0300 013 5000
  • send you text messages from ‘NHS’
  • ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace contact-tracing website
  • ask for your full name and date of birth to confirm your identity, and postcode to offer support while self-isolating
  • ask about the coronavirus symptoms you have been experiencing
  • ask you to provide the name, telephone number and/or email address of anyone you have had close contact with in the 2 days prior to your symptoms starting
  • ask if anyone you have been in contact with is under 18 or lives outside of England

Contact tracers will never:

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product of any kind
  • ask for any details about your bank account
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts
  • provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS

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.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

 

Spread the word - Metro Mayor Conversation With Young People 3rd June 2020

The Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, is holding an online conversation with the young people of the Liverpool City Region about the current and future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives.

The event will take place on Wednesday 3rd June from 3:30pm to 5:00pm and the conversation will be led by young people.

Participants in the call will be able to submit questions to the Metro Mayor in writing during the conversation and also take part in online flash polls on all of the main issues affecting young people.  They will not appear on camera or be able to speak via their microphone during the event.

The results of this conversation will help to shape the Metro Mayor's response to the pandemic, influencing plans and policies.  He will also share the feedback with the Prime Minister so that the views of and issues raised by the young people of our area are heard loudly and clearly!

The event is suitable for young people from the ages of 13 to 18, extending up to the age of 25 for those with special educational needs and or disabilities.

Please spread the world to the young people who you work with. The registration link is here:  

https://app.livestorm.co/commonplace/conversation-young-people-mayor-covid-19

 

Coronavirus and mental health at work

Acas has released new guidance and resources to help employers and employees cope in these challenging times.

 

Vit D and PHE active at home booklet

Thanks to our colleagues at St Helens Council for sharing the PHE active at home booklet (Click here) and information on why Vitamin D is so important for those who are currently shielding due to the Covid-19 virus 

Vitamin D

Key Message: Try to get your forearms, or lower legs into the sunshine for short periods of time (about 10 mins) every day, if this is not possible, consider taking Vitamin D supplement.    You could do this by sitting on you front step or sitting in your garden if you have one.  Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. It can be found in some foods such as oily fish, red meat, liver and egg yolks however it is difficult to get the recommended amount from just food alone. The other source of Vitamin D is sunlight however in the UK this is not always enough either and you can’t get it by standing by a window. A lack of vitamin D is very common. It’s thought that as many as 20% of adults and children have low levels.  It is recommended that everyone takes a Vitamin D supplement of 10micrograms a day during the winter months (October to March) when sunlight is limited.  There are particular people who are more at risk of insufficient Vitamin D levels than others such as those who cover their skin when outdoors, people who are not able to get outside and those in an institution such as a care home.  As you are currently shielding from the Covid-19 virus and may be unable to get outdoors, we suggest you consider taking a Vitamin D supplement daily. You can buy Vitamin D supplements from supermarkets or pharmacist; you may need to ask someone to pick up the vitamins for you. If you are taking medication or have a condition, please ring a pharmacist or GP before taking supplements.

For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

 

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

Thanks to our colleagues at St Helens Council for sharing the PHE active at home booklet (see attached) and information on why Vitamin D is so important for those who are currently shielding due to the Covid-19 virus 

Vitamin D

Key Message: Try to get your forearms, or lower legs into the sunshine for short periods of time (about 10 mins) every day, if this is not possible, consider taking Vitamin D supplement.    You could do this by sitting on you front step or sitting in your garden if you have one.

Vitamin D is needed for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. It can be found in some foods such as oily fish, red meat, liver and egg yolks however it is difficult to get the recommended amount from just food alone. The other source of Vitamin D is sunlight however in the UK this is not always enough either and you can’t get it by standing by a window. A lack of vitamin D is very common. It’s thought that as many as 20% of adults and children have low levels.

It is recommended that everyone takes a Vitamin D supplement of 10micrograms a day during the winter months (October to March) when sunlight is limited.

There are particular people who are more at risk of insufficient Vitamin D levels than others such as those who cover their skin when outdoors, people who are not able to get outside and those in an institution such as a care home.

As you are currently shielding from the Covid-19 virus and may be unable to get outdoors, we suggest you consider taking a Vitamin D supplement daily. You can buy Vitamin D supplements from supermarkets or pharmacist; you may need to ask someone to pick up the vitamins for you. If you are taking medication or have a condition, please ring a pharmacist or GP before taking supplements.

For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/

 

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 

 

Reopening High Streets Safely Fund Guidance

Guidance to help local authorities and partners to deliver activities supported through the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.

The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund is providing £50 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to councils across England to support the safe reopening of high streets and other commercial areas. This guidance provides details of the activities that can be supported through the Fund and an overview of how it will be administered, as well as key ERDF contractual requirements. View the launch of the Fund.

Charity Retail Association Have Published Their Reopening Pack

Version 3 of the Reopening Pack is available for download. The pack consists of helpful guidance for when we are given the green light to open up shops, and provides some suggestions of things to think about in the meantime. Please check the draft and upload date/time, as they are updating the pack as and when Government advice becomes available. 

https://www.charityretail.org.uk/we-have-published-our-reopening-pack

 

National Emergencies Trust encourages Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic organisations to apply for funding

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is encouraging charities and groups who serve the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to apply for funds.  Research shows that people of BAME background are at significantly increased risk of coronavirus.  The central aim of the NET is to distribute funds as quickly as possible to help those in urgent need, which is why it wants to encourage applications from charities that are supporting hard hit BAME communities.  The NET has partnered with UK Community Foundations to distribute the funds from its Coronavirus Appeal. Already the NET has supported thousands of charities and it knows that through identifying where the need is most and providing support, the funding can transform lives.  If you are part of a BAME organisation based anywhere in the United Kingdom and are looking for funding to provide relief for those in need, please find your local Community Foundation 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

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Has Your Group, Organisation Or Service Responded? 

Thanks to all the groups who responded to our request to share your data so we can demonstrate the work of the sector to our local partners and decision makers. Click here to view the latest infographics for the sector 

 

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

National Emergencies Trust encourages Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic organisations to apply for funding

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) is encouraging charities and groups who serve the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities to apply for funds.  Research shows that people of BAME background are at significantly increased risk of coronavirus.  The central aim of the NET is to distribute funds as quickly as possible to help those in urgent need, which is why it wants to encourage applications from charities that are supporting hard hit BAME communities.  The NET has partnered with UK Community Foundations to distribute the funds from its Coronavirus Appeal. Already the NET has supported thousands of charities and it knows that through identifying where the need is most and providing support, the funding can transform lives.  If you are part of a BAME organisation based anywhere in the United Kingdom and are looking for funding to provide relief for those in need, please find your local Community Foundation here.

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 

 

Final reminder to book a place on the St Helens VCSE Forum on Monday 1st June 

The next St Helens VCSE Forum meeting will be on Monday 1st June 10am to 12.30pm.  However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we will be conducting it online using Zoom (requires internet access only)  We are bringing key partners together to connect with the sector to provide and share key developments on St Helens Cares and we will update on key work and initiatives in St Helens.   To book a place click here

Minutes of the previous meetings can be found at:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/st-helens-vcse-forum

 

Welfare, Benefit and Employment Support survey we need to hear from Halton Groups 

Cheshire & Merseyside Health and Care Partnership recognise that the skill, energy and compassion of the VCSE sector is proving vital in keeping our communities strong and safe. We also recognise the huge pressure that this is putting on the sector’s staff, volunteers & budgets. 

One of the areas that we would like to find out more about is how the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector can support people who require welfare, benefit and employment support at this time in Halton . 

This will help us formulate a view about whether we need to try and influence for greater investment in this area and what additional capacity may be needed to manage the additional demand on these types of services. 

This piece of work is being led by staff from Halton and St Helen's VA and CVS Cheshire East who have been seconded to work for the CM Health and Care Partnership.   

We would appreciate your support by completing the following short survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BLGWD9G

 

Hospital Discharge survey, we need to hear from St Helens Groups 

Cheshire & Merseyside Health and Care Partnership recognise that the skill, energy and compassion of the VCSE sector is proving vital in keeping our communities strong and safe. We also recognise the huge pressure that this is putting on the sector’s staff, volunteers & budgets.

One of the areas that we would like to find out more about is how the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector can support the process around discharging people from hospital in St Helens.

This will help us formulate a view about whether we need to try and influence for greater investment in this area and what additional capacity may be needed to manage the additional demand on these types of services.

This piece of work is being led by staff from Halton and St Helen's VA and CVS Cheshire East who have been seconded to work for the CM Health and Care Partnership.  

We would appreciate your support by completing the following short survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CM_Out_of_Hospital

 

VS6 online consultation event for VCSE organisations working with children and young people – next Wednesday 27th May, 2.00 – 3.30pm.

Limited places (40-50 max).  1 person per organisation.  First come first served.  Deadline for bookings next Tuesday (26th) 12 noon.   VS6 would encourage any of our members working with children and young people to attend to provide their insight and feedback.

Bookings via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vs6-children-young-people-vcfse-assembly-tickets-105791057902

This event will give you the opportunity to share your views on the specific issues facing Children & Young People's organisations at the present time. Specific topic for discussion will include:

  • Practical return to safe working and the plans that exist
  • Issues and needs of young people as we come out of lockdown
  • Organisational impact on sustainability and funding

You will also hear from the Combined Authority about the research they have undertaken into the impact of Covid-19 across the region (speaker TBC). This is the first in a series of themed online-Assembly events to be hosted by VS6. Further dates and topics will be announced in due course.  This meeting will be hosted on Zoom and a link will be sent out the day before. Please see a QuickStart guide to using Zoom here.

 

iCAN Warning: Cervical Screening Text Messaging Scam

Halton Trading Standards have been made aware of scam regarding cervical screening. Some women are being contacted by text message, claiming to be from the call and recall service to advise they are overdue for screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details. These messages are not from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.

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

 

Latest COVID-19 update from HMRC 

To read the latest information on the coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme click here  

A word about scams Stay vigilant about scams which may mimic government messages as a way of appearing authentic and unthreatening. Search 'scams' on GOV‌.UK for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact. You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599.

 

Larger grants now available from the Heritage Emergency Fund

They are now welcoming applications for grants of £50,000-£250,000 to cover emergency costs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. These new grants are in addition to the existing £3,000-£50,000 level we launched in April. Applications for both are open until 30 June.  To read the latest bulletin dated 26th May click here 

 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update - St Helens CCG

Friday 22 May
Current Situation  Covid-19 continues to be the forefront of public debate and national headlines. We are working together as a health and care system in St Helens, along with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England taking guidance from the government and World Health Organisation, to monitor progress and work to delay the virus spreading. The situation locally and nationally is under constant review and we are doing all we can to keep our public safe.

National situation  As of 9am on 22 May, there have been 3,231,921 tests, with 140,497 tests on 21 May. 2,144,626 people have been tested of which 254,195 tested positive.  As of 5pm on 21 May, of those who tested positive for coronavirus across all settings, 36,393 have sadly died.  The government announced this week that a loss of smell or taste (known as anosmia) has been added to the UK’s list of coronavirus symptoms that people should look out for and self-isolate with. A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.  If you or someone you live with has any symptoms of coronavirus (anosmia, new and continuous cough and/or fever), you need to stay at home for seven days to stop the risk of passing coronavirus on to others. NHS England has warned of higher risks for diabetics as third of Covid-19 deaths are linked to the condition. However, for those under 40 with type one or type two diabetes, the threat was very low.  New NHS has revealed that 32% of the 24,739 Covid-19 deaths recorded in English hospitals up to May 17 were patients with diabetes, which is a rise on data last week which showed people with the condition made up more than a quarter of all deaths.  A dedicated helpline has also been introduced which is part of a package of measures already in place for people with diabetes or at risk, including the Diabetes Prevention Programme, which has helped almost 90,000 people who were at risk of type 2, to lose weight.

Actions being taken locally

Primary Care  Primary Care continues to function as a total triage model whilst plans are developed to reintroduce services in a ‘safe’ manner. All Practices are open and initial contact remains as online or by telephone but patients will be seen face to face if clinically necessary. Practices are still continuing to provide routine childhood immunisations and 6-8 week baby and new Mum checks. All St Helens Care Homes are now aligned to Primary Care Networks/Practices which ensures they will have a clinical lead overseeing the care of residents. Further communications regarding this will go out to Care Homes in the next week.

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (STHK)  As of 21 May the Trust has 81 positive COVID -19 inpatients with 85 pending results. The total number of patients that tested positive for COVID-19, who have been discharged since the beginning of the outbreak is 338 Sadly, the total number of patients that tested positive for COVID-19 and have died since the beginning of the outbreak is 185.  The Emergency Department is operating as normal; average daily attendance in the last 7 days is 257 compared to a usual figure of 350 per day. However this is a 4.5% increase in the past 7 days St Helens UTC is operating as normal; average daily attendance in the last 7 days is 76 compared to 120 per day. However this is almost a 5%increase in the past 7 days

Acute Hospital Services:  The Trust currently has no issues with bed capacity. In line with NHSE guidance The Trust is drawing up plans with social distancing and infection prevention measures in mind to undertake some additional operating and outpatient consultation for urgent patients, in addition to cancer patients, as part of our restoration plan.

Ann Marr joins Roy Lilley for live Webinar:  Ann Marr, Chief Executive, Rowan Pritchard Jones, Medical Director, and Rob Cooper, Director of Operations, will join NHS Commentator Roy Lilley to discuss the Trust’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the great work taking place across the Trust to continue to care for patients.  The Trust was announced as the North West Hub for the Institute of Healthcare Management (IHM) in February, and the webinar is the Institute’s latest online Healthchat series.

When: 5pm, Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Topic: HealthChat with Ann Marr & St Helens & Knowsley NHS Trust

Register in advance for this Zoom webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_vEsMjbEsSJKP7FYerf8roA

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NWB)

Mental Health Awareness Week
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (18 – 24 May) and the theme this year is kindness. The Trust has worked with partners to share messages about kindness and mental wellbeing and has been encouraging people to celebrate acts of kindness, to and from others. We’ve been delighted to see so many of our staff getting involved in their own acts of kindness and you can see some of these in our weekly #NWHeroes video  If you took part in acts of kindness this Mental Health Awareness Week, we’d love to see these too. You can share you acts of kindness tagging @NWBoroughsNHS on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

Service delivery during Covid-19  Information about how services are operating during the Covid-19 pandemic is available on the Trust’s website: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/changes-to-our-services

Advice for the public

Key messages

The updated summary public guidance can be found at: www.gov.uk/coronavirus  The latest health advice for the public is available at: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus Handwashing remains the most effective way to kill the virus – washing more often for longer with soap and hot water – especially after you have been outside your house.  The ‘help us to help you’ campaign from NHS England urges patients to seek urgent care if they need it following concerns that patients who have suffered strokes and heart problems have stayed away because of fears over coronavirus.  The campaign next week will focus on mental health services to tie with mental health awareness week and the week after, heart problems. Regarding the link between diabetes and Covid-19, the advice is that If you are concerned about your diabetes during the coronavirus pandemic, the NHS is here to help. Contact your GP Practice or Diabetes team.

 

 

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

Coronavirus Community Support Fund 

Commuity Fund have released a press release about the Coronavirus Community Suport Fund that will open Friday 22nd May at 10 am. This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

The Fund has two key objectives:

To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.

To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

The full statement and details of how to apply to the fund, can be found by clicking the link below:

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2020-05-20/statement-about-the-coronavirus-community-support-fund

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 

 

Thoughts of Sally Yeoman CEO of Halton & St Helens VCA and Vice-Chair VS6, Liverpool City Region Infrastructure Partnership Sally Yeoman

Click here to find out why Local and National infrastructure is more important than ever for the charitable and voluntary sectors.

 

iCAN Updates 

iCAN Warning: Video conferencing scam

With more a more people taking to video conferencing for both catching up with friends and family but also for work, scammers have also turned their attention to platforms such as Zoom.  Users of these platforms are receiving fake notification emails, which contain malicious links. These links then take the user to fake login pages designed to steal their details, which are subsequently used for identity theft.  Users should remain cautious when receiving an unexpected e-mail claiming to be from their video conference platform provider and should delete it or login via the platform’s website.

iCAN Warning: Lidl food giveaway scam

Halton Trading Standards wants to make residents of scam text messages regarding free food from Lidl. This is a case of the old adage, ‘If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is’.  Just like many of the scams we are currently seeing, the scammers want you click on a link, download something or gain your personal details. This is no different, they also use the old trick of saying there are only a few left, to force you to make a quick (and bad) decision.

iCAN Warning: Fake DHL Parcel Arrival Notifications

Halton Trading Standards have been made aware of fake DHL Parcel Arrival Notification emails. The email is a scam, do not download the attached forms! They are likely to contain viruses and programs that will be harmful to your computer.

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.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

 

Statement About The Coronavirus Community Support Fund 

Commuity Fund have released a press release about the Coronavirus Community Suport Fund that will open Friday 22nd May at 10 am. This new funding stream makes available £200m in Government funding that will be aimed primarily at small to medium organisations in England.

The Fund has two key objectives:

To increase community support to vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, through the work of civil society organisations.

To reduce temporary closures of essential charities and social enterprises, ensuring services for vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19 have the financial resources to operate, and so reduce the burden on public services.

Grants will allow organisations to meet service costs, where they are experiencing increased demand and/or short-term income disruption. Grants will also allow organisations to refocus services to address more immediate beneficiary needs in light of COVID-19.

The full statement and details of how to apply to the fund, can be found by clicking the link below:

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2020-05-20/statement-about-the-coronavirus-community-support-fund

 

Guidance for Working Safely during COVID-19 in Offices and Call Centres 

Download the Guidance for Working safely during COVID-19 in Offices and Call Centres click below 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/offices-and-contact-centres

 

HMRC Update

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will launch online on 26 May.  It'll help small and medium-sized businesses recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they've made to employees.  Read HMRC's press release for more information. 

If you think the impact of coronavirus will cause delays in filing your company accounts, you can apply for a 3 month extension. You must apply before your filing deadline. To receive instant HMRC email notifications sign up for email alerts. 

 

Local Authority Top Up Grants 

The Guidance for LAs was published by the Government on 13 May 2020, should you feel the need to refer your LA to this document. On eligibility, the Guidance states (paras 33 and 34):  "It is recognised that local authorities will need to run some form of application process as the potential beneficiaries are highly unlikely to be known directly by the local authorities. This will allow local authorities to undertake proportionate pre-payment checks to confirm eligibility relative to their local scheme and to allow each local authority to determine how to use its discretion in relation to the appropriate level of grant. Prepayment checks must include confirming that by accepting payments recipients are in compliance with State aid rules."

 

SHAP'S Supported Lodgings Project

Can you provide a young person with a home and support them to be independent?  Supported Lodgings help young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by offering them lodgings with a host.  Being a host, you can be a host whether you are single, a couple, a family, at work or retired. Ideally you will live in St Helens. Being a host means that you are happy to offer a young person a room in your home for up to two years and support them while they build up the day-to-day skills they need to move on and live independently

The help you will receive. Supporting a young person as a host offers a huge personal reward. An in-depth induction programme and ongoing training. A weekly payment which covers the cost of supporting and housing a young person. Weekly support from specialist Shap staff and a 24/7 telephone support service. Click here for more information or Contact Shap on 01744 454056 enquiries@shap.org.uk for more information.

 

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

Can you provide a young person with a home and support them to be independent?  Supported Lodgings help young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by offering them lodgings with a host.  Being a host, you can be a host whether you are single, a couple, a family, at work or retired. Ideally you will live in St Helens. Being a host means that you are happy to offer a young person a room in your home for up to two years and support them while they build up the day-to-day skills they need to move on and live independently

The help you will receive. Supporting a young person as a host offers a huge personal reward. An in-depth induction programme and ongoing training. A weekly payment which covers the cost of supporting and housing a young person. Weekly support from specialist Shap staff and a 24/7 telephone support service. See attached for more information or Contact Shap on 01744 454056 enquiries@shap.org.uk for more information.

Download the Guidance for Working safely during COVID-19 in Offices and Call Centres click below 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/offices-and-contact-centres

Local and National infrastructure is more important than ever for the charitable and voluntary sectors.

One of the unexpected take homes from the challenging and frightening times we find ourselves in is how important local support and development organisations are and how we must not lose them! Infrastructure is often undervalued, but it is nevertheless essential. The importance of infrastructure in the form of road, rail or broadband is well understood – but the voluntary, community and faith sector also needs infrastructure. Without this they are like cars without roads, trains without tracks, smartphones with no signal. Trade unions have the TUC and Trades Councils, businesses have the CBI and Chambers of Commerce; even churches understand the importance of infrastructure and are organised into Diocese.

But while voluntary and social action is almost universally acclaimed (despite not having the resources it needs), support for voluntary sector infrastructure has sometimes been in question. Local infrastructure charities exist across the country to give support to local voluntary, faith and community groups, foster contacts between them and provide them with a voice. Often these are known as Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS) Voluntary & Community Action (VCA) or Volunteer Centres. Between them, they support and connect 160,000 local groups across the Country. Their charitable purpose, local footprint, universal offer and accountability to their users give them a unique sense of place, local network connections, good will, understanding and expertise.

There has been both local and national, academic and other research into the value and impact of VCFSE infrastructure. This will often point to the conclusion that "accessing infrastructure is associated with positive outcomes, including a substantially higher likelihood of success in grant applications and bidding for contracts". The survey also found that overall 77% of users reported being very or satisfied with their local infrastructure support.

Like everyone else, these local infrastructure charities have been impacted by years of austerity and changing trends in how support should be delivered and received by front-line organisations and some have been forced to re-examine their futures or re-shape and downsize their offers. Many have weathered the storm and continue to support local voluntary and community action despite all of this.

So why do we need infrastructure? Well as NPC said “for groups the benefits are obvious: access to information, advice, training, and even professional services that cannot be provided in-house. Effective infrastructure bodies are also a channel of communication. They can act as conduit between the voluntary and statutory sectors, feeding intelligence both ways and helping the two to work better together. This is crucial at a time when local authorities are stretched and increasingly looking to the voluntary sector to pick up the slack. Some charities may have capacity to do this sort of engagement for themselves. But smaller organisations—which make up the bulk of the sector—often lack the time, resources and, frankly, the interest. Effective infrastructure can do this on their behalf.

For communities, the benefits are indirect; they stem from the effects that a vibrant, confident, well supported voluntary sector can have on individuals and neighbourhoods. When the statutory and voluntary sectors work well together—avoiding duplication and smoothing out user journeys between different services—everybody benefits.”

So the idea that during the current Covid-19 crisis that the VCSE sector role and the role of infrastructure as part of that has once again come to the fore and is never more needed, might not be a surprise to some. What is surprising is how when infrastructure is invited to play its role fully during a crisis we see how much it matters both to local groups and the public sector partners we work with. There are so many examples across the Liverpool City Region of CVS and other VS6 members making a real difference in the way groups can deal with the crisis ; influencing the Metro-Mayor on resources and his policy approach, encouraging public sector funders to adopt a supportive approach, working with funders across sectors to get money out to support emergency work, convening partners to share information and experiences, co-ordinating volunteering efforts, maintaining a dialogue with resilience arrangements to connect the sector and its work.

This crisis has demonstrated that it is not the beginning of the end for local infrastructure, these are resilient organisations with roots in the late 19th century, and they have survived by constantly changing with the times. During the Coronavirus crisis we have been able to see what infrastructure is for and as we build back better, effective local infrastructure will be needed more than ever.

Sally Yeoman, CEO Halton & St Helens VCA and Vice-Chair VS6, Liverpool City Region Infrastructure Partnership

 

iCAN Warning: Video conferencing scam

With more a more people taking to video conferencing for both catching up with friends and family but also for work, scammers have also turned their attention to platforms such as Zoom.  Users of these platforms are receiving fake notification emails, which contain malicious links. These links then take the user to fake login pages designed to steal their details, which are subsequently used for identity theft.  Users should remain cautious when receiving an unexpected e-mail claiming to be from their video conference platform provider and should delete it or login via the platform’s website.

iCAN Warning: Lidl food giveaway scam

Halton Trading Standards wants to make residents of scam text messages regarding free food from Lidl. This is a case of the old adage, ‘If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is’.  Just like many of the scams we are currently seeing, the scammers want you click on a link, download something or gain your personal details. This is no different, they also use the old trick of saying there are only a few left, to force you to make a quick (and bad) decision.

iCAN Warning: Fake DHL Parcel Arrival Notifications

Halton Trading Standards have been made aware of fake DHL Parcel Arrival Notification emails. The email is a scam, do not download the attached forms! They are likely to contain viruses and programs that will be harmful to your computer.

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.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

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 

 

Community Project/Development Worker (Community Services Enablement Officer) x 2

Henshaws Knowledge Village Community Services enable people of all ages living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to make informed choices about their future. Independence and friendship are at the heart of what they do to help people find the confidence to go beyond their expectations. 

As a Community Services Enablement Officer you will support people throughout their journey offering expert support, guidance and skills, helping people to fulfil their potential. Key responsibilities will include delivering and coordinating Henshaws wellbeing programmes with specific focus on; person centred planning, independence matters and friendship matters programmes.

https://haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/community-projectdevelopment-worker-community-services-enablement-officer-x-2

 

Smallwood Trust - Community Grant Partnerships Funding - Deadline 19/06/2020

Smallwood Trust are looking to fund a range of specialist women’s organisations and services in Liverpool/Merseyside to become Smallwood Trust Community Grant Partners.

Organisations will be able to use the funds to provide small cash grants (up to £1,000) for individual women to help them overcome personal and financial barriers, helping them to make changes in their lives. They will also fund up to 20% management costs to run the programme. They are also particularly interested in applications from services led by and/or supporting BAME women. The fund is open to charities, social enterprises and other non-profit organisations who have existing projects that support women to become financially resilient.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/smallwood-trust-community-grant-partnerships-funding-deadline-19062020

 

Free Digital Communications support for Charities 

Media and marketing experts are offering their time and expertise for free to help charities meet the digital communications challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The support is being offered trough the Media Trust’s Volunteer Platform, which matches communications experts with charities in need of help.  The Media Trust has also made a digital resource hub available to offer further help.  Charities are being urged to register for the volunteer platform and begin logging in the details of the support they need.  Experts across media, creative and technology industries are also being asked to sign up to offer their help. The Media Trust has also produced a guide to volunteering to help those in the media and creative industry learn more about employer supported skills based volunteering initiatives.

 

Vacancies With Raise

Raise (benefits and money advice at home) are looking to recruit the following two posts to their Money Advice Team:

  • Money Advice Supervisor 25hrs
  • Money Advice, Advice Assistant 21hrs

The closing date is Wednesday 3rd June and interviews will take place week beginning 8 June 2020. If anyone wishes to have an informal chat about either position then please email Linda Daley, Deputy Manager, ldaley@raiseadvice.org.uk  More details can be found on their website www.benefitsadviceteam.co.uk/jobs/

 

#LCR Keeping Well at Home Guide

Thanks to our colleagues at Age UK Mid Mersey for sharing the #LCR keeping well at home guide. Click here for a copy

 

Halton Faith Sector resources 18th May 2020

Click here for the latest updated information from Halton Faith Sector on resources for use during the Covid 19 shutdown

 

iCAN Warning: Bogus District Nurse in Halton

Halton Trading Standards have had reports of a bogus district nurse operating in Halton. The nurse arrived at a resident’s home in Widnes, stating they were there to check on the residents health, but firstly they wanted to use the residents bathroom. After appearing from the bathroom, the nurse stated they did not need to check the resident’s health and left the property. It is highly likely this was an attempted burglary.  Residents should be wary of carers/nurses turning up for non-scheduled visits and should always check the carers/nurses ID or ring the care provider, if they have any concerns about their authenticity.

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.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

 

DWP update 20th May 2020 

Click here for the Latest update from DWP with the latest job vacancies. 

 

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

DWP update 20th May 2020 

Latest update attached from DWP with the latest vacancies in. 

Halton Faith Sector resources 18th May 2020

See attached for the latest updated information from Halton Faith Sector on resources for use during the Covid 19 shutdown

Thanks to our colleagues at Age UK Mid Mersey for sharing the #LCR keeping well at home guide, see attached. 

 

 

Media and marketing experts are offering their time and expertise for free to help charities meet the digital communications challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 outbreak.  The support is being offered trough the Media Trust’s Volunteer Platform, which matches communications experts with charities in need of help.  The Media Trust has also made a digital resource hub available to offer further help.  Charities are being urged to register for the volunteer platform and begin logging in the details of the support they need.  Experts across media, creative and technology industries are also being asked to sign up to offer their help. The Media Trust has also produced a guide to volunteering to help those in the media and creative industry learn more about employer supported skills based volunteering initiatives.

Smallwood Trust are looking to fund a range of specialist women’s organisations and services to become Smallwood Trust Community Grant Partners.

Organisations will be able to use the funds to provide small cash grants (up to £1,000) for individual women to help them overcome personal and financial barriers, helping them to make changes in their lives. They will also fund up to 20% management costs to run the programme.

In this funding round they are accepting applications from: 

  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • Liverpool/Merseyside
  • Middlesbrough/Teesside
  • Rural communities in Staffordshire and the Tees Valley

They are also particularly interested in applications from services led by and/or supporting BAME women. The fund is open to charities, social enterprises and other non-profit organisations who have existing projects that support women to become financially resilient and could offer grants to individual women linked to the following aims:

• Employment stability
• Financial stability
• Housing stability
• Mental health and well-being

Organisations can apply for up to £25,000 each year for three years (£75,000 total). They expect to award c.£450,000 in this funding round.

The deadline is the 19th June 2020.

Successful applicants are expected to be notified in late July 2020.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply please visit https://www.smallwoodtrust.org.uk/organisations.

 

Hourly rate: £19,383.00 per year/£10.65 per hour

Working Hours: 35 hours per week

Location: 1 x Manchester; 1 x Salford and Trafford

(both based at Washbrook House, Talbot Road with travel)

Contract: Fixed term until 30th April 2022

Closing date: Thuraday 11th June 2020

Henshaws Knowledge Village Community Services enable people of all ages living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to make informed choices about their future. Independence and friendship are at the heart of what they do to help people find the confidence to go beyond their expectations.

As a Community Services Enablement Officer you will support people throughout their journey offering expert support, guidance and skills, helping people to fulfil their potential.

Key responsibilities will include delivering and coordinating Henshaws wellbeing programmes with specific focus on; person centred planning, independence matters and friendship matters programmes.

You will also deliver our wellbeing programmes in a community based setting; one to one Information, Advice and Guidance sessions, Henshaws Living with Sight Loss programme, Henshaws gentle exercise classes and co-ordinate and support a volunteer led Friendship Matters programme.

An understanding of the needs of clients with visual impairments and/or other disabilities, as well as a good understanding of promoting independence and supporting people to set personal plans is essential. You will also need to have excellent interpersonal skills and be IT literate with a working knowledge of MS Office.

For further details and to apply please visit www.henshaws.org.uk/jobs

 

Closing date: Thursday 4th June 2020

Henshaws aims to employ a diverse workforce and is committed to equality of employment and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. This role will require an enhanced DBS check, please refer to the job description for further details.

 

Registered Charity No: 22188

 

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 

 

St Helens Middle-Aged Men’s Health VCSE Community Of Practice (CHAMPS Public Health Collaborative).

Community of Practice Programme – Funding closing date extended 

As part of the Champs Public Health Collaborative, St Helens Council have secured funding to further develop and enhance the community-led suicide prevention offer in the Borough. St Helens recently launched the OK2ASK campaign, enabling people with lived experience to champion mental health, to organise and deliver local anti-stigma and discrimination activities, give access to free training and free campaign resources. We know we are in unusual times but we think extra resources to support and improve mental health is going to be critical now more than ever. We would encourage groups to apply and to think about how they can offer their support during the Covid-19 crisis.

The funding will enable Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise groups to develop and deliver a range of men’s projects in line with the Edge Hill University Evidence Review. Halton & St Helens VCA will run a small grants programme and establish a Community of Practice that is linked to the Community Led Suicide Prevention Group and will bring funded organisations together to share best practice and to look at ways in which we can work together to make a real difference in our communities. Groups who are applying for funding must be willing to commit to working as part of the Community of Practice.

For an application form contact dmorris@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk applications must be submitted by 22nd May 2020.

Please note that all funds must be spent and your programme completed by 31 March 2021

Groups should also be aware that there are two key dates for monitoring information. These will be in September 2020 and February 2021 and groups must be able to commit to supplying their monitoring information by these dates.

Funding Criteria. We want to:

  1. fund projects that will support the reduction of the number of suicides in middle-aged men in St Helens Borough
  2. enhance men’s awareness and their ability to improve their own mental health: including help seeking skills
  3. support programmes that mean men are better able to manage in a crisis
  4. support projects that are co-produced with those with lived experience.

 

Free mental health awareness e learning for people who work or volunteer in sports and physical activity 

Halton Sports Development team, Merseyside Sports partnership and Time to Change Halton are working together to offer FREE mental health awareness e learning for local people who either work or volunteer in sports and physical activity.  The e learning training should take no longer than 2-3 hours but can be done flexibly at your own pace.

Completing this course will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to better understand and support people living with mental health problems, and create a positive environment that ensures they enjoy the benefits of being active and keep coming back for more.  The four modules will increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health, providing you with the practical skills and strategies to be able to:

  • build people’s resilience, self-esteem and confidence
  • adapt your sessions to make them more inclusive
  • enable and support mental health recovery, and
  • tackle stigma and discrimination.

You will also get access to an extensive bank of resources that you can start using straight away.  After completing the course you will be able to download your certificate of completion.

The course has been awarded 3 CPD points by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

E Learning - mental health awareness for sport and physical activity 

Once you have completed the e learning they recommend signing up to be part of  Minds Northwest Network to help share learning around physical activity and mental health.  You can sign up for FREE here: Mind Northwest Network

If you have any questions please email Kyle Tunstall k.tunstall@merseysidesport.com

Finally you may want to take advantage of a FREE webinar the Mind Northwest Network are hosting on the power of physical activity on our mental health on Thursday the 21st at 2pm https://www.eventbrite.com/e/merseyside-sports-foundation-in-partnership-with-mind-tickets-104619511776 for Mental Health Awareness week

 

VCFSE Liverpool City Region Assembly

On behalf of the VS6 Partnership, We would like to invite you to our first online VCFSE Liverpool City Region Assembly. This is themed around issues facing the Children & Young People's sector.  This event will give you the opportunity to share your views on the specific issues facing Children & Young People's organisations at the present time. Specific topics for discussion will include:

  • Practical return to safe working and the plans that exist
  • Issues and needs of young people as we come out of lockdown
  • Organisational impact on sustainability and funding

You will also hear from the Combined Authority about the research they have undertaken into the impact of Covid-19 across the region (speaker TBC).  To book your place please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vs6-children-young-people-vcfse-assembly-tickets-105791057902

Please note that spaces are limited and so are restricted to one person per organisation.  This is the first in a series of themed online-Assembly events to be hosted by VS6. Further dates and topics will be announced in due course.

Best wishes,

VS6

 

iCAN Warning: Coronavirus contact tracing app scam

Halton Trading Standards wants to make residents aware of scams that have already begun regarding the Governments contact tracing mobile phone app. The mobile phone app is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight and is expected to be rolled out nationwide soon.  The text message asks the recipient to click on a link to a bogus website, which then asks for your personal details. Scammers then use the information to gain access to bank accounts and commit other forms of identity fraud.  The scam text reads: "Someone who came in contact with you tested positive or has shown symptoms for Covid-19 & recommends you self-isolate/get tested. More at…"

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.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

 

One Halton Newsletter 

Although the majority of meetings in relation to One Halton have been temporarily postponed, they are still working in the background, following up on programmes and linking work together.  They have put together key bits of information to share amongst the One Halton partners.  Click here for the first edition of the One Halton Newsletter.  Frequency will be determined by volume of content, but they anticipate on a monthly basis.  Therefore if you have anything you wish to share amongst the One Halton Partners, any contributions are very welcome. Please send them either directly to Angela Cole on angela.cole12@nhs.net or the generic email which is onehalton@halton.gov.uk they would love to hear from you sharing good news stories and innovation.

 

Quick Service Update From UC Crew

UC Crew are providing a weekly Hip Hop dance class every Monday at 7:00pm and are providing a variety of Hip Hop activity workshops online including Graffiti, Music creation and Circus skills.

They are also running #stayathomechallenge activities on TikTok and Facebook for young people to get involved with, young people who have completed dance challenges and give progress to their dance moves, will win a weekly prize of a £10.00 voucher for a store of their choice.

They have recently set up their 'Youth Social Action Squad' to give everyone the opportunity to support people through the crisis in their own way, through a variety of creative and micro volunteer opportunities.

To get involved please join the 'Freebie & Email List' and contact by email at Hello@uccrew.co.uk

 

Christmas Challenge 2020 Applications Opening on Wednesday 20th May at 12pm (midday). 

 Christmas Challenge 2020 Applications Opening on Wednesday 20th May at 12pm (midday). 

One donation, twice the impact.

The Big Give runs the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Christmas Challenge.

For seven days, it offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled. Founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE, the Christmas Challenge has raised millions of pounds for thousands of charity projects since it launched on the Big Give in 2008.

How does the Christmas Challenge Work?

The Christmas Challenge is a match funding campaign where donations to participating charities are doubled. The match funds come from two sources - charities secure some of these (Pledges) over the summer. These funds are then boosted by funds from a Big Give Champion who contributes to the match fund. This collective pot is used to double donations from online supporters when the campaign is live.

To fnd out more, and to register, please click the link below:

https://www.thebiggive.org.uk/s/christmas-challenge

 

Enterprise and Skills presents Managing in a Crisis – Be Resilient

If you’re running your own business, working or have currently been furloughed from your job – this 2 day course will help you build your resilience to manage during difficult times.  

Thursday 28th May and Thursday 4th June 10.30am to 12 noon via Zoom

The programme is open to Women living in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens or Halton)

Click here to book tickets or get in touch by emailing enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk

 

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

Click here to view the infographics for the sector for the week

 

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

On behalf of the VS6 Partnership, We would like to invite you to our first online VCFSE Liverpool City Region Assembly. This is themed around issues facing the Children & Young People's sector.  This event will give you the opportunity to share your views on the specific issues facing Children & Young People's organisations at the present time. Specific topics for discussion will include:

  • Practical return to safe working and the plans that exist
  • Issues and needs of young people as we come out of lockdown
  • Organisational impact on sustainability and funding

You will also hear from the Combined Authority about the research they have undertaken into the impact of Covid-19 across the region (speaker TBC).  To book your place please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vs6-children-young-people-vcfse-assembly-tickets-105791057902

Please note that spaces are limited and so are restricted to one person per organisation.  This is the first in a series of themed online-Assembly events to be hosted by VS6. Further dates and topics will be announced in due course.

Best wishes,

VS6

One donation, twice the impact.

The Big Give runs the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Christmas Challenge.

For seven days, it offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled. Founded by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Alec Reed CBE, the Christmas Challenge has raised millions of pounds for thousands of charity projects since it launched on the Big Give in 2008.

How does the Christmas Challenge Work?

The Christmas Challenge is a match funding campaign where donations to participating charities are doubled. The match funds come from two sources - charities secure some of these (Pledges) over the summer. These funds are then boosted by funds from a Big Give Champion who contributes to the match fund. This collective pot is used to double donations from online supporters when the campaign is live.

To fnd out more, and to register, please click the link below:

https://www.thebiggive.org.uk/s/christmas-challenge

Although the majority of meetings in relation to One Halton have been temporarily postponed, they are still working in the background, following up on programmes and linking work together.  They have put together key bits of information to share amongst the One Halton partners.  Attached in the first edition of the One Halton Newsletter.  Frequency will be determined by volume of content, but they anticipate on a monthly basis.  Therefore if you have anything you wish to share amongst the One Halton Partners, any contributions are very welcome. Please send them either directly to Angela Cole on angela.cole12@nhs.net or the generic email which is onehalton@halton.gov.uk they would love to hear from you sharing good news stories and innovation.

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 

 

Halton & St Helens Resilience Survey - Urgent 

We are really keen to hear your views on the financial impact of COVID-19.

We would like you to comment on your organisation's current financial situation and what it might look like over the next 12 months. This information will support partners to understand the impact on the sector and help ensure we are able to feed into the Recovery cell conversations

This survey should take participants no longer than 15 minutes.  The survey will close on Thursday 21 May 2020

Halton:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/community-organisation-funding-and-finance-survey-covid-19-halton

St Helens:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/community-organisation-funding-and-finance-survey-covid-19-st-helens

 

Government Funding to tackle Loneliness

#LetsTalkAboutLoneliness

The Government has launched a plan to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing.  As part of this plan, national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5m funding.  There is also a toolkit, resources and advice page on their website which you can delve into.

 

Halton Faith Sector resources 14th May 2020

Click here for the latest updated information from Halton Faith Sector on resources for use during the Covid 19 shutdown

 

Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May)

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) and the theme is ‘Kindness’.  The Mental Heath Foundation would love to hear how you’ve been kind to others and others have been kind to you (please see below).  

For employers – please see links to the Time to Change website 

Employer Pledge                      Support for Employers                   

Activities for your Workplace (e.g. zoom pub quiz?)

They're asking people to follow them on social media and share ways in which you've been kind or how someone has made you feel good by being kind to you. It could be something as simple as making a cup of tea for someone at home, or receiving a call from a family member or friend to see how you are.

Local Links

Five Ways to Wellbeing can help you with the skills to be happier, healthier and better able to cope in everyday life.

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line: 01925 275 309 for St Helens, Halton, Knowsley and Warrington

#youarenotalone        #OK2ASK                      #kindtoyourmind 

 

Coalfields Regeneration Trust - COVID 19 Recovery and Resilience Fund - Capital Funding Revision

Organisations can now apply for capital costs up to 50% of the CRT request to enable the organisation to make adaptations to premises to ensure the health & safety of the public is catered for or if you require equipment for direct delivery purposes or to support your wider project as listed in the guidance notes.

Please keep updated with any further revisions here:

https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/england/covid19-ccip-funding-support/

 

Halton Womens Centre

Halton Womens Centre are continuing with their telephone support with existing clients and any newly referred Clients. Feedback received from clients is positive and they are saying that it helps to have this contact. If you have someone who is anxious, socially isolated or depressed who would benefit from this Telephone Support service, do let them know - Tel: 01928 566073.

 

Warning – Open Water Swimming in St Helens

With the Summertime approaching and all public swimming pools currently closed due to Government regulations, St Helens Council has highlighted the dangers of open water swimming to residents.

With several open water locations in the borough and reports over previous years of swimming at these sites, the Safer St Helens Partnership including St Helens Council, Merseyside Police and Mersey Fire & Rescue Services have joined together to advise residents of the dangers of open water swimming.

Open water swimming can be dangerous and have serious consequences - strong undercurrents can cause even experienced swimmers to struggle and cold water below the surface that could cause cramps, cold water shock and hypothermia. There is also the risk of illness and infection to consider in open water also.

Cllr Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Chair of the Safer St Helens Partnership advised:

“As the weather improves over the Summer months and with our swimming pools closed due to Government regulations, it is important that residents understand the dangers of open water swimming. Whilst our open water areas in the borough look attractive, please consider the risks, stay safe and do not use these facilities for swimming. The safest place to swim is in a supervised swimming pool and I would ask residents to wait until these facilities open again and seek alternative forms of exercise during this time.”

 

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

With the Summertime approaching and all public swimming pools currently closed due to Government regulations, St Helens Council has highlighted the dangers of open water swimming to residents.

With several open water locations in the borough and reports over previous years of swimming at these sites, the Safer St Helens Partnership including St Helens Council, Merseyside Police and Mersey Fire & Rescue Services have joined together to advise residents of the dangers of open water swimming.

Open water swimming can be dangerous and have serious consequences - strong undercurrents can cause even experienced swimmers to struggle and cold water below the surface that could cause cramps, cold water shock and hypothermia. There is also the risk of illness and infection to consider in open water also.

Cllr Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Chair of the Safer St Helens Partnership advised:

“As the weather improves over the Summer months and with our swimming pools closed due to Government regulations, it is important that residents understand the dangers of open water swimming. Whilst our open water areas in the borough look attractive, please consider the risks, stay safe and do not use these facilities for swimming. The safest place to swim is in a supervised swimming pool and I would ask residents to wait until these facilities open again and seek alternative forms of exercise during this time.”

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24 May) and the theme is ‘Kindness’.  The Mental Heath Foundation would love to hear how you’ve been kind to others and others have been kind to you (please see below).  

For employers – please see links to the Time to Change website 

Employer Pledge                      Support for Employers                   

Activities for your Workplace (e.g. zoom pub quiz?)

They;re asking people to follow them on social media and share ways in which you've been kind or how someone has made you feel good by being kind to you.

It could be something as simple as making a cup of tea for someone at home, or receiving a call from a family member or friend to see how you are.

Local Links

Five Ways to Wellbeing can help you with the skills to be happier, healthier and better able to cope in everyday life.

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Line: 01925 275 309 for St Helens, Halton, Knowsley and Warrington

#youarenotalone        #OK2ASK                      #kindtoyourmind 

Halton Faith Sector resources 14th May 2020

See attached for the latest updated information from Halton Faith Sector on resources for use during the Covid 19 shutdown

 

#LetsTalkAboutLoneliness

The Government has launched a plan to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing.  As part of this plan, national organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5m funding.  There is also a toolkit, resources and advice page on their website which you can delve into.

The next St Helens VCSE Forum meeting will be on Monday 1st June 10am to 12.30pm.  However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we will be conducting it online using Zoom (requires internet access only)  We are bringing key partners together to connect with the sector to provide and share key developments on St Helens Cares and we will update on key work and initiatives in St Helens.   To book a place click here

Minutes of the previous meetings can be found at:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/st-helens-vcse-forum

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 

 

Halton & St Helens Resilience Survey - Urgent 

We are really keen to hear your views on the financial impact of COVID-19.

We would like you to comment on your organisation's current financial situation and what it might look like over the next 12 months. This information will support partners to understand the impact on the sector and help ensure we are able to feed into the Recovery cell conversations

This survey should take participants no longer than 15 minutes.  The survey will close on Thursday 21 May 2020

Halton:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/community-organisation-funding-and-finance-survey-covid-19-halton

St Helens:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/community-organisation-funding-and-finance-survey-covid-19-st-helens

 

Halton Womens Centre 

We at the Centre hope you are all keeping well and staying safe, whilst coping with the challenges of these changed times.  For the foreseeable future the Centre will remain closed, however staff will be available for phone consultations. Feedback received from clients is positive and they are telling us that it helps to have this contact.  If you have someone who is anxious, socially isolated or depressed who would benefit from this Telephone Support service, do let us know.

Please leave a message with your name and contact details on 01928 566072

 

St Helens VCSE Forum Meeting 

The next St Helens VCSE Forum meeting will be on Monday 1st June 10am to 12.30pm.  However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we will be conducting it online using Zoom (requires internet access only)  We are bringing key partners together to connect with the sector to provide and share key developments on St Helens Cares and we will update on key work and initiatives in St Helens.   To book a place click here to register

Minutes of the previous meetings can be found at:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/st-helens-vcse-forum

 

Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council

Click here for the Latest Monthly coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council.  Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates to your inbox

 

Time to Change Halton

It has never been more important to look after our own mental health and wellbeing and each other’s. For this year’s mental health awareness week starting on the 18th May the theme is kindness.

In Halton they are encouraging as many as possible to take part in a 5 ways to wellbeing activity to be kind to their mental health. They need your help to reach as many people as possible. Click here to find a social media toolkit which provides ideas to help you post about your organisations activities or share posts from other organisations encouraging as many people as possible to get involved.  Thank you for supporting the campaign.

For more information about Time to Change Halton, please contact:

Vicki Geoghegan, Time to Change Halton Coordinator

vicki@mindhalton.org.uk

 

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

Click here to view the infographics for the sector for the week

 

 

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

Time to Change Halton

It has never been more important to look after our own mental health and wellbeing and each other’s. For this year’s mental health awareness week starting on the 18th May the theme is kindness.

In Halton they are encouraging as many as possible to take part in a 5 ways to wellbeing activity to be kind to their mental health. They need your help to reach as many people as possible. Please find attached a social media toolkit which provides ideas to help you post about your organisations activities or share posts from other organisations encouraging as many people as possible to get involved.  Thank you for supporting the campaign.

For more information about Time to Change Halton, please contact:

Vicki Geoghegan, Time to Change Halton Coordinator

vicki@mindhalton.org.uk

Attachment:

Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council

Attached is the Latest Monthly coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council.  Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates to your inbox

We are really keen to hear your views on the financial impact of COVID-19.

We would like you to comment on your organisation's current financial situation and what it might look like over the next 12 months. This information will support partners to understand the impact on the sector and help ensure we are able to feed into the Recovery cell conversations

This survey should take participants no longer than 15 minutes.

The survey will close on Thursday 21 May 2020

Halton:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/community-organisation-funding-and-finance-survey-covid-19-halton

St Helens:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/community-organisation-funding-and-finance-survey-covid-19-st-helens

 

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 

 

New service from Mind St Helens - Check in & Chat

Our colleagues from Mind St Helens have asked us to share the following information 

During these difficult times, would you or someone you know, benefit from a friendly chat on a regular basis, to brighten your days and make you feel connected with your community?

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt everywhere, including St Helens which has high levels of mental health issues and significant levels of suicide.  We have been experiencing calls and emails form those who need our support and from people who are concerned about someone who is alone.  We are fortunate to have been awarded a grant for a 3 month project by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, the National Lottery and Pilkington Charities’ Fund.  This will enable us to offer telephone befriending for people, aged 18+, who may not normally be eligible for our service but who are feeling lonely or isolated during this challenging time.  This project is so vital at this time, providing a lifeline for those suffering from stress and anxiety.  One of our volunteers would give you a regular call and check you are doing OK and have a chat.  If you feel that you would benefit from a friendly telephone call on a regular basis, or know someone who might, please get in touch. 

Telephone Gill:  07912 059 872 Email sue@sthelensmind.org.uk  You can also send a message from the Facebook page or website:  www.sthelensmind.org.uk

 

Extension to the furlough sysem

Yesterday the Chancellor announced an extension to the current furlough system.  From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.  The government will explore ways through which furloughed workers who wish to do additional training or learn new skills are supported during this period.  Full details of the announcement can be found here

 

New Online Registration Form - Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group

Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group have launched an new online registration form to allow people to register with their service and access the support while they are unable to visit The Centre.

The form can be accessed here:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=vbgqZ9IFRUmK5b-C91Y7vKWu3CQ8vDxNs_7zFwVo3EVURVA5UVoyTVYzMFNDRjNBVlBVRE0zQkZHWCQlQCN0PWcu

 

Apply for the Food Charities Grant Fund

Frontline food aid charities can now apply for a grant of up to £100k to provide food to vulnerable people within your community.  Eligible organisations are those who are unable to meet the increasing demands for food and can distribute food purchased by 9 August. This grant is not to provide food for the extremely clinically vulnerable, who are already being supported by government.  The grant scheme closes on 6 July. Full details here.

 

Cheshire Constabulary Independent Advisory Group

Cheshire Constabulary's Independent Advisory Group is a group of volunteers that act as a critical friend for the Police.  They represent the various protected characteristics and are currently in need of someone who could represent ‘disability’.

Would you be interested in joining them?  It would mean going through vetting due to the sensitivity of some of the material they review.  

If you like more information, please contact the Chair of the group, Alison Weston, who would be very happy to talk about they work they do etc. Meetings usually take place quarterly at Winsford (although currently they are virtual) and there is a small amount of work in between meetings.

For more information please contact Alison on the details below:

email: engagement@cheshire.pnn.police.uk
telephone: 01606 364 267

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/cheshire-constabulary-independent-advisory-group

 

V&A to collect signs made during lockdown

The V&A Museum is asking people to donate their rainbow signs and shop notices after the pandemic so they can build a "snapshot of the world under lockdown."   It will be for the public to decide which signs they want to nominate, with the museum deliberately not setting out nuts-and-bolts criteria. Members of the public are encouraged to submit images of drawings and homemade signs via the email address homemadesigns@vam.ac.uk  Click here to see the full article.

 

St Helens and District Diabetes Group meeting update

Unfortunately they have had to cancel the next meeting, which was was due to take place on Wed 3rd June, at the St Helens United Reformed Church. That would have been the last meeting of the present programme.  They usually start their next programme of meetings in September, but at the moment, like everyone else, they can`t be sure when their next meeting will be, their suggestion is to visit their website at www.st-helens-and-district.diabetesukgroup.org or contact them on 0151 480 0821, hopefully there will be more information by July/August. If anyone needs any general advice or support regarding their diabetes at this difficult time, they can phone the Diabetes UK Helpline on 0345 123 2399 or visit www.diabetes.org.uk 

 

Updated and interactive data on the coronavirus crisis for charities and funders

Think NPC has built an interactive dashboard to help charities see which places are currently suffering the most from Covid-19, and where underlying factors such as age, health, ethnicity, as well as economic indicators, may indicate greater risk.  You can check out the website 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

Click here to view the infographics for the sector for the week

 

 

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

Cheshire Constabulary's Independent Advisory Group is a group of volunteers who live or work in Cheshire, that act as a critical friend for the Police.  They represent the various protected characteristics and are currently in need of someone who could represent ‘disability’.

Would you be interested in joining them?  It would mean going through vetting due to the sensitivity of some of the material they review.  

If you would like more information, please contact the Chair of the group, Alison Weston, who would be very happy to talk about they work they do etc. Meetings usually take place quarterly at Winsford (although currently they are virtual) and there is a small amount of work in between meetings.

For more information please contact Alison on the details below:

email: engagement@cheshire.pnn.police.uk
telephone: 01606 364 267

 

Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group have launched an new online registration form to allow people to register with their service and access the support while they are unable to visit The Centre.

The form can be accessed here:

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=vbgqZ9IFRUmK5b-C91Y7vKWu3CQ8vDxNs_7zFwVo3EVURVA5UVoyTVYzMFNDRjNBVlBVRE0zQkZHWCQlQCN0PWcu

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 

 

New Guidance from Government on Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

Click here to find the new Government Guidance on social distancing and their plan for returning life to normal

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Has Your Group, Organisation Or Service Responded? 

Thanks to all the groups who responded to our request to share your data so we can demonstrate the work of the sector to our local partners and decision makers. Click here to view the infographics for the sector for the week of the 4th May or click here to contribute to this weeks data. 

 

Sport England emergency funding 

Some good news! @Sport_England have announced emergency funding for community sports clubs & physical activity orgs who are experiencing financial hardship due to #COVIDー19 

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund

 

Halton Faith Sector resources 11th May 2020

Click here for the latest updated information from Halton Faith Sector on resources for use during the Covid 19 shutdown

 

Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme
  
The latest round of the Energy Redress Funding Scheme is now open for applications. There is £13m available to help support vulnerable energy consumers and reduce fuel poverty.  If you want to find out more about the application process and future funding rounds head over to their website

 

New Free Music Project- The Studio Widnes

Making Waves is funded by Young Music and is a response to the current situation but can also carry on after lockdown. Places are limited for both musical instrument lessons ( working in partnership) with Halton & Warrington Music Support Services and the mentoring element which has a budget to allow the purchase of equipment for the young people. For this first round we are asking for people to contact us by the end of Friday 15th May but it will be open until we use the budget up. We will ask the applicants to fill in a short survey to assess their suitability for the project and the impact it would make to their ability to engage in music during lockdown but there are no restrictions other than age (14-24) and living in or around Halton. Click here for more details 

Email info@thestudiowidnes.org.uk for more details 

 

Age UK Mid Mersey - CV19 Short Guide for Older People

Thanks to our collegues at Age UK Mid Mersey for sharing a useful guide for older people.  The short guide is for older people and those who look after them, and covers information on Coronavirus, how to stay safe and well at home, what to do if you are worried about someone else and useful organisations to contact. It has contact details for Age UK MId Mersey and has been produced with the kind help of their older peoples National engagement forum members and is in easy read material.

 

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

Attachment:

Thanks to our collegues at Age UK Mid Mersey for sharing a useful guide for older people.  The short guide (attached) is for older people and those who look after them, and covers information on Coronavirus, how to stay safe and well at home, what to do if you are worried about someone else and useful organisations to contact. It has contact details for Age UK MId Mersey and has been produced with the kind help of their older peoples National engagement forum members and is in easy read material.

Halton Faith Sector resources 11th May 2020

See attached for the latest updated information from Halton Faith Sector on resources for use during the Covid 19 shutdown

Making Waves is funded by Young Music and is a response to the current situation but can also carry on after lockdown. Places are limited for both musical instrument lessons ( working in partnership) with Halton & Warrington Music Support Services and the mentoring element which has a budget to allow the purchase of equipment for the young people. For this first round we are asking for people to contact us by the end of Friday 15th May but it will be open until we use the budget up. We will ask the applicants to fill in a short survey to assess their suitability for the project and the impact it would make to their ability to engage in music during lockdown but there are no restrictions other than age (14-24) and living in or around Halton. See attached for more details 

Email info@thestudiowidnes.org.uk for more details 

 

Sport England emergency funding 

Some good news! @Sport_England have announced emergency funding for community sports clubs & physical activity organisations who are experiencing financial hardship due to #COVIDー19 

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/community-emergency-fund

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 

 

Moving from Crisis Response to the first stages of lockdown easing and beyond.

Given the update from the Prime Minister yesterday and the expectation about further guidance this week about how we transition back from the current arrangements for lockdown, we have produced a handy sheet for groups to use to start to plan what they might do next. If your organisation needs help or support with your plans please continue to let us know.  Click here for the information sheet.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How Has Your Group, Organisation Or Service Responded? 

Thanks to all the groups who responded to our request to share your data so we can demonstrate the work of the sector to our local partners and decision makers. Click here to view the infographics for the sector for the week of the 27th April to 3rd May or click here to contribute to this weeks data. 

 

Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council

Click here for the Latest Monthly coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council.  Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates to your inbox

 

iCAN Warning: Morrisons recalls Market Street Living Herbs

iCAN Warning: Morrisons recalls Market Street Living Herbs because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.  Morrisons has taken the precautionary step of recalling Market Street Living Herbs because the products might contain Listeria monocytogenes.  Product details: All products purchased between 3rd May and 9th May 2020

  • Morrisons Market Street Living Basil
  • Morrisons Market Street Large Living Basil
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Chives 
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Coriander
  • Morrisons Market Street Large Living Coriander
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Dill
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Flat Parsley
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Mint
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Parsley
  • Morrisons Market Street Living Thyme

If you have bought the above products, do not eat them. If customers are making an essential trip to any Morrisons store, they can return the item in-store for a full refund.

 

 DWP Update 110520 

Pension Credits - now available via apply online applications from 06/05/20 –  Pension Credit Online

Domestic Abuse - Recently, it was confirmed that there would be an additional £10 million for domestic abuse accommodation services over the coming months. Domestic abuse charities can apply for vital funds This is part of a £76 million package of government support for the most vulnerable in society, including those affected by domestic abuse. 

 

National Suicide Prevention Alliance online discussions May

NSPA online discussions 11-22nd May

Following the huge interest in and engagement with the online discussions, NSPA have planned dates for 6 further conversations starting on Monday. 

Next week’s discussions will be to share concerns about the needs of specific populations and how to support them, and the following week we will again hold sector-specific discussions.  The dates are below – please do share with your colleagues and networks, as all are welcome.  

13th 10-11am: Older adults
15th 11.30-12.30: Children and young people

18th 2-3pm: Public health only
20th 10-11am: Charities only
22nd 11-12noon: NHS staff only

If you would like to attend, please email info@nspa.org.uk

 

Supporting people who are  bereaved 

Southampton Voluntary Services have produced an online video on 'Supporting the Bereaved'. You may find this particularly useful if you are telephone befriending someone who has been bereaved.  Southampton VS have also shared additional resources to sit alongside their bereavement video.  

Click to watch it.  https://www.southamptonvs.org.uk/news/supporting-the-bereaved-training/

 

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

Coronavirus Funding update from Halton Borough Council

Attached is the Latest Monthly coronavirus funding bulletin from the External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council.  Email funding@halton.gov.uk to sign up to recieve bulletin updates to your inbox

Given the update from the Prime Minister yesterday and the expectation about further guidance this week about how we transition back from the current arrangements for lockdown, we have produced a handy sheet for groups to use to start to plan what they might do next. If your organisation needs help or support with your plans please continue to let us know, see attached for a handy guide for groups 

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 

 

Community Kindness Awards

Thanking Halton's Community Heroes.  Is there someone in your street, school, workplace or community who deserves a 'Thank You' for their acts of kindness and all round thoughtfulness?  The Community Kindness Awards recognise unsung heroes of all ages in our communities who make life easier for those around them.  Nominate your community hero today, request a form from Age UK Mid Mersey by emailing communitykindness@ageukmm.org.uk Closing date noon on Monday 31th August

 

Companies House - Support for businesses and employees

The government has announced a package of support available to businesses and employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Visit gov.uk/business-support to find out more 

 

Furlough Go

To ensure their sustainability many charities have had to furlough skilled and experienced staff meaning they are not able to do any work for their employer. This new service understands that many of these staff would like to quickly find opportunities elsewhere to support other charities potentially struggling, both in responding to the current crisis, and in ensuring their own success and sustainability. Furlough Go has been set up to enable charities and community groups to connect with and involve these skilled and experienced furloughed staff as volunteers.

How will it work?
They’re building a network of Furloughed charity staff, who want to support other organisations at this challenging time. They are working with the voluntary and community sector, as well as adult social care, public health and the NHS to support and mobilise volunteers to where there is the greatest need.

What will happen next?
Along with our voluntary sector partners, they will use this information to coordinate your offers of support. 

To find out more and register to support or register for support for your organisation click here 

 

Live Life Well Weekender 

The wellbeing community has come together to launch the ‘Live Life Well Weekender’ - the UK’s first ever virtual wellbeing festival online, in response to COVID-19 and the current national lockdown,  to help people better cope in these extraordinary times.

The three-day virtual festival has been created to provide a range of expert talks, workshops, events and resources, and will explore everything from health and fitness, looking after your mental health, managing stress and anxiety, relationships and loneliness, safeguarding your children, to organising your finances, working from home, home-schooling and studying, whilst helping you to take care of yourself and your family emotionally and physically.  

Tickets are £10 Per Household. Giving you unlimited access to all three-days (8th-10th May) of the wellbeing festival. 

https://www.livelifewell.uk/live-well-weekender

NB. This is a not-for-profit event with profits raised going to the national COVID-19 Appeal.

Click here for progamme of events

 

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

The wellbeing community has come together to launch the ‘Live Life Well Weekender’ - the UK’s first ever virtual wellbeing festival online, in response to COVID-19 and the current national lockdown,  to help people better cope in these extraordinary times.

The three-day virtual festival has been created to provide a range of expert talks, workshops, events and resources, and will explore everything from health and fitness, looking after your mental health, managing stress and anxiety, relationships and loneliness, safeguarding your children, to organising your finances, working from home, home-schooling and studying, whilst helping you to take care of yourself and your family emotionally and physically.  

Tickets are £10 Per Household. Giving you unlimited access to all three-days (8th-10th May)of the wellbeing festival. 

https://www.livelifewell.uk/live-well-weekender

NB. This is a not-for-profit event with profits raised going to the national COVID-19 Appeal.

See attachment for progamme of events

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 

 

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: https://www.powertochange.org.uk/news/emergency-support-community-businesses/ 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 report@phishing.gov.uk 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 nationwidecommunitygrants@nationwide.co.uk 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 support@rapecentre.org.uk

Website contact us page-https://www.rapecentre.org.uk/contact.php

Professional referral- https://www.dpmscloud.com/external/referralformorgcheshirerc

Self referral-https://www.dpmscloud.com/external/referralformselfcheshirerc

 

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 pcc@cheshire.pnn.police.uk 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  http://www.charitiesbuyinggroup.com/About.aspx

 

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.

https://www.who.int/publications-detail/9789240003927

 

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   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

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 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey Now Ready For Your New Data

Thank you to everyone who submitted their data last week.  The forms are now open for you to submitt your new data figues.

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

 

Government Support for small businesses including Charities who meet the critieria for Small Business Rate or Rural Rate Relief

At the weekend, the Government announced additional discretionary support for small businesses, including charities. This additional fund of £617m will be distributed via local authorities. It is aimed at small businesses - and charities - with ongoing fixed property-related costs. 

'Discretionary' is a key issue. Local authorities are being asked by the Government to include priority for small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief. However local authorities may choose to make payments to other businesses, based on local economic need. The allocation of funding will be at the discretion of local authorities.

To qualify, organisations must have fewer than 50 employees, and be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to coronavirus restriction measures.

There will be three levels of grant payments. The maximum will be £25,000. There will also be grants of £10,000. Local authorities will have discretion to make payments of any amount under £10,000. The Government says it will be for councils to adapt this approach to local circumstances.

The administration of this is for local authorities to determine once they receive additional guidance. Today VCA wrote to Halton & St Helens Councils to ensure eligible VCSE organisations can access this.   This is a limited amount of funding and we urge you to apply as soon as possible.

You can read the full details here  NAVCA has provided a useful guide to rateable value click here

 

Covid19 Testing for Priority Key Workers

We have received an update from Halton Borough Council updating on the arrangements for testing key workers or their family for Covid 19. Click here to find out more.

 

Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund
 
The Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund is offering grants of up to £10k. Priority will be given to organisations delivering support services or who have significantly adapted their services to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people.  The Fund welcomes applications from organisations supporting local community activity, including volunteering, and co-ordination of services.  

Next deadline is 22 May. Click here for details on their website. 

 

Domestic Violence 

Please see the link below to some useful resources from Women’s Aid:

Covid-19/Coronavirus: Safety and support resources for survivors, friends, family, neighbours and community members from Women’s Aid

Also, as of 30 April 2020, any woman who needs to travel to find refuge from domestic violence can do so for free on any UK train. Email railtorefuge@womensaid.org.uk to access. 

 

Help us help you get the treatment you need Campaign

People should seek medical care when they need it and not be put off by the coronavirus epidemic, say doctors, charities and the health service.

The new NHS campaign ‘Help us help you get the treatment you need’ launched last weekend and has been widely covered by the media: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52417599. The campaign follows a decrease in people accessing services for a range of conditions not related to coronavirus.   Initial content covers emergency, paediatrics and cancer services and will include further priority groups and services including mental health, maternity and immunisations as the campaign continues. They have been raising awareness of this issue locally with clinicians in primary and secondary care reminding people of the importance of seeking medical help if they have worrying symptoms and will continue to do this during the Covid-19 crisis.

  • If you need medical help the NHS is still here for you. You should still contact your GP practice, use NHS 111 online or call 111
  • If it is a serious or life threatening emergency, call 999
  • If you are told to go to hospital, it is important you go to hospital
  • You should continue to attend your appointments unless you are told not to attend

There are also bespoke messages around ordering prescriptions and ensuring childhood vaccinations are completed as normal.

 

Social Enterprise UK

Article from Social Enterprise UK on PPE suppliers outside of NHS Procurement.  Click here to see link 

VAT on PPE

From 1 May 2020, PPE purchased by care providers (including care homes and domiciliary care), businesses, charities and individuals to protect against Covid-19 will be free from VAT for a three-month period.

More information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/treasury-cut-taxes-to-reduce-ppe-costs

 

Youth Endowment Fund COVID-19 Grant Round

Youth Endowment Fund click here for summary.  Can you send a copy of any bids to the Violence Reduction Unit as it may be that if funding is not successful via the YEF that in the event of an underspend from their funding they could consider supporting some that are relevant to their aims.

Contact Mark Wiggins at the Violence Reduction Unit by Email: Mark.Wiggins@merseyside.police.uk

 

Translated information COVID

Click here for a fact sheet on available resources in relation to translated information.

 

Enterprise Hub - Ready To Start Your Own Business?

Fully-funded expert advice & support to help START your business in the Liverpool City Region. Enterprise Hub brings together business experts from across the Liverpool City Region to offer fully-funded start-up support: 

  • Understand the process of
  • starting a business
  • Research a business idea
  • Develop a business plan
  • Create a marketing strategy
  • Understand financial forecasts
  • Raise start-up finance

Enterprise Hub start-up support is available to anyone living in the Liverpool City Region, who has not yet registered with Companies House or HMRC.

For more information, please contact them on the details below:

Phone: 0151 706 8113
email: enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk
facebook: /MerseyEntHub
Twitter: @MerseyEntHub

 

Key Workers Vacancy List

The DWP have forwarded their Key Worker Vacancy list:

https://haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/key-workers-vacancy-list

 

 

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

Youth Endowment Fund COVID-19 Grant Round

Youth Endowment Fund summary attached..  Can you send a copy of any bids to the Violence Reduction Unit as it may be that if funding is not successful via the YEF that in the event of an underspend from their funding they could consider supporting some that are relevant to their aims.

Contact Mark Wiggins at the Violence Reduction Unit by Email: Mark.Wiggins@merseyside.police.uk
 

Covid19 Testing for Priority Key Workers

We have received an update from Halton Borough Council updating on the arrangements for testing key workers or their family for Covid 19.

As the manager please identify any staff in your team that are both:

1.    A priority key worker in:

  • Services delivering face-to-face support to clients who are more vulnerable to COVID-19
  • Priority services critical to the COVID-19 response that cannot be delivered remotely

A full list of priority staff is attached in the ‘Eligible staffing groups for Covid 19’ document.

2.    And:

  • The keyworker is unwell with Covid 19 symptoms of either: a fever or a new and persistent cough, for 3 days or less   
  • Or a member of the household who is over the age of 4 and has had a fever or new cough for under 5 days. Consequently, the keyworker is currently self-isolating          

If the member of staff is too ill to work they should NOT be tested.  The test only works on someone who has had either a fever or a new and persistent cough for under 5 days, and is unwell.

Following testing, results are texted in 72 hours to the person who has been tested.  The manager needs to make arrangements with the staff member to discuss their results. If you have a member of staff where a test is needed (for them or a member of their household) please do one of the following: 

For staff who are willing to attend Haydock, please send their name and mobile phone number to public.health@halton.gov.uk. Please note Haydock can only test people who come by car, and are 18 and over.

For staff who want to attend:

  • The Countess of Chester
  • Leighton hospital
  • Hunter street, Liverpool City Centre, 
  • Or can’t access a testing centre and want a home test

Please complete the attached Covid 19 priority key worker testing form, and send to public.health@halton.gov.uk

Also attached a ‘Testing FAQs’ which will hopefully answer any queries. If you wish to discuss testing please email public.health@halton.gov.uk and we will call you back. 

 

The DWP have forwarded their Key Worker Vacancy list.  This can be found in the document attached below.

 

 

 

 

NAVCA Explainer: Rateable Value

Thanks to NAVCA for sharing the following information.

We’ve heard from a couple of sources that some smaller charities have not been applying for government support - either directly or from their local authority - because of confusion over business rates and rateable value.

What is rateable value?

Rateable value (RV) is a value that is given to all non-domestic and commercial properties. It is used to assess the amount of business rates the property owner or leaseholder must pay. It is re-evaluated periodically.  RV is assigned by the Valuation Office Agency which is part of HMRC.  The RV of your premises is used by your local council to calculate your business rates bill, small business rate relief, charitable rate relief etc.

Why do I need to know the RV of our premises?

 Some government support for businesses (including charities and voluntary organisations) is allocated based on the RV of your premises.

 How can I find out the RV of our premises?

Visit https://www.gov.uk/correct-your-business-rates   Simply enter your post code or part of your address to find the details for your premises.

Please note that the RV, or rateable value is NOT the same as the annual business rates bill sent out by the local council. Your annual business rates bill is calculated by multiplying the rateable value of a property, by the appropriate multiplier. There are two of these: the standard non-domestic and the small business non-domestic rating multipliers. The former is higher and pays for small business relief.  The government sets the multiplier for the financial year for England. Between revaluations, the multipliers change with inflation and take into account small business relief.

 The multipliers for the 2019-20 financial year are as follows:

  • standard non-domestic rating multiplier = 50.40p
  • small business non-domestic rating multiplier = 49.10p

Translated information COVID from PHE

Attached is the latest fact sheet on available resources in relation to translated information.

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 

 

Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates For Companies House Customers

Webinar: Financial support for small businesses

Want to know more about the financial support available to small businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak?  Sign up for a free webinar hosted by The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) at 11am on 5 May. 

If Your Company Cannot File Accounts On Time 

If you think the impact of COVID-19 will cause delays in filing your company accounts, you can apply for an automatic 3 month extension. You must apply before your filing deadline.

 

COVID-19 Guidance For Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations

The voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector plays a key role across the country, positively impacting the life of many.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the sector has been mobilising across the UK providing practical and emotional support to vulnerable groups. Understandably, the financial implications to mobilising and supporting volunteers and the increased demand in services has placed pressure on the sector.

Information and advice on how the VCSE sector can safely and effectively support the country through the coronavirus pandemic can be found through the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-guidance-for-voluntary-community-and-social-enterprise-organisations

 

VE Day 8th May and Bank Holiday Weekend

Halton Borough Council are looking to bring together a list of any activity/ promo/ ideas you have for the 8th May VE day “celebration”. Or anything for VE day which will be “happening” over that bank holiday weekend.

Nothing will be “open”, but online ideas or access to a dedicated VE day photo/ heritage collection etc might be nice. Or maybe you have already thought of a grand item which everyone should definitely be told about…

Any thoughts? Contact Iain on the details below:

 IAIN BISSET
HALTON BOROUGH COUNCIL
External 0151 511 7767
Iain.Bisset@halton.gov.uk

 

COVID-19 – Online Support For You From HMRC

The government is committed to supporting people, employers and businesses through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and HMRC has a range of online support for you.

If you’ve missed any of the live webinars, you can catch up with the series of recorded webinars on HMRC’s YouTube channel – available at a time to suit you.

Whether you’ve already made a claim, or you’re about to, get the information you need by joining the following live webinars. They're interactive giving you the opportunity to ask questions using the on-screen text box.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme: During this webinar will cover furloughed workers, who can apply for the scheme, following the rules of the scheme, how much may be claimed, how to claim and what you’ll need to claim.

Choose a date and time

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – How to make a claim: This guides you through making a claim, including the essential information you need, what to do before you make your claim, calculating and processing your claim.

Choose a date and time

Coronavirus COVID-19 Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme: Providing an overview of the scheme, this webinar looks at who can claim, when to start paying SSP, employees you can claim for, making a claim, keeping records, and more.

Choose a date and time

 

Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Fund

The Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery & Resilience Fund is an interim replacement for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) and will open for enquiries on 1st May 2020.

Coalfields Trustees have recognised the importance of supporting the response to the COVID-19 crisis in former coalfield communities and have revised some of the criteria to support the delivery and sustainability of key services. There will now be an additional committee meeting in mid June 2020 and the planned committee meeting in July will consider all applications that can continue to address local needs.

Priority will be given to organisations that are delivering support services or have significantly adapted their services in order to respond to the current crisis and support vulnerable people. Awards of up to £10,000 are available.

To ensure your best chance of success please make sure to read through all of the information before you apply.

More details can be found here https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/england_support/funding-support/

 

St Paul's Community Survey

Transform Widnes, made up of St John's & St Paul's Churches, wants to be able to have more of a positive impact in the town. At the beginning of the year, they started a major project to refurbish St Paul's Church to allow it to better serve the community. The refurbishment work will make the space more welcoming with new heating, new toilets, a state-of-the art AV system, much needed repairs to the uneven flooring along with crucial repairs to the roof and tower.

They currently run a range of groups and activities that help to improve the condition of life for residents in the neighbourhood and town and would love to engage further. They want to hear from the local community about what services they think are needed in the town and how, working with other community partners St Paul's may be able to help provide those in the future. To do that they have put together a short survey (5 minutes) which they would appreciate your help in competing online via this link:

https://forms.gle/75Asmz5R7HiGHLqL9

 

Guide Dogs New Phone Line To Support People With Sight Loss During COVID-19

Guide Dogs are providing answers and information for people with sight loss and their families during the coronavirus outbreak. They can help you identify ways to continue living actively, independently and well, refer you to their other services or help you access services by other providers. Please call 0800 781 1444 between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

Guide Dogs has changed the way it provides services in response to social distancing, with every channel being used flexibly to give you choice and access to expertise and advice promptly.  For example, Guide Dogs staff can now arrange to contact you regularly by phone to provide individual support through the social isolation period.  To access this and other services available, please call 0800 781 1444  between 9am-5pm Monday to Friday or visit https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/covid19 to find out more.

 Deafblind customers who use BSL should contact Guide Dogs via the webpage https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/covid19, clicking on the SignVideo logo on the right hand side, or through a SignVideo app. This connects you to a SignVideo interpreter who will then connect to the information line.

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.

 

Halton Borough Council Funding Update 27 April 2020

Click here for the latest funding update from Halton Borough Council's External Funding Team

If you are not on their mailing list and would like to be added, please email funding@halton.gov.uk

If you have identified any funding that you would like to apply for, but do not have the capacity, please contact the email address above and a member of the External Funding Team or Community Development Team will arrange to contact you to discuss your needs.

 

Click here for up to date information on Halton faith sector resources for use during Covid 19 shutdown

 

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

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Halton Borough Council Funding Update

Find attached the latest funding update from Halton Borough Council's External Funding Team

If you are not on their mailing list and would like to be added, please email funding@halton.gov.uk

If you have identified any funding that you would like to apply for, but do not have the capacity, please contact the email address above and a member of the External Funding Team or Community Development Team will arrange to contact you to discuss your needs.

Arts Bulletin - May 2020

Funding Bulletins Home Page

Also attached is a list of current funds specific to Covid-19

 Halton faith sector resources for use during Covid 19 shutdown

Buddhist, Wat Phra Singh Temple, Runcorn

Their morning Chanting is at 06:00 and Evening Chanting at 18:00 are livestreamed on their Facebook pages daily - the Facebook addresses are shown below.

Fb: Wat Phra Singh UK
Fb: วัดพระสิงห์ ยูเค

In addition, their Buddhist nun Mae Chee Shirley-Anne is holding Guided Meditation practice every Saturday using Zoom.  The meetings will be announced on their Facebook pages every week during the Coronavirus lockdown.

 

Islam

How to attend a Muslim Friday Prayer service    كيفية حضور صلاة الجمعة الإسلامية

https://youtu.be/uWOKB5EzHSo

Catch up with a Friday sermon     اللحاق بخطبة الجمعة

https://youtu.be/CNZ0Z9bdiMc

 

Hindu

The nearest temples to Halton are as follows – you can look on their websites or Facebook pages for further information:

 

Jewish

The nearest Jewish congregations to Halton are as follows – you can look on their websites of Facebook pages for further information:

 

Church of England

Daresbury Church is streaming Tuesday to Friday at 10.00am and Sunday at 10.30am on its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/daresburychurch/

St Berteline’s Church, Runcorn is live streaming a service every Sunday at 10am. It is live streamed on their Facebook page and then can be accessed there or on their website at a later point to view back.  www.stbertschurch.org.uk  https://www.facebook.com/stbertschurch

Here is the link to Transform Widnes Website. 

https://tnw.church/church-at-home

All of their services are on the website along with other resources to help encourage people during this time. The website also has information of our Long Loaf community lunch, which has now turned take away! The phone number to ring for a free lunch on a Wednesday is 0151 558 1301 – please ring before 12 noon.  You can also follow them on Facebook under Transform Widnes. 

St Ambrose Church, Widnes - Information on services is on their Facebook page https://m.facebook.com >St Ambrose

St Michael with St Thomas & St Basil & All Saints Church of England, churches do a joint worship reflection every Sunday morning at 10.00am. It can be viewed on their individual Facebook pages:  https://www.facebook.com/stmichaelwithstthomas/     https://www.facebook.com/sbasce2015/  Also, the Church of England has released this which may be helpful to those who don’t have access to the internet: -

 

"Daily Hope" - "Daily Hope" was launched a couple of days ago, especially if your community includes older people with no internet access.  The team behind "Daily Hope" write: 

"It's a free national phone-line aimed particularly at the over 75’s who don’t have access to the internet. Research indicates that some three million people - particularly those in this age group - have no, or very irregular, access to the internet.  The line will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.  Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options, including Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer updated daily, from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service. A section called Hymn Line will also offer callers a small selection of hymns, updated daily. An option entitled ‘Hymns We Love’, provides a hymn and reflection and is based on an initiative by Connections, a group focused on this age group.  At present, there is clearly a challenge in informing those that are digitally disconnected of this phone line. As such, promotion of the phoneline is in two strands: via the media and encouraging local churches to identify and inform those for whom this service would be valuable."

 

Catholic  -  Mass is livestreamed each Sunday from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral - www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk  This is normally at 9 or 11am. You can watch these on You Tube at any time following the same link.  

On Saturday May 2nd at 10.30 am there is a Mass for migrants on You Tube from Brentwood Catholic Youth Service, praising migrants in our country Link is BrentwoodCYS.  

St Wilfrid’s Parish Widnes has Mass uploaded to You Tube link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC52-K27EaYwySzRmeP3f3eA

St Maximillian Kolbe Parish, Runcorn has information on its website  http://www.saint-maximilian-kolbe.org/

 

Ecumenical

Hope Corner has a service at 10am on Sundays. Either go to www.hopecorner.co.uk or use the link:  https://youtu.be/GBbDJ9EIJL0  They also do Kid’s Church with all the links on https://hopecorner.co.uk/childrens-team/

New Life Christian Church Widnes  They do not live stream but do record messages every couple of days and post them on their Church’s Facebook page on their website and also on YouTube.The website is  www.newlifechritiancentre.org,uk

The Foundry, Widnes

They are streaming their Sunday services via watch.thefoundry.org.uk  they are at 10am and 8pm.  They also have children’s services online at burst.thefoundry.org.uk (age 3 – year 1) and fuse.thefoundry.org.uk (year 2 – year 6), they take place between 8am and 12noon on a Sunday.  They have just launched a new phone service where people can dial one of their church numbers (0151 363 5570) and listen to the previous Sunday’s preach. All calls are charged at standard landline rates.

 

Methodist, Runcorn  -  The three Methodist churches in Runcorn are now part of the North Cheshire circuit. https://www.facebook.com/NCMethodists/?tn-str=k*F   https://www.northcheshiremethodists.org.uk  This is a prayer wall we are trying to encourage people to use:  https://padlet.com/northcheshiremethodists/fhy2sn49rvan  

The local Methodist churches have Facebook pages

The Heath: https://www.facebook.com/theheathmethodistchurch/

Wicksten Drive: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412160192297940/

Halton Trinity: https://www.facebook.com/haltontrinitymethodistchurchruncorn/

In addition, Tim Coleman has started a Blog for Shopping City Chaplaincy

https://shoppingcitychaplaincy.blogspot.com/

 

Methodist, Widnes  -  Methodist Churches in Widnes Worship

Short Livestream 10am on Sundays - Farnworth Methodist Church Facebook Page Farnworth Methodist Church  There is also a Facebook Group   Farnworth Methodist Church Community https://www.facebook.com/groups/522713088675714/

 

 

 

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 

 

Wellbeing Enterprises 

With the current COVID19 situation Wellbeing Enterprises have now gone to online courses and activities below is what is coming up in May and June.  Click here for more information and how you can register

  • Stress Less and Sleep Better (for Adults)
  • Tai Chi
  • Family Fun Quiz
  • Stress Less and Sleep Better (for ages 10 - 18 years only)

 

Parliamentary Committee Call for Evidence - Coronavirus and Protected Characteristics

It was highlighted by one of the Equality and Diversity leads from another force earlier regarding the impact of Coronavirus in relation to protected characteristics:

https://committees.parliament.uk/call-for-evidence/94/unequal-impact-coronavirus-covid19-and-the-impact-on-people-with-protected-characteristics/

NB. The information states: “We would like to hear from you by 30 April 2020. If you cannot get it to us before then, please don’t worry, as it will still be useful to us if you submit it later. The sooner you can get it to us, the more likely the Committee can use it to press the Government to reconsider the current measures at the three-week review”.

 

Leading Mental Health Charities Unite To Bring Round The Clock Support To Our Frontline

Leading mental health charities are uniting for the first time to provide round the clock mental health support to those working on the frontline against the Coronavirus. Mind, Samaritans, Shout, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation have launched "Our Frontline", a combination of 1-2-1 support and online resources for NHS workers, carers, the Blue Light emergency services and key workers who are putting their mental health under pressure, while many of us do our bit by staying at home.

https://www.mentalhealthatwork.org.uk/ourfrontline/

 

iCAN Warning: Rogue Traders Cold Calling In Halton

Halton Trading wants to make residents aware of cold calling workmen who are operating in the area. Residents should be wary of any trader’s cold calling at their door or making unsolicited phone calls.

Under the current lockdown measures, it is perfectly acceptable not to answer the door to cold callers who are after work. Protect yourself and your families from the Coronavirus.  

If you need urgent repair work to be carried out (i.e. boiler breakdown etc.) then contact a reputable trader, for clarity reputable traders are not cold calling people during the lockdown!

Getting traders to do work in your home which is not urgent and which can wait (such as decorating etc) is not acceptable, reputable traders know this.

Click here for the latest iCAN Information on ordering groceries over the phone and online during the lockdown.

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.

 

DWP update 28th April for Employers/Employees
 
New Useful Websites - COVID-19 has had a huge impact on many parts of the labour market, with some sectors reducing in size and others expanding rapidly. To help jobseekers find work in new areas and employers tap into new labour markets, DWP have today launched new jobhelp and employerhelp websites. These offer labour market information for people looking for work now, and advice for employers to help recruit them.

 

Mamafit St Helens Support During COVID-19

Mamafit have now added further FREE online classes on Zoom, Facebook & Instagram, the full timetable can be viewed here: www.bookwhen.com/Mamafit

 

St Helens Wellbeing Service

Click here for the latest update from St Helens Wellbeing Service’s service with information for patients

Services are available to all those looking for:

  • Social wellbeing support
  • Healthy living advice
  • Information on local services

Their friendly wellbeing team are still available during this difficult time, and can offer individuals FREE health, wellbeing and emotional support via either telephone or video-link.

For more information, please refer to their new website:https://www.sthelenswellbeing.org.uk/

From there,they have a Contact Us page where new requests can be submitted for the team to pick up and respond to.  Alternatively, contact can be made via 01744 371 111 or chcp.sthelens@nhs.net

 

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

St Helens Wellbeing Service’s latest service information for patients and information screens to help promote the continued work of their dedicated team is attached.

Services are available to all those looking for:

  • Social wellbeing support
  • Healthy living advice
  • Information on local services

Their friendly wellbeing team are still available during this difficult time, and can offer individuals FREE health, wellbeing and emotional support via either telephone or video-link.

For more information, please refer to their new website:https://www.sthelenswellbeing.org.uk/

From there,they have a Contact Us page where new requests can be submitted for the team to pick up and respond to.  Alternatively, contact can be made via 01744 371 111 or chcp.sthelens@nhs.net

A visually impaired man from St Helens who runs his own business has vowed to continue providing his vulnerable clients with a counselling and support service despite the lockdown.

John Perry, 57, who is totally blind and has spina bifida along with hydrocephalus, set up Focus Employment Hub Ltd earlier this year. John’s social enterprise provides emotional and practical support for disabled people and people with long term health conditions.

An experienced advocate, qualified personal and vocational counsellor, John  has dedicated his professional life to changing attitudes and removing barriers to help people who are finding it difficult to get into employment or to receive benefits.

Speaking from his home in St Helens, John Said: “As with everyone else, the lockdown has presented me with lots of challenges, not only in my personal life, but also professionally. I only started trading a few months ago so I was naturally concerned to make sure I kept the business going.

“Before lockdown, much of my work was face-to-face with clients. I provide emotional and practical support to disabled people, those with long-term medical conditions and migrants, on employment and benefits advice. We aim to provide tailored support to a small group of people on a 1-2-1 basis, or in a group setting to help them to realise their potential and to achieve their personal and professional goals.”

“Because of lockdown, I’m working from home. I have decided to be available for seven days a week and to offer free telephone support. I understand there will be many vulnerable people who may need to talk to someone at the moment, so I’m happy to use my counselling and advocacy skills.”John Perry is a qualified counsellor and experienced trainer on disability issues. John has over thirty years’ experience of providing support, advice, guidance and advocacy to disabled people on employment, education, training and benefits.

John added: “Lockdown isn’t much fun for anyone right now. But for disabled people, those with long-term health conditions and migrants, it can be even more difficult. I want them to know in particular, if they’re feeling isolated  … if they just need someone to talk an issue through with, I’d be happy to help.

“In my personal life, I am very fortunate that I have family and friends who are giving me practical help and support to get by. For example, going shopping right now would be impossible. I know that there are many people in Merseyside and further afield who aren’t so lucky. I want to reach out to them in particular at this extremely difficult time and say you aren’t alone!”

To make an appointment with John, visit his website at FocusEmployment.co.uk.

 

iCan Warnings

iCAN Information: Ordering groceries over the phone and online during the lockdown

Halton Trading Standards would like to make residents aware of the current options available for ordering groceries during the ongoing lockdown. The increased demand in online shopping means that delivery slots can be difficult to get. Several supermarkets are offering new options including the delivery of standardised food boxes and different ways to pay.

If you don’t have online access

A new scheme launched by Morrisons may be of help. The supermarket has introduced ‘Doorstep Deliveries’, which is a service available specifically for the vulnerable and elderly. It is a telephone shopping service where you can order a range of 47 essential groceries from home with payment taken on the doorstep. To place an order call 0345 611 6111 and select option 5. Further information is available at https://my.morrisons.com/doorstep-deliveries/

If you have online access

Aldi

Food parcels containing food items and household products delivered to your home for £24.99. More information available at: https://www.aldi.co.uk/food-parcels

ASDA

Have introduced a volunteer shopping card to provide a safer way, for vulnerable and elderly people who are self-isolating, to allow friends, family and neighbours to shop for them. The volunteer shopping card allows residents to:

  • buy the card online
  • send the card to your volunteer or print it off and leave it in a safe place for them
  • stay secure—no bank or credit card details are shared with the volunteer
  • be safer - you’re not handing over cash
  • top the card up with extra funds online

More information is available at: https://cards.asda.com/volunteer

Marks & Spencer

Has six different food boxes ranging in contents and price. The boxes available include a general food box, seasonal fruit box, mixed select vegetable box, mixed vegetable box, meat box and a vegetarian food box. The boxes prices range from £15 - £45 (excluding delivery) and are delivered to your door. More information is available at: https://www.marksandspencer.com/l/gifts/food-boxes

Marks & Spencer has also introduced a contactless gift card (We're All in this Together Volunteer E-Gift Card) that those who are self-isolating can buy, allowing others such as friends, family and neighbours to shop for them. The gift card works in a similar way to the ASDA shopping card. Further information is available at: https://www.marksandspencer.com/all-in-this-together/p/p60282075

Morrisons

Have six different food boxes ranging in contents and price. The boxes available include a vegetarian box, meat eaters box, two different types of ready meal boxes, family meat box and Ramadan food box. The boxes range in price from £30 – 45 (including delivery) and are delivered to your door. More information is available at: https://www.morrisons.com/food-boxes/boxes

Other retailers may offer similar schemes to those highlighted above.

Halton Trading Standards does not endorse or seek to promote any particular retailers, big or small, and is providing the above information to allow vulnerable and elderly residents to know what options are available for sourcing food during the Coronavirus lockdown.  

If you know of any other grocery delivery services in Halton, please tell us by replying to this email.

If you need help with shopping or prescriptions and you don’t have family or friends to call on, phone the Council’s Hotline: 0151 907 8363.

 

iCAN Warning: HMRC Coronavirus Scam Expands

Halton Trading Standards wants to warn residents about a scam perpetrated by individuals falsely claiming to be from HMRC. The scam has now expanded from text and email to telephone calls as the Coronavirus lockdown continues.

The HMRC-branded scam texts claimed that the government is offering lump-sum payments “as part of its promise to battle Covid-19.” Each text specified a particular sum and asks the recipient to tap the link to a bogus website which requests payment details from the recipient. It is simply a means for criminals to gain access to bank accounts.

Recently, this scam theme has expanded from text and emails to telephone calls from bogus civil servants.

This week, HMRC advised the public that all of these messages and phone calls are fake, with the government department advising the public that it will, “never text, email or phone to ask for bank details, PIN or passwords.”

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.

iCAN Warning: Netflix scam takes advantage of Coronavirus lockdown

Halton Trading Standards wants to make residents aware of a current Netflix scam. The coronavirus pandemic lockdown has led to a surge in viewership of online video streaming services. With millions of more people staying at home, Netflix has seen a rise of 32% in paid subscriptions since mid-March according to billing platform Recurly. The radical shift in consumer activity has led to scammers attempting to take advantage of the situation.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has received evidence of bogus emails in Netflix branding which asks recipients to update their payment details. The email advises the recipient to click a link, which leads to a fake payment page which takes the credit card details of the target.

CTSI Lead Officer, Katherine Hart, said: "These types of scams are not new, but they're increasing in prevalence since the pandemic lockdown began. Scammers react to the changing behaviours of the general public, and I am especially concerned about Netflix branded emails because of the rising popularity of the service.

"These scams will not be limited to a single company, and the public should also be aware of similar emails designed with competitor brandings such as Amazon Prime Video, Britbox, Disney+ and others.

"The public should not click any of the links contained in these emails and report bogus emails to Action Fraud and the company the scam message is using as cover.

 

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 

 

Office for Civil Society Covid-19 Support Update April 2020

Click here for the latest update from the Office of Civil Society, this edition has the following content:

  1. Announcement: Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities
  2. Announcement: Government launches plan to tackle loneliness during coronavirus lockdown
  3. Guidance for your organisation
  4. Guidance on funding and fundraising
  5. Guidance on volunteers and volunteering

 

Request from Hope Cafe Runcorn

Hope Café Runcorn are seeing generous individuals and organisations donate whatever they can to ensure we keep our medical staff healthy during this CV –19 pandemic.

Steve Illidge - Cafe manager was dropping some provisions to Warrington Halton NHS trust for nursing staff. “I asked what else they needed and was asked for quick noodle and cup soup packs.  The thought immediately came to me that our café has had to close and we could produce quality, nutritious soup that can be heated in minutes and will sustain our NHS teams, ensuring we keep them well both physically and mentally.”

Within 24 hours we had started our ‘SOUPER HERO’ campaign – we are seeking individuals or organisations to crowd fun and match fund the programme.  We are looking to fund as many £2 soup pots as we can for as many each week as we can – so far since Friday we have had hundreds of pounds given by a wide range of people who have become souper heroes.

More details are available on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/hopecaferuncorn/ or call 07395 313050 and let us know your donation. We will send you a secure link for you to pay your donation in to our charity and we will then make soup to keep the team at Halton General Hospital functioning.

 

Good Sam App/NHS Responders

Halton Council have asked us to ask our membership if they have referred anyone to the Good Sam app/NHS responders Halton and how easy/difficult it is/was to do so. The data from the short survey will be used to feed back to Halton Council.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/good-sam-appnhs-responders

 

Update from Halton Health Improvement Team on the COVID-19 Comms Toolkit 

Our PR and comms toolkit has been updated – please download it here: PR toolkit  As you can imagine, a lot has changed in the last few weeks and we have updated this toolkit to reflect that, including: 

  • Updates to HIT services
  • New resources from Public Health England
  • A new domestic abuse campaign from Cheshire Police
  • Physical activity suggestions for all ages
  • Information for older adults about avoiding falls 
  • Our Mental Health Information Point

 The Health Improvement Team and Sure Start to Later Life are continuing to provide support and services remotely via phone and social media for both existing and new clients.  If you have already been sharing these messages, thank you! Together we can reach as many Halton residents as possible, particularly the more vulnerable residents, to support them through this difficult time.
 
If you haven’t already, please follow The Halton Borough Council social media accounts where HIT will be posting further updates and information about its services over the coming weeks.
 
Follow us on Twitter @HaltonBC
And on Facebook HaltonBC
 
If you have any questions about the Health Improvement Team’s services please call 0300 029 0029 or email HIT@halton.gov.uk

 

 Youth Media Opportunity | Divergent Thinking

Do you work with young people then they may be interested in this opportunity for free training for young people to learn to make videos. May be useful for your young people to skill them up to contribute to what you are trying to achieve, plus something to keep them occupied. Thinking it could be a way to ask young people for feedback on a whole host of things. Click here to find out more 

 

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

Wellbeing Enterprises 

With the current COVID19 situation Wellbeing Enterprises have now gone to online courses and activities below is what is coming up in May and June.  See attached for more information and how you can register

  • Stress Less and Sleep Better (for Adults)
  • Tai Chi
  • Family Fun Quiz
  • Stress Less and Sleep Better (for ages 10 - 18 years only)

 Youth Media Opportunity | Divergent Thinking

Do you work with young people then they may be interested in this opportunity for free training for young people to learn to make videos. May be useful for your young people to skill them up to contribute to what you are trying to achieve, plus something to keep them occupied. Thinking it could be a way to ask young people for feedback on a whole host of things. 

Click on the attachement for more details 

Request from Hope Cafe Runcorn

Hope Café Runcorn are seeing generous individuals and organisations donate whatever they can to ensure we keep our medical staff healthy during this CV –19 pandemic.

Steve Illidge - Cafe manager was dropping some provisions to Warrington Halton NHS trust for nursing staff. “I asked what else they needed and was asked for quick noodle and cup soup packs.  The thought immediately came to me that our café has had to close and we could produce quality, nutritious soup that can be heated in minutes and will sustain our NHS teams, ensuring we keep them well both physically and mentally.”

Within 24 hours we had started our ‘SOUPER HERO’ campaign – we are seeking individuals or organisations to crowd fun and match fund the programme.  We are looking to fund as many £2 soup pots as we can for as many each week as we can – so far since Friday we have had hundreds of pounds given by a wide range of people who have become souper heroes.

More details are available on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/hopecaferuncorn/ or call 07395 313050 and let us know your donation. We will send you a secure link for you to pay your donation in to our charity and we will then make soup to keep the team at Halton General Hospital functioning.

Office for Civil Society Covid-19 Support Update April 2020

Contents:

  1. Announcement: Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities
  2. Announcement: Government launches plan to tackle loneliness during coronavirus lockdown
  3. Guidance for your organisation
  4. Guidance on funding and fundraising
  5. Guidance on volunteers and volunteering

1. Announcement: Chancellor sets out extra £750 million coronavirus funding for frontline charities

Charities across the UK will receive a £750 million package of support to ensure they can continue their vital work during the coronavirus outbreak, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced

Tens of thousands of charities providing vital services will benefit from direct cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the virus as well as continuing their day-to-day activities supporting those in need.

As part of a UK-wide package of support, £360 million will be directly allocated by government departments to charities providing key services and supporting vulnerable people during the crisis.

As well as this, £370 million for small and medium-sized charities, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund for those in England, will support those organisations at the heart of local communities which are making a big difference during the outbreak, including those delivering food, essential medicines and providing financial advice.

The Chancellor also announced the Government will match fund whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal on 23 April, starting with a contribution of at least £20 million to the National Emergencies Trust appeal.

The announcement builds on previous announcements by the Chancellor to support charities and businesses, including deferring their VAT bills, paying no business rates for their shops next year, and furloughing staff where possible with the Government paying 80% of their wages.

Read the full announcement here.

2. Government launches plan to tackle loneliness during coronavirus lockdown

The Government has launched a major effort to tackle loneliness and social isolation during the coronavirus outbreak and period of social distancing. Led by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, the plan will aim to ensure that, for people of all ages and backgrounds, staying at home does not need to lead to loneliness.

The latest #Let’sTalkLoneliness public campaign has been rolled out to get people talking openly about loneliness, which includes new public guidance offering useful tips and advice on what to do to look after yourself and others safely.

The campaign, initially launched last year, is being supported by famous faces across social media including TV presenter Angellica Bell and Karen Gibson, founder of The Kingdom Choir. More information can be found at https://letstalkloneliness.co.uk/

In a wide ranging cross-Government and cross-sector plan, the Culture Secretary has also announced that:

  • Smaller, community-based organisations in England helping people to stay connected in local communities will benefit from being a priority category of the £750 million package of support for charities announced by the Chancellor on 8 April.
  • National loneliness organisations will be allocated a guaranteed £5 million worth of funding to continue and adapt their critical work at this time.
  • As part of the national effort, loneliness charities including Age UK will be supported to work with NHS Volunteer Responders in their communities.

Read the full announcement here.

3. Guidance for your organisation

Charity Commission: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector
Guidance from the Charity Commission on how to run your charity in relation to registrations, permissions, reporting and other interactions related to COVID-19

Gov.uk: Claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
This page sets out the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave ('furlough') due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

NHS: Coronavirus - advice for everyone
Advice for everyone including those at high risk from COVID-19 on staying at home and looking after wellbeing

Gov.uk: Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for Community Interest Companies (CICs)
Guidance for Community Interest Companies on  maintaining services and protecting the welfare of employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

NCVO: Coronavirus advice
Guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the covid-19 pandemic

Big Society Capital: COVID 19 Information for Social Investors
This page provides guidance on effects of COVID-19 pandemic on social investment including its announcement of £100m new lending facilities to provide much-needed finance to charities, social enterprises, and small businesses in disadvantaged parts of the UK.

UK Youth, National Youth Agency, The Mix: COVID-19 Guidance for young people, youth workers and youth organisations
Advice, guidance, support and tools for youth workers, young people and organisations in response to COVID-19.

4. Guidance on funding and fundraising

UK Community Foundations
Enter your postcode to find your local Community Foundation to view funding opportunities during COVID-19.

The National Lottery Community Fund 
Overview of all National Lottery funding opportunities and the changes to their programmes due to COVID-19.

Charity Finance Group: Guidance for charities 
CFG provides financial management advice & support to the VCSE sector. This page sets out their COVID-19 guidance.

Covid-19 Funders
This page is produced by London Funders, the membership body for funders and investors in London’s civil society. 

Fundraising Regulator: Events Guidance 
Fundraising Regulator’s advice on fundraising during COVID-19.

5. Guidance on volunteering and managing volunteers

Gov.uk: Coronavirus -  How to help safely
Government advice on staying safe while supporting others during the pandemic.

NCVO Volunteering and coronavirus: How you can help 
NCVO guidance on supporting others during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

NCVO Coronavirus: Involving volunteers 
NCVO guidance on involving volunteers in your work during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Information Commissioner’s Office Data protection and coronavirus: what you need to know ICO guidance on data protection during the pandemic. It addresses sharing employee’s health information, collecting personal information from local residents, responding to information requests and more. 

Information Commissioner’s Office Blog: Community groups and COVID-19 -  what you need to know about data protection 
ICO blog aimed at new community groups to help them with data protection. The guidance emphasises that data protection rules will not stop you from helping those in need.

Gov.uk: How to find volunteering opportunities

Gov.uk: Volunteer placements, rights and expenses

Click here to subscribe 

 

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 

 

Covid 19 testing arrangements for front line VCSE staff in Halton

VCA have been contacted by Julia Rosser from Halton Borough Council who is currently involved in ensuring that front line staff in Halton Borough Council and partner organisations are able to access testing for Covid 19.  They are aware that voluntary sector organisations work directly with the public and there may be staff that would benefit from the testing.  There is a criteria that must be met for testing so that they are ensuring that they are prioritising front line staff that work with vulnerable people. The test only works for people who are currently unwell, with symptoms of Covid 19. The aim of the test is to enable staff who are well enough to work but are self-isolating due to possible Covid 19 to return to work if they get a negative response.  

They are aware that the testing arrangements are changing daily and that you may have been offered testing for staff through an alternative route? If this is the case please email Sally on syeoman@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk we also want to hear from you if you do not have arrangements for testing so that we can forward updates to managers with instructions for how to arrange testing by email.  As soon as we hear about the arrangements in St Helens we will share the information.  

 

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.

“Individually we are ONE DROP. Together, we are an OCEAN”

This quote from the Japanese writer Ryunosuke Satoro means that individually we can solve problems or work by ourselves. As a group however, we can accomplish great things. 

As an infrastructure support organisation for the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector across both Halton and St Helens we are immensely aware of how the pressure in this current situation has had an impact and how the sector is responding.

This is the FIRST of two research and data gathering exercises that we want to facilitate during the current COVID-19 pandemic which will enable us to see the bigger picture of what services our incredible sector is delivering during these unprecedented times.

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

No information specific to your organisation will be published however the collective data will be published and shared each week through our website.  If you have any questions please contact Sally Yeoman on 01744 457100 ext 4.  Stay safe and thank you for all that you are doing to support our local people and communities.

 

Doctors of the World

Doctors of the World have now translated essential Covid-19 guidance based on NHS and Government health advice and information in 48 languages available in written format. Video format of this guidance is available in 10 languages, and audio format with easy share button will be online soon. Please find them here: https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/coronavirus-information/

 

Latest update for Trustees from NCVO 

Click here for latest update 

 

Domestic Abuse during Covid-19 

Thanks to our colleagues at Asylum Refugee and Migration Service (ARMS) for sharing the following information on resources for victims of Dometic Abuse.  You may have seen the news this week that Domestic Abuse helplines have had a 700% increase in calls since the start of COVID-19 measures.  This morning the government have announced a £600,000 boost for charities working with victims of domestic and sexual abuse. With that in mind they have pulled together some resources that may be useful for workers supporting families where there is a risk of, or suspected Domestic Abuse. This information is to be used in addition to following your normal domestic abuse procedure.

Click here for details of support available

 

Update on Small Business Grants Fund & Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant from NAVCA

There are two different funds, the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF)  and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund (RHLF).  Somewhat unhelpfully the guidance for both is in one document which I think has led to some of the confusion. 

The guidance says “Under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) eligible businesses in England in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for a cash grants of £10,000 or £25,000 per property.”  And the guidance explicitly includes charities that meet this eligibility criteria.  So if you or any of your members qualify, you should be getting this grant.  As examples: sports clubs or grounds, public halls, museums and art galleries are all included – and importantly, there’s an element of discretion on the Local Authoritie's part, which may mean that not all parts of the country get treated the same way. 

HOWEVER:   the SBGF, which gives grants of £10,000 to eligible businesses, is only available to business in receipt of either Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rates Relief.  Any organisation claiming Charitable Rates Relief, even if you would be eligible for one of the other reliefs, is explicitly and definitively excluded.  And there is no discretion available to the LAs to interpret that.

 

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

Thanks to our colleagues at Asylum Refugee and Migration Service (ARMS) for sharing the following information on resources for victims of Dometic Abuse.

You may have seen the news this week that Domestic Abuse helplines have had a 700% increase in calls since the start of COVID-19 measures.  This morning the government have announced a £600,000 boost for charities working with victims of domestic and sexual abuse. With that in mind they have pulled together some resources that may be useful for workers supporting families where there is a risk of, or suspected Domestic Abuse. This information is to be used in addition to following your normal domestic abuse procedure.

Police 999

During lockdown measures it may be difficult to speak on the phone to advise the police of instances of abuse without being heard and risking further harm. The silent solution system is for those in an emergency who require police help but can not speak. After dialing 999 from a mobile phone you will be prompted to press 55 to access the silent solution system. The operator will then ask a series of yes and no questions that can be responded to using the keypad.  Silent solution is not available on landlines. Please see attached document for further details.

The government has updated guidance for during COVID-19, Domestic Abuse Injunctions can be applied for remotely. Details of how to apply can be found here.

National Domestic Abuse Hotline

The National Domestic Abuse Hotline is a freephone number 0808 2000 247, they can provide advice and support for victims of domestic abuse. Their website https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/  has lots of advice and guidance for victims of domestic abuse including the option of online chat for those that do not want to be heard on the phone. The website and chat have a quick exit button that instantly changes the page to google should the victim fear the perpetrator is approaching

Bright Sky App

The bright sky app should only be downloaded to phones if it is safe to do so and there is no risk of the perpetrator accessing the device. The app can help record instances of abuse and provides information and guidance alongside linking in to local services.  Information about Bright Sky can be found here.

Safelives

Safelives have put together guidance specific to experiencing domestic abuse during COVID-19, it can be found at  https://safelives.org.uk/staying-safe-during-covid-19-guidance In addition safelives offer a wealth of resources, including information on MARAC's and DASH risk assessments. Safelives offer the quick exit screen.

Surviving Economic Abuse

Surviving Economic Abuse have produced a guide for during COVID-19 measures including, how to spot signs of financial abuse during COVID-19, economic abuse and coronavirus and how banks can help during the outbreak. Information can be found on their website   https://survivingeconomicabuse.org/resources/  which again has the quick exit screen.

Respect

Respect works with perpetrators and male victims of domestic abuse. Respect have put together specific information and access to services during COVID-19 that can be found here

This is not an exhaustive list of services, as there are many organisations and charities working in this field, just an overview of some that can offer help.

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 

 

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.

“Individually we are ONE DROP. Together, we are an OCEAN”

This quote from the Japanese writer Ryunosuke Satoro means that individually we can solve problems or work by ourselves. As a group however, we can accomplish great things. 

As an infrastructure support organisation for the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector across both Halton and St Helens we are immensely aware of how the pressure in this current situation has had an impact and how the sector is responding.

This is the FIRST of two research and data gathering exercises that we want to facilitate during the current COVID-19 pandemic which will enable us to see the bigger picture of what services our incredible sector is delivering during these unprecedented times.

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

No information specific to your organisation will be published however the collective data will be published and shared each week through our website.

If you have any questions please contact me on 01744 457100 ext 4

Stay safe and thank you for all that you are doing to support our local people and communities.

Sally Yeoman
CEO – Halton & St Helens VCA

 

Halton Business Brief April 2020

For the latest briefing click here

 

Widnes Urgent Care Centre update

Update from Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust - Communications to support Widnes Urgent Care Centre becoming a neutral site as part of Covid-19 response 
 
'From today (Friday 24 April) we are making changes to Widnes Urgent Care Centre (UCC) to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.  Widnes UCC opening times will change to 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. The service will also move to an appointment only service. This means we will no longer routinely be accepting walk-in patients until further notice.  Anyone requiring urgent care for an illness or injury will need to call the centre on 0151 495 5000. Patients will only be offered an appointment after a telephone assessment.  Patients will be expected to attend the Widnes UCC alone with the exception of children and vulnerable adults who will be permitted to visit with one parent or carer.  People should not attend at Widnes UCC without an appointment and anyone living with a long-term condition is advised to contact their GP practice by phone or by completing the online form on the practice website (eConsult).   In line with Cheshire and Merseyside our Bridgewater Community Midwifery Service has already suspended home birth services to protect women and their babies. We are continuing to work closely with pregnant women to ensure continuity of care and the best possible birth experience.
 
Warrington

We have been working closely with Warrington Borough Council to strengthen our integrated Intermediate Care and Rapid Response teams through redeploying staff in order to make our health and social care teams as resilient in order to prevent admission to hospital and to support patients discharged from hospital. We have also integrated additional services such as our community matrons so that we can test new ways of working to facilitate the delivery of safe and effective care for the complex patients who require support from our community services.' 

 

Wargrave Big Local

Wargrave Big Local is a volunteer-led Partnership of residents that has been tasked with making Wargrave a better place to live and work using £1m awarded by the National Lottery.  In response to the Covid 19 pandemic a fund has been set up specifically to help groups that are supporting local people during the crisis. Are you helping the community in Wargrave or in the wider area that includes Wargrave? If so they may be able to help you. Contact them at wgbiglocal@outlook.com to apply for up to £1k of funding

 

St Helens Wellbeing Services

St Helens Wellbeing services are still open and running a range of Wellbeing support and interventions.

 If you would like to chat to one of the team about the support available please do not hesitate to get in touch: 01744 371111. They have also produced a leaflet to let you know a little more about how they can support you during COVID19 and beyond.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/st-helens-wellbeing-support

 

Urgent Key Worker Travel Survey 

Are you a key worker in the Liverpool City Region? They need your views on transport availability to get you to and from work.    While all non-essential travel should be avoided in line with national advice, Merseytravel and transport operators are working together to provide services and help key workers get to and from work. If you are travelling, they want to hear from you so that they can do everything they can to provide the best services possible and meet your needs.  Please pass on to any Key workers that you are aware of, thank you to all the key workers for everything you are doing during this difficult time.

Click here to take part 

 

Coronavirus Recovery Plan for the North | Joint Press Conference between Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham - write up from James Mulvaney from Liverpool City Region

As you may have seen Metro Mayors Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham held a joint remote press conference yesterday, discussing what a coronavirus recovery plan for the North should look like.

Click here for a write-up of this conference, which is also available to watch here. This conference was covered in the news, including the Liverpool Echo, Guardian, Place North West, ITV News and others.

In the summary I have underlined some of the key policy areas they covered. Here is some of the topics they discussed:

A economic-recovery from the bottom-up, by supporting councils and combined authorities

A National Recovery Council, made up of unions, business bodies, government, and political parties of all colours (more on this idea here)

  • Future funding of local authorities
  •  Transport funding for light rail, so that MerseyRail and Metrolink services don’t have to be mothballed
  •  The entertainment and hospitality sectors in LCR and GM after this crisis, and the impact on the tourism economies
  •  How a Government fiscal stimulus could be spent on projects in LCR and GM
  • The benefits of a mass retrofitting project post-lockdown
  • Opportunities for things to be different post-lockdown, and not returning to business as usual
  • A Green New Deal for the country, and how we don’t want to return polluted air and congested traffic

 

iCAN information: Telephone calls from Halton Adult Social Care

As a result of the current covid 19 crisis Halton social work staff will be making contact with the general public following referrals from a range of possible sources including hospitals, care providers, family, or self-referrals. 

In an effort to avoid the unnecessary contact between people that may place the public at risk of infection,  staff may contact family members or other informal carers to gain an understanding of someone’s history, background and their current needs and to undertake assessments over the phone. These calls may involve discussing highly sensitive and personal data and information. 

The following Halton Borough Council published numbers can be used to verify the identity of staff who have made contact with people for these purposes.

HBC Contact Centre number:  0303 333 4300

Adult Social Care enquiries please phone 0151 907 8306

You will not be asked for your bank account or bank card details.

If you receive an unexpected call from anybody asking for your bank details, ask them for their name and the name of the organisation they work for and tell them that you will call them back. Look up the organisation they claim to be from in the Phone Book, or by typing their website address online, and phone the organisation to make sure it was a genuine call.

Do not phone the organisation on the number the caller has given.

Halton Trading Standards would like to make residents aware of how to get help during the Coronavirus lockdown and how to avoid scams. Please click the link below for more information:

Coronavirus and scams update 

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.
If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

 

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

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.

“Individually we are ONE DROP. Together, we are an OCEAN”

This quote from the Japanese writer Ryunosuke Satoro means that individually we can solve problems or work by ourselves. As a group however, we can accomplish great things. 

As an infrastructure support organisation for the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector across both Halton and St Helens we are immensely aware of how the pressure in this current situation has had an impact and how the sector is responding.

This is the FIRST of two research and data gathering exercises that we want to facilitate during the current COVID-19 pandemic which will enable us to see the bigger picture of what services our incredible sector is delivering during these unprecedented times.

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

No information specific to your organisation will be published however the collective data will be published and shared each week through our website.

If you have any questions please contact me on 01744 457100 ext 4

Stay safe and thank you for all that you are doing to support our local people and communities.

Sally Yeoman
CEO – Halton & St Helens VCA

Wargrave Big Local

Wargrave Big Local is a volunteer-led Partnership of residents that has been tasked with making Wargrave a better place to live and work using £1m awarded by the National Lottery.  In response to the Covid 19 pandemic a fund has been set up specifically to help groups that are supporting local people during the crisis. Are you helping the community in Wargrave or in the wider area that includes Wargrave? If so they may be able to help you. Contact them at wgbiglocal@outlook.com to apply for up to £1k of funding

There will be a Facebook Live Chat on 24th April at 1.30pm about Loan Sharks and Illegal Money Lending.

Simply go to https://www.facebook.com/StopLoanSharksProject and log in to Facebook.

 

 

 

Urgent Key Worker Travel Survey 

Are you a key worker in the Liverpool City Region? They need your views on transport availability to get you to and from work.    While all non-essential travel should be avoided in line with national advice, Merseytravel and transport operators are working together to provide services and help key workers get to and from work. If you are travelling, they want to hear from you so that they can do everything they can to provide the best services possible and meet your needs.  Please pass on to any Key workers that you are aware of, thank you to all the key workers for everything you are doing during this difficult time.

Click her to take part 

Coronavirus Recovery Plan for the North | Joint Press Conference between Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham - write up from James Mulvaney from Liverpool City Region

As you may have seen Metro Mayors Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham held a joint remote press conference yesterday, discussing what a coronavirus recovery plan for the North should look like.

I have attached below is a write-up of this conference, which is also available to watch here. This conference was covered in the news, including the Liverpool Echo, Guardian, Place North West, ITV News and others.

In the summary I have underlined some of the key policy areas they covered. Here is some of the topics they discussed:

  •          A economic-recovery from the bottom-up, by supporting councils and combined authorities
  •          A National Recovery Council, made up of unions, business bodies, government, and political parties of all colours (more on this idea here)
  •          Future funding of local authorities
  •          Transport funding for light rail, so that MerseyRail and Metrolink services don’t have to be mothballed
  •          The entertainment and hospitality sectors in LCR and GM after this crisis, and the impact on the tourism economies
  •          How a Government fiscal stimulus could be spent on projects in LCR and GM
  •          The benefits of a mass retrofitting project post-lockdown
  •          Opportunities for things to be different post-lockdown, and not returning to business as usual
  •          A Green New Deal for the country, and how we don’t want to return polluted air and congested traffic

St Helens Wellbeing services are still open running a range of Wellbeing support and interventions.

Please find attached a leaflet to let you know a little more about how they can support you during COVID19 and beyond.

If you would like to chat to one of the team about the support available please do not hesitate to get in touch: 01744 371111 

To find out more about the St Helens Welbeing Service, please click the link below:

https://www.sthelenswellbeing.org.uk/

 

 

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 

 

St Helens Middle-Aged Men’s Health VCSE Community Of Practice (CHAMPS Public Health Collaborative).

Community of Practice Programme – Funding 

As part of the Champs Public Health Collaborative, St Helens Council have secured funding to further develop and enhance the community-led suicide prevention offer in the Borough. St Helens recently launched the OK2ASK campaign, enabling people with lived experience to champion mental health, to organise and deliver local anti-stigma and discrimination activities, give access to free training and free campaign resources. We know we are in unusual times but we think extra resources to support and improve mental health is going to be critical now more than ever. We would encourage groups to apply and to think about how they can offer their support during the Covid-19 crisis.

The funding will enable Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise groups to develop and deliver a range of men’s projects in line with the Edge Hill University Evidence Review. Halton & St Helens VCA will run a small grants programme and establish a Community of Practice that is linked to the Community Led Suicide Prevention Group and will bring funded organisations together to share best practice and to look at ways in which we can work together to make a real difference in our communities. Groups who are applying for funding must be willing to commit to working as part of the Community of Practice.

For an application form contact dmorris@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk applications must be submitted by 18 May 2020.  Click here for more detail

 

HMRC

As part of the government’s commitment to provide support to businesses and employers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HMRC have been offering live webinars on the Job Retention Scheme. LIve webinars provides an overview of the support available to help employers and their employees deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19.  Places are extremely limited but If you’ve missed any of the recent webinars, or have been unable to join, you can now view a recording on HMRC’s YouTube channel.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme - During this webinar they will be taking a look at:
•    furloughed workers
•    who can apply for the scheme
•    following the rules of the scheme
•    how much may be claimed
•    how to claim and what you’ll need to claim.

 

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have a vital role working alongside NHS colleagues to support anyone who has a mental health problem.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, demand for mental health services is increasing.  To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services - or provide additional support - organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.You can find out more about the fund and how to apply on both the Association of Mental Health Providers website and the Mind’s website
 
Support for smaller organisations or groups

As part of this funding programme, the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will be administering a fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, constituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Details are available on the NSUN website.

 

Dedicated phone service for customers aged 70 or over.

Thanks to our colleagues at Age UK who have lobbied the banks successfully for dedicated direct phone numbers for over 70s and for sharing the details with us.  

  • Bank of Scotland:  0800 0859179.  Lines open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
  • Halifax: 0800 0859137.  Lines open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
  • Lloyds Bank:  0800 056 0045.  Lines open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
  • NatWest:  0800 051 4176.  Lines open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.
  • Royal Bank of Scotland:  0800 051 4177.  Lines open from 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.

 

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

St Helens Middle-Aged Men’s Health VCSE Community Of Practice (CHAMPS Public Health Collaborative).

Community of Practice Programme – Funding 

As part of the Champs Public Health Collaborative, St Helens Council have secured funding to further develop and enhance the community-led suicide prevention offer in the Borough. St Helens recently launched the OK2ASK campaign, enabling people with lived experience to champion mental health, to organise and deliver local anti-stigma and discrimination activities, give access to free training and free campaign resources. We know we are in unusual times but we think extra resources to support and improve mental health is going to be critical now more than ever. We would encourage groups to apply and to think about how they can offer their support during the Covid-19 crisis.

The funding will enable Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise groups to develop and deliver a range of men’s projects in line with the Edge Hill University Evidence Review. Halton & St Helens VCA will run a small grants programme and establish a Community of Practice that is linked to the Community Led Suicide Prevention Group and will bring funded organisations together to share best practice and to look at ways in which we can work together to make a real difference in our communities. Groups who are applying for funding must be willing to commit to working as part of the Community of Practice.

For an application form contact dmorris@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk applications must be submitted by 22 May 2020.

Please note that all funds must be spent and your programme completed by 31 March 2021

Groups should also be aware that there are two key dates for monitoring information. These will be in September 2020 and February 2021 and groups must be able to commit to supplying their monitoring information by these dates.

Funding Criteria. We want to:

  1. fund projects that will support the reduction of the number of suicides in middle-aged men in St Helens Borough
  2. enhance men’s awareness and their ability to improve their own mental health: including help seeking skills
  3. support programmes that mean men are better able to manage in a crisis
  4. support projects that are co-produced with those with lived experience.

Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

Voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations have a vital role working alongside our NHS colleagues to support anyone who has a mental health problem.  Due to the coronavirus pandemic, demand for mental health services is increasing.  To help VCS organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services - or provide additional support - organisations can apply for a Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund (CMHRF) grant. Thanks to £5m support from government (the Department of Health and Social Care), grants of £20,000 or £50,000 are available for projects lasting up to 12 months.You can find out more about the fund and how to apply on both the Association of Mental Health Providers website and the Mind’s website
 
Support for smaller organisations or groups

As part of this funding programme, the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will be administering a fund to support user-led organisations and smaller, constituted community organisations, who might not otherwise be eligible for a grant. Details are available from the NSUN website.
 

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 

 

LCR Cares Funding

We have produced a walkthrough video, showing how to apply for emergency funds from #LCR Cares during the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis. If your organisation is providing support to individuals across St Helens and Halton and needs extra funds - find out more here and get in touch with us if you need support in putting together a bid.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/lcr-cares

 

HMRC Update & Guidance for Furloughed Staff

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme went live yesterday.  There’s now updated guidance on how to calculate your claim and a simple step-by-step guide.  There will also be a calculator available for you to check your calculations online before you make your claim.  Please have all your information and calculations ready before you begin your application. If you have a payroll provider, they will be able to help you with this. You should retain all records and calculations in case HMRC need to contact you about them.  Please only call HMRC if you can’t find what you need on GOV‌.UK as HMRC want to leave lines open for those who need their help most.

 

Wellbeing Enterprises - During The Covid-19 Outbreak

Wellbeing Enterprises has a range of support services for patients the public and key workers during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Here's how they can help you:

  • A wellbeing telephone helpline - call us for a friendly chat
  • Signposting support - we will review your wellbeing needs and connect you to support
  • Social activities - we are running free online courses and activities
  • Self-help resources - we have access to a wide range of materials

T: 01928 589 799 E: info@wellbeingenterprises.org.uk

For more information and to access their publicity flyers please click the link below:

https://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/were-here-to-help-you-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

 

Anthonys Travel

Local Halton Bus Company Anthony’s Travel, is keen to help out where they can and would like to share an offer with the voluntary and community sector, if you have anything that you think they could help with please email them on the email address below to request support.  

enquiries@Anthonys-Travel.co.uk  

 

iCAN Warning: HMRC Coronavirus Scam Expands

Halton Trading Standards wants to warn residents about a scam perpetrated by individuals falsely claiming to be from HMRC. The scam has now expanded from text and email to telephone calls as the Coronavirus lockdown continues.  The HMRC-branded scam texts claimed that the government is offering lump-sum payments “as part of its promise to battle Covid-19.” Each text specified a particular sum and asks the recipient to tap the link to a bogus website which requests payment details from the recipient. It is simply a means for criminals to gain access to bank accounts.  Recently, this scam theme has expanded from text and emails to telephone calls from bogus civil servants.  This week, HMRC advised the public that all of these messages and phone calls are fake, with the government department advising the public that it will, “never text, email or phone to ask for bank details, PIN or passwords.”
 
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of 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.

 

Cruse Bereavement Service - Coronavirus: dealing with bereavement and grief

During the global coronavirus pandemic we are facing a tragic loss of life, often under very difficult circumstances.

Bereaved people may have to deal with increased trauma, and may be cut off from some of their usual support network. Those who are already struggling with bereavement, or whose relatives or friends die through other causes will also be affected.

Cruse Bereavement Service have put together resources to share how bereavement and grief may be affected by this pandemic. It covers some of the different situations and emotions bereaved people may have to deal with. They will be adding to and updating this information as the situation develops.

Click here for resources

 

Mental Health resources in Halton

North West Boroughs Health Care NHS Trust have launched a crisis line to provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages including children and young people who need urgent mental health support.  The Crisis line is first port of call for Halton residents experiencing a mental health crisis 01928 275309.  You can also go online to Halton’s Mental Health Info point
www.halton.gov.uk/mhinfopoint to find out more

 

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

Ann-Marie Lawrenson walks through how to apply for emergency funds from #LCR Cares during the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis. If your organisation is providing support to individuals across St Helens and Halton and needs extra funds - find out more here and get in touch with us if you need support in putting together a bid.

 

 

HMRC Update & Guidance for Furloughed Staff

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme went live yesterday.  There’s now updated guidance on how to calculate your claim and a simple step-by-step guide.  There will also be a calculator available for you to check your calculations online before you make your claim.  Please have all your information and calculations ready before you begin your application. If you have a payroll provider, they will be able to help you with this. You should retain all records and calculations in case HMRC need to contact you about them.  Please only call HMRC if you can’t find what you need on GOV‌.UK as HMRC want to leave lines open for those who need their help most.

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 

 

Halton Borough Council funding update

For the latest funding update from Halton Borough Council's External Funding Team click here

If you are not on their mailing list and would like to be added, please email funding@halton.gov.uk

If you have identified any funding that you would like to apply for, but do not have the capacity, please contact the email address above and a member of the External Funding Team or Community Development Team will arrange to contact you to discuss your needs.

There is also quite a lot of information about emerging funds to specifically support the voluntary sector at this time and grants online have just made available the following link in relation to this:  https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html  so will be worth checking out.

 

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Universal Credit/Benefits

Universal Credit claimants to verify identity through Government Gateway. People applying for Universal Credit will now be able to use their existing Government Gateway account to confirm their identity, helping to speed up their claim.

Employers/Employees  

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you were employed and have lost your job  Updated 16 April to reflect Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme cut off date changed to 19 March 2020. Guidance for people who were employed and have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

The holy month of Ramadan 

For the followers of Islam, the holy month of Ramadan starts around the 23rd/24th April this year dependent on the position of the moon in this country.  Just to make you aware of the fact that many will be fasting from dawn to dusk and will not be able to gather with others, for their traditional family meal each day, which breaks their fast. This may exacerbate their negative feelings.  The greeting to say to people observing Ramadan is Ramadan Karim.  Thanks to Halton Faith Forum for sharing.

 

O2 announces zero rating for support websites during COVID-19

More than 20 websites zero-rated on O2 in addition to NHS websites

O2 customers won’t use any of their network data when they browse a range of financial guidance, health and emotional support, advice sites on their O2-enabled devices. Additional zero-rated sites include Citizens Advice, Money Advice Service and Mind

O2 has announced a zero rating on more than 20 additional support, financial guidance and advice websites to help its customers access the support they need, worry free, during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  Customers who are on O2 won’t use any of their allocated monthly data allowance when browsing a whole host of support, financial guidance, advice and charity sites on their mobile.  As well as the NHS, which O2 announced it was zero-rating last week, O2 customers can also browse 22 additional support, financial guidance, and advice networks, including Citizens Advice and Mind.

Mark Evans, CEO at O2, said:

“Our customers are the most important thing to us, and we want to ensure that they have the support they need throughout this difficult time. That’s why, further to our announcement last week zero-rating NHS websites, we’re ensuring that additional websites providing financial guidance, health and emotional advice and support can also be accessed by our customers without using any data allowance for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.”

To see what sites are included click here 

Government £750m funding for charities 

Click here for the ACEVO briefing on the Government funding as announced by the Chancellor. 

 

Cycle map for key workers 

If you are a key worker and need bike-related assistance or access to a cycle to get to work, check out 
information from Sustrans about an interactive cycle map for key workers.  It includes offers on cycles and equipment, free/discounted repairs, bike sharing schemes and stores that are open.  

 

NCVO 

NCVO have just made three important additions to their existing coronavirus advice:
 

You can also access all their resources at https://www.ncvo.org.uk/practical-support/information/coronavirus

 

British Red Cross 

You can access all resources from the British Red Cross on their website with ideas to prevent loss of contact between family members and maintain family links during the Covid-19 emergency to find out more click here

 

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

British Red Cross 

You can access all resources from the British Red Cross on their website with ideas to prevent loss of contact between family members and maintain family links during the Covid-19 emergency attached is the Emergency Contact Card and Covid-19 specific prevention messages.  You can access the website using the link below

https://www.redcross.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/uk-emergency-response/coronavirus

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Find attached the latest funding update from Halton Borough Council's External Funding Team

If you are not on their mailing list and would like to be added, please email funding@halton.gov.uk

If you have identified any funding that you would like to apply for, but do not have the capacity, please contact the email address above and a member of the External Funding Team or Community Development Team will arrange to contact you to discuss your needs.

There is also quite a lot of information about emerging funds to specifically support the voluntary sector at this time and grants online have just made available the following link in relation to this:  https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/coronavirus.html  so will be worth checking out.

 

O2 announces zero rating for support websites during COVID-19

More than 20 websites zero-rated on O2 in addition to NHS websites

O2 customers won’t use any of their network data when they browse a range of financial guidance, health and emotional support, advice sites on their O2-enabled devices. Additional zero-rated sites include Citizens Advice, Money Advice Service and Mind

O2 has announced a zero rating on more than 20 additional support, financial guidance and advice websites to help its customers access the support they need, worry free, during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  Customers who are on O2 won’t use any of their allocated monthly data allowance when browsing a whole host of support, financial guidance, advice and charity sites on their mobile.  As well as the NHS, which O2 announced it was zero-rating last week, O2 customers can also browse 22 additional support, financial guidance, and advice networks, including Citizens Advice and Mind.

Mark Evans, CEO at O2, said:

“Our customers are the most important thing to us, and we want to ensure that they have the support they need throughout this difficult time. That’s why, further to our announcement last week zero-rating NHS websites, we’re ensuring that additional websites providing financial guidance, health and emotional advice and support can also be accessed by our customers without using any data allowance for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.”

The full list of zero-rated sites include:

Citizens Advice:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/

Financial Advice:

https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en

https://www.stepchange.org/

Mental Health / Emotional Support:

https://www.samaritans.org/

https://www.mind.org.uk/

https://www.rethink.org/

https://www.anxiety.org/

https://youngminds.org.uk/

https://www.mindout.org.uk/

Support for Older People:

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/

https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/

Support for Young People:

https://www.themix.org.uk/

https://www.childline.co.uk/

Health Support:

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

https://www.macmillan.org.uk/

https://www.asthma.org.uk/

https://www.bhf.org.uk/

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/

Disability Support:

https://www.scope.org.uk/

https://www.rnib.org.uk/

https://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/

Bereavement Support:

https://www.cruse.org.uk/

For more information visit https://www.o2.co.uk/

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 

 

iCAN Warning: Rogue Traders Operating In Halton 

Rogue traders are operating in Halton Borough this week. They are cold calling by knocking on peoples doors asking residents if they want work done on their houses and gardens. Do not answer the door; there is the risk you will get ripped off and also the risk of catching Coronavirus. There is nothing wrong with not answering the door in the current circumstances. Protect yourself and your loved ones. 
 
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

 

New 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Number

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched the crisis line to provide support 24 hours a day, seven days a week to people of all ages, including children and young people, who need urgent mental health support. More details are below. 

What to do if you need urgent help for your mental health:

If you are in a mental health crisis and you need urgent help, please call the new crisis line on 01925 275 309 and NHS staff will support you to get the help you need.

The crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages, including children and young people.

The crisis line is now the first port of call for Halton residents experiencing a mental health crisis. The line is operated by people in the local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS 111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be redirected to this local service.

Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems. Call the crisis line, to be directed to the best local service to support you.

You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have a life-threatening emergency and need immediate help for your mental or physical health.

Details of the crisis line and other sources of help available, including how to look after your mental health generally and during the covid-19 pandemic can be found:

Halton’s Mental health Info point www.halton.gov.uk/mhinfopoint

St Helens It's Ok to Ask http://www.oktoaskcampaign.co.uk/covid-19/

 

Migrant Help latest Newsletter 

To access the AIRE Newsletter from 14th April containing lots of useful links to resources and service updates click here 

 

Corona Virus Information In Different Languages On YouTube

A small task and finish group within Leeds City Council have been working to provide translated and audio materials in 11 different languages: Polish, Romanian, Urdu, Arabic, Czech, Punjabi, Tigrinya, Farsi, Slovak, Kurdish Sorani and Bengali.

There are three different videos which focus on:

Spot the signs - This short film contains information to help people spot the signs of coronavirus and gives advice for households with possible coronavirus infection.

Handwashing advice - This short film contains information about how you can help stop the spread of viruses, like coronavirus, by practising good respiratory and hand hygiene.

Essential advice - This short film contains information for households with possible coronavirus infection. Please be aware that this is an evolving situation and public advice may change.

Please find the link for the videos playlist  

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLggQFjpTLgpIq0r7-nFO9mT6j8Yk2vKBt

 

Free Webinars from ACAS 

ACAS have updated their guidance on Furlough and qualifying start dates, following HMRC publishing new details this week.  View Acas guidance

Furlough leave – the HMRC Job Retention Scheme  

  • Tuesday 28 April 2020, 10:30am to 11:30am
  • Thursday 30 April 2020, 2pm to 3pm  

About this webinar: This webinar explains the temporary HMRC Job Retention Scheme being made available to businesses across the UK. The webinar is designed for employers who have furloughed workers, or who are planning to furlough workers within their organisation.  

View details or register your place click here

 

Covid-19: where to get help and how to avoid being scammed

Halton Trading Standards have produced a comprehensive document giving guidance on where to get help and avoid being scammed click here to access the document.

The guidance contains information on:

  • how to get help – promotes the new council hotline and the Halton and St. Helen’s VCA portal for volunteers
  • how to avoid being scammed
  • Covid-19 scams that we are already aware of
  • advice on looking after your mental well-being
  • national and local advice and support organisations.

If you know anyone who is not online please share the information with them.

 

Latest information from Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership 

Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership who represent all community safety partners across Merseyside have released guidance on Domestic Violence click here to find out more. 

 

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

As I’m sure you are all aware, Domestic Abuse during the lockdown is a very real concern, and family members will be at an increased risk.  We need to ensure that we are proactive in asking appropriate and safe questions while families are in lockdown.  Please read and share with your networks the attached Welfare Questions guide.

Please also share this Police guidance on the ‘999 silent solution’ call:

The 999 call system allows all 999 callers to access support if they are unable to speak during the call.  It is important that either a noise is made or that 55 is pressed.  For example, if you can only make noise, such as tapping the handset, coughing, crying or even talking to the offender, then these actions will alert the attention of the BT operator.

If you are supporting someone who is suffering with domestic abuse, speaking out is not always an option when someone is in real danger, so please encourage use of the 999 silent call.  Please reassure service users that the Police Force and specially trained officers are still there for people during the lockdown.  The below list details services which are also available:

For support:

In an emergency always, ring 999.   Using a silent 999 call followed by 55 (or tapping/coughing into the phone) will enable police to respond.

National Domestic Abuse 24 hour Support Helpline: 0808 2000 247

RESPECT National Helpline, perpetrators (9am to 5pm): 0808 802 4040

Support directories:

https://ehd.liverpool.gov.uk/kb5/liverpool/fsd/results.page?qt=domestic+abuse&term=&sorttype=relevance&sr=20

https://www.victimcaremerseyside.org/home/who-can-help.aspx

http://respect.uk.net/contact-us/

Or ring:

Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services 0151 263 7474

Merseyside Domestic Violence Service 0780 272 2703          

South Liverpool Domestic Abuse Services 0151 494 2222

Ruby Project 0771 428 9180

Savera UK (honour based abuse & harmful practice specialist) 0800 107 0726

Worst Kept Secret Helpline (Merseyside) 0800 028 3398

Support for children:

Young Persons Advisory Service (YPAS) 0151 707 1025

NSPCC               

Support for men:

Men’s Advice Line (Freephone) 0808 801 0327          

Covid-19: where to get help and how to avoid being scammed

Halton Trading Standards have produced comprehensive guidance on where to get help and how to avoid being scammed.

The guidance contains information on:

  • how to get help – promotes the new council hotline and the Halton and St. Helen’s VCA portal for volunteers
  • how to avoid being scammed
  • Covid-19 scams that we are already aware of
  • advice on looking after your mental well-being
  • national and local advice and support organisations.

If you anyone who is not online please share the information with them.

Guidance attached below 

Attached is the AIRE Newsletter from 14th April containing lots of useful links to resources and updates on their services .

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 

 

Support Services 

Sure Start to Later Life and the Halton Health Improvement Team have developed a support service document based on what services are available for Halton residents during COVID 19.  The support service document has been updated since our last mailing and can be accessed via the following web link: 

https://www3.halton.gov.uk/Pages/health/hit/hitprof.aspx

 

Getting Ready For The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - HMRC Customer Services

If you’re eligible for the scheme, there are things that you can do now to be ready when the system is up and running later this month.

You’ll need to provide the following to make a claim:

  1. The bank account number and sort code you’d like to use 
  2. The name and phone number of the person in your business for us to call with any questions.
  3. Your Self-Assessment UTR (Unique Tax Reference), Company UTR or CRN (Company Registration Number).
  4. The name, employee number and National Insurance number for each of your furloughed employees.
  5. The total amount being claimed for all employees and the total furlough period.

If you use an agent who is authorised to act for you for PAYE purposes, they will be able to make a claim on your behalf, so please speak to them now.

However, if you use a file-only agent (files your RTI return but doesn’t act for you in other matters), they won’t be able to make a claim for you and you’ll need the information listed above from them to make the claim yourself.

For more detailed advice, please visit GOV.UK. This guidance is being regularly updated, so please review it frequently.

You may also find this recorded webinar helpful, 'Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme', available on HMRC’s YouTube channel.

 

Kind To Your Mind

The “Kind to Your Mind” Cheshire and Merseyside partnership campaign went live on Monday 13th April  https://kindtoyourmind.org/

The online resources are for anyone living and working in the Cheshire and Merseyside area and include apps, courses, podcasts to support mental health and wellbeing https://kindtoyourmind.org/alma/

There is also a  24/7 support phoneline to support anyone who needs help https://kindtoyourmind.org/support-near-me/

 

COIN Compressed Tuesday 14th April 2020

Volunteer mobilisation 

Support Staffordshire shared the results of their data collation around new volunteers recruited by NAVCA members to see how it compared with the NHS Volunteer Scheme. The results were:

·       37 members replied 

·       45,000 volunteers recruited and a third deployed 

Using these figures as a solid sample size, it was estimated that in total NAVCA members have recruited approximately 250,000 new volunteers and deployed 80,000 so far.  

It is noted that this does not include the number of existing volunteers already deployed and supported.  

A big thanks Garry for collating these figures! And here they are hitting the national headlines.  

Befriending Interim guidance for telephone volunteers 

Voluntary Support North Surrey shared their guide for new/interim telephone befrienders for other NAVCA members to use.  

Funding sources and other support 

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire asked for lists of local funding sources.  

Community Action Suffolk shared their webpage outlining funding sources and the Charites Aid Foundation's website.  

CVS Cheshire East shared their LA's funding briefing.

Cambridge CVS shared a number of funding sources including: 

·       DSC 

·       Charity Excellence Framework Toolkit 

·       Charity Bank 

·       Barclays 

·       CAF 

·       Nisa 

·       Youth Music 

Macc shared their funding sources web page.  

Donations 

Rushmoor VS shared their Government portal letter and How to make donations guide, which encourages and helps people to make donations to them.  

Recognition for unsung heroes 

Head to number 36 in this list of 50 unsung heroes that are keeping Essex going, and you will see Maldon and District CVS – well done to Sarah and the team! 

And finally some good news... 

CVS Cheshire East shared a news article on Joyce Goldstraw, the 97 year old from Stoke who has beaten corona virus and is now back home and in good health.  

Thanks everyone!

Lucy Straker

Policy & Communications Manager

NAVCA

 

Domestic Abuse - Information/ Awareness for Volunteers - Halton Safeguarding Unit

Halton Safeguarding Unit have produced the information below for all volunteers working within the community:

We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them. 

For those people experiencing domestic abuse, we want them to know that they are not alone and our local services are available and will offer help even if they are unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19.

As a volunteer working within the Community you may come into contact with victims and children who are experiencing domestic abuse or you may be concerned about the abusive behaviour of a perpetrator.

If someone reveals to you that they are experiencing domestic abuse:

  • Listen to them
  • Acknowledge and adopt a believing approach.
  • Reassure them that getting help is the first step to safety and recovery.
  • Empower them and inform about support available.
  • Give the number for the Halton Domestic Abuse Service -  0300 11 11 247

Seek consent for a referral but always make your supervisor aware of any concerns and always notify social care if there are children/vulnerable adults are living in household.

The full article can be found here:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/domestic-abuse-information-awareness-volunteers-halton-safeguarding-unit

 

DWP Updates 140420

People making new claims for Universal Credit will no longer need to call the Department as part of the process.

The Secretary of State has announced an update regarding the way we are handling Universal Credit claims - https://www.gov.uk/government/news/don-t-call-us-we-ll-call-you

 Instead, a bolstered frontline team will proactively call claimants if they need to check any of the information provided as part of the claim, as well as messaging them on their online journal to confirm details.

The move is designed to take some of the worry and frustration out of submitting a claim, while speeding it up by putting an end to long call wait times. The change is a response to the huge volume of calls to Universal Credit phone lines, which meant some people were faced with an engaged tone when calling or were left waiting for several hours.

 
What is UC? A new mini site has been added to GOV.UK to help people find out about coronavirus and claiming benefits. What is Universal Credit? helps the user to understand what UC means for them and how it can support them if they are on a low income or out of work.

Employment and Benefits Support Website   - New page to replace Understanding UC Coronavirus and claiming benefits page. 

These pages have additional information and will help answer lots of the questions partners are asking. Please continue to promote this site to partners. Visit the new Employment and benefits support site regularly to keep up to date with the latest guidance and messages on sick pay, existing benefit claims, new claims to benefit, self-employment, housing and more. This site covers all the changes DWP is making to respond to coronavirus – not just to UC. It also includes a Frequently Asked Questions section.

What to do if you’re already getting benefits - Guidance for people who were receiving benefits before the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been released on GOV.UK - this covers a range of benefit types.

 
Touch base - Touchbase is produced quarterly by DWP and is available on GOV.UK providing news and articles from across government for advisers, employers and organisations that help people find jobs. During the current Coronavirus Pandemic it is being emailed on a weekly basis with the latest roundup of announcements to anyone who has subscribed. These editions are not being published on the Touchbase website at the moment. Anyone can sign up to receive these updates - to sign up click on this link and enter your details. (Touchbase Special)

 
Child Benefit - Parents of new-borns will still be able to claim Child Benefit despite the outbreak of coronavirus. General Register Offices are currently operating with reduced capacity and with government guidance to social distance and stay at home, new parents are advised not to visit them. They can however still claim Child Benefit without having to register their child’s birth first to ensure that they do not miss out.

 

iCAN Warning: Scam Coronavirus Phone Calls

Halton Trading Standards have been made aware of residents receiving scam phone calls about the Coronavirus. The caller states you should stay in your home and then says they are going to send you two masks, hand gels and gloves. The caller then asks for your address and your bank details, as there is a charge of £29! This is a scam, never give out your bank details or address to someone who has cold called you.

 

Halton Carers' Virtual Coffee Group

Halton Carers Centre is introducing a virtual coffee groupfor our carers. The aim of the group is for carers to come together for a chat, a laugh and support one another in what is an unprecedented time.

What do I need to join the virtual group?

All you need is a smart phone or laptop/computer with speakers, microphone and ideally a camera.

To sign up for the virtual coffee group please email:

Halton Carers Centre at help@haltoncarers.co.uk or call us on 01928 580182.

We will send you a link to join the group.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the facilities to join in with the virtual group our support workers are stiil available to provide information and emotional support.

Monday to Friday 10.00am till 4.00pm
Saturday 10.00am till 1.00pm

Telephone: 01928 580 182

Email: help@haltoncarers.co.uk

Twitter: @HaltonCarers,

Instagram: @haltoncarers @halton_young_carers

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/halton.carers.58 https://www.facebook.com/HaltonYoungCarers?

 

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

The “Kind to Your Mind” Cheshire and Merseyside partnership campaign went live on Monday 13th April  https://kindtoyourmind.org/

The online resources are for anyone living and working in the Cheshire and Merseyside area and include apps, courses, podcasts to support mental health and wellbeing https://kindtoyourmind.org/alma/

There is also a  24/7 support phoneline to support anyone who needs help https://kindtoyourmind.org/support-near-me/

 

COVID19 Funder List 

The Charity Excellence Framework has developed a comprehensive list of resources including funding available to organisations, charities and individuals.

 

Halton Safeguarding Unit have produced the information below for all volunteers working within the community:

We know that this is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with domestic abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them. For those people experiencing domestic abuse, we want them to know that they are not alone and our local services are available and will offer help even if they are unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19.

As a volunteer working within the Community you may come into contact with victims and children who are experiencing domestic abuse or you may be concerned about the abusive behaviour of a perpetrator.

If someone reveals to you that they are experiencing domestic abuse:

  • Listen to them
  • Acknowledge and adopt a believing approach.
  • Reassure them that getting help is the first step to safety and recovery.
  • Empower them and inform about support available.
  • Give the number for the Halton Domestic Abuse Service

Seek consent for a referral but always make your supervisor aware of any concerns and always notify social care if there are children/vulnerable adults are living in household.

Definition of Domestic Abuse:

 ‘Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members1 regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass but is not limited to the following types of abuse:

· psychological

· physical

· sexual

· financial

· emotional

 

Controlling behaviour is: a range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

 

Coercive behaviour is: an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim.’

This definition, which is not a legal definition, includes so called ‘honour’ based violence,female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse is not always physical – it is a pattern of controlling, threatening and coercive behaviour, which can also be emotional, economic, psychological or sexual.

Abuse is a choice a perpetrator makes, and isolation is already used by many perpetrators as a tool of control. In the current climate, it is certainly more challenging for victims suffering abuse. Lines of communication could be severely limited if victims are unable to leave the home.

Adult carer stress may also lead to forms of domestic violence, particularly with elderly couples, when one has a caring responsibility.

Signs of Coercive Control

Isolation – controlling who you can speak to, monitoring you online and/or offline, checking up on you, monopolising your time.

Pressuring you to do things you don’t want to do – making you feel bad and guilt tripping you to do things, policing what you wear.

Distancing victim from family and friends.

Criticising and verbal abuse – undermining you, shouting, unpicking you, accusing you, name calling, putting you down, using information you have shared against you.

Gaslighting you – distorting the reality to upend and manipulate you.

Threats, charm, rules, regulations and disrespect.

If you are concerned about a child, a vulnerable adult or anyone in our community is in immediate danger you should call 999.

The Halton Domestic Abuse Service is working together with Halton Borough Council and Cheshire Police to ensure that we maintain essential services, and have contacts for anyone who is affected by domestic abuse or is concerned about domestic abuse and needs to talk to someone during the weeks to come.

What happens behind closed doors doesn’t need to stay there…

To access free support tips and advice please use this link : https://www.openthedoorcheshire.org.uk/

If you need to speak to someone for help relating to domestic abuse, please contact  your local support service  0300 11 11 247 to speak to the Halton Domestic Abuse Service.

Anyone needing help, but fearful an abuser may overhear them calling, can secretly dial 999 and then press 55, which will let the police know they need emergency assistance.

 

Cheshire Police can be contacted in Non-emergency on        101

For housing support call HBC Housing Solutions                   0303 333 4300

Worried about a child? Halton Children’s Social Care             0151 907 8305

                                                            (Out of hours)         0345 050 0148 Concerned about an adult? Halton Adult’s Social Care           0151 907 8306

                                                            (out of hours)                    0345 050 0148

For on-line National Support is available from Women's Aid's online chat service, open from 10am-12pm Monday-Friday.

Safelives have released some practical guidance -  guide for staying safe during COVID-19 for victims and survivors.

Surviving Economic Abuse have produced guidance on economic abuse while self-isolating, as well as practical issues including benefits and sick pay. The guidance is updated regularly as the situation changes.

Further support can also be found at these national agencies:

Women’s Aid | womensaid.org.uk | https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)

Worst Kept Secret Helpline:  0800 028 3398

Refuge (includes information for men) | refuge.org.uk | 0808 200 0247 (24 hours)
The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428

Samaritans (24/7 service) – 116 123

 

 

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

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

To access all resources relating to volunteering, involving volunteers, funding or local/national news click on our homepage www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

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.

Halton Faith Sector Resources For Use During Covid-19 Shutdown

Here is some faith information which may be useful - it lets people know how you can access services, worship and meditation on line:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/halton-faith-sector-resources-use-during-covid-19-shutdown

NHS Volunteer Responders: Open To Referrals From Health Professionals

An incredible 750,000 volunteers have signed up for NHS Volunteer Responders since it was launched on 24 March. NHS England and NHS Improvement has published guidance for health professionals to explain how the programme works and how to refer patients for support. We are encouraging health and social care professionals to use the service to refer people for support who are considered to be vulnerable and at risk.

Identity checks are carried out for all volunteers, with an enhanced DBS check for those volunteering as patient transport drivers. Royal Voluntary Service, the charity delivering the volunteer effort, is completing security checks for the 750,000 applications and the scheme is now fully operational.

You can refer people who are at very high risk from coronavirus where no local support is available, for example if they have been asked to self-isolate and ‘shield’, if they are over 70 and have underlying health conditions, or if they are self-isolating and you consider them to be especially vulnerable. Please continue to make use of your local schemes where they exist and please talk to your patients if in doubt about whether they require support.

Health and social care professionals, pharmacists and local authorities can make requests by submitting details online via the NHS Volunteer Responders referrers’ portal. You can also call 0808 196 3382 to refer patients.

Social care providers can also make referrals directly if they have an nhs.net or gov.uk email address. Without one, they will need to await approval which may take up to 72 hours, or they can make referrals through their local authority.

Once the referral is logged, ‘on duty’ volunteers in your area pick the job they want to do that day and close the task once complete. You can use the portal to track when the patient receives support. You can also use the portal or phone number to remove someone from the scheme if they no longer need assistance.

Links

Referrers guidance: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/C0112-NHS-Volunteer-Responders-Information-for-Primary-Care-Professionals_31-March-2020.pdf

Further updates will be found on this page: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/preparedness-letters-for-general-practice/

 

Adsa Shopping Card 

Asda have created the Volunteer Shopping Card, the cashless - and less stressful - way for people to help get the shopping in. Ideal for those who might be self-isolating, older or medically vulnerable, the Volunteer Shopping Card provides a contactless, safe and secure way to allow others to shop for them.

Click here for more information 

If you know anyone who is over 60 and doesn't have internet or a printer to access the service then our colleagues at Age UK MId Mersey can help call 0300 003 1992 for details 

 

Latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates for Companies House Customers

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we’re closely following Public Health England guidelines. We have plans in place to maintain services for our customers and to protect the welfare of our employees.

Use our online services
We're experiencing delays in processing paper forms due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). Where possible, use our online services to help us process your information as quickly as possible. For the small number of filings that do not currently have an online service - we’re urgently working on a service to upload your documents and make a payment where necessary.
We'll update you as soon as these solutions are available. 

 

Princes Trust Relief Fund 

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund is a £5million Enterprise Relief Fund which offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.

Please click on link below for more details
 
https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/coronavirus-response/enterprise-relief-fund

The Princes Trust also have a Coronavirus Support Hub click here 

 

Helpdesks To Open Across Cheshire For Residents Who Have No Other Way of Reporting Crime

A number of helpdesks will be open across Cheshire for residents who have no other means of reporting crime during the lockdown. 

A total of 16 police stations will open for one hour a day to offer a service for members of the public who cannot contact the Constabulary online or via the phone. 

These helpdesks will be for urgent issues where there is no other way of contacting police and social distancing measures will be adopted to ensure that everyone is kept safe 

Opening times for the helpdesks will be posted on the doors of each station every week and publicised in advance via Cheshire Constabulary’s social media accounts. 

Superintendent Peter Crowcroft said: “We recognise that not everyone can contact us online or via the telephone during these unprecedented times. 

“So we have made the decision to open the helpdesks at 16 of our stations for one hour a day so that the people who need our service but cannot contact the police via any others means can report urgent issues. 

“This is not to be used for general enquiries and in line with the advice on keeping safe, only make the journey if absolutely essential. 

“We are telling anyone who does come to the station to always keep to social distancing rules of staying 2 metres away from others. 

“We will also be ensuring that measures are in place at the stations to keep the residents of Cheshire safe. 

“Please only visit a police station if there is absolutely no alternative and the matter is urgent. In an emergency, where a crime is taking place or there is a danger to life, always dial 999.” 

For general enquiries, please visit https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/

The following stations will be open: 

•    Blacon
•    Chester Town Hall
•    Congleton
•    Crewe
•    Ellesmere Port
•    Knutsford
•    Macclesfield
•    Nantwich
•    Northwich
•    Penketh
•    Risley
•    Runcorn 
•    Stockton Heath
•    Warrington
•    Widnes
•    Wilmslow 
 

DWP Update 080420

There will be some DWP staff working all four days over the Bank Holiday Weekend and customers may still receive a call from the Department to verify their details if they have made a claim to Benefits online. Please encourage your residents/members/customers to answer their phones to ‘Private Withheld’ numbers during this time to enable our DWP colleagues to process their claims quickly.

 

Update from ACAS - Furlough Letter Template | Updated Guidance | Webinars

Here’s a brief update on resources available to help employers during the Coronavirus pandemic. Including a new furlough letter template and an invitation to register for an upcoming Acas webinar.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme This HMRC advice page helps you find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave ('furlough') due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Furlough letter template  We have produced a free-to-download template for employers to use to confirm that there is an agreement to temporarily furlough a worker or employee. Download here

Using holiday  View updated Acas guidance on using holiday, including advice on bank holidays.

Webinar recording: Coronavirus – an advisory webinar for employers 

Hosted on 7 April, this webinar provided practical advice for employers to help manage the impact of coronavirus in the workplace.   View recording

Register for our upcoming webinar  (16 April, 1pm - 2pm)

 

Transforming health care together virtual peer support session

Peer support webinar from Transforming healthcare Together Team for cross-sector leaders working in health and care 22nd April 2020, 2pm

We’re very aware of the demands placed on you and the systems you work in to respond to the evolving situation with Covid-19, with many of you delivering frontline services. As a programme we would like to continue to provide support for you at this time.

It’s apparent that cross sector and collaborative working is being adopted at pace to ensure systems are ready to respond to need, and we would like to continue to offer a space to support you in those relationships, to share your experiences with peers across the country and support you to share best practice as well as address any challenges you might be facing at this time, as well as support our learning on what makes cross sector relationships work.

We will be hosting regular peer support webinars, designed to respond to your needs and experiences, Helen Garforth BHP facilitator will be leading the session.  We understand that you may be facing huge stress and uncertainty, and hope that these sessions will offer a space to share experiences, dilemmas and worries.

The first of which will be held via Zoom on 22nd April at 2pm.  Please register here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transforming-health-care-together-virtual-peer-support-session-tickets-102261687460

If you have any questions or unable to attend the first one, but would like to be kept informed about future dates please email Sonakshi@ivar.org.uk or nancy.towers@socialenterprise.org.uk.

 

Halton Citizens Advice Update 

Citizens Advice Halton is still "open" and advisers are on hand to help people calling helplines or emailing.  They are extremely busy, but given the current public health emergency that would not be of any surprise to you.  Click here for a flyer which outlines services and contact details.

They are in the process of developing a new online referral portal, but in the meantime if you come across anyone who needs their services (especially people struggling with debts etc) please do not hesitate to contact them.  They try to fast track referrals from partner agencies and the best way to make a referral is to email: advice@cahalton.org.uk

 

Warning: Council Tax Reduction Scam

Please be aware of an email scam currently circulating regarding Council tax reductions. The email claims it is from the UK Government, it is not, it is a scam.

The email states you are due hundreds of pound in a rebate and they will transfer the money to your credit or debit card. The email goes on to further state you just need to click a link in the email to begin the process.

This is a blatant attempt to try and get your debit/credit card details and also have you access a website (via the link) which could be harmful to your computer.

Simply delete this email, stay safe.

 

iCAN Warning: Scam phone call claiming to be from the NHS

A resident of a neighbouring town received a call yesterday claiming to be from the National Health Service in relation to her being on the vulnerable list.  The caller said that they needed details of her bank account just in case she needed anyone to go shopping for her.  This is a scam call. You will never be asked for your bank details by any health provider who contacts you to advise that you are either in the group that needs to be shielded or the high risk group. If you need support with shopping or medication delivery, and don't have friends or family that can help, phone the Council's Hotline number 0151 907 8363.
 
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.

 

Metro Mayor Announces Free Travel for NHS Staff on Liverpool City Region Buses and Merseyrail

NHS staff will be able to travel for free on production of a valid NHS photo staff pass.  It will come in to effect from Friday 10 April.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region has announced that NHS staff will be able to travel for free on buses and Merseyrail trains across the city region.  The announcement, made jointly with transport operators Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseyrail, follows a request direct from the Metro Mayor to the transport operators.

Announcing the move, Mayor Rotheram said:

“We want to do everything we can to support our frontline NHS workers as they bravely battle the Coronavirus, so I’m very pleased that today Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseyrail have responded to my call and agreed to provide free transport for our NHS heroes.

“This is the latest transport measure the Combined Authority and transport operators have been able to bring forward to support use of our transport network for essential journeys, including the temporary suspension of Mersey Tunnel tolls and relaxing the rules on concessionary travel for those who absolutely have to travel for medicines and other essential items.

“The advice of course remains that people should only travel if absolutely necessary during this period of lockdown.”

 

NCVO 

Karl Wilding NCVO Chief Executive has issued a statement about the about the package of support announced by the Chancellor yesterday.  For full details click here 

 

Energy Suppliers support update

Click here for information regarding what assistance/support the main energy companies are offering their pre-payment customers.

 

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 

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

Energy Providers

Attached is information regarding what assistance/support the main energy companies are offering their pre-payment customers.

 

A Statement from Karl Wilding from NCVO on the Government Support for Charities  

Yesterday the chancellor announced a package of support for charities. It’s an important start, but the government needs to go further, and NCVO will be doing everything it can to make sure it does.

What’s in the package?

A total of £750m in new funding was announced for charities responding to the crisis in the UK.

£370m will go to small and medium-sized charities, channelled through the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) and other organisations. It will support locally-focused charities doing most during the outbreak.

Another £360m will be allocated to charities providing essential services and supporting people during the crisis. Some is specifically earmarked for hospices, St John Ambulance to support the NHS and Citizens Advice to allow more staff to provide advice. Children’s charities and victims’ charities were also mentioned.

The government will also match public donations to the BBC’s Big Night In charity appeal, with a minimum donation of £20m to the National Emergencies Trust.

It’s a start, but it’s not enough

With charity shops shut and fundraising events cancelled, we estimate charities stand to lose around £4bn in 12 weeks as a result of the crisis. We know how many people and communities rely on the services charities – NCVO members and non-members alike – provide.

This is an important start, but we know it won’t be enough to prevent good charities around the country from closing their doors. Even many that survive will look very different in a few months’ time, with a severely reduced capacity to provide the support that people rely on.

You can read more about the package, and our response, in Elizabeth Chamberlain’s blog post.

We’ll keep pushing

At a time of crisis, we know charities want and need to be able to give their all to supporting people who need it most. They cannot do that if they have to suspend their work or close altogether.

We know this is not something that the government wishes to see any more than any of us, so NCVO will continue to push for the support needed so that charities can keep serving the public. Lots of members have given us their stories of how the crisis is affecting their funding and work – if you can, please do share yours using this form.

Thank you

Finally, thank you to our members for all the help you’ve given us in making this case. We know many of you are enormously stretched, worried about your own situation, and even more worried about the people and causes you work for. But you’ve really helped us make the case for our whole sector. We can’t do our jobs at NCVO without your input, and it makes a huge difference.

We’re hugely grateful.

Karl Wilding

Chief Executive

Metro Mayor Announces Free Travel for NHS Staff on Liverpool City Region Buses and Merseyrail

NHS staff will be able to travel for free on production of a valid NHS photo staff pass.  It will come in to effect from Friday 10 April.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region has announced that NHS staff will be able to travel for free on buses and Merseyrail trains across the city region.  The announcement, made jointly with transport operators Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseyrail, follows a request direct from the Metro Mayor to the transport operators.

Announcing the move, Mayor Rotheram said:

“We want to do everything we can to support our frontline NHS workers as they bravely battle the Coronavirus, so I’m very pleased that today Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseyrail have responded to my call and agreed to provide free transport for our NHS heroes.

“This is the latest transport measure the Combined Authority and transport operators have been able to bring forward to support use of our transport network for essential journeys, including the temporary suspension of Mersey Tunnel tolls and relaxing the rules on concessionary travel for those who absolutely have to travel for medicines and other essential items.

“The advice of course remains that people should only travel if absolutely necessary during this period of lockdown.”

Halton Citizens Advice Update 

Citizens Advice Halton is still "open" and advisers are on hand to help people calling helplines or emailing.  They are extremely busy, but given the current public health emergency that would not be of any surprise to you.  Attached is a flyer which outlines services and contact details.

They are in the process of developing a new online referral portal, but in the meantime if you come across anyone who needs their services (especially people struggling with debts etc) please do not hesitate to contact them.  They try to fast track referrals from partner agencies and the best way to make a referral is to email: advice@cahalton.org.uk

Peer support webinar from Transforming healthcare Together Team for cross-sector leaders working in health and care 22nd April 2020, 2pm

We’re very aware of the demands placed on you and the systems you work in to respond to the evolving situation with Covid-19, with many of you delivering frontline services. As a programme we would like to continue to provide support for you at this time.

It’s apparent that cross sector and collaborative working is being adopted at pace to ensure systems are ready to respond to need, and we would like to continue to offer a space to support you in those relationships, to share your experiences with peers across the country and support you to share best practice as well as address any challenges you might be facing at this time, as well as support our learning on what makes cross sector relationships work.

We will be hosting regular peer support webinars, designed to respond to your needs and experiences, Helen Garforth BHP facilitator will be leading the session.  We understand that you may be facing huge stress and uncertainty, and hope that these sessions will offer a space to share experiences, dilemmas and worries.

The first of which will be held via Zoom on 22nd April at 2pm.  Please register here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transforming-health-care-together-virtual-peer-support-session-tickets-102261687460

If you have any questions or unable to attend the first one, but would like to be kept informed about future dates please email Sonakshi@ivar.org.uk or nancy.towers@socialenterprise.org.uk.

Adsa Shopping Card 

Asda have created the Volunteer Shopping Card, the cashless - and less stressful - way for people to help get the shopping in. Ideal for those who might be self-isolating, older or medically vulnerable, the Volunteer Shopping Card provides a contactless, safe and secure way to allow others to shop for them.

Click here for more information 

If you know anyone who is over 60 and doesn't have internet or a printer to access the service then our colleagues at Age UK MId Mersey can help call 0300 003 1992 for details 

Princes Trust Relief Fund 

The Prince’s Trust and NatWest Enterprise Relief Fund is a £5million Enterprise Relief Fund which offer grants to 18 to 30-year olds across the UK who are self-employed and/or running their own business. In conjunction with cash grants, the initiative will offer one-to-one support and guidance to anyone who needs it and who may be worried about their future.

Please click on link below for more details
 
https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/coronavirus-response/enterprise-relief-fund

The Princes Trust also have a Coronavirus Support Hub click here 
 

 

Here is some faith information which may be useful - it lets people know how you can access services, worship and meditation on line

Buddhist, Wat Phra Singh Temple, Runcorn

Their morning Chanting is at 06:00 and Evening Chanting at 18:00 are livestreamed on their Facebook pages daily - the Facebook addresses are shown below.

Fb: Wat Phra Singh UK

Fb: วัดพระสิงห์ ยูเค

In addition, their Buddhist nun Mae Chee Shirley-Anne is holding Guided Meditation practice every Saturday using Zoom. The meetings will be announced on their Facebook pages every week during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Islam

How to attend a Muslim Friday Prayer service الإسلامية الجمعة صلاة حضور كيفية https://youtu.be/uWOKB5EzHSo

Catch up with a Friday sermon الجمعة بخطبة اللحاق

https://youtu.be/CNZ0Z9bdiMc

Church of England

Daresbury Church is streaming Tuesday to Friday at 10.00am and Sunday at 10.30am on its Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/daresburychurch/

St Berteline’s Church, Runcorn is live streaming a service every Sunday at 10am. It is live streamed on their Facebook page and then can be accessed there or on their website at a later point to view back.

www.stbertschurch.org.uk

https://www.facebook.com/stbertschurch

Here is the link to Transform Widnes Website.

https://tnw.church/church-at-home

All of their services are on the website along with other resources to help encourage people during this time.

They will be having daily Holy Week reflections, plus Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services will be on this. This includes family friendly services.

The website also has information of the Long Loaf community lunch, which has now turned take away!

You can also follow them on Facebook under Transform Widnes.

St Ambrose Church, Widnes

Information on services is on their Facebook page https://m.facebook.com >St Ambrose

Catholic

Mass is livestreamed each Sunday from Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral - www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk This is normally at 9 am. However, please see below for Holy Week services

The Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool, is to livestream the Holy Week and Easter Services from the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool. The Services mark the most important time of the Christian year when the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus are commemorated.

The stream can be accessed from the Metropolitan Cathedral’s website at: www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk

The Archbishop says, ‘This year our Holy Week devotions will have to be different as we rightly respect government restrictions. We cannot physically gather as a worshipping community, but livestreaming gives us the opportunity to join together spiritually in sincere prayer and devotion as we commemorate the passion, death and glorious resurrection of the Lord.’

Services will be streamed as follows:

Holy Thursday, 9 April 7.00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday, 10 April 3.00 pm Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday, 11 April 8.00 pm The Easter Vigil and First Mass of Easter

Easter Sunday, 12 April 11.00 am Mass

St Wilfrid’s Parish Widnes has Mass uploaded to You Tube link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC52-K27EaYwySzRmeP3f3eA

St Maximillian Kolbe Parish, Runcorn has information on its website

http://www.saint-maximilian-kolbe.org/

Ecumenical

Hope Corner has a service at 10am on Sundays. Either go to www.hopecorner.co.uk or use the link: https://youtu.be/GBbDJ9EIJL0

They also do Kid’s Church with all the links on https://hopecorner.co.uk/childrens-team/

New Life Christian Church Widnes

They do not live stream but do record messages every couple of days and post them on their Church’s Facebook page on their website and also on YouTube. The website is www.newlifechritiancentre.org,uk

The Foundry, Widnes

They are streaming their Sunday services via watch.thefoundry.org.uk they are at 10am and 8pm.

They also have children’s services online at burst.thefoundry.org.uk (age 3 – year 1) and fuse.thefoundry.org.uk (year 2 – year 6), they take place between 8am and 12noon on a Sunday.

Methodist, Runcorn

The three Methodist churches in Runcorn are now part of the North Cheshire circuit.

https://www.facebook.com/NCMethodists/?tn-str=k*F

https://www.northcheshiremethodists.org.uk

This is a prayer wall we are trying to encourage people to use: https://padlet.com/northcheshiremethodists/fhy2sn49rvan

The local Methodist churches have Facebook pages

The Heath: https://www.facebook.com/theheathmethodistchurch/

Wicksten Drive: https://www.facebook.com/groups/412160192297940/

Halton Trinity: https://www.facebook.com/haltontrinitymethodistchurchruncorn/

In addition Tim Coleman has started a Blog for Shopping City Chaplaincy https://shoppingcitychaplaincy.blogspot.com/

Methodist, Widnes

Methodist Churches in Widnes Worship

Short Livestream 10am on Sundays - Farnworth Methodist Church Facebook Page Farnworth Methodist Church

Farnworth Methodist Church

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There is also a Facebook Group

Farnworth Methodist Church Community

https://www.facebook.com/groups/522713088675714/

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

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

If you want to find out what is happening with local services take a look on our homepage www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk 

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.

 

One Knowsley

Urgent Recruitment - Social Prescribing Link Workers
 
In conjunction with Primary Care Network Kirkby, One Knowsley are looking to recruit two Social Prescribing Link Workers.  Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to non-medical ‘link workers’ who give time, focus on ‘what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Link workers support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new community groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.

Social prescribing can help to strengthen community resilience and personal resilience and reduces health inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, by increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities. It particularly works for people with long-term conditions (including support for mental health), for people who are lonely or isolated, or have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

Initially the role will assist in providing support to individuals deemed to be at the highest risk, in response to the current incident with COVID- 19 and to mobilise community networks to support those same individuals.

The closing date for applications is 16th April 2020. For further details please click  Job Description and Person Specification

 

Halton Borough Council Funding Team.

The External Funding Team at Halton Borough Council is keeping track of some of the measures that key funders are taking in response to the current crisis and any changes they are making to their grant programmes.  They  are also keeping track of any new funding streams that are being brought in to support.

If you are not on their mailing list and would like to be added, please email funding@halton.gov.uk

If you have identified any funding that you would like to apply for, but do not have the capacity, please contact the email address above and a member of the External Funding Team or Community Development Team will arrange to contact you to discuss your needs.

 

LCR CARES COVID-19 COMMUNITY SUPPORT FUND

Deadline: The fund will be rolling and decisions made on a weekly basis.

Details: As a result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak, particularly for those most vulnerable people within our communities, Metro Mayor in partnership with the Community Foundation for Merseyside has launched the LCR Cares COVID-19 Community Support Fund to support community and voluntary organisations on the frontline. Phase 1- Funding will be initially awarded under the following priorities:

  • Foodbanks
  •  Food/care package delivery to vulnerable people self-isolating
  • Delivery of services and projects supporting the most vulnerable, such as older people e.g. a telephone support/friendship service or delivering online activities to help reduce isolation
  • Emotional and mental health wellbeing
  • Financial Inclusion, support to access benefits and debt advice

These priorities will be reviewed regularly and changed/additions made as fundraising and the outbreak develops. Who can apply? Voluntary, community and faith organisations, registered charities, social businesses, churches, PTAs and parish/town councils. They also welcome applications from newly established groups though please note the requirements below on documentation required. How much is available? Grants of up to £5,000 will be available initially. This may change in further phases of the fund. If you receive a grant, they can accept subsequent applications to further phases of the fund or when additional funding is received though please note they will have to take into account previous grants to ensure they are able to support as many community organisations as possible.

How to apply: Click here

 

Ladbrook Insurance Guide

Ladbrook Insurance have produced a brief guide relaying and relying on other published materials to provide some information to policyholders and prospective clients.  By nature, this is generic information, it is not designed to be individual advice and should not be relied on for such purposes. It is also advised that in such a fast moving time, this information may quickly be overtaken by developments and other advice. Click here to access guide

 

Call for PPE Equipment for Frontline Staff

An urgent call has been issued from Liverpool City Region office, asking for donations of PPE for frontline workers battling the Coronavirus crisis.

Supplies particularly needed include:

  • Hand sanitiser (at least 70 per cent alcohol based)
  • Disposable gloves (vinyl – powder free)
  • Disposable aprons
  • Protective face masks (IIR, FFP2 or FFP3)
  • Protective eye goggles/glasses and over spectacle glasses
  • Visors

All products must NOT have reached their end of use date.  Donations are hugely welcomed but payment can be arranged for suppliers of suitable products provided in significant volumes to meet current requirements. If you are able to provide any of these items please click the link below:

https://growthplatform.org/ppe-suppliers/

 

Emergency Funding Available To Respond To Coronavirus from the Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner David Keane has launched a new fund to help community organisations, voluntary groups and those in the non-for-profit sector support communities through the Coronavirus crisis.  The fund is part of PCC David Keane’s Safer Communities Fund and will be funded by money taken from Cheshire criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act. 

Grants of up to £1,000 are available for projects which are working alongside Cheshire police and local authorities to support vulnerable people in the community. As an example, this could be projects which deliver emergency food parcels, provide care to those self-isolating or host virtual activities to relieve the pressures of social distancing on our mental and physical health. The grants will be processed as quickly as possible to get funds to communities at this critical time.

PCC David Keane said: “I am committed to ensuring that money taken from criminals is re-invested into our communities for the benefit of Cheshire residents.

“This is a particularly challenging time for people throughout Cheshire and I am doing everything I can to work with key partners to ensure there is support in place through Cheshire police, victims services and other support groups.

“But I also recognise that there are many people in our communities who want to help support their neighbours through this crisis and I want to empower them by giving them access to a fund which supports them to take action.

“At this difficult time when many of us are feeling isolated, have financial worries or are maybe even dealing with bereavement of a loved one we all need to work together to keep our communities motivated.”

The express funding is part of a wider review of the Commissioner’s Safer Communities Fund which will be launched in the coming weeks to support larger scale projects during the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

For more information about how you can apply for the express grant click here

 

Steve Morgan Foundation

In response to Covid-19 pandemic Steve Morgan Foundation has introduced an emergency hardship fund to support charities and not for profit companies in our remit area (Merseyside, North Wales and Cheshire west of M6).
 
The fund, of up to £1 million a week for an initial 12 weeks, will be open to charities and not for profit organisations across our region to help with the costs of additional emergency services to support people affected by the virus; it will also help charities experiencing a loss of fund raising revenue to stay in business. Please note that this fund is not open to individuals.  Any individual seeking help should refer to organisations and charities in their local area which are supported by Steve Morgan Foundation. For the duration of this grant all other new applications will be on hold.  In order to ensure the team is free to process, applications will only be accepted on line.
 
Click here to apply .

St Helens OK2ASK Suicide Prevention - COVID-19

Support for those who are struggling with their mental health during this difficult timehttp://www.oktoaskcampaign.co.uk/covid-19/

A list of fantastic resources, which includes boredom busting activities for those who are self isolating or feel isolated. Chatter Box includes things such as museum and aquarium virtual tours, online concerts, online learning and more.
http://www.oktoaskcampaign.co.uk/covid-19-digital-resources/

 

NCVO Update

NCVO continue to update their website with useful information for your organsation in relation to Coroavirus, click here for newly updated information on Involving volunteers guidance which covers:

  • How volunteers can make a difference
  • Redirecting them if you cannot take on any more
  • How they are affected by lockdown
  • Volunteers in key worker roles
  • Expenses
  • Paying for goods or services
  • Data protection
  • Spotting and reporting scams

 

DWP update 060420

Thanks to DWP for the latest update.

Advice to Support Mental Health
People struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will be offered additional online support and practical guidance to help them cope. Public Health England has published new online guidance setting out principles to follow to help people to manage their mental health. It also includes steps that those living with serious mental health problems can take, including seeking support from their mental health teams. Parents and carers will also benefit from tailored advice on how to support children and young people with stress during the coronavirus outbreak, which includes providing clear information, being aware of their own reactions and creating a new routine. 

UC Landlord Engagement Newsletter
The newsletter has been updated as DWP are currently unable to action requests to change the method of delivery of payment schedules to an electronic format.

Voucher Scheme for Schools
Children eligible for free school meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them to continue to access meals whilst they stay at home. Schools can now provide every eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

Telecom Companies to Support Vulnerable
The UK’s major internet service and mobile providers  have agreed a set of important commitments to support and protect vulnerable. These include:

  • All providers have committed to working with customers who find it difficult to pay their bill as a result of Covid-19
  • All providers will remove all data allowance caps on all current fixed broadband services
  • All providers have agreed to offer some new, generous mobile and landline packages to ensure people are connected and the most vulnerable continue to be supported
  • All providers will ensure that vulnerable customers or those self-isolating receive alternative methods of communication wherever possible if priority repairs to fixed broadband and landlines cannot be carried out

 

COVID19 Funder List 

The Charity Excellence Framework has developed a comprehensive list of resources including funding available to organisations, charities and individuals.

 

NAVCA need to hear from you please complete their survey on the impact of COVID-19 . 

They will use the evidence they gather to keep up the pressure on the Government for a package of support for the VCSE sector.  They will also be submitting it to the DCMS Committee in Parliament, which has launched an urgent enquiry into the effect the COVID-19 outbreak is having on charity and voluntary organisations.

Please help them to keep campaigning on this issue by sharing the survey far and wide. Thank you.

Link available at www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/C8YSMM/

 

Halton Borough Council’s Covid-19 Hotline 0151 907 8363

The council is working with Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action to coordinate support to help to the most vulnerable members of our community and those who need help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Those in our community who have to self-isolate can find doing the basics like shopping and getting prescriptions problematic.  Whilst Trading Standards would always recommend that anyone who is self-isolating seeks help from their existing network, people they already know and trust, we realise this will not always be possible for everyone.  If you need help, you can phone the Council’s new Hotline number: 0151 907 8363.

They have also issued guidelines about keeping safe and how to keep safe from scammers will try to exploit, take your money or trick you into providing your personal information. Trading Standards are encouraging all those who want to help people beyond their family, friends and immediate neighbours, to register with Halton and St Helens Voluntary Action. Volunteers will be matched to those needing support. When a volunteer is connected with an individual who needs help, both parties will be given a password that only the resident and volunteer will know. Halton Borough Council and Halton and St Helens Voluntary Action are working together to make sure that residents get the help they need, safely.

The full news item can be found by clicking the link below:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/halton-borough-council%E2%80%99s-covid-19-hotline-0151-907-8363

 

COVID-19 Domestic Abuse Campaign - Domestic Abuse, Safer Community Partnership, St Helens Council

  1. All domestic abuse services are running as normal, via different mediums and the police will prioritise DA calls, enter homes, arrest perpetrators irrespective of COVID-19.  Make the call to safe2speak, 24hr HelpLine 01925 220 541 if you need any DA related help or emergency accommodation.  Ring the police if you’re unsafe 999 and dial 55 if you’re unable to speak 
  2. Neighbours and bystanders of DA are needed more than ever to have the confidence to respond to DA disturbances and make that call, 101 or 999 should it be an emergency.
  3. Perpetrators of domestic abuse are given the message to seek help now, before it’s too late. Confidential help is available via Respect on 0808 802 4040

 

Sure Start to Later Life and the Halton Health Improvement Team

Sure Start to Later Life and the Halton Health Improvement Team have developed a support service document, for use by professionals working with members of the public, based on what services are available for Halton residents during COVID 19.  The support service document can be accessed via the following web link:

https://www3.halton.gov.uk/Pages/health/hit/hitprof.aspx

If your organisation would like to contribute your services to the list click here for more details.

 

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 

 

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

One Knowsley

Urgent Recruitment - Social Prescribing Link Workers
 
In conjunction with Primary Care Network Kirkby, One Knowsley are looking to recruit two Social Prescribing Link Workers.
Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to non-medical ‘link workers’ who give time, focus on ‘what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Link workers support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new community groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.

Social prescribing can help to strengthen community resilience and personal resilience and reduces health inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, by increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities. It particularly works for people with long-term conditions (including support for mental health), for people who are lonely or isolated, or have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

Initially the role will assist in providing support to individuals deemed to be at the highest risk, in response to the current incident with COVID- 19 and to mobilise community networks to support those same individuals.

The closing date for applications is 16th April 2020. For further details please click  Job Description and Person Specification

Sure Start to Later Life and the Halton Health Improvement Team have developed a support service document, for use by professionals working with members of the public, based on what services are available for Halton residents during COVID 19.  The support service document can be accessed via the following web link:

https://www3.halton.gov.uk/Pages/health/hit/hitprof.aspx

The support service document will be updated once a week.   If you have information you would like to be included in the document please send it to the relevant responsible person (details below) by 10am Thursday mornings to go live by the following Monday. 

 

Area

Team/person responsible

Email updates to be emailed to

Adults

Updated by Sure Start to Later Life Team

Andrew.fielding@halton.gov.uk

Joanne.thornton@halton.gov.uk

 

Children and Young People

Julie Karmy - CYP Commissioning

Julie.karmy@halton.gov.uk

 

Health

Faye Woodward - CCG Commissioning

Faye.Woodward@haltonccg.nhs.uk

 

 

You will need to provide the following information:

 

Who is the service for?

 

Who is the Provider / Name of Service

 

Type of support / provision provided during COVID

 

Contact details

 

Relevant documents

 

Please provide the category/categories your service supports with from the following list: Food, Medical Needs/Pharmacy, Social support, Physical Wellbeing, Mental Wellbeing, Safety, Finance, Home, Activities

 

If you have any questions please contact HIT@halton.gov.uk

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

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

If you want to find out what is happening with local services take a look on our homepage www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk 

 

(Halton) Contact details for at risk groups

If you would like to register a client to be included on the Shielded Individual list you can register them using the details below:

Email address set up for individuals that wish to register electronically.  It is covid-19SIHub@halton.gov.uk

 Helpine number:  0151 907 8363

 

COVID-19: hotel accommodation to support key workers and vulnerable people:

Letter regarding the exemption for hotels, hostels and B&Bs to open so they can offer accommodation to key workers and support rough sleepers to