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You may not have an oven, that does not mean that you cannot enjoy a great Christmas meal. It may not be traditional, but it will be tasty.

This guide from St Helens Council will help you to plan a tasty oven free Christmas dinner, there’s even a shopping list with approximate prices and methods.


The guide looks at how to make Christmas dinner using different cooking methods:



Slow cooker

Wellbeing Enterprises CIC are delighted to launch their Winter Wellbeing Fund in Halton which offers grants of up to £500 to individuals and organisations who would like to improve the wellbeing of people living and working in Halton during the winter months. If you have an idea that will bring some cheer to people this winter we would love to hear from you.

Mark Swift CEO at Wellbeing Enterprises said “this time of year can be challenging for many people, especially after a very challenging year overall. We hope this fund will bring smiles and laughter to people in the Halton area, and we are actively encouraging people to apply if they have an idea that they believe will bring joy to people in Halton”

Applicants are invited to apply for a grant of up to £500 by completing a short grant application form. The deadline for submissions is 5pm Sunday 20th December 2020.

Download the grant application form here (or see file below)

For further information interested applicants can contact the Wellbeing Enterprises Team on T: 01928 589 799 E:


As always our voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations have been even more vital in supporting those who are most vulnerable in our communities. As a support organisation we continue to hear the real tear jerking, heart warming stories of what a massive difference you are making to individuals, families and our communities.


We would like to share these stories with you all and so need you to share these with us first... the publication which we are hoping to get out before the Christmas break will be called:


BRIGHTEN YOUR DAY – Real life stories of how charities and community groups are making a difference in our community.


The idea is for them to be short stories so would ask you to submit no more than 300 words and would ask you to include a photograph to go alongside your story. ALTERNATIVELY you could do a short video that we can include as a multi media file. Your video should be no longer than 5 mins.


Please consider including: your organisation and contact information – and remember your story needs to highlight the impact, the difference made...


Please send your short stories and photos into Ann-Marie Lawrenson on

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

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

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

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

Learning Together is a free regional support initiative for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups and organisations supporting communities through COVID19.

It brings together leaders from across the North West  region in arts, natural environment, financial wellbeing, physical activity, health and care to:

·         champion your work in supporting communities through COVID19

·         share learning

·         give free and dedicated time to talk about the challenges of your work with other community leaders, learn from others and consider possible solutions; and

·         help you to build new partnerships across sectors, including arts, financial wellbeing, natural environment, leisure, physical activity and sport, health and care.


Learning Together will be designed and tailored to the needs of your region by your Thriving Communities Regional Lead. It will offer you:

·         a named Thriving Communities Regional Lead, who will help you connect with other groups and organisations to stimulate new partnerships with arts, natural environment, financial wellbeing, physical activity and health and care organisations, including social prescribing link workers

·         opportunities to join other leaders to encourage, coach, and support each other so you can share your learning, develop your skills and help to tackle your challenges

·         opportunities to join others in a regular small ‘action learning’ group to discuss the challenges of supporting communities through COVID19 and crowd source solutions together.

Learning Together is free to join and runs for 6 months from 11 January 2021 – 16 July 2021. There are up to 30 free places for organisations across Cheshire and Merseyside .

It is free to join but places are limited you will need to apply by 11th December 2020, a selection process will be take place before the end of the year. 

Apply now:



Halton & St Helens Voluntary and Community Action invite you to their Annual General Meeting  being held on Friday 18th December at 1pm, due to current restrictions the meeting will be held online via zoom. If you registered using the link below you will receive zoom details for the meeting.  Paperwork for the meeting is attached.



We hope this quick guide about Covid 19 guidelines will be useful for VCFSE organisations in Halton & St Helens.

We strongly encourage all of our members to read the full guidance on the government’s website:

Each VCFSE organisation must consider if it’s appropriate for them to deliver face-to-face services. Those who do must remember to follow social distancing guidelines. 

If you have PPE requirements, please contact us.




Shared Reading is an opportunity to connect with people over a book or a story. The Reader has groups that meet in St Helens and Halton, and during the COVID19 pandemic are meeting on zoom. You can also sign up for a weekly reading pack by email, or to have a friendly volunteer ring you every week to read and chat!

Anyone is welcome to sign up – you don’t have to have any reading skills. Come and listen and enjoy connecting with others!

Reading Over the Phone:

A weekly phone call to chat and read together.

Online group sessions: A weekly Shared Reading group on zoom: every Tuesday from 10- 11am (contact Anna for link)

Lifelines packs:

A weekly downloadable email with reading, reflections and puzzles.

Email or ring Anna on 07483 971955


Do you have an idea or programme that can help underrepresented groups to stay active? Tackling Inequalities Fund through Sport England
The National Lottery is open for applications from organisations that need funding to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.


MSP will review applications from partners working in all areas of Merseyside, including Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and on the Wirral. However, they are particularly interested in applications supporting people in the following ward areas:

  • Halton: Halton Castle, Halton Lea, Hough Green, Kingsway and Windmill Hill
  • Knowsley: Cherryfield, Northwood, Page Moss, Shevington and Stockbridge
  • Sefton: Church, Derby, Linacre, Litherland and Netherton & Orrell
  • St Helens: Bold, Parr, Sutton, Town Centre and West Park

Projects can help people of any age, and could for example include ideas that support:

  • people who are isolating
  • the use of digital technology
  • older adults
  • tackling loneliness
  • family play
  • stay at home activity
  • managing your club’s ‘return to play’ procedures

Closing Date for Applications:

12pm Friday 4th December 2020.


Find out more






VSNW invites Metro Mayors Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram to expand on their vision for our sector's involvement in Building Back Better.

About this Event

VSNW are pleased to present No Going Back: In Conversation with the North West’s Metro Mayors, the final event in the Festival of North West Thinking (FoNWT).

Taking place online from 4.15 to 5.15 on Wednesday 9th December 2020, this event is intended for all VCSE sector organisations from across the North West. It will see Metro Mayors Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram expand on their vision for “Building Back Better” and detail the role they see our sector playing in this. The event will begin with presentations from both Steve and Andy, before opening the floor to questions and discussion from attendees.

The're inviting members of the sector to let them know what questions you’d like to hear the Metro Mayors answer. Please let them know what you’d like to ask when registering for this event. They will then select a number of questions ahead of the event to ensure that the most commonly raised topics relevant to the sector are covered and that every region of the North West has their say.

This event will be hosted on Zoom and a link will be sent out the day before. 

For more information and to book your place, please see the link below:

Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road

St Helens Office: 01744 457100 
2nd Floor Beacon Building
College Street
St Helens
WA10 1TF



Halton & St Helens VCA is an infrastructure organisation that provides advice, information and development support services to voluntary, community, not-for-profit and faith organisations and volunteers in the Boroughs of St Helens and Halton.