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Volunteers Week 2018 (1st - 7th June) is an opportunity to recognise the contribution made by volunteers across the UK and raise awareness of the value and impact their volunteering can have on people’s lives. The annual campaign, established in 1984, seeks to recognise the contribution millions of volunteers make to our communities every week. More than 15m people volunteer in the UK every month. They lend their time and talents to causes as varied as food banks, libraries and hospitals. Volunteers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to recognise volunteers who give their time, energy and enthusiasm to helping other. Volunteering is a way to give something back.  It is also an opportunity for volunteers to benefit from new experiences, make friends, gain skills and have fun.

As part of this volunteer celebration, Halton Volunteer Centre are holding a number of events/days out that any volunteer from either Halton, St Helens or the wider area is welcome to attend / join:

 

Quiz Night - Monday 4th June 7.30-10pm. Cost: FREE (Sandwiches provided, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For teams of upto 6 people - at least one must be a volunteer. Need help raising a full team? We can help you partner with another organisation.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/volunteer-quiz-night


Widnes Promotion Event - Wednesday 6th June 10-1pm FREE, Widnes indoor market. Book your group a slot or come and chat with Volunteer Centre staff who will be promoting the latest volunteering opportunities from across Halton and beyond.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/widnes-promotion-event


Llandudno Trip - Thursday 7th June 9.15-5pm Cost £13, payable on booking, non-refundable. Pick ups at St Marie's & The Brindley, Runcorn. Sights, sea air or shops! The choice is yours on our day to trip to Llandudno. Limited availability

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/llandudno-trip


Canal Boat Trip - Monday 11th June 10-4pm Cost £5, payable on booking, non-refundable. (optional pub lunch extra charge) Pick up at The Brindley. Sit back, relax and float along on a canal boat to Stockton Heath for a pub lunch.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/canal-boat-trip


Salsa Party- Friday 15th June 7.30-10.30pm Cost £7.50 payable on booking, non-refundable (hot supper included, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's. Payment can be made in cash or by cheque (made payable to Halton & St Helens VCA) at our office based in St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. 

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/salsa-party

 

Wellbeing Enterpieses are  looking for an experienced and highly organised Administration Officer to ensure the smooth running of a community wellbeing service working in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

The successful candidate will provide administrative support to the project delivery team and will be responsible for developing and implementing efficient and effective administrative processes and procedures.

Key responsibilities:

  • To receive and validate referrals from a wide range of sources and contact the patient to arrange a convenient appointment
  • To provide comprehensive administrative support to the Macmillan Community Wellbeing Officers
  • Book venues and prepare equipment and materials for wellbeing one to one appointments and group activities
  • To assist in the production of a range of marketing and promotional materials
  • To assist with the social media duties for the organisation including maintaining Twitter and Facebook
  • Develop and implement robust administrative processes and procedures to ensure the efficient delivery and monitoring of the service
  • Organise and coordinate meetings using online calendars and monitor uptake of group activities using online and telephone systems
  • Take minutes and prepare agendas and papers for internal and external meetings
  • Maintain paper and electronic records in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act
  • General administration duties including: filing, photocopying, answering telephone calls, taking messages and data inputting
  • To coordinate the work of any administrative apprenticeships or assistants in the organisation
  • To carry out volunteer induction sessions and liaise with volunteers, patients, partners and the wider public

Closing date:

Thursday 3rd May (5.00pm)

For more information and how to apply:

http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/macmillan-community-wellbeing-administrator-vacancy/

 

My Turn is a 2-day programme open to women and men living in the Liverpool City Region who are currently not in paid employment. This positive programme will invite participants to build confidence and to explore what they really want for themselves and their future. My Turn offers a flexible approach where they can opt in to day one, day two or both days of the programme depending on their individual needs. 

Day one of the programme has a focus on personal development including:

• Focusing on The Positives
• Putting Yourself First
• Making The Change 

Day two will take a gentle approach to exploring next steps and will invite participants to think about:

• What Motivates You
• Setting Your Goals
• Your Next Step 

In addition to the two day programme, participants can progress their next steps with the ongoing support of a key worker. The key workers on this programme are experts in financial capability and can provide a tailored service depending on the individual needs. 

Day 1

Halton St Helens
Runcorn Citizens Advice
Runcorn Office, Ground Floor Grosvenor House, WA7 2HF

Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Tuesday 24th July 2018

Millenium Centre; Corporation Street; St Helens. WA 10 1HJ

Thursday 10th May 2018
Monday 9th July 2018

Day 2:

Halton St Helens

Runcorn Citizens Advice
Runcorn Office, Ground Floor Grosvenor House, WA7 2HF

Tuesday 29th May 2018
Tuesday 31st July 2018

Millenium Centre; Corporation Street; St Helens, WA10 1HJ

Thursday 17th May 2018
Monday 16th July 2018

Please note that there are wider dates across all areas and participants can attend any of these.

For bookings or queries please don't hesitate to contact the team via 0151 706 8111 or hello@thewo.org.uk

My Turn is free to attend, and funded by European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund. 

Salary: Salary: £18,500 – £20,000 (6 month probationary period) 16 month fixed term contract

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Place of work: Liverpool City Region

Purpose of post:

Working in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support this two year project aims to revolutionise the care provided to people living with a cancer diagnosis and their carers in the Liverpool area.

The project will connect patients with community based support that will complement the care provided by clinicians. The aim of the project is to help patients to identify and address any needs that may be impacting on health and wellbeing. Moreover, the project will help patients to rediscover and reconnect with their strengths and talents to help make friendships, learn new skills, build confidence and get the best out of life.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide one to one community based support to patients living with a diagnosis of cancer and their carers. Focusing specifically on the social dimensions of health and supporting patients to make positive lifestyle changes.
  • Provide group based educational and hobby and interest activities and programmes that enable people to learn new skills, make friends, build resilience and have fun.
  • To act as a ‘navigator’ and connect patients to a range of support services to address issues that may be impacting on patient and carer wellbeing.
  • To work with patients and carers to ensure the service is meeting the needs of this group. Recognising patients and carers as ‘assets’ who have a vital role to play in designing and delivering the service.
  • Collaborate with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver community based initiatives that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.
  • To monitor and record patient outcome data to determine the impact of the service. This will include telephone consultations with patients.
  • To recruit, train and support a team of volunteers who will support the delivery of the service and help to kick start a social movement for health in Liverpool

Closing date: Thursday 3rd May (5.00pm)

For more information and how to apply:

http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/community-wellbeing-officer-vacancy-liverpool-region/

 

 

Ladies social badminton every Tuesday, 10am-12pm at Broadway Badminton Centre, Broadway, Grange Park, St Helens, WA10 3RY

Fun and friendly badminton sessions, no experience needed. Beginners very welcome! All equipment provided. Stay for an hour or stay for 2, it's up to you! £3/£6 respectively, including tea/coffee, contact Linda if you're interested at lindapilkington7@gmail.com or just turn up on the day.

The Fun Day will be held on Saturday 5th May 2018, 12pm-4pm, at Haresfinch Rugby and Community Club.

Attractions on the day include children's entertainer, bouncy castle, climbing wall, classic cars, pony rides, exotic animal demonstration, Irish dancers, brass band, hook-a-duck, tombola, lots of stalls - toys, books, sweets, plants, cakes, jewellery, and much more.

All funds raised will go towards helping the HoneyRose Foundation to grant more wishes to adults (and their families) aged 40+ suffering with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

Widnes Promotion Event - Wednesday 6th June 10-1pm FREE, Widnes indoor market. Book your group a slot or come and chat with Volunteer Centre staff who will be promoting the latest volunteering opportunities from across Halton and beyond.

To book on or for more information contact Volunteer Centre Halton by phone: 01928 593112 or email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Salsa Party- Friday 15th June 7.30-10.30pm Cost £7.50 payable on booking, non-refundable (hot supper included, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's. 

Payment can be made in cash or by cheque (made payable to Halton & St Helens VCA) at our office based in St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For more information contact Volunteer Centre Halton tel: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Canal Boat Trip - Monday 11th June 10-4pm Cost £5, payable on booking, non-refundable. (optional pub lunch extra charge) Pick up at The Brindley. Sit back, relax and float along on a canal boat to Stockton Heath for a pub lunch.

Payment can be made either in cash or by cheque (made payable to: Halton & St Helens VCA) at our office based in St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For more information contact Volunteer Centre Halton on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Llandudno Trip - Thursday 7th June 9.15-5pm Cost £13, payable on booking, non-refundable. Pick ups at St Marie's & The Brindley, Runcorn. Sights, sea air or shops! The choice is yours on our day to trip to Llandudno. Limited availability

Payment can be made in cash or by cheque (made payable to Halton & St Helens VCA) at our office based in St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For more informaiton contact Volunteer Centre Halton on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonvsthelensvca.org.uk

Quiz Night - Monday 4th June 7.30-10pm. Cost: FREE (Sandwiches provided, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For teams of upto 6 people - at least one must be a volunteer. Need help raising a full team? We can help you partner with another organisation.

To book your team or for more information contact Volunteer Centre Halton on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Wat Phra Singh UK Buddhist Temple and Meditation Centre in Runcorn will be celebrating the Thai New Year, or Songkran, on Sunday 29 April 2018 from 09:00 to 15:00, and everyone is welcome. The monks will be chanting in the marquee on the temple car park from 10:00 to 11:00 following which they will offer lunch to the monks.

In the afternoon there will be Thai and Laos cultural events on the stage in the marquee. They hope very much that you can join them on this auspicious occasion.

Venue:

Wat Phra Singh UK,
88 High Street,
Runcorn, WA7 1JH

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities

Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work

Health: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

Their offer is now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:

http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/division-missing/coalfields-community-investment-programme-ccip-funding-support/

 

 

The award winning UC Crew has received recognition from the High Sherriff of Merseyside Police, Stephen Burrows for their commitment and dedication to reducing youth anti-social behaviour at the Merseyside Crimebeat awards, part of the National Crimebeat awards at Merseyside Police HQ in Liverpool.

UC Crew was the only St Helens project to make it to the Merseyside Crime Beat round, they did this through primary and secondary school engagement projects and hosting a free regular free Parkour and Break Dancing session at Sutton Leisure Centre for 11 - 24 year olds. The 'Off the street project' was funded by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.

For more information about projects, break dancing and parkour contact hello@uccrew.co.uk

 

Saturday 12th May 2018. 2pm till 4pm.

The St Marie's Heritage Group are delighted to invite you to attend the next of our Heritage Events at St Marie's on Lugsdale Road, Widnes.

“Millions Like Us” is a wonderful, funny and moving book about growing up in our community. It was written by the late Chris Delooze and first published in 1994. If like Chris, you grew up in the districts of West Bank, Marabone, Moss Bank, Lugsdale or Newtown there will be an awful lot of the book that you recognised from your own life. As John Walsh wrote in the book’s forward; “her memory is our history”.

At the event on Saturday 12th May, we’ll be reading passages from the book before discussing our own memories.  It should be a lovely afternoon with the chance to see old friends & familiar faces and as always, there will be hot drinks and biscuits to enjoy.

To book your free place at this event, please contact Matthew Roberts via (01928) 592 405 or mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Please note that places are limited so please book your place quickly if you’d like to attend.

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

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

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

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

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

Haydock Male Voice Choir will be having their next concert with the ladies choir The Chanterelles and also soloist Ellie Hull. 

The concert will be taking place on Saturday 28th April 2018 commencing at 7:30 pm.

It will be taking place at; 

St Helens United Reformed Church,
Ormskirk Street,
St Helens,
WA10 2TD.

Tickets are priced at £10 and can be obtained by ringing Ray Christian on 0161 288 9918 or Alan Gaskell on 01744 734176 and from any choir member. 

Registration is now open for Willowbrook Hospice’s 5th annual sponsored cycle challenge on Sunday 15 July!

Starting and finishing at Rainford High School, Ride 45 is an amazing 45 mile cycle challenge through some of the most scenic countryside in Merseyside, Wigan and West Lancashire.

Whether you’re a keen cyclist, an amateur rider or just looking to get fit for summer, Ride 45 is the challenge for you!

Entry is £20 per person and cyclists must be over 14 (with those under 16 being accompanied by an adult over the age of 18).

For more information or to register please visit http://www.willowbrook.org.uk/event/ride45/

 

 

Citizens Advice Halton has a number of volunteering opportunities for local people. No prior experience is needed as they have a really good training and support program for each role.

Some of the roles available are:

  • Giving advice
  • Receptionist
  • Information assistants
  • Telephone assessors

Different people get different things out of volunteering. However, volunteering for Citizens Advice is very different to many other volunteer roles. There is a great sense of achievement and satisfaction when you help someone and there is a real need for understanding of the things that will affect nearly everyone at some point in their lives. Citizens Advice Halton ensure that there are opportunities to build skills and develop yourself. There is also an emphasis on empowerment, equality and anti-discriminatory practices.

Volunteering helps some people improve their job prospects, gain experiences or support their studies. It can also help people to get to know their community or give something back to the area they know.

If you are interested and want more information, you can contact them via their website, citizensadvicehalton.org.uk or by telephone on 0151 257 2449 to leave a message and they will get back to you.

Merseytravel is interested in the views of people from across the region. They will be holding a series of focus groups to help test new products and services and gather feedback on the services they provide. They would like to hear from you if you can spare two hours, up to five times between April and December 2018. Participants will receive vouchers for each session attended.

How To Get Involved:

Complete the online survey at: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/focusgroupslcr

emailFocus.Groups.LCR@wsp.com

telephone: 0151 5580882

Twitter: @FocusGroupLCR #HaveYourSayMerseyside

 

From 1st April 2018, Healthwatch services in Halton will be provided by a new contract holder, Engaging Communities Staffordshire CIC (ECS). For a bit of background information on ECS http://www.ecstaffs.co.uk/

The change of provider has led to a restructuring of the support team for Healthwatch Halton.

Sadly they are losing their admin officer, Julie Doyle, who has been a member of the team for almost five years.  Matthew Roberts who has very ably led the team for the past 18 months, will be returning to Halton & St Helens VCA in a full-time role.

From 1st April the Healthwatch Halton team will be:

Dave Wilson – Manager
dwilson@healthwatchhalton.co.uk

Irene Bramwell – Community Outreach Lead  
ibramwell@healthwatchhalton.co.uk

Jude Burrows – Engagement & Information Lead
jburrows@healthwatchhalton.co.uk
 

Contact details will remain exactly the same:

Healthwatch Halton, St Marie’s, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB
Tel: 0300 777 6543
General Email – enquiries@healthwatchhalton.co.uk

 

Everyone at Halton & St Helens VCA would like thank to our former colleagues with Healthwatch Halton for all their hard work with VCA and wish them continued success with the project. We look forward to working alongside them in the future.

Concern for the Community - The Co-op Foundation is working with UK Youth to find out how they can help local youth services do more to tackle loneliness. Their blog explains more, including a link to their youth worker survey. 

https://blog.coopfoundation.org.uk/index.php/2018/03/20/youth-workers-what-would-help-you-do-more-to-tackle-loneliness/

Anyone who works with young people, in either a paid or voluntary capacity, can contribute to the research. 

Sefton CVS are seeking to enhance how they deliver support to the voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector across Sefton.  Moving to a locality based model of delivery they are looking to appoint three Area Leads to join them to deliver on this ambition. 

Leading a small staff team within a defined locality, post holders will enhance volunteering and access to funding for local groups and organisations supporting them to respond to the needs of local residents.  The roles also include taking responsibility for one of the following thematic areas: Equalities and Mental Wellbeing; Children, Young People and Families; and Older Citizens. 

If you are committed to making a difference for local people through the voluntary, community and faith sector and have the experience, drive and ambition then this could be a role for you. 

Job Title: Area Lead
Salary: £34,538 per annum
Location: To be assigned to one of the following areas: South, Central or North Sefton
Hours: 35 hours (Full Time)
Accountable to: Senior Management team (SMT) in the first instance
Responsible for: Locality Team frontline staff

Downloads:
Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF)
Application Form (Word PDF)
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

Closing Date: 10 am on Monday 16th April 2018.

Interviews: Thursday 19th April 2018.  

Please note: candidates must be available to attend interview. 

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Do you know of a local cause that could benefit from funding?  

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports causes that bring people together and make a difference. 

Have you applied before and been unsuccessful? They've now changed some of their criteria and can support a wider variety of causes, so please apply again, you might be eligible this time around.

Applications close Sunday 8th April 2018.  

Find out more and apply coop.co.uk/causes  

If you or someone you know struggles with sight loss, Vision Support may be able to help you with things like; 

  • Independent living 
  • IT Training (computer lessons) 
  • Low vision and daily living aids
  • Volunteering opportunities 
  • Home Visiting 
  • Social clubs and activites 
  • Welfare and benefits Advice 

Their mobile information unit will be visiting Halton on the following date 

Wednesday 4th April

Select Security Stadium,
Lowerhouse Lane,
Widnes 

at 10.00am-12.00pm 

And also 

Co-operative Food,
Old town,
Runcorn 

at 1:00pm-3:00pm 

For anymore information you can contact Vision Support at- 

ILC,
Collier St,
Runcorn,
Cheshire, 
WA7 1HB.

Or call them on 01928 582946. 

Are you a Woman born in the 1950's who would like to join a group of women against state pension inequality to campaign against the rise in the state pension age. 

You will be part of the National WASPI campaign asking for fair transitional arrangements for all women affected by the 1995 pensions act raising womens pension age from 60, and the subsequent 2011 act accelerating this rise. 

WASPI are meeting on Wednesday 10th April 2018. at 7:30pm. 

They are meeting at: 

United Service Club,
Prescot Road,
Widnes,
WA8 7PD

Come along and add to the swarm, you will get a buzz.

Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Group
Tel: 0151 423 5730

VACANCY - Outreach and Engagement Worker

Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Group has a vacancy for an Outreach and Engagement Worker to be based at their Widnes Centre but working across Halton.

The vacancy is for 17.5 hours per week.

In the first instance this role is offered for one year.

The opportunity offers pro rata remuneration at NJC Grade 3 spine point 16, £17,419 (Pro rata yearly salary is £8,709.5)

The role offers the equivalent to four weeks paid annual leave plus a pro rata share of eight days bank holidays.

The closing date for receipt of applications has been extended to 5pm Thursday 12th April. 

Interviews will be held week commencing 16th April 2018.

For more information (including details of how to apply for this role) please click on the attached PDF

 

Training Strategies Ltd, are based in Liverpool but work across the North West.

Training Strategies Ltd are in a very fortunate position to have 90% Government Funded training, this means you would only pay 10% of the total cost (non –levy payers).

As part of the service for levy payers they can support you to ensure that you are meeting the requirements set by the government in the Apprenticeship Levy.   Working with businesses to align their learning and development needs so that, where possible, these qualifications are funded by the Levy .

About Training Strategies Ltd:

  • High quality “local” Independent Training Provider, currently working with over 200 satisfied employers, over 1,000 learners into employment as a result of our training programmes.
  • Approved on the Government Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. Matrix and Investor in People Accredited.
  • Graded “Good by Ofsted”. March 2015
  • Exceptional Success and Achievement Rates. Apprenticeship success rates of 82% compared to national average of 67.0%
  • FE Choices, nationally published Learner feedback fantastic at 97.6% – placing us with the top 10% of providers nationally 

Courses offered

Care

  • Adult’s Health & Social Care (level 2, 3)
  • Children’s Health & Social Care (level 2, 3)
  • Leadership in Health & Social Care (level 5)

Facilities

  • Facilities Management (level 3)
  • Facilities Services (level 2)

Business

  • Team Leading (level 2)
  • ILM Management (level 3, 4, 5)
  • Business Admin (level 2, 3, 4)
  • Sales (level 2, 3)
  • Customer Service (level 2, 3)
  • Contact Centre (level 2, 3)

General

  • Learning and Development (level 3)
  • Warehousing (level 2)
  • Performing Manufacturing Operations (level 2)
  • Cleaning and Support Services (level 2)
  • Hospitality Services (level 2, 3)

All training is delivered at your premises and there is no limit to the number of staff you can place on a course.

The main benefit of the training is to ensure all employees have been trained in the same way, to the same high standard covering key competency areas.

For more information please contact

 

Sharon Blaney
Account Manager

Tel    0151 523 9655
Mob  07590 880 494

sharonblaney@trainingstrategies.co.uk

 

Training Strategies Ltd
22 Oriel Road, Bootle
Liverpool, L20 7AD

 

The St. Helens Group of Advanced Motorists has recently secured funding through the St Helens Council from the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership for the Group to discount the Advanced Driver Course by £89 from £149 for drivers in the age range 17 to 35 incl. they will only pay £60! The group can give this discount to 45 young drivers over the next three years. They also offer a generous discount for the over 60’s reducing the course fee to £99. Free driving assessments are available to drivers of all ages, if you feel that they can help with improving your driving skills please contact M: Kay at 07849 674939 (after 6pm only) or Email: contact@shgam.org.uk and view their website at www.shgam.org.uk. 2018 courses start in May and September.

 

The completion of Inpatient Unit refurbishment at Halton Haven Hospice is on hold whilst the Hospice seek out additional funding.

The majority of work on the refurbishment has been completed but a few setbacks have led to unexpected and unwanted additional expenditure, meaning the Hospice requires a further £9,000 to finish the project.

Since work began on at the Runcorn-based adult hospice, all twelve patient bedrooms have been decorated and fitted with new beds, furniture, televisions and music systems. Three of the rooms were also relocated to provide views of the Hospice gardens. The Inpatient Unit now also has improved shower and bathing facilities for all patients, a more secure drug room, and a calmer better-located Quiet Room, an area for patients’ families and visitors to have some time to themselves.

To date, over £80,000 has been raised for the refurbishment, thanks to the generosity of local people, companies and organisations, and a donation of £42,000 from the Morrisons Foundation.

However, costs increased dramatically when several issues became apparent during the refurbishment, due mainly to the age and fabrication of the building; the floor of the bathroom and surrounding areas had to be dug out and resurfaced to ensure it would remain strong enough for future use, some support rods for plastering work had to be replaced, and a hole in a different floor had to be fixed after it gave way during ongoing works.

This unexpected increase in costs means the Hospice now requires a further £9,000 just to complete the essential aspects of the refurbishment which have already begun. This includes providing furniture and soft furnishings for visitors in patient rooms.

Viv Culleton, Director of Care and Operational Services at Halton Haven Hospice, said “The issues with the building that we discovered during the works have hit us hard. Sadly, instead of spending people’s generous donations on beds, paint and other furniture, we’ve had to put the money towards ensuring the building is safe for our patients, visitors and staff.

“The local community have been so generous in getting us this far in the refurbishment and we didn’t want to be in a situation where we find ourselves asking for further support. But sadly we need to find another £9,000 to complete what has been started.”

Donations can be made at www.tinyurl.com/hhhrefurb or www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/haltonhavenhospice/inpatientunitrefurb, or contact the Hospice on 01928 712 728 or info@haltonhaven.co.uk.

 

 

 

​After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 - at which time those organisations in non-compliance may face heavy fines. 

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy. 

ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) have produced a guide to GDPR to help organisations prepare for the new regulations.  The Guide to the GDPR explains the provisions of the GDPR to help organisations comply with its requirements. It is for those who have day-to-day responsibility for data protection.

This is a living document and they are working to expand it in key areas. It includes links to relevant sections of the GDPR itself, to other ICO guidance and to guidance produced by the EU’s Article 29 Working Party. The Working Party includes representatives of the data protection authorities from each EU member state, and the ICO is the UK’s representative.

Alongside the Guide to the GDPR, they have produced a number of tools to help organisations to prepare for the GDPR, including "12 steps to take now" and "Getting ready for GDPR Checklist":

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/

The ICO are also issuing guidance for not-for-profit organisations, which aims to answer questions regularly raised by charities and voluntary organisations. You can access the information using the link below:

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/charity/

 

 

 

St Helens Bereavement Service have moved to the Deafness Resource Centre, 32-40 Dentons Green Lane, St Helens, WA10 2QB.  The have retained their phone number which is 01744 451793, you can contact them on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 10am to 1pm or email sthelensberserv@gmail.com.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Carmel College are offering you the chance to come along to try some free workshops aimed at gardening. The workshops will consist of home composting, gardening in containers and gardening for enterprise. They see this as a great opportunity for the local community and entrepreneurs to expand their knowledge and skills around this subject. These workshops will be run by experts in this field with support and guidance being offered along the way.

When:

14th March - Home Composting 1:15-3:15                                                                                                                                           

19th March – Gardening in Containers 10:30-12:00                                                                                                                                      

28th March – Gardening for Enterprise 10:30-12:00 

Where:

Carmel College, Prescot Road, St Helens, WA10 3AG. The workshops will be located in the foundation learning centre in Carmel College.

Book your place on these workshops by emailing foundationlearning@carmel.ac.uk

On Wednesday 28th March at 7.30pm at the St Helens RFC Totally Wicked Stadium there will be a St Helens Memorial Service for anyone who has been affected by suicide.

If you would like to attend the memorial service simply turn up, or to secure your seat please visit www.listening-ear.co.uk or call 0330 0889255

Come and celebrate the first birthday of Parents in Mind Halton at a fun, informative, child friendly event on Monday 12th March, 10am to 1pm at Ditton Community Centre. 

FREE

  • Buffet
  • Kids craft
  • Soft play
  • Musical entertainment
  • Beauty therapies
  • Samples
  • FREE entry

Find our more about their mental health peer support service designed to support pregnant ladies and new mums across Halton.  For more information call Catherine on 07702 900894 or email parentsinmind.halton@nct.org.uk

10th May 2018 - Beacon Building, College Street, St Helens:- We will use the time to explore topics such as: Why do applications fail? Policies and Procedures  - why do they matter? Telling funders about your organisation - the Do's and Don'ts. The workshop will be delivered by Annie Lawrenson and will include group work, discussion and case studies.

It is FREE for VCA Members and a charge of £60 for Non VCA Members... NOT SURE if your organisation are members? then contact Lynne Daffern on ldaffern@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Or to register for the workshop CLICK HERE

Saints Community Development Foundation got in touch with Halton & St Helens VCA in April 2017 asking for support in moving thier organisation forward and alongside registering them with the Charity Commission VCA have also worked with the Foundation in stregnthening their Board of Directors, governance and finances.

Steve Leonard said "The Saints Foundation cannot thank you enough for all your hard work getting us our Charity status" We believe that we can go on to achieve bigger and better outcomes within our community on the back of your hard work and cannot wait to work alongside Halton and St Helens VCA again. Club Captain James Roby said “Our Foundation does a lot of hard work within our community and quite rightly we as players are proud to support them whenever we can. So It is good to see other such organisations who are Community focussed like St Helens VCA helping out to make a bigger difference.

Steve Leonard Foundation Director said “ from day 1 the staff have been been brilliant, they made every step easy for us and nothing was too much trouble. Such a fantastic organisation in Halton and St Helens VCA and we very much like to thank them for all their hard work”

 

Babies born with HIV in Africa tend to be sent home wrapped in newspaper as they do not have any clothing, so the project involves following a pattern to make either a beanie style hat or a vest. 

If you can crochet these items they would also be very welcome, however there isn't a crocheting pattern.

If you would like to participate please contact Sarah Challands for a copy of the pattern, and please pass this on to as many people as you can, as the project needs all the help it can get!

Sarah.Challands@sthelensymca.org.uk

01744 455030

Facilitated by HMRC the workshop will be an opportuntiy to ask the experts in all things Gift Aid, Corporation Tax and VAT...Gift Aid is one way that registered charities can generate further income on the public donations they already recieve but can be difficult to navigate and understand. Experts from HMRC will be providing delegates with up to date information to help in making the most of levering extra funding through Gift Aid along with covering Corporation Tax and demistfyng VAT.

MORE INFORMATION and Booking

Sahir House are recruiting a Macmillan LGBT Cancer Programme Co-ordinator (full time £25,951-27,6680) for the Liverpool City Region (for one year initially)

After a successful pilot project run between Macmillan Cancer Support and the LGBT Foundation in Manchester, Macmillan are now funding this post based in central Liverpool. The post holder will work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people affected by cancer, their families, supporters, carers and clinicians. They will ensure the needs of LGBT are acknowledged and addressed in provision of services, information and support across the Liverpool City Region.

Applicants should send a short CV (up to two pages) and a covering letter demonstrating both: how they meet each of the criteria in the person specification (another two pages max) to Sahir House.

Sahir House is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We especially welcome applications from groups which reflect Sahir House service user groups – HIV positive people (and other disabled people), people from Black and Minority Ethnic groups, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and refugee communities.

The post is offered on a fixed term basis of one year initially with the possibility of extension funding beyond this. Appointment is subject to a 6 month probationary period, satisfactory references and DBS check.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Thursday 15th March 2018

Full job description and person specification can be downloaded from their website here

 

Full time permanent position (Circa £34,000 plus competitive benefits package)

The role of Grant Manager requires an individual with at least 3 years’ experience of providing support for charities through business development as well as previous experience in undertaking grant assessment and grant management work, with established networks across the voluntary sector and with a good understanding of the environment that small and medium charities are operating in.

Applications for the position close on Thursday 8th March 2018.

For more information and how to apply please visit their website: Working for us | Lloyds Bank Foundation

Purpose of Post:

Wellbeing Enterprises are looking for an experienced and highly organised Administration Officer to ensure the smooth running of a community wellbeing service working in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

The successful candidate will provide administrative support to the project delivery team and will be responsible for developing and implementing efficient and effective administrative processes and procedures.

Key responsibilities:

  • To receive and validate referrals from a wide range of sources and contact the patient to arrange a convenient appointment
  • To provide comprehensive administrative support to the Macmillan Community Wellbeing Officers
  • Book venues and prepare equipment and materials for wellbeing one to one appointments and group activities
  • To assist in the production of a range of marketing and promotional materials
  • To assist with the social media duties for the organisation including maintaining Twitter and Facebook
  • Develop and implement robust administrative processes and procedures to ensure the efficient delivery and monitoring of the service
  • Organise and coordinate meetings using online calendars and monitor uptake of group activities using online and telephone systems
  • Take minutes and prepare agendas and papers for internal and external meetings
  • Maintain paper and electronic records in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act
  • General administration duties including: filing, photocopying, answering telephone calls, taking messages and data inputting
  • To coordinate the work of any administrative apprenticeships or assistants in the organisation
  • To carry out volunteer induction sessions and liaise with volunteers, patients, partners and the wider public
  • Uphold Wellbeing Enterprises CIC’s core values: People Power, Positive Places and Productive Partnerships 

Closing date: Tuesday 20th March at 1pm

For more information or to apply please go to: http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/macmillan-community-wellbeing-administrator-vacancy/

 

The St Helens Group of Advanced Motorists has recently secured funding through St Helens Council from the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, for the Group to discount the Advanced Driver Course for drivers in the age range 17 to 35 by £89 from £149, they only pay £60!  The group can give this discount to 45 young drivers over the next three years.

They also offer a generous discount for the over 60’s reducing the course fee to £99. Free driving assessments are available to drivers of all ages and if you feel that they can help with improving your driving skills. 

For more information please contact M: Kay on 07849 674939 (after 6pm only) or Email: contact@shgam.org.uk and view their website at https://www.iamroadsmart.com/groups/sthelensam.

2018 courses start in May and September.

 

 

The Merseyside Community Investment Fund aims to bring together businesses, organisations and individuals to address urgent social issues whilst making a modest financial commitment to collectively have a greater impact in the improvement of our communities.

The fund aims to support projects that may struggle to access funding from other sources.  As funding for this programme is unrestricted grants awarded from this fund can be used to respond to local issues of concern to the community or pro-actively tackle an urgent social need. The panel is also keen to fund projects that fit in with the social themes identified in the recent "Vital Signs" report, which can be viewed at http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/knowledge/vital-signs-2016

How much is available: up to £1000 (or more in exceptional circumstances). The total budget available is £15k so the fund will be closed when an oversubscription ration of 3:1 has been received.

Which areas are covered: Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral and Halton

Any special criteria: Download full criteria here

NB: Priority will be given to the following:

  • Projects that target disadvantage and or deprivation
  • Projects that encourage the community to take a pro-active approach to make a difference in their communities
  • Ongoing activities rather than one off events
  • Groups with small reserves as long as they are viable
  • Innovative projects that would not be normally considered for funding by corporate driven criteria

The closing date is 26 March 2018 – this may be earlier depending on the number of applications received (as mentioned above)

Click here to apply

 

Footsteps 2000 Ltd have a new website and email addresses. The website and email addresses have changed due to some IT problems they were having.  Everything is as it was with .uk added at the end.  Please will you update your information on Footsteps 2000 Ltd as follows:

Websitewww.footstepsforfamilies.org.uk

Email address:  info@footstepsforfamilies.org.uk

Email addresses for staff:  Tony Murphy – murphyt@footstepsforfamilies.org.uk Pauline Pointon – pointonp@footstepsforfamilies.org.uk

 

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has reopened the enquiry survey for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme providing funding up to £10,000. They also offer practical help to organisations/groups operating in the former coalfield areas in England.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Funding Support is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. Funding of up to £10,000 is available for projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities

Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work

Health: Supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and wellbeing of people in former coalfield communities.

The offer is now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry and applying for funding relating to a project is on the following page:

http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/division-missing/coalfields-community-investment-programme-ccip-funding-support/

Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Practical Help is a range of free services and resources available to registered/incorporated organisations such as registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, community interest companies and charitable incorporated organisations operating in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities.

For more information please see the link below:

http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/division-missing/coalfields-community-investment-programme-ccip-practical-support/

The deadline is looming for organisations who want a share of £115,000 to help make Merseyside a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19.

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is Wednesday 28th February 2018.

The impact of last year’s Fund saw 10 projects deliver 23 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 136 volunteers, 25,970 people directly engaged, 1345 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £134,500 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “We’ve made this money available for new and existing projects which can have an impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.”

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

  • creating a sensory learning garden from re-used materials in St Helens
  • the development of a shop in Wirral to sell used clothes
  • the repair and re-use of unused furniture for redistribution to the local community in Halton
  • cookery skills clubs to help reduce food waste across Merseyside and Halton
  • sewing classes in Knowsley
  • timber waste re-use at a local community farm in Liverpool
  • improving online retail skills for a charity shop in Sefton

 

This year bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA. If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry. Projects will have ten months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started by June.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST:  28th February 2018

With support from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the FSI is delivering a heavily subsidised training event in Liverpool on 25th April offering small and local charities and community groups four courses on key fundraising topics. Training courses on offer include Developing Your Fundraising Strategy, Fundraising from Trusts & Foundations, GDPR Essentials, Budgets, Management Accounts and Cash Flow Forecasting. 

Places fill up fast, so book your place today to access this fantastic training opportunity: http://bit.ly/2BSTAy1 

Volunteer Coordinator

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in West Bank, Widnes

 

Hours of Work: Fixed term contract for 6 months. P/T – 2 days equivalent per week (based on 8hr day)

Place of Work: Based in Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Widnes

Remuneration: £150.00 per day (inc all expenses)

Responsible to: Friends of Catalyst

Purpose of post: They are looking for a passionate and empathetic individual with qualifications and/or experience in Volunteer Coordination to play a crucial role in the delivery of the project to bring more volunteers into Catalyst and support them with their training needs and to enhance their experience of volunteering.

Catalyst is the only Centre in the UK which explores the science and technology behind the chemical industry and its impact on our lives through a host of hands-on exhibits, activities and demonstrations - for further details, see http://www.catalyst.org.uk .

Catalyst is a Registered Charity and is funded by entrance fees, grants, sponsorship & donations. Friends of Catalyst is a registered charity and provides support via donations and expertise. They are funding this post through a grant from Big Lottery Awards for All.

For an Application Form, Job Description and Person Spec please email: funding@halton.gov.uk or call: 0151 511 7960

The closing date is Mon 5th March 2018 and interviews will be held on Thursday 15th March 2018

The post is funded by the National Lottery Big Lottery Fund.

St Helens CDP (Coaltion of Disabled People) are proud to be working in partnership with Merseyside Police and the Liverpool Commonwealth Association to Service cycles and make them ready for shipment over to the Caribbean. In 2017 several small Caribbean islands were left devastated in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Due to the reduction in motorised transportation the urgent need for the population was to have delivered cycles. A shipment is due to leave in July of this year. The cargo will be loaded in the Merseyside area and shipped to the Port of Road Town which is located on Tortola, British Virgin Island. 

CDP members are proud to be involved in such a worthwhile project and are currently working on bikes donated by several police forces. 

If you feel that you could support this project in any way then please contact them on the details below:

Email: info@sthelenscdp.co.uk

Telephone: 01744 453343

Address: Nuttall House, Clifton Street, St Helens. WA10 1EX

MSP (Merseyside Sports Partnership) are supporting social enterprise Oomph! to offer out a sustainable proposal to encourage community organisations across the Liverpool City Region to improve physical activity levels of older adults aged 65+.

Oomph! is an award winning social enterprise on a mission to ensure that older and vulnerable adults across the UK live life to the full. They believe that physical activity should be a habit to be enjoyed by older adults living in the community, delivered in familiar venues by familiar people.

Oomph have received £914,000 from Sport England, as the largest recipient of their new ‘Active Ageing’ fund. Through this funding they will get 27,000 inactive older adults active for at least 30 minutes a week through partnering with organisations who are experts in older adults, providing accredited training and support to these organisations to maximise their resources to enable older people to enjoy fun, accessible and sustainable activity.

Here's an example of what an Oomph! session training looks like: 

 

 

Organisations in the Liverpool City Region can take up a heavily subsidised and sustainable package of support from Oomph in order to increase activity levels and outcomes for older adults. This opportunity is open to organisations who support groups of older adults in the Liverpool City Region (including Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and on the Wirral), and could include:

  • Extra care schemes
  • Retirement living operators
  • Sheltered housing schemes
  • Day Care Centres
  • Community Centres
  • Libraries
  • Church groups

n.b.: Care homes are not eligible for this subsidised offer, but can access the Oomph programme separately.

Click here  to access further information about the proposal, and for any questions or to register your interest please contact d.woodworth@merseysidesport.com or call 077300 28773.

Sahir House has been offering HIV support, information and training across Merseyside since 1985. It offers a wide range of services to people living with or affected by HIV; HIV training; HIV information; prevention and testing; and opportunities to volunteer.

After a successful tenure securing existing, and sourcing new funding, their current CEO is moving to another role. The organisation has recently improved governance, recruited new trustees, gained ISO9001 registration and won the 2017 GSK IMPACT Award as one of the best small health charities in the UK.

Chief Executive Officer – full time c£45k per annum

They are recruiting a suitably experienced CEO to guide the charity through its next stage of development. In particular they are looking for someone who can demonstrate:

  • Significant senior management experience in the voluntary sector (or closely related field)
  • The ability to work with stakeholders including: service users, volunteers, politicians, clinicians, commissioners, staff and supporters
  • Strategic awareness and the ability to lead change in the organisation and in the sector
  • Good core senior management skills, including strategic management of finance, marketing and human resources

Applicants should send a short CV (up to two pages) and a covering letter demonstrating both: how they meet the criteria in the person specification and their vision for how they would take the charity forward (another two pages max). Call Sahir House at the number below if you would like a call back from their Chair for an informal chat about the role.

Sahir House is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. They especially welcome applications from groups which reflect Sahir House service user groups – HIV positive people (and other disabled people), people from Black and Minority Ethnic groups, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and refugee communities.

The post is subject to a 6 month probationary period, satisfactory references and DBS check.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon Tuesday 6th March 2018

Shortlisting: Later that week

Interviews: Wednesday 14th March 2018

Ideal start date: April 2018 however we understand candidates may have longer notice periods and will accommodate this

Full job description and person specification can be downloaded from their website here

Date: Tuesday 20th February 2018 - 10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Karalius Suite, Select Security Stadium, Lowerhouse Lane, Widnes. WA8 7DZ

Are you looking for training, qualifications, work or work experience and live in Halton?

The Ways to Work team and Halton Employment Partnership are holding an event focussing on the opportunities available linked to the Mersey Gateway and Silver
Jubilee bridges, which include the following fields:

  • Customer Service
  • Contact Centre Operations
  • Construction
  • Highway Maintenance
  • Volunteering

A range of opportunities are available for people living in Halton and the Liverpool City Region:

  • Training to develop skills the employers are looking for
  • Training leading to relevant qualifications
  • Vacancies for jobs linked to both bridges
  • Work experience opportunities for adults
  • Volunteering opportunities

Places are limited so DON’T MISS OUT – please come along to the stadium and register to access these opportunities. (Bring ID and Right to Work in the UK evidence documents)

Enquiries: telephone 0151 511 7555 or email: w2wreferrals@halton.gov.uk

Cycling or walking can offer a free/low cost and practical solution, especially where shifts or location rule public transport out. St Helens Council's Sustainable Transport Team can help you get to a new job through cycling or walking support. 1-2-1 support and advice is available through the 6 Community Bike Hubs across the Borough, or to groups within a community setting.

If you’re a job-seeker they can show you how to look after your bike and ride safely and with confidence. Eligible applicants could also receive £100 Halfords voucher towards a new bike or walking equipment (numbers are limited and eligibility rules apply). Support is available to job seekers or those within the first 6 months of employment. You could also volunteer and learn new skills that could lead to employment.

For further information please contact the Cycling and Walking to Work Hubs Initiative via email sustainabletransport@sthelens.gov.uk,

This project is wholly funded from the Department for Transport Cycling and Walking to Work Fund.

Attached is the latest edition of the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub newsletter, outlining all Apprenticeships Hub activity in Halton since the project started in May 2017.  

This is a new format, due to the vast amount of activity delivered to date by the LCR Apprenticeship Hub, they felt it would be useful for stakeholders in each of the LCR Authorities to receive information specifically relating to their own area.  However, if you would also like to receive the editions from any of the other Local Authority areas, please contact debi.shackley@halton.gov.uk

 

Have you thought about making the most of your organisational capacity and increasing your fundability?

Becoming a member of St Helens Third Sector Consortium could help you!

St Helens Third Sector Consortium has been running for 2 years and in this short time has already been successful in several funding opportunities, including a large public sector contract, giving VCSE organisations the opportunity to work together to deliver services and access support from each other.

For more details and an up to date prospectus please contact Catherine Cahalin at ccahalin@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or call 01744 457112 for a chat

 

Autism & Asperger Society are organizing an awareness walk at Taylor Park, St Helens to celebrate World Autism Day on the 8th April 2018.

The walk will be taking place on Sunday 8th April starting at 1:50pm.  

There will be many things to do such as a children's fairgroud, information, awareness and funding, starting at 12pm-5pm.  

For anymore information contact the  Autism & Asperger Society by email- contact@theautismark.org

Or call them on- 01744 362260.

For sponsor forms please see attachment 

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.

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

Come along to Healthwatch St Helens Listening Event to find out about Community Nursing Services in St Helens and share your own experiences and views. 

They  want to know what works well and what could be improved. Professor Sarah O’Brien, Intrim Chief Accountable Officer for St Helens CCG will give a brief overview, and a representative from the Community Nursing service will be on hand to answer your questions. 

To book your place please contact Debbie on: 0300 111 0007 or email: deast@healthwatchsthelens.co.uk

Date: 20 Feb 2018 - 10:00 to 12:00 
Location: Beacon Building, College Street, St Helens. WA10 1TF

Registration is now open for this year’s Willowbrook Hospice Moonlight Colour Walk with a limited Early Bird offer of £10 per adult for those who sign up before midnight on 14 February.

The walk, which is on Saturday 9 June, is the charity’s most colourful fundraising event with people of all ages and abilities encouraged to join in the fun as they take on either a 6.5k or 10k route with the option of being showered by rainbow coloured powder paint.

Entry for children under 16 is £5 and will be £15 for adults who sign up after the 14 February. All walkers will receive a T shirt, a medal and a well-earned bacon butty (or alternative) at the end of walk.

Diane Swann, Senior Fundraiser at Willowbrook says: “Last year was the first time we offered walkers the option of getting ‘colour splashed’ and everyone seemed to really enjoy it! This year we’re hoping that even more people will come along to join in the fun. Although there’s no minimum sponsorship, every penny raised by our walkers will go towards the £4.5 million that it costs every year to maintain our care services to people across St Helens and Knowsley.”

To register, either go online at https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/MLW, ring Willowbrook’s Fundraising team  on 01744 453798 or pop into The Living Well on Borough Road, St Helens.

 

 

Disabled Childrens Services at Halton Borough Council in partnership with Everton in the Community have arranged activities for disabled children aged 12+ during the February Half Term.

These activities are being funded from short breaks for disabled children age 12+ who would not usually be able to access activities provided by universal services. Some indicators as to whether a child would meet the criteria to attend the activities are children who may not have a definite diagnosis, attend special school such as Cavendish, Chestnut Lodge, Ashley, have an EHC plan or receive 15 hour+ individual support in school because of learning needs.

To Book families will need to contact Steve or Mark on Tel: 0151- 530-5254 or email- mark.dolan@evertonfc.com or steve.johnson@evertonfc.com.

Places still available for more details about the activities please see attached flyer.

 

Are you a Woman born in the 1950's who would like to join a local group of women agaist state pension inequality. 

To complain and campaign agaist the rise in their state pension age. 

WASPI Halton, Widnes and Runcorn supporters group. 

You will be part of the National WASPI campaign asking for fair transitional arrangements for all women affected by the 1995 pensions act raising womens pension age from 60, and the subsequent 2011 act accelerating this rise. 

WASPI are meeting on Tuesday 6th February at 7:30pm. 

The meeting wil be at; 

United Service Club,
Prescot Road,
Widnes,
WA7 7PD

Come along and add to the swarm, you will get a buzz.

A service of reflection will be held at Saints’ Totally Wicked Stadium this March for people affected by suicide.

The event, which will run from 7:30pm - 9:00pm on Wednesday 28 March 2018, is being hosted by Listening Ear's AMPARO service, which provides support following suicide, and is supported by St Helens Council, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBs), State of Mind (a charity that promotes positive mental health for sportsmen and women) and St Helens College.

Bringing people affected by suicide together from across Merseyside and Cheshire, the evening aims to provide a space for thought and reflection in supportive surroundings. In attendance will be Danny Sculthorpe and Ian Smith from the world of Rugby League who have both been personally affected by suicide.

Richard Brown, CEO of Listening Ear said: "We have been delivering our post suicide support service, AMPARO, in Cheshire & Merseyside for nearly three years. AMPARO aims to reduce stigma, support bereaved families, and bring local services together to provide cohesive care and support when a suicide has occurred within a community.”

Cllr Gill Neal, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing said: “I would just like to thank all those involved for organising this memorial service. It will give people a chance to remember their loved ones and come together with others who have also been affected by suicide. It’s also an opportunity to let people know that there is support available to help them through this tough time in their lives.”

Derek Hall and Anne Cunliffe, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBs) said: “SOBs gives us a chance to talk and listen to others who, like ourselves have lost someone to suicide and understand the devastation for those left behind.”

Malcolm Rae, State of Mind Chair said: "State of Mind Sport are pleased to support this important event as we recognise that family members and friends can be supported and strengthened in their distress by remembering their loved ones in this way."

Suicide is an individual tragedy, life-altering for those bereaved and a traumatic event for the community and local services involved. It is also a major public health issue and a leading cause of years of life lost.

To continue this community support, AMPARO would like to invite all affected by suicide to attend the reflection at Saints’ stadium in March, with an opportunity to meet others who have had similar experiences.

The evening will seek to continue the work of AMPARO and other partners, ensuring all who have been affected by suicide are fully supported and are able to feel connected to their community.

If you would like to attend the memorial service, visit https://www.listening-ear.co.uk/Event/st-helens-memorial-service to book your place.

For further information:

Richard Brown CEO Listening Ear (Merseyside)

07850 476 360 Richard.brown@listening-ear.co.uk

amparo.service@listening-ear.co.uk

£5m fund launched to support local charities

The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a new £5m fund to celebrate its 60th anniversary year, with a view to help local charities provide new or improve existing community facilities.

Up to £150,000 is available to projects that successfully apply. The Foundation is using this anniversary year to acknowledge the vulnerable position that many small and local charities are in, and by offering capital funding it hopes to invest in much needed facilities that will enable them to continue providing support.

Applications are open now until 30 June, find out more here.

The Homeless Halton Concert is coming to The Studio in Widnes.

The Voice UK's Mo Adeniran, Max Vickers & local artist Kerry Sheree will be performing.

Get your tickets for Monday 12th Feb, priced at only £4.

The event has been organised by NCS - National Citizen Service graduates to raise awareness for homeless people in Widnes and Runcorn.

 

 

Free DJ Workshop at Mossbank Library with DMC Finalist 'DJ Pnutz' on Monday 12th February 2018 from 2:00-4:00.

Children and young people can learn the essential DMC DJ skills of beat matching, scratching, mixing and turn table tricks.

DJ PNutz competed in Scratch DJing competitions across the world and performs regularly across the UK.

Check out his video below:

Please contact Mossbank Library to book your place:
01744 677988 

NHS Cheshire & Merseyside Partnership (STP) are planning the next 3 sector meeting.  It is planned that reps from regional planning in health will be present to support their understanding of the value of the third sector to the health outcomes detailed in the STP plans.

To help focus the event they will plan the agenda for a dragon’s den style event to demonstrate the value of the community and voluntary sector to health goals such as prevention, supporting and developing out of hospital care and mental health and wellbeing.

Can you please save the date in your diary - Wednesday 28 February 09.30 for 10.00 start until 13.00 at Halton & St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB

If you would like to present it will be 20 minutes maximum with some time for questions, focusing on

  • Your work
  • How you deliver on out of hospital care – what difference this makes to use of statutory health services
  • How you support health prevention and self-care
  • How you support people with long term conditions in relation to their mental health and wellbeing

                   (You don’t all need to cover each point but some ideas to help)

Let them know if any of you have an individual story / case study demonstrating the range of support and benefit third sector groups bring to an individual as discussed in the last meeting.  If anyone has a volunteer or individual who can present the benefit the service brings that would complement it so well.

 This format for the meeting is building on the main discussion points in the last meeting held in October 2017, summary below:

  • There is a need to know how the changes in the NHS across Merseyside and Cheshire / NHS Cheshire and Merseyside will work with and value the role the third sector can play in delivering on the STP goals.
  • What is the plan for developing engagement (as opposed to consultation) with people who use the services and the community and voluntary sector.
  • A dragons den style event with representatives from overseeing the NHS changes at a Cheshire and Merseyside level to present and discuss the value the third sector brings to STP objectives

If you want to present at this event please contact Des des.chow@haltonccg.nhs.uk Paul  Paul.Steele@sthelensccg.nhs.uk  or Ruth  Ruth.Austen-Vincent@mssociety.org.uk  for more information. 

Nick Mott (Deputy Head of Guidance & Practice) talks about the automatic disqualification rules coming into force on the 1 August 2018, and how you can prepare.

Almost anyone can run a charity, but restrictions mean some people are automatically prevented (disqualified) from being able to do this unless they have clearance from the Charity Commission.

Read the full article HERE...

Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group support anyone who has been touched by cancer. One of the services offered is a confidential counselling service within a safe and comfortable environment where you can feel relaxed and able to discuss your concerns freely.

This service is for adults aged 18+.  Appointments are available Monday to Friday. If you would like to know more or make a referral please feel free to drop in to The Centre on Alforde Street, Widnes or give them a call on 0151 423 5730.

www.widnesandruncorncancersupport.org.uk 

 

Are you helping to support someone who has a Mental Health diagnosis, this can be someone with depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD etc if so Halton Carers' centre have some great training which is available at their Runcorn Centre. There are 2 different courses which can be accessed the first is basic Mental Health Training which covers all mental health and is covered over 2 sessions, the 2nd course is specifically around Personality Disorders and again is 2 sessions.  You can choose which course is more suited to yourself or you can access both courses.  To book a place please contact the centre on 01928 580182, a refundable £5 deposit is needed to secure your place.

The dates for the MH training are:

  • Basic Mental Health Training - Thursday, 1st & 8th March 2018 from 10:00 to 12:30pm
  • Personality Disorder Training - Thursday 15th & 29th March 2018 from 10:00 to 12:30pm

All sessions are held at their Runcorn Office and you will receive a certificate at the end of the sessions..

They also have a Mental Health Carers Support Group which meets monthly in Runcorn, It offers peer support, activities and guest speakers in a friendly environment where carers can meet others in similar situations. The group meet the last wed of every month 1pm – 3pm in the Mencap Building, Laburnum Grove. The groups next dates are: 31st Jan, 28th Feb, 28th Mar,25th April.  For more information on the group please give them a call on 01928 580 182.

 

 

Community Action Wirral is recruiting for a Head of Service. This is a full time position based in The Lauries in Birkenhead with a salary of £30-35k dependent upon experience.  The post holder will deliver the newly acquired not for profit infrastructure contract for the Borough.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 5pm.

All applications and queries relating to the role should be sent to Karen.livesey@communityactionwirral.org.uk

For more information, please see the attached job description and application form.

 

Apex Charitable Trust Ltd provides information, advice and guidance to offenders/ex-offenders, supporting them into employment, training, education and voluntary work by assisting them in breaking down the barriers they face when moving forward with a conviction. Based in St Helens with outreach across the Liverpool City Region, ACT 4 Women is a peer support project. Beneficiaries are unemployed women ex-offenders. They currently have a vacancy for a Information, Advice and Guidance Officer (17 ½ hrs per week) and for a Volunteer Coordinator / Assessor (28 hrs per week). 

Information, Advice and Guidance Officer – 17 ½ hrs per week
Based in St Helens – delivering outreach across Liverpool, works with unemployed women offenders / ex-offenders (ACT 4 Women project). This project addresses barriers to education, training and employment faced by women with a criminal record residing in Merseyside. 17.5 hrs p/week (between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday–Friday) – salary £24,168 p/a (pro rata)

The IAG (information, advice & guidance) Officer will recruit women offenders to engage in the project, working with them on a 1-1 basis, supporting them in achieving their goals, offering advice and guidance to them in securing employment, training, education or voluntary work. Delivery is in Liverpool.

Time limited contract – fixed term to 31st December 2018.

Volunteer Coordinator / Assessor – 28 hrs per week
The Volunteer Coordinator will recruit, train and support volunteers in volunteering as peer mentors with Apex Trust to enable service delivery and expansion. As Assessor you will deliver accredited training through Open Awards to appropriate level, working alongside Internal Quality Assurance to ensure high standards of deliver set out by the awarding body.

28 hrs p/week (between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday–Friday) – salary £24,168 p/a (pro rata)

The project is funded through a number of grants and donations from valued supporters.

Due to the attendance at ‘women only’ establishments, the posts advertised require female only applicants (These posts are restricted to women only as a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9 paragraph Equality Act 2010). As this role is across Merseyside delivering on an outreach basis, it is essential for a car owner applicant.

Appointments are subject to satisfactory references and enhanced DBS check

Closing Date for both Vacancies: Friday 16th February 2018 - midday
Interview Date - to be confirmed

Application packs can be requested by request emailing sthelens@apextrust.com
 

Halton Peoples Health Forum has 2 events taking place on:

  • Tuesday 27th February 2018, St Maries, Widnes, WA8 6DB from 1pm to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 1st March 2018, Halton Lead LIbrary, Runcorn Shopping City, WA7 2PF from 1pm to 3.30pm

Topics to be discussed

  • Cancer awareness
  • GP/Care home alignment - feedback
  • Access to primary care

This is a free event and you can meet local GP's and Health professionals 

Presenters

Dr David Lyons (GP Castlefields/Chair of Halton CCG) Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Centre Primary Care Commissioners

HIT- Health Improvement Team

Representatives from Macmillan and Delamere Centre to be confirmed

For more information:  Email communications@haltonccg.nhs.uk or telephone 01928 593479

 

Listening Ear, a Knowsley-based social enterprise delivering counselling and therapy services, has been approved as a learning provider for the Skills for Growth Service. Skills for Growth supports businesses in the Liverpool City Region to invest in improving the skills and productivity of their workforce. 

Listening Ear has been approved as a training provider with Skills for Growth and as a result can offer subsidised training to companies within the Liverpool City Region, which includes Liverpool, Knowsley, St.Helens, Sefton, Wirral and Halton.

The funding is subject to the company being eligible, but in theory an SME could receive 80% funding, which is a huge saving for smaller organisations.

Listening Ear can offer the following training for your employees:

  • Bereavement
  • Suicide and Self-harm awareness
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Mindfulness

Listening Ear’s training courses are flexible and bespoke to the employer and we can combine some of the modules above to create a bespoke package for your employees and their needs. For example, they have a 1 day course, which covers mindfulness, stress and
anxiety.

Training courses can be held at Listening Ear’s newly refurbished building in Whiston or at your business premises and each course will last 1 day, although employers can receive funding for more than 1 course per learner.

For more information about this funding and the training delivered by Listening Ear, please contact:
Amanda McTomney
Project Manager
amanda.mctomney@listening-ear.co.uk

Do you care for someone who is currently in hospital, or do you care for someone and are going into hospital yourself for a planned admission? Lucia Urquhart who is a hospital liaison support worker at Halton Carers’  Centre can assist you with any questions you may have around hospitals / admissions / discharge / care at home and liaise with hospital staff and social services on your behalf. It can be a very stressful and confusing time not knowing what happens following a hospital stay. Lucia can attend discharge meetings with you to make sure you are fully aware what is going to happen when a patient is discharged.             

Some people do not consider themselves as a carer instead they are just looking after someone close to them. A carer is someone who provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help.

Halton Carers' Centre offer information and advice, advocacy and support, emotional support, relaxation therapies, carer break funding, training courses, support groups, trips, newsletters and much more.

Contact details: Halton Carers’ Centre: 62 Church Street, Runcorn, WA7 1LD. Tel: 01928 580182. Peelhouse Family Centre, Peelhouse Lane, Widnes, WA8 6TJ. Tel: 0151 257 9673. Email help@haltoncarers.co.uk

 

Shopmobility St Helens which provides electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters and a range of transit wheelchairs for hire both short and long term, has now moved to the Independent Living Store based at St Mary's Arcade:

Independent Living Store
St Mary's Arcade
Church Square Shopping Centre
St Helens
WA10 1AR

Telephone 01744 613388 remains the same.

 

The Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme is a Home Office funding opportunity, which supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender. The programme allows organisations that share these aims to bid for in-kind support and grant funding for specific programmes that deliver goals set out in the Counter Extremism Strategy. 

The call for grant funding is open from Monday 15th January 2018 at 3pm until Friday 16th February 2018 at 5pm.

You can still apply for funding if your previous application was unsuccessful.

If you applied for funding in rounds 1 and 2, you may apply for funding in round 3. You can also apply for funding if you have been or are in receipt of in-kind communications support.

For more information and to apply for the fund please click the link below which will take you to the Gov.uk site:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/building-a-stronger-britain-together

Liverpool City Council is holding an event with the BSBT Team on Monday 29 January 2018, 1-3pm, at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT. 

This is an opportunity to meet the team and find out more about the programme. If you are thinking of applying it would be useful to start to plan your application prior to the event so you have plenty of time to submit it before the deadline. 

For more information about the event, or to book a place, please contact, Joanne Matthews, Community Coordinator (Counter Extremism Strategy) at Joanne.matthews@liverpool.gov.uk or telephone 0151 233 7019.

 

St Helens is set to be the first area in the City Region to trial a digital approach to accessing travel information after Liverpool City Region Transport Committee members agreed to a six month pilot earlier this week.

Over the last five years the number of outlets receiving paper timetables and other information has reduced and increasingly more people are accessing travel information online. 

It means that during the pilot period, bus paper timetables, area map leaflets and general ticketing booklets will be removed from the St Helen’s Merseytravel Centre and 16 other outlets, such as health centres and libraries. If successful, the pilot could be rolled out across the Liverpool City Region, contributing to savings of up to £140k a year.

Starting 15th January 2018, the pilot includes plans for a number of roadshows, taking place across St Helens and run by digital champions. The aim of the roadshows will be to help customers who don’t traditionally use online tools, get used to ‘going digital’. Digital champions will show customers how to access ticket information, check and plan journeys using an online journey planner. During the Pilot the Merseytravel website ticketing pages will also be being updated and a new, improved Merseytravel ticket finder will also be developed to come online around February.

Those customers who are unable to use online tools or need additional support to plan their journeys, will be able to request personalised journey plans, including paper timetables, at St Helen’s Merseytravel centre, which will also display improved travel information.

Cllr Liam Robinson chair of The Combined Authority Transport Committee, which oversees the work of Merseytravel, said:

 “As digital journey planning tools become more popular with customers in the Liverpool City Region and with the financial challenges Merseytravel faces, it is important that information distribution channels are reviewed and cost efficiently strategies deployed. 

Removing paper leaflets from key distribution outlets will enable Merseytravel to understand the impact in a controlled manner and evaluate the success of the pilot based on customer feedback, before any decision is rolled out across the rest of Merseyside.

To find out more about Advice and Digital Training click on the link below

http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travelling-around/key-destinations/Pages/Digital-Roadshows.aspx

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is embarking on its search for exceptional individuals with the passion to deliver on their vision and help to create a truly global and competitive City Region at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse. If you have the skills and ambition for this City Region and thrive on tough challenges and getting results, then they want to hear from you. They currently a vacancy for a Senior Officer (Data Analysis) and also for a Programme Support Officer.

Senior Officer (Data Analysis)​:

Reporting to the Programme Manager, you will provide policy and data analysis support for all aspects of the Households into Work Programme. You will support colleagues, helping to ensure the programme’s aims and objectives are met, that targets and outcomes are achieved and that quality standards are adhered to.

You will hold a minimum of a Level 3 qualification (3 A levels or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate a commitment to continuous personal development.

Salary: £27,852 to £33,562
 

Programme Support Officer​

Reporting to the Programme Manager, you will provide programme support for the innovative Households into Work Programme. You will monitor and report on programme delivery, helping to ensure performance standards are being met and that suitable process and systems which aid management and delivery of the programme are in place.

You will hold a minimum of a Level 2 qualification (5 good GCSEs or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate a commitment to continuous personal development.

Salary: £24,764 to £26,783

Closing date for both vacancies is 1st February 2018

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

http://liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/vacancies

 

 

Cheshire Police is warning residents across the county not to fall foul of Courier Fraud following reports in Crewe, Nantwich and Chester.

Courier fraud is when the offender cold calls the victim posing as an official such as a police officer or a member of a banks fraud team.

They will instruct the victim to go to their bank and withdraw money. The offender will claim that they are investigating staff at the bank that they need the victim's help in some kind of undercover operation, for example they may claim that bank staff are handing out counterfeit bank notes and they need the victim to withdraw money so that it can be examined.

The offender will then send a courier to collect the money from the victim.

There are many variations of this scam, which may involve the victim handing over bank cards or high value items.

In one recent incident, a Crewe elderly couple were contacted by an offender posing as a Greater Manchester Police Officer. He told the victims that people had been accessing their bank account using blank cards and instructed them to withdraw money which was to be handed to a courier using a password system.

DC Liz Rankin said: "Over 5,000 pounds sterling and 2,000 euros was handed over to a man who called at their home. The victims described the offender as about 5'2"-5'3" with dark skin and straight black hair. He was of slim build and aged around 20-years-old."

If you have any information please contact DC Liz Rankin from Crewe CID on 101 quoting incident number 516 of 4 January 2018. Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Here's some advice on how to avoid the scam:

  • The police will never ask you to become part of an undercover investigation or for you to withdraw cash and hand it to them for safe-keeping.
     
  • Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money
     
  • If you are approached, or feel something is suspicious, hang up the phone and don't reply.
     
  • Then report it to police on 101, Action Fraud and your bank on their advertised number.

Visit www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk for more advice on how to stay safe from scams

 

St Helens Council would be very grateful if you could complete their online survey and let them know your views on the proposed changes to the way they maintain our parks and the future of the Ranger Service as well as any ideas you have about how they can deliver services collaboratively in the future.

You can complete the survey here https://applications02.sthelens.gov.uk/ConsultationSuite/SurveyIntroduction.aspx?id=502

The deadline for submissions is 11th February.

 

Time to Change Information Event 

22nd February 10am to 12 noon at The Studio, Lacey Street, Widnes, WA8 7SG

The event is being run in partnership with Time to change. They are hoping to engage people from all backgrounds to join them in tackling mental health stigma. 

Want to help tackle mental health stigma in Halton?

For further information phone  0300 029 0029 or email HIT@halton.gov.uk

Please feel free to share the attached poster with your partners and beneficiaries.  Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Kate Bazley, Mental Health and Wellbeing lead, Halton Health Improvement Team.

 

Want to improve your general wellbeing and learn how to manage your stress level more effectively? Why not try Yoga at Willowbrook-The Living Well, Borough Rd, St Helens?

Focusing on strength, flexibility and breathing, yoga is a safe and effective way to improve your physical health, especially strength, flexibility and balance as well as being beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.

There are 3 sessions every week:

Tuesday 6-7pm with Steve Thomas. Fee £5 (with £1 from every participant being donated to Willowbrook Hospice)

Wednesday 9.30am-10.30am with Steve Thomas. Fee £6

Saturday 10.30-11.30am with Shirley Horrocks. Fee £5

For more information, contact Steve on 07802367 669 or Shirley on 07515 336 367.

 

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR MERSEYSIDE

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is asking local people if they would be willing to pay a little extra to help protect police officer numbers and recruit new armed officers after the government sidestepped its responsibility to invest in the police service.

After seven years of austerity, the Government announced in December that the police would, once again, receive no more new money from the Home Office to tackle crime in Merseyside.

Instead, Policing Minister Nick Hurd MP announced Police and Crime Commissioners would be expected to ask local taxpayers to pay up to  £1 a month extra towards their police service through their council tax.

Since 2010, Merseyside Police has had to make cuts of £103m, with an estimated £18m still to make by 2021/22.

If the Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, does not win the support of local people, Merseyside Police will be left facing a further shortfall of more than £3.17m – the equivalent of 64 police officer posts.

Jane said: “The sad truth is that this government has once again left police forces around the country facing a funding black hole. They have washed their hands of their responsibility and instead are shifting the burden of paying for the police on to the shoulders of local council taxpayers.

“By freezing the grant provided by central government at the 2017/18 rate - a reduction on the previous two years - the Policing Minister has imposed a real terms cut on the police budget as we contend with pay and inflationary pressures. His proposal is that I make up this shortfall by asking local taxpayers to pay more.

“This is a step which I am reluctant to take, however, if I don’t raise the policing element of local council tax then Merseyside Police will be penalised and our communities adversely affected.

“This money will be used to save police officer jobs and help us to recruit 20 new armed officers who are needed to help tackling the scourge of serious and organised crime on Merseyside and to protect our communities.

“The Government did not bother to ask people if they would be willing to contribute more for policing before they made this announcement – instead they arrogantly assumed that local residents could stump up the cash.

“I know finances are tight for a lot of people on Merseyside at the moment so I don’t ask for this tax rise lightly.”

The Commissioner is now holding a region-wide consultation asking people if they would be willing to contribute the extra funding expected by central government to make up for the shortfall and help her to limit the impact of the ongoing cuts.

The increase equates to approximately 15p a week or £8 a year for a Band A household - the lowest Council Tax category and the amount paid by the majority of tax payers on Merseyside.  This would increase the police element of tax payers’ bills from £110.65 to £118.65 a year.

Even with this increase, the Commissioner and Chief Constable will still be forced to make savings of £7m over the next 12 months.

Jane said: “Since 2015 the Government have assumed that Police and Crime Commissioners like myself will put up the council tax precept to minimise the impact of their cuts to funding. It is a move which comes from a government who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

““Any additional funding we can raise from the precept will not replace the 1,000 officers we have lost over the last seven years. However, it will mean that we will have 64 officers more by March 2019 than we would otherwise.

“In a climate of growing demands, rising crime and increasing calls for help from the public, I do not believe we can afford to lose any more officers.

“I am therefore forced to ask people on Merseyside if they would be willing to contribute that extra 15p a week to help protect vital frontline police services.”

People are invited to have their say through a short online survey at www.merseysidepcc.info by Sunday 4th February. The Commissioner will also be holding a series of road shows throughout Merseyside to ask people for their views. 

Please find details of the community consultation events below:

Time and Date

 

Location

 

Area

2pm – 4pm

Monday 22nd January

Sainsbury’s,

Rice Lane,

Walton, L9 1NL.

North Liverpool
10am – 12noon
Tuesday 23rd January
Tesco Extra Store
Park Road,
Liverpool, L8 4XF
South Liverpool
2pm– 4pm
Tuesday 23rd January
Asda Aintree,
Ormskirk Rd, 
Liverpool L10 3LN
Sefton
10am – 12noon
Wednesday 24th January
Asda
Central 12 Shopping Park,
Derby Road, 
Southport, PR9 0TY
Sefton

10am – 12 noon

Friday 26th January

Asda 
Huyton Lane, 
Liverpool, L36 7TX
Knowsley
2pm – 4pm
Friday 26th January
ASDA, 
Kirkland Street, 
St Helens, WA10 2EF
St Helens
2pm – 4pm
Monday 29th January
Asda Birkenhead
222 Grange Road, 
Birkenhead, CH41 6EB
Wirral

 

The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), in partnership with the Anna Freud Learning Network, has developed its first ever online eLearning module: ‘Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people’

This eLearning aims to increase the awareness, understanding and confidence of non-specialist and school staff who support the wellbeing and mental health of children or young people to access the benefits associated with measuring mental wellbeing. This free interactive short course aims to demystify and simplify the whole process of using outcomes and feedback measures to monitor mental wellbeing and is laid out in six easy to follow parts:

  1. Understanding mental wellbeing
  2. Introduction to outcome measures
  3. The benefits of measuring mental wellbeing
  4. Selecting and using measures
  5. Best practice using measures
  6. Using and interpreting data

Outcome measurement has become a focus of funders, commissioners and policy makers, as a tangible and reliable way in which to assess the welfare of children and young people in the care of wellbeing services and schools. The process can also have important benefits for the children and young people themselves as well as for associated professionals, projects, interventions and services.

This course features engaging activities and quizzes to illustrate how staff can choose and use measures to monitor wellbeing and how to analyse wellbeing information to drive improvement and demonstrate effectiveness.

To access the eLearning module please go to http://www.corc.uk.net/elearning/ for more information.

The third round of Rosa’s Woman to Woman fund is now open. With grants of up to £25,000, local grassroots women’s organisations across the UK will be supported using funds from the ‘Tampon Tax.’ In celebration of the centenary of the women’s vote, this round of the Woman to Woman fund will have a renewed focus on leadership and representation and they are particularly interested in funding work that increases women’s representation, skills building and civic engagement.

Grants are available for groups with an income of under £100,000 per year, to support a wide range of charitable work that benefits women: from building confidence and leadership skills, tackling harassment and violence, to training in financial literacy and increasing engagement in decision-making – and much more besides.

Rosa is also interested in increasing the impact and sustainability of women’s groups. Therefore, grants can pay for core costs such as financial management, business planning, staff salaries, office rent, leadership development and staff training; as well as project costs such as drop-in support services, mobilising volunteers and outreach. They especially want to support groups that work with disadvantaged communities or in disadvantaged areas.

As well as grants, Rosa will provide additional support that women’s groups tell them they need, including mentoring, training and networking opportunities.

Who can apply?

If you meet the following requirements you can apply for a grant:

  • You are a women’s sector organisation
  • You are a charitable organisation – your organisation need not be a registered charity, but your activities must be charitable and legal
  • You are a local organisation, which is not part of a national enterprise
  • You have an annual income less than £100k or you employ less than two full-time paid members of staff
  • You have a written governing document, such as a constitution or set of rules
  • You have a governing body with at least 3 unrelated members
  • You have a UK-based bank or building society account in the name of your organisation, with at least two unrelated signatories

What size grants are available?

Grants of between £5,000 and up to and including £25,000 are available. Any grant awarded must be spent within 12 months of receipt.

How will organisations be shortlisted?

Applicants will be shortlisted according to the fund criteria, the clarity and credibility of their plans, and to ensure a diversity of applications including across geography, Rosa’s four pillars, new and innovative or tried and tested approaches.
When to apply 

Round 3 of the Woman to Woman fund opens for applications on Tuesday 12th December at midday. There are two stages to submitting an application to the Woman to Woman fund. To apply for a grant you will first need to complete the stage 1 application. The deadline for stage 1 applications is Thursday 25th January 2018 at 5pm and no applications will be accepted after this date.

To find out more and to submit an application, please click the link below:

http://www.rosauk.org/resources/blog/woman-to-woman/

 

 

NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reaching out to local residents to talk about winter pressures on the NHS including misuse of antibiotics, knowing the right place to go to when you need care quickly and knowing how to best stay well over the winter period.

The NHS faces some of its biggest pressures in the winter time and they want to talk to you about how we can all best tackle issues with;

  • Antibiotics - Bugs are becoming more resistant to antibiotics because of misuse. Did you know that St Helens has the highest number of prescriptions for antibiotics in the country?
     
  • Emergency and Urgent Care - How do we make sure that everyone knows how to use urgent care in the right way?
     
  • Pharmacy - Did you know you can use your pharmacy for advice on lots of health issues?
     
  • Caring For Yourself - Most illnesses which are common in winter like cold and flu are best cared for by yourself at home, but do we all know how best to do this?

​Whilst the CCG's role at the NHS is to work on tackling these key issues, they want to talk to you to hear your ideas and questions about how we can all work together to help these pressures.

Join in the conversation at the Talkfest  debate event

What: they will be holding a live question time style debate to discuss the winter issues facing St Helens. There will be expert panellists from urgent care, pharmacy, GPs and the voluntary sector. 

When: 25th of January 2018

Time: 5.00-6.30 (5-5.30 registration, debate goes live at 5.30-6.30pm) 

Where: St Helens College, Water Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1PP

Attendees will also have the chance to sign up to be an Antibiotic Guardian to help support the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Registration for the event is through Eventbrite, or you can register on arrival on the day.

If you can't make the event, but would still like to pose a question to the panel, you can do this by emailing them on engagement@sthelensccg.nhs.uk, call on 01744 627 596, or post your question on social media via Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

 

Introduction

Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places.

The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action. The programme aim is to increase youth social action by 50% by 2020 taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%. 

Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.

Social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.

The definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.

Big Lottery Fund and the Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering local youth social action opportunities. Local fundraising is also a key part of the Youth Social Action programme.   

Areas Covered
All Merseyside boroughs including Halton. 

How much can groups bid for?
The Youth Social Action Fund will provide funding of between £1000 and £5000 for each project.

Criteria

Please note, a key focus of this fund is young people tackling a social issue which also involves/educates the wider community.  
Important - Before applying for funding, all applicants must read the full criteria before applying. 

Criteria attached 

Deadline: 
There is very limited funding for this next round, therefore the fund will close when they receive 6 COMPLETE & ELGIBLE applications on a first come , first serve basis.They are aiming to have decisions by the end of February 2018 and would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Click below to apply

Youth Social Action Fund Application

Do you have a spare room in your home? Would you like to become a host, accommodating a local young person?

SHAP are a specialist housing organisation, existing to enable young and vulnerable people to have their housing needs appropriately met. The organisation provides high quality accommodation with support for young and vulnerable people who are homeless, in housing need or experiencing disruption and difficulty in their life.

To expand on the work they are doing in St Helens and recognising that hostel or group living is not always the best option for some young people, they are working with St Helens Council to develop a Supported Lodging service and we would like to recruit suitable householders from the St Helens area. 

Supported Lodgings provide young people with safe, supportive places to live in the homes of local people. If you have a furnished spare room in your home and an interest in helping a young person become independent, they would like to hear from you.

You will need to: 
• live full time in the property but can have your own routine including perhaps attending work, holidays and weekends away
• provide a home-like environment and domestic routine which will support a young person engaging in education, training or work, including the provision of some meals 
• be able to establish an appropriate and consistent personal relationship with a young person, including nonintrusive practical help and advice

SHAP will:
• provide general skills development and training for you and the young person
• assess the needs of young people referred for living in Supported Lodgings, and match them to individual hosts/carers 
• regularly meet and work with you ,the host, in delivering a package of support to the young person 
• provide regular and out of hours support

For this you will receive a host’s payment in the form of rent for your room, a support fee and a housekeeping payment for any meals that you provide of up to £140 per week.

SHAP are committed to safeguarding the welfare and safety of young people and they will require references and DBS checks to be carried out. If you share the passion that SHAP have for helping young people and would like some more information please get in touch with Rhona O’Brien on 07471 035 386 or Andy Lee-McGurk at our head office on 01744 454056 

SHAP was started by a group of people who were concerned about the rising number of young homeless people in St Helen’s in the late 1970s. After some temporary solutions in a shared maisonette where young people were supported by volunteers, the first hostel, The 162 Project, opened its doors in early 1981. They have grown since then and much has changed but young people are still becoming homeless and still need shelter, food, warmth, support and respect. 

 

Did you know that by choosing Co-op branded products and services, members of the Co-op have helped raise an amazing £20 million for local causes across the country since September 2016?  That means they've been able to help fund thousands of local projects that benefit communities across the UK. The Local Community Fund is the Co-op’s way of giving back to local communities.

As a member, every time you purchase selected ‘own-brand’ products and services at the Co-op, 1% of what you spend goes into the Local Community Fund.  In addition, 5% will also go into your own Co-op Membership account, for you to spend on your next visit to the store. The money raised by all the members in your community, together with money from shopping bag sales, helps to fund local projects in the area where you live.  You can choose which local cause you want your own 1% to go to by visiting the Co-op website or using the Freephone number below.

On Saturday 25th November 2017, Co-ops across the country celebrated their own local causes by presenting cheques to community leaders. 

At the Elton Head Road Store, Managers Mike and Karen, were delighted to welcome representatives from the local causes allowing them to thank members for their support. Assistant Scout Leader Andy and members of the 8th Scouts Group braved the weather to be presented with a cheque for £1,225.69. The much needed funds will go towards the maintenance of the Scouts’ Meeting Room.

 

 

 

Jay, Treasurer of the St Helens Cancer Support Group joined them in the afternoon and was presented with a cheque for £1,436.90. These funds will be used to assist local people who are living with cancer by providing a support network as well as a counselling and therapy service.

To find out more about becoming a member of the Co-op, go online to coop.co.uk/membership or phone for more information on Freephone 0800 023 4708.

Elton Head Road Co-op Round 3 Local Causes  who will receive funding in 2018 are:

  • The Lilac Centre – funding to provide complementary therapy and counselling services for cancer patients.
  • The James Nicholas Foundation – funding to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death through free ECG screening in the local area
  • Sam’s Diamonds – funding to take their ladies on a respite weekend away where they can participate in workshops to help support them on their cancer journey.

These local charities will be supported by the 1% contributions from our members across the Elton Head Road area of Rainhill and St Helens.  It is really important to get the message out to family and friends that the more members who shop at the Co-op, for selected ‘own-brand’ products and services, the more money they will have to support these local causes. So it’s over to you.  You can support one of our Local Causes by simply becoming a member of the Co-op.  You can find out about Co-op membership in your local store or online at www.coop.co.uk/membership.

If you need any information about the Membership Pioneer and supporting members and staff at Elton Head Road Co-op store please contact Sandra on Sandra.roscoe@cooopmembers.co.uk

CLG (Change, Grow, Live) would like to invite you to their Information Afternoon and to learn about the fantastic recovery model called A.C.T (Acceptance Commitment Therapy).

CLG have had A.C.T Peer Recovery in their service at CGL St Helens for the past 6 months and it has been extremely successful. ACT are keen to expand this into other services in St Helens as it can be utilised in any form of wellbeing.

Charity Black Tie Event in aid of Age Uk Mid Mersey on Friday 18th May at 7.30pm till late at The Mansion House, Victoria Park, City Road, St Helens, WA10 2UE.

  • Live Entertainment
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Auction
  • Drinks Reception and a hot buffet

Tickets cost £20 and can be purchased by calling 01744 752644, email laurawalton@aukmm.org.uk or by visiting reception at The Mansion House

 

Are you a Woman born in the 1950's who would like to join a Halton group of women against state pension inequality, to complain and campaign against the rise in their state pension age. 

Then come along to WASPI Widnes and Runcorn supporters group. 

You will be part of a national WASPI campaign, asking for fair transitional arrangements for all woman affected by the 1995 pensions act raising womans pension age from 60. As well as the subsequent 2011 act accelerating this rise.

WASPI are having a meeting on Wednesday, January 10th at 7:30pm at:

Royal British Legion Club,
Halton Village,
Runcon,
WA7 2BE

Please go along and add to their swarm, you will get a buzz.

  

What are the Charity Awards?

The Charity Awards is a civil society media’s annual awards programme held to identify, recognise and reward those organisations doing exceptional work in all areas of charity activity. The awards provide a perfect opportunity for you to propel your charity’s work into the spotlight. Submitting an entry is free, and you can support your organisation’s efforts to influence policy-makers and funders and boost the morale of your staff and stakeholders. You may enter any type of project or campaign and it will be judged by a distinguished panel of sector leaders against entries from other organisations in your own sector. 

How are the awards judged?  

The independent judging panel will take a range of attributes into account when reviewing the entry forms - these are called the ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’. The project or initiative you are putting forward should be able to demonstrate achievement in most, if not all, of these Hallmarks. 

The entry form invites you to explain how your project demonstrates these attributes:

  • Outcomes and effectiveness
  • Value for money 
  • Innovation 
  • Sustainability 
  • Replicability and scalability 
  • Best practice. 

Categories  

Awards are given out in the categories below and an overall winner is chosen from the winners of each category. 

  • Arts, culture and heritage 
  • Campaigning and advocacy 
  • Children and youth 
  • Disability
  • Education and training 
  • Environment and conservation 
  • Grant making and Funding 
  • Healthcare and medical research 
  • International Aid and Development 
  • Social care, advice and support. 

How to enter the Charity Awards? 

  1. Visit charityawards.co.uk to download your entry form 
  2. Complete your form (guidance notes are available online to help you to complete the form).
  3. Submit your form by Friday 23rd February (you can submit your entry by email or through the website). 

The form is designed to help you describe how your initiative or project has improved the delivery of your charity’s mission. 

Key Dates 

  • • Entries close 23rd February
  • • Judging April 
  • • Shortlist announced 9th May 
  • • Gala presentation 7th June 

Merseyside’s Deputy Police Commissioner is inviting anyone looking for a new challenge for 2018 to consider becoming an independent custody visitor.

Cllr Emily Spurrell is looking to recruit more volunteers to be part of an important scheme which sees members of the community check on the welfare of people detained in police custody.

The Independent Custody Visiting programme was established following the investigation into the Brixton riots in 1981 and is now the responsibility of Police and Crime Commissioners to operate in their respective areas across the country.

The scheme sees volunteers undertake random, unannounced visits of police cells to check on the conditions and make sure those being held are being cared for appropriately.

There is currently a committed team of 23 volunteers who dedicate their time to the scheme, but the Deputy Commissioner is now looking to get up to 10 more people involved.

The volunteers visit the region’s custody suites in pairs, at varied times of the night and day, throughout the year. Once on site, they check on the welfare of those detained and the conditions within the suite and produce a report for the Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, and her Deputy. They can then raise any issues directly with Merseyside Police.

Emily said: “Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) carry out an important public duty which provides reassurance to the public, the police and to me that we are detaining men and women here on Merseyside properly and caring for them appropriately.

“Detainees are potentially vulnerable and visits by our ICV volunteers are a key protection for them and a vital part of our criminal justice system, ensuring their legal entitlements and rights are respected.

“This is an interesting and rewarding role where volunteers can make a real difference within their community and get an insight into how our police system operates. By volunteering for this scheme, people can play their part in promoting the highest standards of policing. This is a fantastic opportunity for people who are looking for a new challenge for the New Year.”

The ICV scheme in Merseyside has been in operation since April 1984, when 20 members of the public were trained as visitors.

Last year, Merseyside’s ICV volunteers made a total of 265 impromptu trips to custody suites in the region, offering to see more than 2,300 detainees.

ICVs must have good observational and thinking skills, strong ethical principles and be able to maintain confidentiality. They should also be comfortable challenging authority if required. Ideally the volunteers will also come from a range of backgrounds, ages and experience.

Volunteers must be over 18 years old and live or work in the Merseyside area. Full training will be given. It is expected that volunteers make one visit a month.

If you are interested in applying, please find a full recruitment pack and all the documents on the PCC’s website at www.merseysidepcc.info

The deadline for applications is Friday, 2nd February 2018.

You can also find out more about the ICV scheme here

The fine people of Mind Halton are conducting a survey with the aim to hear from as many men as possible living in Halton about their perception, attitudes and understanding of Mental Health.

They have put together a short survey using Survey Monkey, the questions are not intrusive and it are completely anonymous.

You can access the survey by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JK2SPLB

Their aim is to get a better insight into men’s perception and understanding of mental health so as to inform service delivery and support men appropriately.

For more information on Mind Halton, please visit www.mindhalton.org.uk

 

A warm invitation from the Management Committee to join them for their Annual General Meeting at Chain Lane Community Centre, 6.00 pm on Tuesday 30th January.

You can find out what has been happening over the last year at the Centre, how it's run, the community of users and the Centre's future.

They are keen to recruit more Trustees too!

For further information or to let them know if you're attending the AGM, please contact Pam on 07586 842 161 or email ccchainlane@gmail.com

 

Christmas can be stressful

Although Christmas is meant to be a happy and joyful time, this isn't how everyone feels at this time of the year. Christmas can be a stressful time for many people.  Some people find that the Christmas spirit can be spoilt by:

  • Money worries
  • Feelings of being alone
  • Family arguments
  • Separation and divorce
  • Bereavement
  • Becoming a step-family
  • Health worries

Some people find Christmas time difficult because of marital break-up, or being separated from their family and children. The emphasis on family, friends and shared good times during the 'festive season' can make people feel sad.

The attached a leaflet from CAHMS, "Family Christmas Survival Guide 2017", could help to give you some ideas to ease the stress and contact details of various organisations that could provide some support.

Runcorn Food Bank:

Runcorn District Foodbank
Holy Spirit Church
Fernhurst
Halton Brook
Runcorn
WA7 2NJ

Email: info@runcorndistrict.foodbank.org.uk           

Phone: 07922 072906

The Christmas opening hours for Runcorn District Food Bank are: 

23rd December- 10am til 12pm
26th December-2pm til 4pm 

To get help, more infomation and how to get foodbank vouchers click here 

To donate food or money click here 


 

Widnes Foodbank:

CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES

Centres Open    Office Open    Warehouse Open

Thursday, 21st December    St Mary’s Church, 11am – 1pm    

Friday, 22nd December    St Paul's 1pm-3pm 
Crossing point 10am-1pm     

Saturday, 24th December    CLOSED    

Sunday, 25th December    CLOSED    

Monday, 26th December    CLOSED    

Tuesday, 27th December    CLOSED    

Wednesday, 27th December    Crossing pointy 11am – 2pm       

Thursday, 28th December    St Mary’s Church, 11am – 1pm        

Friday, 29th December    Crossing Point 10am – 1pm

St Paul’s Church, 1pm – 3pm     

Saturday, 31st December    CLOSED        

Sunday, 1st January    CLOSED    

Monday, 2nd January    CLOSED    

Tuesday, 3rd January    CLOSED    

To access help and find out how to get vouchers please click here

email address: http://info@widnes.foodbank.org.uk

Phone: 0151 422 0031


St Helens Foodbank

Atherton St , 
St Helens ,
Merseyside, 
WA10 2DT

Email: info@sthelens.foodbank.org.uk
Phone:01744 26414

Friday 22nd December 2017                          Atherton Street, St Helens                                 11am-2:30pm
                                                                        
 Saturday 23rd December 2017                     Hall Street, St Helens                                         11am – 2.00pm

 Sunday 24th December 2017                                    Closed                               

Monday 25th December 2017                                    Closed

Tuesday 26th December 2017                                   Closed

Wednesday 27th December 2017            St John the Baptist Church, Earlestown                  11.30am – 1.30pm                

Thursday 28th December 2017                        Atherton Street, St Helens                               11am-2pm      

Friday 30th December 2016                              Atherton Street, St Helens                               11am-2:30pm

Saturday 31st December 2017                                    Closed

Monday 1st  January 2017                                           Closed                                                 

Tuesday 2nd January 2017                                Atherton Street, St Helens                              11am-2:30pm                                                               

ALL DISTRIBUTION CENTRES OPEN AS NORMAL FROM TUESDAY 2ND JANUARY 2017

PLEASE NOTE: FROM TUESDAY 26TH DECEMBER TO FRIDAY 29TH DECEMBER EMERGENCY FOOD PARCELS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM HOPE HOUSE, 103 CHURCH STREET, ST. HELENS.  OPENING HOURS ARE 10 AM – 2 PM.

To get help, more infomation and how to get foodbank vouchers click here 

To donate food or money click here 

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.

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

Let Willowbrook Hospice collect your real Christmas tree from your door...and they will take it to be recycled into garden mulch.

Why Your donations Are Needed:

All the support during the Christmas Tree collection is provided free of charge and any donation goes directly to fund the vital work of Willowbrook Hospice.

If you can donate £5 (or more if you wish) you will be helping to provide the specialist care to somebody’s loved ones now and in the future. Thank you for helping them to care.

How To book A Collection:

Ring them on 01744 453798 or register online at https://charityxmastreecollection.com/who-we-support/willowbrook-hospice/

Volunteers needed - Week commencing Monday 8th January 2018 between 10am and 4pm.

If you are interested in volunteering to help collect Christmas trees please call Ian Turnbull on 0151 430 8736 or send an email to: iant@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

This e-bulletin aims to provide a synthesis of national and regional developments in mental health; highlight newly available data and policies, support collaboration and share best practice.  

 In This Issue You’ll Find:

  • Community Mental Health Survey 2017
  • Mental Health Act 1983: Implementing Changes to Police Powers
  • Establishment of New Mental Health Policy Research Unit
  • Youth Mental Health Mixtape
  • National Mental Health Intelligence Network Profiling Tools
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Signals
  • NICE Consultations and Shared Learning
  • Mental Health Reports, Resources and Research
  • Mental Health Statistics

The purpose of this event is to provide a forum to disseminate the current challenges and opportunities for Halton’s faith sector specifically in terms of external funding, to share best-practice from the experience of successful local projects and seasoned bid-writing practitioners, and to learn from all parties actively involved in the sector about future strategy and direction for taking the sector forward and maximising its collective external funding potential.                

For more information and to book your place CLICK HERE NOW

The Next Volunteer Managers/Co-ordinators Forum will be onTuesday 23 January 2018 - 11.30am-2pm, at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB

Thr Forum meets six monthly to share information, discuss issues, monitoring and anything else to do with volunteering.

The meetings are informal and enjoyable. We hope you will feel able to participate.

Should you feel it would be helpful or appropriate for your role as a Volunteer Manager/Co-ordinator, please come along on the above date.

Lunch is not provided, so please bring along your own. Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you would like to attend please confirm your attendance to Linda Goodier either by phone: 01928 593112 or email: lgoodier@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk If you would like any items adding to the agenda please let Linda know on: lgoodier@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you at the forum.

Regards Linda & Alison

Volunteer Centre Halton Development Officers

A local Runcorn man with his friends and family are taking on a day-long physical challenge to raise funds for his local Hospice.

Nick Vaughan, aged 56 and from Windmill Hill in Runcorn, along with his friends, will be on static bikes, rowing machines, skipping ropes and a treadmill for six hours on Sunday 17th December in Tesco in Widnes. During this time, one of the group – Bob Lewy, a former soldier who recently completed a 54 mile running challenge in memory of a former colleague who died aged 54 – will be completing a full 26.2 mile marathon on the treadmill. They aim to raise £4,000 for Halton Haven Hospice from the challenge which will take place between 11am and 5pm.

Nick and his friends raised £4,400 from doing a similar challenge in Tesco in October, which led to Nick being shortlisted for volunteer of the year at Trinity Mirror‘s Your Champion awards last month.

Nick’s wife Roslyn was cared for at Halton Haven before she passed away in September 2014. Nick has now raised over £20,000 for the Hospice, from two skipathons, two bikeathons and personal donations.

In addition to all his fundraising efforts, after Roslyn passed away, Nick trained to become a bereavement listener within the Family Support department at Halton Haven, on hand to listen to people who have lost loved ones at the Hospice. Of his listening volunteering, Nick said “I became a bereavement listener for men at the Family Support unit after Roslyn passed away. I felt I had something to offer dealing with bereavement as I have sadly been widowed twice now. It is something that I am passionate about; if I can possibly help someone then I’ll try my best to help and support”

As well as the cycling, rowing and skipping at Tesco on the 17th, there is scheduled to be an appearance from The Voice contestant Charlotte Olivia Shepherd, an army bugler, carol singers, acoustic bands and singers to keep shoppers (and Nick!) entertained.

Nick said, “The Hospice is close to my heart as sadly my wife passed away there. She asked me to raise funds and I’m a man of my word! This is the fifth time we’ve done a fundraising challenge like this and we would love the help of the Halton public to ensure we raise plenty of money for the Hospice! I would like to thank Tesco for their support in this and previous fundraising efforts.”

Chris Andrews, Community Fundraising Manager at Halton Haven Hospice, said “We’re blown away by what Nick has done for the Hospice. He raised over £4,000 two months ago and now he’s back at it! Without Nick and others like him, the Hospice wouldn't exist, so we are incredibly grateful for his hard work and support.

“I urge anyone who is going to be near Tesco on 17th December to pop in between 11am and 5pm to give Nick a bit of encouragement and show your support. It will mean a great deal to Nick and to the Hospice.”

To sponsor Nick, please visit www.justgiving.com/n-vaughan.

  • Two thirds of Liverpool’s small charities expect to provide services to more locals in need next year.
  • But local charities are forced to do more with less – three in five Liverpool charity leaders surveyed by the Weston Charity Awards say charity income is unlikely to rise in 2018.
  • CEO of Apex Charitable Trust, who won a Weston Charity Award in 2016, calls on supporters and staff of the area’s local charities to take advantage of the year-long package of free strategy coaching delivered by Pilotlight and funding provided by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

New research by the Weston Charity Awards among leaders of small and medium sized charities highlights that Liverpool charities expect to do more with less next year. Around three in five (61%) Liverpool charities surveyed feel their income will stagnate or decline over the next year. Yet it is remarkable that in spite of financial pressures two thirds (67%) of these charities said they expect to help more local people in 2018.

The research¹ is being released in December to mark the start of the application period for the Weston Charity Awards. The Awards offer twenty small to medium sized charities a one year programme of intensive leadership and strategy coaching from a hand-picked team of business leaders along with funding.

When it comes to planning ahead, two thirds (65%) of Liverpool charity leaders admitted they had spent only a few days over the past year on forward planning. The vast majority (83%) say that the pressure of tackling day to day operational matters is preventing them from taking a long-term view and 78% don’t have the budget to bring in specialist expertise in this area.

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation which established the Weston Charity Awards said:

“Small charities are the lifeblood of the Liverpool area, helping people of all ages overcome a range of issues.  Charities tell us they urgently require leadership and strategy support to ensure they are able to keep doing what they do well. That’s why we are asking people in Liverpool to tell charities that mean a lot to them about the Weston Charity Awards. We’re offering charities a helping hand so they can continue to help your community in the years to come.”

Each of the twenty winning charities will benefit from a year of intensive leadership coaching through the Pilotlight Programme along with £6500 in funding.  Charities with income under £5million that provide frontline services in the fields of Community, Welfare and Youth are eligible to apply.

The Awards were first established in the North East of England in 2014 and then extended to the North West the following year. Among the 2016 winners was the Apex Trust which provides opportunities for unemployed people with a criminal record living in Merseyside. Apex Trust’s CEO Kim Hughes said:

“Through the Weston Charity Awards, we have made huge strides in changing our way of thinking. I urge supporters and staff of charities across Liverpool and Merseyside to consider how the Weston Charity Awards could help them face the future with confidence.”

Gillian Murray, Chief Executive of Pilotlight which manages the coaching and mentoring component of the Weston Charity Awards said:

We’ve worked with some fantastic charities in Liverpool and Merseyside - including the Apex Trust - and we expect to identify more ambitious local charities to help next year. The benefits of focussing on leadership development and organisational strategy are overwhelming. Charities report that within two years of completing the Pilotlight Programme they are, on average, reaching 53% more people and achieving 28% income growth.”

Applications for the Weston Charity Awards open on 1st December 2017. Charities can find out more about the Awards on the Weston Charity Awards website. https://westoncharityawards.org/

Charity In The North West – Generous Givers And Government Cuts

  • According to online directory Charitychoice.co.uk, there are 15,768 charities operating in the North West.
  • Two out of three (64%) of people in the North West donated to charity in the last three months. This is above the national average of 61%. Insights into Charity Fundraising 2017, Institute of Fundraising                                                                     
  • Highlighting the importance of well-run charities in the region, over a third (38%) of North West respondents would be encouraged to give more if they knew more how their money would be spent, and just under a third (30%) if they knew more about the charity’s effectiveness. Insights into Charity Fundraising 2017, Institute of Fundraising                                                    
  • The typical monthly amount donated by people in the North West to charity in 2016, was £18. CAF Charitable Giving Report 2017
  • Third sector organisations based in the North West, alongside those in London and the North East, saw the largest proportional falls in income from government in 2011/12 and 2012/13 – the North West experiencing a 7.2% drop in funding. UK Civil Society Almanac 2015

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.

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

The Salvation Army and the Hope Centre invite you to celebrate with them on Monday 18th December 11.00 am - 12.00 noon at St Helens Parish Church. 

To book your place and mince pie, please contact Sarah McDonagh, Funding Officer, The Hope Centre 01744 26414 sarahmcd@hopecentre.org.uk by Friday 15th December.

 

Sahir House are holding its yearly World AIDS Day activities and are collecting at various locations, they are keen to to get some extra helpers with this task.

Raising money for the charity is a life saver for many of Sahir House service users, as all funds raised are unrestricted and they can direct them straight to what is needed and where they are short on funds to help. It often helps service users with bus tickets to get in and receive the vital support service they need such as counselling and benefits advice. All support is greatly appreciated.

It is on Friday 1st December, city centre train stations for 2 hour collection shifts with a Sahir house representative so no one is on their own. They can supply an event ID badge and certificate of thanks.

Shifts are from 8am – 10am, 12 – 2pm and 4pm – 6pm, one or as many is welcome

If you are intested in volunteering, please contact Cathy Turner or Serena Cavanagh at Sahir House:

Sahir House, 151 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2AH

Telephone: 0151 237 3989

email: Cath@sahir.uk.com

http://www.sahir.org.uk/

 

Whats on at The Studio during December 

  • Fri 1st  Dec 7.30pm Stand Up at The Studio
  • Sat 2nd Dec 7pm Los Pacaminos ft Paul Young
  • Tues 5th Dec 6pm Cronton College Music Night
  • Wed 6th Dec 7.30pm A-VOID Mooncup Theatre FREE
  • Sat 9th Dec 11-2pm  Christmas Bazaar Free stalls and live music & Father Christmas
  • Sun 10th Dec 10 am Record Fair and Rock n Bowl Cafe
  • Fri 15th Dec 7.30pm Authentic Acoustic with Alex Darley, Greg Oldfield, Clive Little, You Can 2 & James Swift

They look forward to seeing everyone at the events.

The Studio now have a monthly Radio Show 'Loose at The Studio' with guests, live music, cultural chat, reviews and previews of what's happening at The Studio.  Next Show on Halton Community Radio 92.3fm Sat 16 Dec 6-8pm.

There is also an exhibition of artwork from Hunter Tyghe (two time winner of our under 18s Open Art and Artspace awards) running in the gallery until the end of January 2018.

And finally they are collecting Festive Food and gifts for Halton Families in Need and are helping to distribute them with Trinity Kings Cross. Donations can be dropped off on Sat 9th & Sun 10th Dec 10am - 3pm

To find out more contact Louise Nulty, The Studio Project Manager on 0151 420 8997 / 07930388844 or email nultylouise@gmail.com or visit the website www.thestudiowidnes.org.uk

This winter, don’t forget to claim your £140 off your electricity bill through the Government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme. This is in addition to the Winter Fuel Allowance you may receive.

Each energy supplier taking part in the scheme has its own criteria for who qualifies. Examples of who may qualify include:

  • If you are a pensioner in receipt of Pension Credit Savings Credit; or
  • You receive Employment and Support Allowance; Disability benefit or
  • Your household’s gross annual income is less than £16,190.

Funds are limited, so the discount is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. You therefore need to get your application in as soon as possible.

To find out if you qualify for the discount and to apply please contact your electricity supplier IMMEDIATELY

Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Don’t delay – apply today!

The local NHS is encouraging people in St Helens to get prepared for winter.  

The Stay Well this Winter campaign aims to get people, especially those with long-term conditions and those over 65, prepared for winter in a bid to ward off common winter illnesses. 

Cold weather can be very harmful, especially for people age 65 or older: it weakens the immune system, increases blood pressure, thickens the blood and lowers body temperature, increasing risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and chest infections. For those with COPD; bronchitis, emphysema; diabetes or heart and kidney, cold weather, and winter illnesses such as flu, can make health problems like these far worse. 

There are a number of things which can help people prepare against the cold weather:

At the first sign of a cough or a cold get help from your pharmacist before it gets more serious and make sure you speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock to help get you and your family through the winter season

  • If you do need help out of hours when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk who will be able to provide advice or arrange for you to see the on call out of hours doctor
  • It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.

Professor Sarah O’Brien, Interim Clinical Accountable Officer said: "We are asking everyone to get ready for winter and visit their local pharmacist at the first sign of illness. Pharmacies can offer a wide range of services to help you get better quicker when common illnesses such as coughs and colds or stomach bugs strike.

"Also, remember the needs of friends, relatives and neighbours who could be at risk. Many people who are particularly vulnerable to the cold, older people, those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women and those with young children, are not aware that by not keeping warm they may be putting themselves in danger."

Top advice to keep warm and well this winter:

  • Keep warm and healthy by keeping rooms heated to at least 18C
  • Don't put off getting the flu vaccination. If you're eligible get it now. It's free because you need it
  • Look out for friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with supplies
  • If you meet the criteria register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers
  • Have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day and keep active to help you stay warm
  • Get financial support to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills
  • Have your heating and cooking appliances checked regularly
  • Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer, and when you need to go outside wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles

 

Widnes Rotary Club are looking for Volunteers to help with The Christmas Float which tours the streets of Widnes and this year runs from 4 December to 21 December they are particularly looking for volunteers, either individuals or a group of volunteers from an organisation, for the following dates:

  • Friday, 8th December - Upton Rocks West/Norlands Lane  -  5.45 until approx 8.30 pm.
  • Thursday, 21st December - Stewards Avenue / Milton Road  -   approx 7.15 pm - 8.30 pm  -  note this is a shorter route as the first half of the route is covered.

If you are unable to help on these dates then there may be other opportunities to help on other evenings (see attached).

To find out more contact Linda Ord on widnesrotaryclub1937@gmail.com 

 

Healthwatch Halton are holding an event to let local people know about fun activities they can join in their community. You could join a dance class, art club or get involved in your local community centre. The first event at Widnes market, in November, was a great success with 15 organisations meeting with the public to share information about their great work and how to get involved. The second event will take place on Tuesday 5th December at Runcorn Shopping Centre, 10am-3pm. Getting out and about whilst trying something new is a great way to meet people, stay active and improve your wellbeing. Please drop along and chat with a variety of brilliant, local organisations.

New Youth Work Projects In Runcorn Run by ‘Four Estates Ltd’ for Children and Young People who have parents who have been in the military or are currently serving or who are particularly vulnerable online. Approximate age range 10-18.

Social action projects, film clubs, open mic nights, film making, dance, drama, art and music sessions.

The Service aims to allow these young people to:

  • Make New Friends           
  • Get Their Voice Heard
  • Learn New Skills
  • Be Themselves 
  • Run Their Own Projects 

To be held in the Community Centres in Halton Brook and Palace Fields in Runcorn on Mondays and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

If you would like to know any more about this please contact Rob on:

office@fourestates.co.uk or 01928 568 536.

Funded By Children in Need

The Sanctuary in Widnes has extended its hours and now runs from 10:30-2:30 serving cakes and hot soup and crusty bread all free. Credit savvy course continues and concludes 29th November 12-2. Beautician offering Indian head massage, hands and nails etc will be present 13th Dec. Usual crafts available, games and 1-1 chats if wanted with MIND support worker and Laura. All welcome every Wednesday at St Ambrose Church, Halton View Road, Widnes .  Open to all ages and can cater for children.

For more information, please contact:

Rev. Laura Leatherbarrow
Acting Team Rector
07780448274
revlauraleatherbarrow@gmail.com

 

Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation are excited to announce that applications for the Weston Charity Awards will be open from Friday 1st December 2017 to Friday 12th January 2018. 

Established to celebrate and support ambitious charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community, they are looking for charities who would like mentoring and coaching support to get their organisation to the next stage in its development. This year the Awards are expanding to support 20 charities across the North East, the North West, Yorkshire, the Midlands and, for the first time, Wales.

Winners will receive £6,500 unrestricted grant funding alongside business mentoring support from award-winning charity Pilotlight. 

For more information or to apply visit the Weston Charity Awards website: https:/westoncharityawards.org/

 

Although Christmas is a time for celebration, for many people it can be a time for reflection and to think about the family and friends who are no longer with them.

Willowbrook Hospice’s Light Up A Life appeal gives people an opportunity to commemorate the lives of their loved ones by making a donation in their honour.

Everyone who makes a donation to the appeal receives a personalised Light Up a Life card and a token for a Light Up A Life badge which can be redeemed at the hospice, The Living Well building on Borough Road, St Helens or at any of the Willowbrook charity shops. The names of their loved ones will also be recorded in the Book of Honour which can be viewed at the Lights of Love ceremonies in December and at the hospice and The Living Well building from Monday 18 December until Friday 5 January.

Light Up A Life organiser, Diane Humphreys said: “Christmas is a chance to spend time with loved ones. Sometimes our loved ones are many miles away, or perhaps no longer with us, but one of the most important things we can do for them is to remember. At Willowbrook Hospice we help people honour the memory of their loved ones through our Light Up A Life appeal. Every dedication and donation helps Willowbrook Hospice raise the £4.5 million needed to ensure that we can continue to keep caring for local people and their families.”

The Light Up A Life church services include carols, readings and the lighting of the Light Up A Life tree and are: 11 December at Prescot Parish Church, 12 December at Church of the Holy Spirit in Dovecot and 13 December at St Mary’s Lowe House in St Helens – all services start at 7pm.

To remember your loved one this Christmas you can donate online at: https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/LUAL, call into the Fundraising office at Willowbrook-The Living Well, Borough Road, St Helens. WA10 3RN or ring 01744 453798.

Kick start your Christmas by coming along to the Willowbrook Hospice Christmas Market on 2 December!  For those looking to indulge in a bit of festive retail therapy there will be 30 stalls on site offering everything from unique and handmade gifts and crafts to hot and cold food and drinks.  Or if you want to get the kids in the festive mood there’ll be a fabulous Winter Wonderland and Santa’s grotto as well as donkey rides and children’s fair rides. There’s literally something for everyone!

The event  will run from 11am-3pm at The Living Well building on Borough Road, St Helens. Entry is free with the exception of the Santa’s Grotto which is £5 per child.

 

Do you want to make a difference to your community in Halton? Do you like stories, meeting new people and sharing your thoughts and ideas? The Reader would really like to meet you!

The Reader will be hosting free, Volunteer Christmas Coffee Mornings:

Fri 24th November 2017 11 am – 1pm The Box, Shopping City

Tue 28 November 2017 11 am - 1pm  Norton Priory

Drop in to find out more about volunteering opportunities with The Reader over a hot drink and a mince pie. 

For more information contact volunteer@thereader.org.uk 

 

Innovative Operations Director for careers/employment support services for adults and young people

Liverpool/Manchester Base £70k pa

Established since 2001, Career Connect are a North West charity with an innovative track record in delivering high quality independent advice, guidance and support that enhances access to learning and employment for adults and young people. In recent years, they have increased their presence across Merseyside, Manchester and the North West delivering services in a diverse range of settings including Schools, Colleges, Jobcentres, Business, Prisons etc

Innovation has been at the heart of their success, they have lead the way in winning social investment for contracts that deliver change. With the early retirement of their current Director they now seek an innovative and determined leader to head up a range of multi site/agency services delivery teams.

As a member of the Executive and Board teams, you will play a key role in:

• Developing client and market presence
• Driving excellence in delivery
• Continuously improving performance management framework and associated systems
• Building capacity in teams of professionals to grow and achieve

Specific knowledge of the careers sector is not essential and they seek candidates who are:

• Experienced in leading targeted services delivery such as careers guidance, employment/skills, social services, housing support etc
• Experienced in successfully managing and overseeing a diverse range of contract types, including PBR
• Innovative, able to shape our strategy and identify novel services approaches
• Bright and inquisitive, highly data/IT literate
• Customer and business development oriented and experienced in focused networking

In return they offer a competitive salary and benefits package, the opportunity to grow your skills and make a difference for the people they serve.

To request a candidate pack please contact the recruitment adviser at bmcpaul@brophy-mcpaul.com, or contact Bryan McPaul on 01244 675 132 to arrange an informal discussion.

Closing Date for applications: Nov 30 2017.

Interviews are planned for Dec 7/8 2017.

Salary: Salary: £18,500 – £20,000 (6 month probationary period) 16 month fixed term contract

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Place of work: Liverpool City Region

Closing date is Tuesday 12th December 5.00pm and interviews to take place Monday 18th December

Purpose of post:

Working in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support this two year project aims to revolutionise the care provided to people living with a cancer diagnosis and their carers in the Liverpool area.

The project will connect patients with community based support that will complement the care provided by clinicians. The aim of the project is to help patients to identify and address any needs that may be impacting on health and wellbeing. Moreover, the project will help patients to rediscover and reconnect with their strengths and talents to help make friendships, learn new skills, build confidence and get the best out of life.

Wellbeing Enterprises are looking for four passionate Community Wellbeing Officers to join the organisation and help to bring about this extraordinary opportunity working with the Liverpool community. If you are a positive, energised and entrepreneurially minded person then they want you to apply today. If you are passionate about helping people to get the best out of life and if you can help someone to stay strong during difficult times then this is right job for you.

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

http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/macmillan-community-wellbeing-officer/

Amparo will be holding a memorial and reflection service for all those who have been affected by suicide on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 7-8pm. It will be held at the Lady Chapel in Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh St, Chester CH1 2DY.  

All will be welcome to come and remember their loved ones in a safe and supportive environment, staff from Amparo and other services will be available for people to talk to on the night. Light refreshments will be available afterwards.

St Helens Public Health will provide a 16 seater minibus to the memorial and reflective service in Chester Cathedral for family, friends and staff affected by suicide.

If you would like to attend please contact nattaliekennedy@sthelens.gov.uk or lynnsaunders@sthelens.gov.uk to book your place.

 

 

Crownway Community Centre in Earlestown is looking for a responsible, committed and skilled person to join the staff team in the New Year. They will require a part-time Evening Caretaker / General Assistant from February 2018 onwards to support in the smooth running of the community centre.

The main responsibility of the role will be to maintain a secure on-site presence, working flexibly Monday to Friday between the evening hours of 5.00pm – 9.30pm, with occasional Saturdays. The suitable candidate will possess good DIY skills, have knowledge of Health and Safety guidelines, good customer service skills as basic café duties will be required, and a willingness to learn new things.

The successful candidate must hold a full valid driving licence and have use of their own vehicle. Travel expenses will be paid.

For more information, please call Carol Bostock on 01925 222907 or email info@crownwaycommunitycentre.co.uk

Wellbeing Enterprises CIC are looking for an experienced and highly organised Administration Officer to ensure the smooth running of a community wellbeing service working in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

The successful candidate will provide administrative support to the project delivery team and will be responsible for developing and implementing efficient and effective administrative processes and procedures.

Salary: £14,500 – £15,600 (6 month probationary period) 16 month fixed term contract

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Place of work: Liverpool City Region

Responsible to: Macmillan Community Wellbeing Project Manager

Closing date is Tuesday 12th December 5.00pm and interviews to take place Monday 18th December

For more information or to apply please go to: http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/macmillan-community-wellbeing-administrator/

Chorley Central Library is holding workshops at:

Chorley Central Library, 
Union Street, 
Chorley,
PR7 1EB

Each day costs £80 or book all 3 days for £225.

Workshop one involves Understanding Anger And Giving Children The Tools To Help Themselves.

 From this training you will explore: 

  • Knowledge of how anger works 
  • Different types of anger 
  • Strategies to manage an angry outburst  
  • Strategies enabling children to control their own anger 
  • Anger from a child and adult perspective

Workshop starts on January 26th 2018 at 9.30 to 3.30

Workshop two is Working Therapeutically With Children Who Have Special Needs

From this training you will explore:

  • What we mean by ‘Special Needs’
  • Using sensory and creative materials
  • Special needs and attachment
  • The importance of self-awareness
  • Explore effects of labeling

Workshop two is on February 23rd 2018 at 9.30 to 3.30

 Workshop three Working In Schools.

 From this training you will explore:

  • Creating a safe therapeutic space 
  • Safeguarding and Confidentiality 
  • Working with other professionals 
  • Working with parents 

Taking place on  March 23rd 2018 at 9.30 to 3.30

Bernadette Smith (www.wingsofgrowth.co.uk) and Diane Ball (dianeball11@talktalk.net) have had many years of experience working therapeutically with children as well as supervising training and have combined their knowledge to bring you these courses.

Diane Ball (Drama Therapist/Supervisor) – 07980348386

Bernadette Smith (Person Centred Counselor/Supervisor)-07805891582  email: bernadetteanddiane@hotmail.com

If you would like more information or how to book yourself onto any of these workshops please contact Diane Ball or Bernadette Smith via phone or email. 

Halton & St Helens VCA in conjunction with Probado would like to invite you to a Workshop on Cyber Security and General Data Protection (GDPR)

Cyber Security and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Workshop - Is your organisation prepared?

1st December 2017 - 1pm to 2pm

  • Just under half (46%) of all UK businesses identified at least one cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months.  This rises to two-thirds among medium firms (66%) and large firms (68%) according to Department for Culture Media and Sport (April 2017) - Cyber Security Breaches Survey
  • The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on the 25th May 2018 replacing the Data Protection Act.  The new regulation will impact how organisations store and manage their personal data.  Are you ready?

Who should attend? Any organisations – we are all targets of cyber attacks and must now be implementing GDPR 

Will it be technical? No, it is aimed at the lay person and will allow the audience to relate to and understand the subject matter

Is there a cost? None, it is free of charge

Agenda for the workshop

  • Introductions
  • Essentials of Cyber Security
  • GDPR and the 3rd Sector
  • Questions and Close of Workshop

To book a place click on the link below

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=263

The Federation’s vision is that the future health and social care system in Halton needs General Practice that puts the patient at the centre of everything they do and offers:

  • Accessible local care for everyone, when and where people need it the most;
  • Care continuity, because it’s proven that relationships between clinician and patient adds value and benefit to patients with long term conditions or on-going needs;
  • 24 hour services, with a single entry point regardless of the time of day or the day of the week;
  • Variable appointments lengths that meet the needs of every individual, because a standardised 10 minute rule doesn’t work for everyone;
  • The right staff seeing the right patients, utilising every staff member’s skills and knowledge;
  • Using alternative technology, embracing what’s available and delivering some services in new and innovative ways;
  • Community service developments delivered in partnership with our providers, ensuring patients get better access to services, in a more local setting;
  • A new workforce model, embracing, enhanced and sharing the skills, expertise and knowledge of a diverse workforce, developed alongside the new service delivery model; and
  • Well-developed integrated community teams, wrapped around a population, working together to provide the very best services and support to our patients.

This is the vision and the Federation now want to talk with the people of Halton to make sure this is what you want too.  

If you’re interested in getting involved, Healthwatch Halton are hosting an event for the Federation at 7pm on Thursday 30th November at The Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn

To book a place on the event, please contact Julie Doyle at Healthwatch Halton on 0300 777 6543 or register online using the button below.

Please note that spaces are very limited.

Eventbrite - GP Health Connect Event

Groundwork's Green Doctors are looking for community groups throughout Halton to speak too about Affordable Warmth. The Green Doctors have a wealth of knowledge around Smart Metering, switching energy suppliers, finding the best deals on electricity and gas and many other things, such as applying for Warm Home Discount, finding and applying for grants to help with upgrading central heating systems, loft and cavity wall insulation etc. If you are a group that would be interested in a session about Affordable Warmth please get in touch with Alison Beckett alison.beckett@groundwork.org.uk

Digital Champion Volunteers are helping residents, who are out of work, gain confidence using computers in Halton and St Helens.  They are part of a project called Include-IT Mersey which focuses on helping over 40’s get online and supporting them to become job ready.

Rachel Moxon, who volunteers at Kingsway Learning Centre in Widnes, said, “It’s all about giving people confidence and that’s what my role is all about.  Witnessing the transformation from fear of pressing the wrong key to sending emails is really rewarding.”

“Having the skills to use digital technology is essential in this day and age with many services being offered online such as doctor’s appointments, housing association queries and job applications” said Rachel. “It can save us time and money, make us feel better connected, less lonely and better informed”. 

Volunteer Coordinator, Sally Dobbing, is recruiting volunteers now.  “Digital Champion Volunteers can make a significant difference to people’s lives, they just need to be able to chat to people and be confident using a computer.  Volunteering is an excellent opportunity to help others, gain new skills, meet new people, gain work experience or improve your CV.”

Volunteers will be fully briefed before commencing there role and can volunteer at a time and venue convenient to them.

If you think you could spare a couple of hours a week then please contact Sally on 07860 846604 or email sally.dobbing@seftoncvs.org.uk or visit www.includeITmersey.org.uk.

Background Information: 

The Knights House Charity was originally established in February 1875.  In 1972 it was merged, with the permission of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales, with the Charity of Richard Garnett, to be administered as one scheme.

The Knights House fund is one of a number of funds which comes under the umbrella of the Halton Foundation. The Halton Foundation was launched in February 2016 and aims to forge links between local community groups who need help, with local businesses who may be able to provide it. The partnership is led by Halton Chamber of Commerce, Halton Borough Council and Halton and St Helen’s Voluntary and Community Action (VCA).  The Foundation’s grant making arm is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.

What is the focus of the fund:  The Knights House Fund aims to support people in the borough of Widnes who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.  The fund will fund both voluntary and community groups that are working in the Widnes area on a wide range of charitable projects and also individuals in need of additional help and support.

Voluntary and community groups need to be able to evidence the requirement for their project and show how it will reduce the need, hardship or distress of their beneficiaries.  The fund aims to support projects that are alleviating poverty, responding to a basic lack of provision and relieving emotional and physical suffering.

Individuals can apply for items such as white goods and furniture and need to evidence a need for their request and demonstrate that funding is not available from elsewhere ie government funding.  Applications from individuals should also be accompanied by a letter of support/reference from an appropriate organization/individual such as Citizens Advice Bureau, local Councillor, local charity or community group.  They should be aware of your situation and your need for the items requested.

How much is available: The maximum grant available is £1000 for groups and £250 for individuals. More may be awarded in exceptional circumstances.

Who can apply: Voluntary or community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name, which includes CICs and Social Enterprises and individuals.

Which areas are covered: Beneficiaries must come from the Widnes area

Any special criteria: The fund will not support core salaries or general running costs but will consider sessional worker costs and an element of full cost recovery as part of a specific project.

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded for groups:

  • Activities for people with disabilities
  • Foodbanks
  • Self-help groups
  • Luncheon clubs
  • Projects to reduce social isolation for vulnerable groups
  • Debt advice sessions
  • Domestic violence project
  • Mental health initiatives

Examples of the sorts of items that may be funded for individuals:

  • Equipment such as white goods, furniture, bedding
  • Clothes/winter wear
  • Specific equipment to help with disabilities such as mobility aids

The fund is willing to respond to emergency situations affecting both groups and individuals and is willing to consider an application for funding outside of the scheduled open rounds. Please contact Joan Ford if you wish to submit an emergency application – joan.ford@cflm.email

The closing date is Monday 20 November 2017

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s website - www.cfmerseyside.org.uk and complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below. If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.  You can now attach the documents to your online application, email them to applications@cflm.email or post them to the address below.  Individual applicants should follow the link to complete an electronic application form which can be saved and emailed back to us. Supporting documents can either be emailed to us or posted to us.

Documents which need to be included with your application:

Groups

  • A copy of your governing document or constitution
  • A copy of your latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document
  • A copy of a recent bank statement for your group
  • A copy of your current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure about what you need please contact the Community Foundation for help (details below)
  • NB: If you have received a grant from us in the last 12 months and have already submitted copies of the above documents, you do not need to send them in again. However, a bank statement is required with every application.

Individuals

  • Proof of residency in Widnes (a copy of a utility bill/ driving licence or other similar document stating your home address will suffice)
  • A copy of a recent bank statement
  • Letter of support/reference

The following items cannot be supported via the fund:

  • Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility
  • National organizations that cannot demonstrate local governance and control of local finances
  • Commercial ventures
  • Purchase/maintenance of vehicles
  • Activities that will have already taken place before we offer you a grant
  • Politically connected or exclusively religious activities
  • Projects for personal profit
  • Organisations that are set up for the benefit of animals or plants: environmental groups that work with animals or the environment (such as city farms) are acceptable
  • Groups comprising of just members of the same family
  • Debts and other liabilities
  • Reclaimable VAT
  • Travel outside UK
  • Gifts or projects exclusively for the purpose of entertaining – social events can be funded where there is a clear community benefit

What happens next?

All completed applications are assessed by Community Foundation staff to confirm eligibility. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision making panel will make recommendations based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.

You should expect to hear the outcome of your application within 6 weeks of the closing date.

For further information please contact Joan Ford, Community Philanthropy Manager at:

Community Foundation for Merseyside

Third Floor, Stanley Building,

43 Hanover Street,

Liverpool, L1 3DN

T: 0151 232 2444

Email: joan.ford@cflm.email

This year, volunteers from the area are planning an event on Christmas Day – Billinge and Senely Green Community Christmas - whereby local Billinge and Garswood residents will be invited to attend a traditional 3 course lunch, complete with carols, presents, entertainment, and all the cheer of the festive season. 

The event is being entirely run by volunteers, and St Aidans Primary School in Billinge have very kindly allowed them to use their kitchen and dining room facilities for the occasion. 

For the Billinge and Senely Green event, they are hoping to accommodate up to 50 guests, and the invitation is open to anyone who may find themselves alone on Christmas Day – be they elderly, living with a mental or physical health condition, socially isolated, or simply find themselves alone for whatever reason. As long as they are over the age of 18 they will be welcome to attend.

They will also require many more volunteers to help in the run up to the event and of course on the day itself – without this generous support, this event can’t happen. Volunteers can be any age but all children need to be accompanied by an adult – and the more people who come along to help, the merrier! Whatever amount of time you can contribute will be more than welcomed.

It is sure to be a fun and happy day and is a wonderful opportunity for all sections of the community to come together in a party atmosphere. Christmas can be a wonderful time, and in the run up to it we are frequently bombarded by adverts, programmes and images of large happy groups of people celebrating together. The reality is that for significant sections of any given community, this does not happen and they find themselves alone on the day, when they would really rather not be.

That is why the community is coming together this year to celebrate Christmas Day in the true spirit of the season. It is hoped that by attending this event, guests will also be able to access signposting advice on any concerns or issues they may have going forward (for example, by volunteers giving out some of the Council’s Winter Warmer packs on the day, this may assist some guests to access help in keeping warm throughout the Winter). It is also hoped that new friendships will be forged and this all combines to create a positive legacy which will last well beyond Christmas Day.

Anyone wishing to put themselves forward as a guest, or who knows someone who may wish to attend, should email Yulehelp@hotmail.com, or alternatively can telephone 07598 506871.

In addition, if anyone would like to volunteer, or make a donation towards the event, please also get in touch using the above contact details. Any help at all will greatly appreciated!

 

District Taxis are organising Christmas lunch with all the trimmings in December, for the older generation who live in the Halton area.

You might know a neighbour or a family relative who can do with cheering up. As you know Christmas can be a lonely time for some people.

Every week in December District Taxis are going to bring 15 lovely people together for a Christmas Lunch and maybe meet new friends. They will cover all the cost of the meal plus transport to and from the Evenwood pub, Runcorn.

For further details or to put someone’s name down email District Taxis: districttaxis@live.com

Volunteer Centre Halton are holding their Free Christmas Quiz for volunteers & volunteer co-ordinators on Monday 4 December, 7.30-10pm at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. Sandwich supper provided, bring your own tipple. Teams of 6 (at least one must be a volunteer), if you need help raising a full team, we can help to fill your team. For more information or to book a table contact Alison or Linda on: 01928 593112 or email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Age UK are having a Christmas Craft Fayre at:

The Mansion House,
Victoria Park,
City Road,
St Helens,
WA10 2UG

On Sunday 26th November at 10:30am-3.00pm. 

Activities include things like Local creative craft stalls/Tombola/Donkey rides and a Santa Grotto. 

Free entry (£5 to see Santa with a gift) 

For anymore information please contact 01744 752644. 

You can also email on enquiries@themansionhouse.org.uk 

Or check out their website by clicking here 

Calling all Volunteers...... Open every weekday, Hope House day centre in Church Street provides a cooked breakfast and warm drinks, hot showers, laundry facilities, clean clothing, as well as access to phones and the internet and help and advice about getting off the streets and into housing. 
The coming cold winter months and Christmas time can be especially difficult for St Helens’ homeless people. That’s why Hope House will be open from 9.15 to 3.30 every weekday and right through the festive period from 23rd to 31st December, providing a full Christmas dinner on Christmas Day, as well as making sure that everybody has a present to open.

If you would like to volunteer at Hope House at this difficult time of year contact Volunteer Centre St Helens on 01744 751759 or email volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk and we can put you in touch.

Save the Date: 20th November 2017, 4pm to 7pm at Halton Stadium

NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group are holding a FREE Winter Health Event at Halton Stadium.

Find out about everything that impacts the NHS during the Winter months. You will find out about Flu, how to save money and how to stay warm and healthy during the Winter.

There will also be a health debate with NHS Halton CCG's Chief Officer, Dave Sweeney.

More information will be posted on the website and twitter @haltonccg within the next few days

As of 25th October 2017 John Moores Foundation has moved premises to 1st Floor, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY (above News from Nowhere bookshop).  The phone and email contacts remain 0151-707 6077 and info@johnmooresfoundation.com.

They are now accepting applications on a first come, first served basis; final funding decisions are normally made 3 to 5 months after receipt of application. John Moores Foundation fund a wide range of local organisations supporting their communities. For more information, please get in touch or visit www.jmf.org.uk

The Ways to Work project can offer grants for businesses that employ Halton residents that are registered Ways to Work customers for 6 months:

  • Funding covers salary costs at national minimum/living wage
  • Must not displace any existing roles
  • Minimum of 35 hrs per week (some part time placements available)

Eligibility:

  • SME (max 250 full time employees)
  • Annual turnover less than €50 million or balance sheet not exceeding €43 million
  • received less than €200,000 in State Aid over the last three years
  • Can demonstrate business growth and/or community benefit
  • Preferably based in Halton
  • Commitment to continue employment after initial ILM placement

For more information please email ILMS@halton.gov.uk

The Ways to Work project is supported by the European Social Fund and The Youth Employment Initiative 

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.

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

Halton Diabetes UK Group is a support group for people who live in Halton and have diabetes.

They are a small, friendly group of people who have regular meetings which alternate between Widnes and Runcorn where they have guest speakers from the healthcare profession who give lots of information about the various aspects of diabetes in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
People attending the meetings are more than welcome to bring along family, friends or carers and they are always pleased to see any healthcare professionals who wish to come along! 

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 21st 7.30 – 9.00pm, at The Old Police Station, Mersey Road Runcorn WA7 1DF

Guest speaker will be Paul Swift who is a dietician at The Countess of Chester Hospital as well as part of the Halton Diabetes Essentials Education Programme. With Christmas is approaching - and all it's extra parties and family gatherings, it is easy to be tempted by all the festive food! Paul will be giving us some timely tips to follow so as to help reduce the impact on blood glucose levels.

Everyone is welcome.

There are no charge and light refreshments are included

For more information, please email on haltondiabetesgroup@yahoo.co.uk or call on 07708578257 

You can also contact them through the web site on halton.diabetesukgroup.org where you will find up-to-date information.

This will be the last meeting of this year and they will be busy organising our programme for 2018 so if anyone has any ideas about anything they would like to see them do as a Group to help you or any areas of special interest which you would like to be incorporated into next year's meetings then please do not hesitate to contact them!

It is important that voluntary, community and faith sector organisations are aware of their responsibilities when it comes to safeguarding children and young people and so this one day course will cover: 

  • Define key terms in safeguarding, including the categories of abuse
  • Explain how stereotyping and variations in attitudes and values can have an impact on the way abuse is identified and dealt with
  • Identify common indicators of possible abuse
  • Explain the correct and incorrect responses to disclosure
  • Demonstrate an increased awareness of action to take if there is cause for concern
  • Clarify the importance of operating within an arena of safety and adhering to relevant safeguarding policies and procedures

 

To book your places please contact Niccie Jones at the LSCB Training Dept on 01744 671709 or email on: NiccieJones@sthelens.gov.uk

Two members of staff at Halton Haven Hospice will be shaving their heads in a bid to raise money to fund the Hospice’s services.

On Friday 10th November, Sue Roberts and Kath Walker will both clip their hair down to a grade four to raise money to help fund the Hospice.

Sue, from The Uplands in Runcorn, is the Activities Co-ordinator within Day Hospice at the Haven and, having worked there since January 1990, is one of the longest-serving members of staff. Kath, also from Runcorn, is a Therapist in Day Hospice and has been with the Hospice since 2007. Both Sue and Kath interact with patients on a daily basis and understand the impact that the Hospice’s care can have on people.

“A friend of ours has been living with cancer and we’ve just seen her with short hair. That inspired me and Kath to raise money for the Haven by getting our hair cut short too. One of our patients has even said she’s going to do it as well! I’ve got bobble hats ready for us so we can cope with having no hair throughout the winter!” said Sue.

Kath, who gets married three days before the date of the head shave, wanted to wait until after the big day before braving the shave. “I want to get rid of the processed rubbish in my hair! But we were also inspired by our friend who has been battling cancer and this will be a nice way of showing her our support, all whilst raising money for the Hospice. And it will be good to see my natural hair colour again!”

Chris Andrews, Community Fundraising Manager, is impressed with their fundraising efforts. “I’m very proud of Sue and Kath! They’re doing a very selfless thing to raise money for the Hospice and the rest of the team here really appreciate it. Sue and Kath know from first-hand experience the important role the Hospice plays for local people and it’s fantastic they’ve chosen to raise money to ensure we can carry on doing the work we do.”

Since only half of the Hospice’s £2.5 million annual running costs is covered by government funding, they rely on the support of local people like Sue and Kath to help raise another £1.25 million every year.

The head shave is being done by Tanya Freeman (daughter-in-law of Jan Gray, the head of the Hospice’s Family Support Unit) who is a qualified hairdresser.

If anyone would like to sponsor Sue or Kath, they can visit their online fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/SueAndKathHeadShave or make a donation at the Hospice.

SPARC charity  is launching a new “Venture Club” for people with a learning disability living in Halton.

It  will run  every Monday during the day and is based at The Studio in Lacey Street, Widnes.

The Venture Club will host a range of different fun projects and  activities that will include the following :

  • making new friends
  • fitness
  • improving wellbeing
  • diet
  • personal safety
  • confidence building
  • and lots of other fun activities. 

The  cost to attend the new club can be funded  as part of  Direct Payments or by being self-funded.

Booking is essential and for more information please contact:

Cath Mannion: SPARC project manager:

Mobile: 0792-923-1090.

E Mail: sparc-charitycatherine@hotmail.co.uk

St Helens Cares is the new approach to delivering Health and Social Care in St Helens. It brings together a wide range of public service organisations united by one goal, to improve people’s lives in St Helens and to improve the place as a whole. Organisations involved with St Helens Cares will take joint responsibility for the quality of care and for managing the available funding to provide services.

Join in, to give your views on the future of Health and Social Care services in St Helens – you are invited to attend one of the following events:

  • Chain Lane Community Centre, Friday 3 November, 1.30-3.30pm
  • Newton Community Centre, Monday 6 November, 9.30-11.30am
  • Perth Community Centre, Monday 6 November, 1.30-3.30pm
  • Park Farm Community Centre, Friday 10 November, 1.30-3.30pm
  • Crownway Community Centre, Monday 13 November, 2-4pm
  • Town Hall Assembly Hall, Tuesday 14 November, 5.30-7.30pm
  • Eccleston Library, Monday 20 November, 2.30-4.30pm
  • Rainford Library, Thursday 23 November, 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Chester Lane Library, Monday 27 November, 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Rainhill Library, Tuesday 28 November, 2.30-4.30pm

Everyone welcome, no need to book – refreshments available (except in library venues).

 

 

Hope House is a charity that has been helping homeless and vulnerable people in St Helens for well over ten years. Open every weekday, the day centre in Church Street provides a cooked breakfast and warm drinks, hot showers, laundry facilities, clean clothing, as well as access to phones and the internet and help and advice about getting off the streets and into housing.

The coming cold winter months and Christmas time can be especially difficult for St Helens’ homeless people. That’s why Hope House will be open every day, right through the festive period from 23rd to 31st December, providing a full Christmas dinner on Christmas Day, as well as making sure that everybody has a present to open.

If you’d like to help people trying to survive on our streets throughout the winter, they are always looking for donations of warm clothes, gloves, socks, underwear and thermals as well as blankets and sleeping bags. You can find them at 103 Church Street (opposite B&M) and they are open from 9.15 to 3.30 every weekday.

If you’d like to find out more about Hope House and the work they do, follow this link to their website: https://www.hopecentre.org.uk/home/hope-house 

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are holding a series of Big Conversation Events to help them shape NHS community services in the area.  

During the summer the Big Conversation events brought staff, partners, commissioners and local people together to talk about how to develop services to keep people healthy and out of hospital.

The organisational strategy will be launched soon with plans tailored to the needs of the place you live or work in. If you would like to be involved in helping to create the plans you can join them at the next set of events. Drop in anytime during the sessions at:

  • Halton: Tue 21st Nov - 9.30 to 12.30pm Warrington Rd Children’s Centre, Widnes, WA8 0BS
  • Oldham​:  Wed 22nd Nov - 12.30 to 14.30pm Alexandra Children’s Centre Wildmoor Ave, OL4 5PU 
  • Warrington: Fri 24th Nov - 9.30 to 12.30pm The Gateway, WA1 1SR 
  • Wigan: Mon 27th Nov - 9.30 to 12.30pm St Peters Pavilion Hindley, WN2 3DN 
  • St Helens: Wed 29th Nov - 9.30 to 12.30pm Mansion House, WA10 2UE
  • Bolton: Fri 1st Dec - 10.00 to 12.30pm Bolton College Dean Rd Campus, BL3 5BG

To book a place or to find our more please contact Louise.Fairhurst@bridgewater.nhs.uk or telephone 01942 482676.

 

The Big Lottery Fund are changing the way they work in England by improving the grant making and moving closer to the communities they fund. They will work across six local hubs, covering the Midlands, south west, Yorkshire and the Humber, London and the south east, north west and north east regions. The teams in these areas will be the main point of contact for communities. They will work with people to develop their ideas, from application through to project completion, and they will create opportunities for groups to come together.

Roles Available

Funding Manager: You will coordinate the grant making across a broad geographical area and make sure that the funding responds to the local context.

Band: Starting salary £30k - £35k

Type of employment: Permanent Full Time

Hours per week: 37

Location: North West: Greater Manchester

Part time and job share will be considered. 
 

Funding OfficerYou will build long-term relationships with people and organisations, talk about their ideas and ambitions and assess funding requests, providing useful feedback and support.

Band: Starting salary £21k – £25k

Type of employment: Permanent Full Time

Hours per week: 37

Location: North West: Greater Manchester

Part time and job share will be considered. 

Executive OfficerYou will provide administrative support to the team, ensuring they can be effective and maximise time in communities.

Starting salary: £19k - £22k

Type of employment: Permanent Full Time

Hours per week: 37

Location: Manchester

Closing Date for all Roles: 

Closing date: 12 Nov 2017

Interviews will take place week commencing 27th November and 4th December 2017

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

https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/jobs

 

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram will kick-start a programme of community question time events on Tuesday, 7 November at Langtree Park, McManus Drive, St Helens, WA9 3AL. Doors will open with refreshments available from 19.00 with the event starting at 7.30 prompt. Places are limited and tickets allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Those wishing to attend can register via Eventbrite or by calling 0151 330 1467. For those unable to attend the event, it will be filmed and streamed live across social media, with the chance to take part by using the hashtag #AskSteveLCR.

Steve Rotheram is honouring an election pledge to be accessible and available to communities across the City Region and will be holding similar question times in each of the six boroughs over the next few months. The next scheduled event will be in Wirral on 12 December (venue to be confirmed).

Steve Rotheram said:

“It’s really important that politicians listen and remain in touch. Over the last six months I have been out and about across the City Region meeting businesses, community groups and getting a picture of every area, its challenges and opportunities. The Question Time events are another really important way to stay connected and give people a chance to ask me about my priorities, and tell me the things that matter most to them.”

The session will be chaired by Sally Yeoman Chief Executive of Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action.

Sally Yeoman said:

“I’m looking forward to the event and would really encourage as many people as possible to come to ask the Metro Mayor questions and let him know what they think and want for the future. Devolution and the creation of a Combined Authority for our City Region will have a big impact on people’s lives and it’s great that Steve is so keen to meet, talk and listen to people in every borough. It’s democracy in action.”   

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Sign up to this two hour introduction to the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the Public and Social Sectors to find out more about the Global Goals, and how the Liverpool City Region can become a beacon for best practice and collaboration. They will explore...

  • What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals / Global Goals?
  • What do these look like in a Liverpool City Region context?
  • Why cities are the next big thing on the UN radar
  • What extra resources are available via the 2030hub and the United Nations through Local2030
  • Who are the local SDG early adopters and historic leaders
  • How to stimulate and create additional private sector collaboration

Sign up quick as places are limited for this workshop. (Free to attend for Community Groups and Charities). Tickets are available at the following link - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-thesdgs-for-public-social-sectors-tickets-38081355359?aff=es2 - Price = £1 per Global Goal

This paid workshop for the private and public sectors also offers rest of day access to a hot desk (including refreshments) at the 2030hub.

For more details on the event, contact david.connor@the2030hub.com or ring 0151 558 1066

The Alfred Shaw Trust Fund is managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.

The Trust was established in memory of Alfred Shaw and this fund has been created following the transfer of the Trust fund to the Community Foundation.

Alfred Shaw Trust fund is now open for applications.

The fund supports groups working in the Runcorn (WA7 postcode) area on projects that help vulnerable adults and children and also it can fund young people for educational projects.

Closing date is Monday 11 December.

Who can apply?
Voluntary or community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name, which includes CICs and Social Enterprises and young people under the age of 25 residing in Runcorn.

Please see their website to complete the online application form or to find out more information http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/

Or see the attached guidelines for further information.

28th November 2018 at Barnton Memorial Hall 30A Townfield, Barnton CW8 4LH 10am-4pm

The Diocese of Chester Committee for Social Responsibility in partnership with Contact the Elderly would like to hear from those in partner organisations who are aware of the effects of Loneliness and Isolation upon their beneficiaries, service users, customers or members.

Are you in statutory, voluntary, community, faith or private sector organisations that have gained an insight into the causes and effects of loneliness and isolation upon individuals and communities? If so then they would be delighted if you joined them for this one day seminar!

The aim of the day is to provide an opportunity for those who have developed responses to this crucial issue to share their approach and learning.  As a result of the seminar they hope to set up a loneliness and isolation partnership or network, which they are happy to host or facilitate, to drive strategic and operational responses shaped in part by the outcomes of the day.

The Diocesan Committee for Social Responsibility wants to co-ordinate and collaborate more effectively on this issue in the future so that individual church communities can become  more visible and engaged partners in this shared response. The information and signposting gained from the seminar will be a resource in itself and should provide an immediate benefit to those who attend.

If you would like give a brief presentation on your insight or experience your contribution would be most welcome. It is envisaged that the day will be organised into five focussed sessions looking at loneliness and isolation amongst young people, older people, those in rural areas, those facing financial challenge and generic issues relating to loneliness and isolation.

A series of pre-prepared presentations of between five and ten minutes under the headings outlined above, followed by round table discussion and planning should give plenty of opportunity for all present to participate.

If you wish to attend and/ or present please follow the Eventbrite link below to book. For further information regarding the format and content of the day please contact Debbie Dalby or Hannah Jones for more detail. Telephone: 01928 718834 or email: Debbie.dalby@chester.anglican.org or Hannah.jones@chester.anglican.org

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tackling-loneliness-and-isolation-in-cheshire-and-beyond-tickets-39005274827

A hotpot lunch will be provided giving space for lunchtime networking under the theme of hospitality!

NHS St Helens CCG is currently working to fill the lay member role for engagement on the CCG board. You may have already sat or attended board meetings for a local or national charity and would be familiar with a lot of the practices used in the CCG.

If you are passionate about health care services, know St Helens and would like to be involved in shaping the delivery of health care services in St Helens, when admittedly these services are under pressure then please consider this role. There is a commitment in St Helens CCG as in the health care system as a whole, that the voice of people who use the services is developed to influence the changes taking place in recognition of the fact that without this the services will not be as effective. This is why it is important that the CCG has this role in place.

Attached is a pdf letter from Ruth Austen-Vincent, who explains more about the role of being a Patient Engagement Lay Member with the CCG.

If you are not sure whether the role is right for you and would like to have a chat to Ruth about it, then please email Angela Delea, Associate Director for Corporate Governance at the CCG, and Angela will sort out a time for a phone call angela.delea2@sthelensccg.nhs.uk

St Helens College, Prince's Trust team programme, Team 86's community project.

As part of the twelve week employability and personal development course for ages 16 to 25 the team have to research and contact organisations from around the St Helens area enquiring about the possibility of doing a community project that would take two weeks to complete, no more or less. 

The project can be indoors or outdoors depending on weather conditions that requires painting and decorating, gardening to even making a sensory area.

 This team’s community project, after being chosen by the team is at the Autism & Asperger’s Society located in Hall Street, St Helens were they will be painting and decorating the ground floor rooms and hallway. 

The team has purchased all equipment and paint after raising £590 from a bag pack at Marks and Spencer, St Helens.

The team would like to thank members of the public for their generosity.

In week six of the course, they will hand over the project back over to the Autism & Asperger’s Society 

The Mayer of St Helens, potential employers, family and friends will all be attending a presentation planned by the team on 1st November 2017 at 1:45pm at the society in Hall Street.

 If you would like to attend the presentation please contact Prince’s Trust staff, office on 01744 623358. 

Or email Khobson@sthelens.ac.uk or call the Autism and Asperger Society on 01744 362260.

If you are interested in finding out more about the team programme please contact Prince’s Trust staff.

 The next team start dates are 29/01/18, 08/05/18 and 24/09/18.

Health Education England (North West) and Cheshire and Mersey Local Workforce Education Group have commissioned Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) and a research team from CLES and Leeds Beckett University to better understand carers, and the support and resources available to carers. As part of this, we are asking groups which support carers to complete this survey.

The results from this survey will be used to develop a map of assets for carers in Cheshire and Merseyside and will inform the work of the NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside. 

This work builds on the understanding that carers play an essential role for our friends and family, for our communities and for our health and social care system. This is at the heart of this research. 

The following survey takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. There are 16 rapid quickfire questions.

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

 

WASPI Women Against State Pension Inequality to complain and campaign against the rise in state pension age.

Are you a Woman born in the 1950's and interested in joining Halton, Widnes Runcorn Supporters Group?.

WASPI will be having their next meeting on the 24th Oct at 7:30pm.

The meeting will be held at;

Royal British Legion Club, 
Halton Village 
Runcorn 
WA7 2BE

You will be part of the national WASPI campaign asking for fair transitional arrangements for all women born in the 1950's affected by the 1995 pension act raising a woman's pension age from 60. 

The subsequent 2011 act accelerating this rise.

For anymore information email- waspihalton@outlook.com or find them on facebook by searching WASPI Halton 

Knit and Natter Group based at Grangeway Community Centre Runcorn.

They knit dolls and twiddle toys for dementia suffers! 

The group are always looking for donation of dolls, wool, buttons, etc.

If you have anything that you would like to donate please either bring into Grangeway Community Centre or email/ring them to organise a pick up.

Also if you would like to join in their group do get in contact they have also set a group up at Ditton Community Centre so it doesn’t matter which side of the bridge you’re on!

For all information please can call Linda Watson on 0772 552 4410 or call Angela Kelly on 0744 358 3285.

You can also email on comfortdollsuk@gmail.com

Halton Haven Hospice have launched sales of their 2018 calendar, intended to raise money to fund care at the Hospice.

The theme of the 2018 calendar is local landmarks and sights. Each month features a different photo of a well-known or eye-catching location from within the Hospice’s catchment area of Halton, Frodsham, Daresbury, Moore and Hale.

The featured landmarks include the Silver Jubilee Bridge, Hale Point Lighthouse, Bridgewater Canal and the Dream. Local photographers have provided all the images, many of which were purpose-taken for the calendar. 

Chris Andrews, Community Fundraising Manager at Halton Haven, said “We opted for a local theme to highlight the fantastic landmarks and sights of Halton and surrounding areas, and the photographers who submitted photos have done a great job in capturing them. We are very proud of the finished product and we hope the people in our local communities feel the same. It makes a great Christmas present and every calendar sold means we can continue caring for the people who need us.”

The calendars are available to purchase now for just £1 each from the Hospice (Barnfield Avenue, Murdishaw, Runcorn, WA7 6EP) or any of their charity shops in Widnes (Widnes Road, WA8 6AZ), Runcorn (High Street, WA7 1AP) or Frodsham (Main Street, WA6 7AU).

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities

Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work

Health: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

CRT offer is now re-opened and all the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:

http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/division-missing/coalfields-community-investment-programme-ccip-funding-support/

Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey. 

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is seeking to recruit two Employment and Skills opportunities.  Based on the iconic and historic Liverpool waterfront, these posts will support the Metro Mayor and Combined Authority in supporting people into work and helping employers access the skills they need for growth.

Principal Officer – Employment and Skills (£42,899 to £43,821 per annum)

You will support the implementation of the employment and skills aspects of the Liverpool City Region’s Devolution Agreement with Government. The successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of skills and employment funding policy along with a good track record of developing and implementing new skills and employment initiatives.

The successful applicant will be capable of delivering to deadlines and achieving challenging targets.  Applications are encouraged from applicants with an understanding of employment or skills policy and delivery.

Senior Employment and Skills Officer (£30,785 - £32,486)

You will provide policy and research support to the employment and skills team and will be responsible for analysing labour market information and producing detailed reports to inform both strategy development and commissioning plans. The successful candidate will have a good track record of labour market policy and analysis and experience of commissioning and managing external resources.

The successful applicant will be capable of delivering to deadlines and achieving challenging targets.  Applications are encouraged from applicants with an understanding of employment or skills policy and delivery.

For an informal discussion, please contact Rob Tabb on 0151 330 1250.

 

The closing date for both applications is Tuesday, 31 October 2017. 

Interviews are scheduled to take place week commencing 13 November 2017.

For further details and an application pack, please visit  http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/jobs/knowsley-council-vacancies.aspx

 

Healthwatch Halton are holding 2 events to let local people know about fun activities they can join in their community. You could join a dance class, art club or get involved in your local community centre. The first event will be at Widnes market on Wednesday 1st November 10am-3pm, with the second event taking place on Tuesday 5th December at Runcorn Shopping Centre 10am-3pm. Getting out and about whilst trying something new is a great way to meet people, stay active and improve your wellbeing. Please drop along and have chat with a variety of brilliant, local organsations. 

The Voice for Halton’s Older People are looking for people to join their panel.

They are a friendly consultation panel and have the opportunity to talk to decision makers and influence how services are designed.

For further information please contact them by;

Telephone: 01928 242034

Email: clarelightfoot@aukmm.org.uk

Or by website: http://haltonopen.co.uk/ 

 

 

 

 

The Spooky Welly Walk is a two mile interactive walk for families, the largest Halloween themed event in the city of Liverpool, organised and run by The Roy Castle Lung Foundation.

An incredible 8,700 people donned their wellies and best Halloween fancy dress in 2016, helping The Roy Castle Lung Foundation raise an astonishing £60,000 and making the Spooky Welly Walk the biggest Halloween family event in Merseyside.

Families visited over 20 separate attractions with a combination of free gifts, fairground rides and Halloween themed activities all designed to give an excellent family day out as well as raise vital funds for The Roy Castle Lung Foundation's cause as Liverpool's only national charity based here in the city.

In order to the make the event a huge success they are looking for volunteers to help man stalls such as Yucky Dip, Pumpkin Patch, Gruesome Graveyard to name a few!

 

They also need volunteers to help with stewarding, de-rigging and ticketing. They are expecting this year to be the biggest and spookiest yet!

 

If you would like to get involved please get in touch with Volunteer Centre St Helens by Tuesday 24th October 2017 and we will pass your on your details.

 

Call or email Volunteer Centre St Helens - 01744 751759 or volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

 

Are you a single parent? 

Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families, is running free courses for young mums and dads 19-24 in the Cheshire and Merseyside area. 

 The Cheshire Works and Merseyside Works programme, help young single parents to get back to work. 

You will meet other single parents, learn new skills including how to write a CV, interview preparation and work skills. 

After your training, every parent on the programme will have a work placement with Marks & Spencer. 

This programme is for you if you are:

  • Living in the Cheshire or Merseyside region
  • Not on the work proramme 
  • Aged 19-24
  • Interested in accredited training

On the programme you will also receive free childcare, free lunch and travel costs paid.

If you would like anymore information please contact Kelly Arrowsmith. 

Office: 0161 6367540

Mobile: 07538 576 561

Email: kelly.arrowsmith@gingerbread.org.uk

You can also find out more information on their website https://gingerbread.org.uk/content/2389/Merseyside-Works

 

At just after midnight on Saturday 14th October the Mersey Gateway Bridge will open to traffic for the first time.

The Mersey Gateway Bridge tolls start at just after midnight on Saturday 14th October…

As soon as it opens tolls will be enforced by dedicated cameras on the toll gantry scanning vehicle number plates and special merseyflow stickers. So far over 82,000 vehicles have been registered for discounts on tolls, and people can still register after the new bridge is open, or pay for one-off crossings in advance or by 11.59pm the day after they travel.

If you live in Halton and are eligible for the local user discount you need to pay a £10 annual fee and register with merseyflow to guarantee your unlimited personal crossings at no extra cost for a 12-month period.

Registering with merseyflow is the only way to get discounts on your trips, or if you’re eligible, free personal travel once you have paid your relevant administration fee.

The quickest way to register is online using www.merseyflow.co.uk, but you can also register in person at our Runcorn walk-in centre, or over the phone on 01928 878 878, both are open 8am - 8pm weekdays, and 9am - 6pm weekends and bank holidays.

A temporary walk-in centre is available at the Halton Direct Link, Brook Street, Widnes. This is open between 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am – 1pm Saturday. This facility will close at 5.30pm on Friday 13th October.

If you don’t register with merseyflow and cross the new bridge, you will need to pay the full toll rate by 11:59pm the day after you travel, or face a penalty charge notice of up to £60.

The unregistered toll rates are: £2 per trip for cars, £6 per trip for light goods vehicles and £8 per trip for heavy goods vehicles. Motorbikes and local buses are not subject to tolls.

Last minute registration

If you have successfully registered with merseyflow but do not receive your sticker before the bridge opens, you will be able to use the bridge for up to 7 days before your sticker arrives.

The system will recognise you have registered and the fee for your crossing will be deducted from your account.

You will not be charged extra for any crossings made during this 7-day period.

Once you receive your sticker please attach it to your windscreen as soon as possible.

Anthony Alicastro, Chief Executive Officer of emovis operations (Mersey) Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of emovis, which runs the merseyflow operation, said: “I would urge anyone who has yet to sign up with merseyflow to register as soon as possible.

“Our records show that while thousands of eligible Halton residents have signed up for their local user discount, there are still some people who are eligible and live in Halton who have chosen not to.”

“It’s really important that eligible local residents remember that in order to qualify for your unlimited personal journeys across the bridge you will need to register with us and pay a £10 annual administration fee.”

David Parr, Chief Executive of Halton Borough Council and the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board, said: “After a lot of hard work the bridge is nearly ready to open.

“It will provide quicker and easier trips for people travelling through Halton and the wider north west region, getting commuters to work quicker, improving business reliability and allowing families to enjoy the area without facing unpredictable delays.

“Remember, if you live in Halton and are eligible for the local user discount, you must register with merseyflow before you cross the bridge.”

To register with merseyflow please visit www.merseyflow.co.uk, to find out more about the bridge project visit www.merseygateway.co.uk

How to register

There are various ways to sign up:

  • Online at www.merseyflow.co.uk, which is the quickest option
  • By phone on 01928 878 878, or
  • At the walk-in centre at 9 Howard Court, Manor Park, Runcorn, WA7 1SJ.

It will still be possible to cross the bridges without registering but, if you do, you will have to pay the full unregistered toll fee which is £2 per car per crossing, with additional charges for larger vehicles.

Once registered, you will receive a merseyflow sticker to place in your registered vehicle’s windscreen.

A guide outlining exactly where to place the sticker on your windscreen is also available. 

Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight would like to invite you to take part in this short survey of charity leaders for the Weston Charity Awards.

Your answers will help them to gauge and respond to attitudes in the sector towards leadership development and strategic planning.

 The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and all of your responses will be analysed anonymously.

As a small incentive, a donor has provided a £50 John Lewis voucher which will be won by one person picked at random from those who choose to enter.

Entries close on Monday 23rd October.

The survey might also help you to consider whether your charity could benefit from a free programme of intensive leadership coaching and mentoring which we will offer, along with funding, to up to 20 charities in 2018.

Please click on this link to take part.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GarfieldWestonCharitySurvey2017

 

St Helens Council Trading Standards Section are working with Wargrave Big Local, St Helens Citizens Advice and the Illegal Money Lending Team England (National Trading Standards) to deliver a project which is intended to assist residents in the Wargrave avoid falling prey to illegal money lenders, known as Loan Sharks. The project has been funded by Wargrave Big Local, with Trading Standards and Citizens Advice providing staff time to deliver the project.

They will be providing residents with a tool kit "Save Smart with Smiley", which they are hoping will help people to stay out of debt through budgeting, saving and making better choices when they do need to borrow. They are also encouraging residents to report loan shark activity.

Because of the funding element, the initial work will be in the Wargrave area, but they are hoping to roll the project out into all areas of St Helens, where there are reports suggesting that illegal money lending is an issue for residents.

Trading Standards will be present at Newton Community Centre, along with Citizens Advice, throughout the week of 16th - 20th October, speaking with residents and handing out free toolkits. There is also a money box to encourage saving. Residents who speak with them will be offered an opportunity to make an appointment with Citizens Advice for further advice and information around benefits, budgeting and debt.

They are also offering information sessions for councillors and those who work in the community, which will:

  • Describe the impact of illegal money lending activity on communities
  • Provide information about the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team
  • Explain how Loan Shark Activity can be reported
  • Help those working in the community recognise the signs of illegal money lending
  • Provide information about what help is available for those who are struggling financially.

Following the information session there will be an opportunity to speak with representatives of the Illegal Money Lending Team England, Trading Standards and Citizens advice.

These sessions will be held on Thursday 19th October, at 11.00 am and 12.00 noon - at Newton Community Centre, Park Road South, Newton le Willows, WA12 8EX.

If you would like to attend the session on Thursday, could you confirm attendance to Collette Rai on the email below:

If you would like further information, please contact Collette Rai on 01744 676488 or colletterai@sthelens.gov.uk

Following the appointment of Lynn Collins as Chair of the Mayoral Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board, work has now begun to establish the terms of reference of the board and its ways of working, which will be signed off by the Combined Authority in due course. The Mayor and the Chair met recently and agreed the following broad principles:-

  • The Board needs to be trusted and respected by both the Combined Authority and the communities of the Liverpool City Region
  • The Board would want to draw on the rich and diverse expertise of those within our communities to assist in its role, not just those at the top of organisations.
  • The Board would not duplicate or replace work already being done in Local Authorities or the Combined Authority. More so it would draw on existing work to ensure best practice is shared
  • The Board would provide a range of opportunities for organisations and individuals to input into areas of its work, though work groups and open sessions

In line with other similar Boards and Fairness Commissions, membership of the board will be by direct appointment of the Metro Mayor, however both the Chair and the Mayor are keen that as wide a pool of potential board members is sought as soon as possible. They are therefore inviting people to express interest in a range of areas of the Board's work, including expressing interest in becoming a member of the Board itself or one of its specific work groups which will be established over time.

Express Interest in Becoming a Member of the Board

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority want people to express interest if they think they can bring their skills and, as important, their lived experience to the work of the Board. Through the 12 to 14 members of the Board they want to try and ensure that as many aspects of our diverse city region are represented – both in terms of geography, protected characteristics, and real life experience, so are seeking people with a real drive and commitment to representing the voices of our communities.

Membership is voluntary and unpaid, although reasonable expenses will be paid to ensure board members can carry out their role. It's intended that the board would meet every two months .

Join one of the Working groups

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority also recognise that from time to time the Board will need to seek wider expertise and experiences to inform its work. That’s why they will use the option to establish smaller more focused working groups as and when needed to. Again, they would like to hear from you if you have a particular area of expertise that you would like to feed into the Board's work. You might be a representative of an organisation or campaign, or again might have the lived experience needed to inform the Board's work. Please get in touch if you would like to be included in some of the work of the Board.

Inform the Future Work of the Board

Finally, the Board's remit will allow for it to focus on particular areas of future policy development, to ensure social and economic justice are at the heart of policy formation. They would like to hear from you about the issues you see as important for our City Region going forward and would encourage you to get in touch.

For the Board to make a difference it has to be open and communicative to as wide an audience as possible, and be trusted and respected by policy makers. Both the Chair and the Mayor are committed to these aims and will work with the Board to ensure its standing and profile are established within the governance arrangements for the Liverpool City Region.

You can get in touch easily to express interest in any aspect of the board's work. A simple on line form is available by CLICKING HERE, or you can email your expression of interest by CLICKING HERE.

Expressions of interest in becoming a member of the board should reach the Mayor’s office by Friday 27th October. It’s hoped that the Board will be appointed in November and its first meeting will be towards the end of 2017.

This e-bulletin aims to provide a synthesis of national and regional developments in mental health; highlight newly available data and policies, support collaboration and share best practice.

In this issue, you'll find:

  • Prevention concordat for better Mental Health
  • Lancashire and South Cumbria suicide prevention logic model action plan consultation event
  • East riding Mental Health strategy consultation
  • National Mental Health intelligence network profiling tools
  • NICE consultations and shared learning

If you have any comments on this edition, ideas for improvements or suggestions for future editions, please get in touch, with Hannah Towler-Lord:

Hannah Towler-Lord
Quality Improvement Project Manager 
(CYP Mental Health, Adult Mental Health and Dementia)

Mobile Telephone Number: 07730 380791

Email: hannah.towlerlord@nhs.net

 

Hospice Care Week is an annual week of activity to raise the profile of hospice care across the UK, taking place this year from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th October.

This year Halton Haven will be publishing stories from their patients and patients’ families to highlight the valuable, and often unknown or misunderstood, work that takes place within the Hospice.

Linda Miller has been visiting the Hospice once a week for the past few months following the death of her husband in January this year. Linda, 67 years old, met her husband Alexander aged 17. After dating for a short while they went their separate ways, and made lives with other people. Linda and Alexander’s marriages both came to an end and they found each other again, promptly getting married and starting their life together. Linda, originally from Blackpool, and Alexander, from Dagenham in London, settled into life together in Runcorn with their son and Alexander’s two daughters. Sadly in August 2016, Alexander was diagnosed with lung cancer.

His ten day stay in Warrington Hospital was followed by a return home but with regular visits to Chester for further treatment. Alexander soon became fed up with the constant trips along the M56 to fit in all his treatment, until the doctor mentioned Halton Haven Hospice. The Hospice, according to the doctor, could be an option to have all the treatment done under one roof. The back-and-forth journeys from Runcorn to Chester to Runcorn to Warrington could be done away with. So, after meeting Dr Averil Fountain, Medical Director at Halton Haven, Alexander started visiting the Hospice once a week. When Alexander’s condition began to worsen, Dr Fountain assured them he would have a bed on the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit when the time came. That time did come in late January and Alexander was admitted to the Hospice as an inpatient. He arrived on a Friday and passed away the following Tuesday.

It was during Alexander’s time at the Hospice that Linda met Jan Gray who heads up the Family Support team at the Hospice, offering practical and emotional support to Hospice patients and their family members whenever it is needed. Linda was dealing with an incredibly difficult situation with Alexander’s illness, but it was made worse by the fact that he had had his benefit payments stopped having been deemed well enough to work. Thankfully for Linda, Jan was on hand to provide practical help and guidance to rectify this. After arranging for a benefits assessor to visit Linda at home and restart Alexander’s payments, Jan also helped Linda arrange the funeral and gave her a list of departments to get in touch with to process the administrative side of Alexander’s death. Jan even arranged a meeting with a solicitor when Linda was having some other personal concerns, and came along to the meeting with her to help her through it. Linda cannot emphasise enough the importance of Jan’s support at this difficult time. “Jan is so helpful and kind. She’s so understanding and nothing was too much trouble for her." She said to me ‘If there’s anything you need, I’ll help’ and I was so grateful to hear those words.” It was after this practical help that Jan suggest Linda may benefit from some emotional support too, and she suggested counselling. Linda’s response of "I don't know but I'll give it a go" was one of the first steps in her grieving process. Linda now goes into the Haven once a week to see Maxine, one of Jan’s colleagues in Family Support. “I have found it useful. It’s helped tremendously,” Linda says. “The sessions with Maxine have made me feel better. It takes time but I am getting there.I just need to get rid of this rubbish in my head.” Jan and the whole Family Support team have been a great help to Linda. “She’s brilliant. An absolute star. I don’t think I would be where I am now without them. I talk and they listen, and it helps me find my own solutions. They’ve helped no end and pulled me through some black times.”

There is a common misconception about hospices across the UK with many people believing they are ‘just a place where you go to die.’ Whilst Halton Haven does provide end of life care for many patients, there is so much more that happens at the Hospice.

Throughout Hospice Care Week, Halton Haven will be publishing stories and news every day on their facebook and twitter pages in a bid to eradicate these misconceptions and shine a light on what Hospice Care really means.

For more information, you can visit https://www.haltonhaven.org.uk/, Facebook search Halton Haven Hospice, or twitter.com/haltonhaven

You can contact Chris on 01928 712 728 or chris.andrews@haltonhaven.co.uk.

 

 

 

A Question Time-style panel debate focusing on the issue of obesity is coming to St Helens next week.

The F Word – How does St Helens tackle the rising tide of obesity? takes place at the Totally Wicked Stadium on World Obesity Day, Wednesday 11th October.

Hosted by the BBC’s Kevin Fitzpatrick, the event will feature health experts from the council, NHS, education sector and the food and drink industry.

Panellists confirmed are:

  • Laura Street, Nutrition Business Partner at Kellogg’s
  • Charlene Mulhern, Public Health England
  • Kate Anderson, Head of Service Development, ABL Health
  • Lisa Ellis, Chief Nurse, St Helens CCG
  • Kevin Hardy, Medical Director, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
  • Victoria Roberts, Deputy Principal, St Helens College

Organisations will also have the chance to sign up to the town’s Healthy Weight Declaration and help to shape St Helens’ vision to ‘grow the economy, not our waists’.

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about best practice in raising the issue of obesity and, for those who would like to get involved, to take part in a lively debate.

The event takes place from 6pm-8pm. Refreshments are provided.

If you’d like to attend, please contact Alison Klabacher at aklabacher@ablhealth.co.uk or register at Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-f-word-how-does-st-helens-tackle-the-rising-tide-of-obesity-tickets-37840493936?aff=es2

Last year 1.1 billion prescription items were dispensed in primary care at a cost of £9.2billion.

As the NHS has limited resources and this is a growing cost a number of areas of prescribing are being reviewed to ensure they are providing safe, high quality and cost effective treatments for patients.

NHS England is working with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to ensure its prescribing resources deliver the best possible value and health outcomes for local populations.

A national consultation on commissioning guidance for items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care has now opened, and will be running until 21st October 2017.

This consultation includes a total of 18 medicines/products which are either clinically ineffective, unsafe, not cost effective or where the NHS can offer a clinically-proven alternative for patients.

They are also seeking people's views on whether a wider list of 3,200 products that are available over-the-counter, without prescription, may be considered appropriate for future restriction.  

More information can be found by clicking here 

Why is this happening?

This consultation is about making the best use of NHS resources.

They are asking everyone who works in or uses the NHS to contribute to and support the consultation so the NHS can improve people's health, reduce waste and get better value from the £141 million currently spent on these 18 products and the significant amount of money spent on products for minor self-limiting illnesses.

Where can I find out more?

Consultation document – You can access the full consultation document and take part here

Survey - You can access the consultation survey here 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - NHS England have produced a series of FAQs which provide further information. 

Please visit their website for anymore information http://www.haltonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/items-which-should-not-be-routinely-prescribed-in-primary-care

If any groups are organising community bonfires, WSR Recycling are offering free wood and free delivery in the Halton area.

If you are interested please contact Lee on the details below

Lee Goodier

Transport Planner

WSR Recycling Limited

( +44 (0)151 4235928 – Ext. 241 | Ë+44 (0)7738131054 | 6+44 (0)151 4239353

* WSR Recycling Ltd, Ditton Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0PA

ü www.wsrrecycling.co.uk | 8 lgoodier@wsrrecycling.co.uk

 

Come and Join and Award Winning Street Dance Crew! 

Try Outs - Thursday 5th October, 6pm -- 8.30pm £5 at St Helens Parish Church Hall, Church Square, WA10 1BN. 

The Try Outs is open to ALL AGES from primary years right up to University Students and Adults. They have crews for all abilities and everyone is welcome to attend.

Learn Street Dance Styles such as Whacking, Hip Hop, Commercial & Krump plus many more. Have a chance to compete Locally, Nationally and Internationally. 

St Helens Mind urgently needs volunteers aged 18+ to help support people as befrienders for a couple of hours a week and to help the social groups run smoothly.  They particularly welcome men and people over 50 but people of all ages, interests and backgrounds are also required.

“People who are experiencing mental health difficulties can often feel lonely and isolated. They may not be alone as such but may feel they don’t want to burden their family or that they can’t be open about their feelings.” Says Gill Ellison, Manager

“When you’re lonely, it can feel like no one really understands you – and this can be a terrible place to be in.”

St Helens Mind Volunteer Befrienders can make a positive impact on the lives of people they support. Even seemingly small things, like arranging to meet for a coffee or a drink and a catch up, can make a big difference.

Ellen who is currently being supported by a volunteer said: “I have found the Befriending Service invaluable. It has helped me get out of the house but more importantly I have received unconditional acceptance and encouragement.”

There are people of all ages, with varied interests and from all walks of life waiting for someone who can support them for just a couple of hours a week to help them on their journey to playing a fuller part in community life.  Could that person be you?

The next Volunteer induction is on the 1st November, if you are interested in volunteering for St Helens Mind then now is the time to submit your Volunteer Application form - you can down load a form from sthelensmind.org.uk or you can ring the office on 01744 647089

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.

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

Halton Peoples Health Forum

Topics to be discussed at this event include:

  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Flu information
  • Halton Haven

Refreshments available

For more information and/or to book a place please email communications@haltonccg.nhs.uk or call 01928 593479 or visit the website www.haltonccg.nhs.uk

Third Sector Engagement event by NHS Halton CCG, NHS St Helens CCG and NHS Warrington CCG

Date and time: 17th October 2017, 1pm to 4pm

Venue:  Halton & St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB

 

The aim of the event is to bring together third sector groups across Halton and St Helens to find out more about the changes in Health Care / STP and the third sector and how we can work together going forward around the Local Delivery System and Sustainability Transformation Plan to support third sector involvement in all programmes of work.

This meeting will focus on

  • Follow up on the points raised in the first meeting
  • An update on STP structures
  • Discussion on work in care homes and how the third sector can build on what they are already doing, and develop their support of this.

Please pass this invite to other groups and community organisations you think might be interested.

If you would like to register a member of your organisation to attend please do so by clicking the following link using the password - Engagement1:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/third-sector-engagement-event-tickets-37689403019 

Feedback from previous event attached.

Staff, pupils and parents of Ditton Primary School in Widnes have come together to raise vital funds to purchase new syringe drivers for Halton Haven Hospice.

The school chose to support this worthy cause in memory of Lesley Hardman, a much-loved teaching assistant who died in February.

A total of £1,401 was raised by the school from their summer fun day and a raffle organised by Lesley’s seven year old niece Harriet, also a pupil at Ditton Primary.

Stella Hardman, Lesley’s sister and a teacher at the school, said “Lesley was a member of the school for four years. She always had a smile for everyone and was loved by all the children and staff at Ditton Primary. Lesley battled for two years with secondary cancer. The school now has an award in her memory that is given out at the end of the year to a pupil that has carried on and never given up, no matter what life has thrown at them.

“Staff at Ditton Primary decided to hold a fun family afternoon to raise money for Halton Haven. The staff and Lesley’s family were overwhelmed by the generosity of the community for all their donations and support”

In addition to the £1,400 raised by the school, several thousand pounds more has been raised by various friends and family of Lesley Hardman, as well as friends and family of Phyllis Plumpton, a good friend of Lesley’s.

Over the past six months, those who remember Phyllis and Lesley have organised live music nights, arranged corporate donations from employers, co-ordinated charity rugby matches and auctioned football shirts. The aim of their fundraising efforts is to raise enough money to purchase twelve new syringe drivers, one for each patient room in Halton Haven's Inpatient Unit. These important pieces of medical equipment, which help control pain and symptoms of terminal conditions, cost around £1,300 each, meaning the families set themselves a target of £15,600.

Chris Andrews, Community Fundraising Manager at Halton Haven, said “It is wonderful to see everyone coming together to do all these amazing activities in memory of Lesley and Phyllis. We are so incredibly grateful to the two families for deciding to fund the new syringe drivers and to Ditton Primary and everyone else who has really got stuck into the fundraising efforts. The syringe drivers we have in the patient rooms at the moment are functional but are getting old and won’t last forever. The twelve new drivers will be hugely appreciated and go a long way to helping our patients manage their pain.”

With the fundraising total steadily increasing, it won’t be long until the two families have raised enough money to see their plans come to fruition.

For more information about the Hospice and how you can support, please visit www.haltonhaven.org.uk or contact the fundraising team on 01928 712 728 or info@haltonhaven.co.uk.

 

On the 29th-30th September at 1-5pm the Wonky Garden will be creating a BIG Community Garden at Halton Farnworth Hornets Rugby Club, Wilmere Lane, Widnes WA8 5UP. 

They are holding a combined event to celebrate this new garden and raise funds for both the garden and Macmillan, a charity dear to their hearts.

 Come along, meet the team and chat about what you would like to see in this community garden and consider getting involved in this exciting project.

 Donations of cake/biscuits would be lovely!

About The Wonky Garden: They are 3 friends who met at a well-being event during cancer treatment. 

They come from very different business backgrounds and together have created The Wonky Garden.

It's not all about gardening, but it is definitely about new experiences, designing and growing together, physical/mental well-being, sharing knowledge, creating funky art and craft activities and having oodles of fun!

Anyone can attend, no matter how young or old, how much or little you know about gardening - they welcome visitors that simply want to enjoy the company and have a chat.

For more information please go to; 

Follow them on Facebook- The Wonky Garden

Website- http://thewonkygarden.co.uk/

Twitter- @thewonkygarden

Or email them on thewonkygarden@gmail.com

Stick ‘n’ Step supports children and young people with cerebral palsy, and their families, from across North West England and North Wales. Through the provision of free group conductive education sessions, they help each individual to reach their personal potential in terms of their confidence, mobility and independence.

The organisation is in an exciting and transformative season of growth which will see capacity grow by 86% in the next three years. The team of staff, Trustees and volunteers has been on a journey to improve and develop every aspect of the organisation to guarantee a vibrant and strong future for the organisation. Stick 'n' Step has recently opened a second centre, which will serve the Cheshire community from a base in Runcorn. 

They are looking for an experienced fundraiser (with paid or voluntary experience) to join the dynamic fundraising team, and to help to generate the income that required to allow the classroom team to continue their incredible work. The post is based across both centres, and the successful candidate will be expected to work three days per week from Runcorn, and two from the Wallasey centre.

The successful candidate will have a broad and successful track record of community or corporate fundraising, and will have a strong work ethic; driven by values of openness and honesty, and a desire to create excellent experiences for our supporters and volunteer teams.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail before making an application, please call Matt Meaney, Development Manager on 0151 638 0888. If you are ready to make your application, you can find all the information you need on the jobs section of the Stick 'n' Step website. http://www.sticknstep.org/jobs

Closing date: 3rd October at 17:00.
Interviews:  Friday 13th October.

Halton Disability Partnership are holding a relaunch event on September 27th to showcase the support that they can offer to disabled people and their families in Halton.

HDP provides a range of services including welfare and benefits support, making a lasting power of attorney, and recruiting social care personal assistants.

The event will be held at All Saints Church on Church Street in Runcorn from 10:00am until 1:00pm.

HDP will be joined by other organisations that they work with to provide a network of support including; Nightstop (homelessness support), Halton Carers' Centre, Admiral Nurses (dementia support), Wiltshire Farm Foods (frozen food delivery), Citizens Advice Widnes, and Halton Borough Council Children's Services.

More information about the organisation and event can be found on the HDP website http://www.haltondisability.org.uk/news-and-events/save-date-hdp-relaunch/

The Engagement and Inclusion Officer – Families and Disabled People will work within the Committee for Social Responsibility department of the Diocese of Chester.  The role is to enable, support and resource parishes engaging in social action, particularly in relation to work: with parents and children facing disadvantage; supporting engagement in family life and awareness; acceptance and celebration of disabled people.

The successful candidate will be a person of deep conviction and passion concerning areas of social responsibility relevant to the Church of England, with a full understanding of the areas of engagement and inclusion. Sympathy with the aims and objectives of the Church of England is essential.

This is a part-time post of 28 hours a week, on a three year fixed-term contract.

The remuneration package will include a FTE salary of £26,818 (pro-rata £21,454) and membership of the Church of England Pension Scheme.

Closing date: Monday 2nd October 2017 at 12noon
Interviews: Friday 20th October 2017

For more information and how to apply please click here to go to the Church of England Diocese of Chester website.

Healthwatch Halton are holding 2 events to let local people know about fun activities and clubs they can join in with. The first event will be at Widnes Market on Wednesday 1st November 10am-3pm, with the second event taking place on Tuesday 5th December at Runcorn Shopping City 10am-3pm.

We would love to hear from Halton clubs, groups and organisations who run fun activities such as lunch clubs, art or exercise classes.

If you would like to attend or have your information shared please contact Jude Burrows at jburrows@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or call 0300 777 6543 for more information or to sign up.

When

The course will run in 2 small groups for 16 weeks from Thursday September 28th and Friday September 29th , average 4 hours per week with occasional evening and weekend activities.

What?

Opportunities to:

Learn to operate sound and light equipment or play an instrument, or record, perform, contribute to a radio show, help plan & publicise events in a safe friendly environment with full support from inspirational staff.  Working as a team and as an individual, building your skills and confidence can help you into further education: Training? Employment? Volunteering?

Get more out of life because you can.

Where

The Studio, Lacey Street, Widnes, WA8 7SQ.  The Studio is a community venue with performance, rehearsal, and recording facilities and an artspace gallery.

To find out more and book your place email info@thestudiowidnes.org.uk or phone 07930 388844

Merseyside Youth Association Limited in partnership with Mersey Care are seeking to recruit an Employment Mentor.

Salary: £23,679 p.a - (JNC Pt. 13)

Hours: 35 Per Week

(May Include Some Evening and Weekend Work)

Fixed Term Funded for 12 Months from Start of Project

The above post will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure

The successful candidates will be required to support Health Education Englands Investment in entry level Vocational Learning Developments to assist the pipeline of employment within NHS Trusts. The postholder will deliver effective personalised pathway to employment for young people and adults  who are not in education, training or work.

The successful candidate will hold a recognised qualification to at least an NVQ Level 3 in a relevant subject. They will also have substantive experience of 1-1 mentoring, as well as groupwork delivery, caseload management, supporting people into meaningful progressions, together with post employment support.  The successful candidate will have an excellent track record in ensuring individual and project targets are met.

For an application pack and further information please forward your request to recruitment@mya.org.uk alternatively visit their website on www.mya.org.uk or send a large SAE for £1.20 to:

The HR Department, Merseyside Youth Association Ltd, 65-67 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DY

Please note, CV’s will not be accepted and should not be part of your supporting information.

Closing Date for Completed Applications: 5pm Friday 29th September 2017

Merseyside Youth Association Limited/the Youth Federation is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to maintaining a non-abusive environment

 

NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working in partnership with North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, to review the Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Sunflower services provided for the children and young people of St Helens. They would like to know your views on the current services and how they could be improved going forward.

Please click on the short survey (5 - 10 minutes) that most relates to you:

Children and young people
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CPDVMML

Parents / carers
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CPHJXDR

Professionals that interface with the services
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C6KS3TL

All surveys will close on Friday 29th September

Thanks very much for your time and involvement in this review.

If you would like to speak with someone about this review please call Andy or Susannah (see details below):

Andy Howard, Senior Commissioning Manager, St Helens CCG (andrew.howard@sthelensccg.nhs.uk / 01744 624442); and

Susannah Green, Interim Operational Manager Paediatric Therapies, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (susannah.green@nwbh.nhs.uk / 0151 244 3499)

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.

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

Healthwatch Halton is hosting a Macmillan Coffee break. Please come along to St. Maries on Wednesday 27th September any time between 12pm and 2pm. Everyone is welcome to drop in for a brew and some cake. We really look forward to seeing both organisations and individuals for coffee and a chat in aid of this great cause.

 

Hack Back CIC and Runcorn Rotary Club are running a series of FREE workshops in Runcorn for people 65+.

Come and join in the 6 week programme; build confidence, make friends, have fun and learn about birds of prey, and nature. 

You’ll meet Murray and the other Hack Back owls, and get the chance for hands on experience. 

People with disabilities and those with long term illness including mental health issues etc are very welcome.

The workshops start in September.

Wednesday 10am – 12pm  Castlefields Community Centre 6th September 2017

Monday 10am – 12pm Murdishaw Community Centre, starting on 2nd October 2017

Booking is essential – maximum 20 people per session to book 

To book your place call  Anita – 0151 257 9480, 07813 683466

Or email at  anita@hack-back.org.uk

PS Not suitable for people with bird phobias, the birds will be flying to participants.

Homestart St Helens have a new Volunteer Training Programme starting on Tuesday 26th September, 10 am to 2:30 pm. It runs every Tuesday for 8 weeks.

Home-Start St Helens supports local families with young children throughout the Borough of St Helens. They offer friendship, support and practical help in times of family difficulty to help improve the quality of life and healthy well-being of children and their parents.

Their service is free of charge and totally confidential, Volunteers, who know what it is like to be a parent, offer their skills and experiences to other parents in a non-judgemental way.

Being part of the Volunteer Team at Homestart can be very rewarding.

If you are interested and would like more information please ring Home-Start St. Helens on 01744 737400

Peter Street Centre,
Peter Street,
St. Helens
WA10 2EQ

The Course runs for eight weeks on a Tuesday only from 10.00 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.

 

Congratulations to St Helens Carers Centre who received the most votes in West Lancashire and have secured a grant of £25,000!

Everyone at Halton & St Helens VCA would like to send their congratulations to St Helens Carers Centre!

For more information about Masonic Charity and the work they do, please click here to visit their website

 

Information Volunteers (North West)

Pancreatic Cancer UK are offering an exciting part-time volunteering opportunity (1-2 days per month) to support the regional team in the North West (Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside). The Information Volunteers will help the team to reach people throughout the North West who are affected by a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, providing them with access to information and support.

You will have excellent communication skills, a good knowledge of Pancreatic Cancer UK services, an empathy for people affected by pancreatic cancer, and an understanding of the importance of confidentiality and personal boundaries.

In return, you will gain experience in a busy, friendly team, meet new people, receive support and induction, reimbursement for volunteer expenses, as well as the satisfaction of making a valuable contribution to the work of Pancreatic Cancer UK.

How to apply

Please read the full Role Description and send an email outlining your relevant experience and why you’re interested in this volunteer role, together with your CV, to getinvolved@pancreaticcancer.org.uk. They will then contact you to arrange an informal telephone call to discuss the role, and any further details they may need.

If interested, please email by: Friday 29th September at 9am

Training

If we think you’ve got the appropriate skills and experience for the role, you will be invited to attend a 1 day training session. This will likely be on Friday 6th October at a venue in Manchester. Reasonable travel expenses to and from the training event can be paid in line with their Volunteer Expenses Policy, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. Depending on the number of applications they have for this role, and their suitability, they may not be able to invite all interested applicants but will let you know of other opportunities or future training dates as they become available.

 

Volunteers have been integral to Sahir House since its former entity as Merseyside AIDS Support Group which started in 1985 and pride itself in high quality and purposeful opportunities to volunteer who make a positive difference to the HIV community in Merseyside.

Health care buddies, skills coaches, fundraisers & reception volunteers needed!

  • Can you provide practical & social home care support?
  • Help when attending benefits & asylum appointments?
  • Provide basic IT & job search skills?
  • Join our dynamic World AIDS Day campaign team?
  • Want to develop valuable work experience for your CV?
  • Do you want good quality training?

Full induction training, support & travel expenses provided

Open evening: Thursday 19th October 6pm – find out more about volunteering at Sahir House

Informal interviews: week of 23rd October  - call/email for an appointment

Induction training course: Fri 3rd (eve), Sat 4th (day) & Sun 5th (day) November - 100% attendance needed

(Please note, these dates have recently changed to above dates)

Sahir House welcome people from all areas of the community especially people with some mid-week day time availability, people living with HIV, those from local BME, asylum LGB&T communities.

For more information and a Volunteer Information Pack:

www.sahir.org.uk/volunteer

training@sahir.uk.com

tel: 0151 237 3989

Join the Honey Rose Foundation on Friday 22nd of September at Wishes Function Room, to celebrate their 14th Year with Robert Taylor who will be performing as George Michael!

Dress to impress!

  • 7:30pm Start
  • Disco
  • 2 Course Meal
  • Raffle & Auction

Set to be a fantastic night, make sure you get your tickets at least 2 weeks in advance as there will be no on the door sales for this event!

Compare Gary Conley

£25 per ticket, 

For more information and to book your ticket, please contact them on:

T: 01744 451 919 

Address: 2-4 Cotham Street, St Helens, WA10 1SA

Website: https://www.honeyrosefoundation.org.uk/

The new Mersey Gateway Crossing is due to open this Autumn to make sure your volunteers and staff members get their discounts they need to register with Merseyflow.

The official Merseyflow website is the only place to register for an account and to find about the best deals on toll costs for Halton’s new Mersey Gateway Bridge and the Silver Jubilee Bridge. 

There are different options for Halton residentsBlue Badge holdersmonthly passes and pre-pay accounts – but if you don’t register, you’ll have to pay the full toll fee.

The easiest way for everyone to register is online at https://www.merseyflow.co.uk/.  

 

Active St Helens – Fit Forever 2017 Sessions for age 60+ – more people, more active, more often.

All abilities welcome! Improve your fitness and well-being.  All activities are designed to be gentle and suitable for all levels of ability.  There is no pressure, have a break and a chat when you want.

To find out more and get up to date information on all activities click on the link below:

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/culture-sport-leisure/sports-development/age-60plus/

For sport and physical activities for other age ranges you can access the information using the link below

https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/culture-sport-leisure/sports-development/

For more information on any of the activities, please contact:

Sports Development

Tel:  01744 675403

Email:  gemmawebster@sthelens.gov.uk

 

There are a small number of places left at the services launch for the St Helens Information and Advice Service and the St Helens Advocacy Hub which will take place on Wednesday 13th September 17 at the Beacon building in St Helens, therefore if anyone would like to attend, or for further information please ring Jo Pilkington-Burrows, Communication Officer on 01744 453053 or send an e-mail to jp@informationsthelens.org.uk.

The St Helens Information and Advice Service will assist local people with a wide range of issues including benefits advice, accessing care and support, homelessness, and housing issues. The service will also signpost people to statutory voluntary and community organisations, and enable individuals to make informed choices about their health and social care. Their direct telephone number is 01744 758034, or visit www.informationsthelens.org.uk or drop in at the Millennium House, Bickerstaff Street, WA10 1DH.

The St Helens Advocacy Hub offers a single point of contact for all advocacy enquiries in the borough. The Hub will provide information, sign posting and one to one independent advocacy support for all health and social care related issues.

Advocates will support people to explore their options, defend and promote their rights, speak out about issues that matter to them and ultimately be involved in decisions about their lives. Direct telephone number is; 0300 303 0202 or e visit www.sthelensadvocacyhub.net.

Halton Council is launching a survey to find out how easy it is for residents to access healthy and affordable food. The results of the survey will be used to inform future council policy.

The survey is the final part of a detailed study that has looked at food provision across the borough.

The survey was launched on 4th September and will run for 6 weeks until 13th October. Anyone who takes part in the survey will be invited to enter a prize draw. The first prize will be a £30 in shopping vouchers with 3 runners up prizes of a £10 shopping voucher.

The results of the survey will be published at the end of the year.

This is a great opportunity for residents to share their views and experiences on food provision in Halton and to help develop future council policy

The survey can be accessed online at https://webapp.halton.gov.uk/survey_snap/foodaccess.htm

Paper copies of the survey have also been distributed to community groups to ensure the views of all residents are considered. 

World Suicide Prevention Day is held each year on 10 September. It is an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

This year's theme is about connecting with others and letting people know that  #ITSOKAYTOTALK.

More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world.

In the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year - an average of 18 a day.

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time can be a game changer.

People who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares.

Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being told that 'it's ok to talk' can make a huge difference.

If you want to know more information about how you can help by learning how to talk to others, or are having difficulties yourself or would just like more information, there are a lot of brilliant and useful websites. 

https://www.samaritans.org/media-centre/our-campaigns/world-suicide-prevention-day

https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/60848-no-more-suicide

If you are struggling or feeling like you can’t cope don’t bottle it up, you can talk to many other people who feel just like you and even talk to trained people to help.

By following the link below and talking and passing contact numbers for registered charity’s you could help save a life.

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Suicide/Pages/Getting-help.aspx 

The Halton Diabetes UK Group is a support group for people who live in Halton and have diabetes.

They are a small, friendly group of people and have regular meetings which alternate between Widnes and Runcorn where they have guest speakers from the healthcare profession who give them lots of information about the various aspects of diabetes in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

People coming to the meetings are more than welcome to bring along family, friends or carers and are always pleased to see healthcare professionals who wish to come along!

The next meeting will be on Tuesday September 19th from 7.30pm - 9.00pm at St Paul's Church Hall, Vicarage Road, Widnes WA8 7QD.

There no speaker this time - just them so, if you have not been to a meeting before, please do come along and meet them all for a chat and a cuppa!

Find out more about the group, with a chance to share experiences. ideas and concerns.

Everyone is assured of a warm and friendly welcome so if you would just like to see what they are all about, or you would like to tell them what you would like Halton Diabetes UK to do to help and support you then please do come along.

There are no charges and light refreshments are included.

If you require any further information they are always very pleased to hear from you.

Please e mail on haltondiabetesgroup@yahoo.co.uk

Or call on 07708578257

You can also contact them through their website by following the link below. 

https://halton.diabetesukgroup.org/

     

The awards, previously known as the Special Constable and Police Support Volunteer Awards, highlight the vital role volunteers play in support of policing, by giving up their free time to make communities safer, and enhancing the effectiveness of policing across England and Wales. 

In 2013, they were renamed in memory of Lord Ferrers, the former Home Office minister who created the awards in 1993. This year, they are including a new award for Technical Innovation, to recognise those volunteers who have used technology creatively. Therefore, this year, the awards will recognise achievement across 9 individual and team categories: 

  • Ferrers Special Constabulary – Individual Award: open to individual Special Constables who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to policing in their local communities. 

 

  • Ferrers Special Constabulary – Team Award (sponsored by Police Mutual): open to teams of Special Constables who have demonstrated a sustained and significant contribution to policing in their local communities. 

 

  • Police Support Volunteer – Individual Award: open to individual Police Support Volunteers who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities. 

 

  • Police Support Volunteer – Team Award: open to Police Support Volunteer teams who have worked together to make a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities. 

 

  • Volunteer Police Cadet – Individual Award: open to individual Volunteer Police Cadets who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities. 

 

  • Volunteer Police Cadet – Team Award: open to teams of Volunteer Police Cadets who have worked together to make a significant and sustained contribution to policing in their local communities. 

 

  • Employer Supported Policing Award: open to organisations that support their employees to volunteer in policing. The award recognises the contribution of employers and includes those accredited under the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme. 

 

  • Leadership Award (sponsored by ASCCO): open to individual Special Constables who have demonstrated a significant and sustained contribution to leadership. 

 

  • Technical Innovation Award – Team or Individual: open to Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers and Volunteer Police Cadets. The award recognises the contribution volunteers can bring to using technology to support policing. 

This year’s awards ceremony will take place at a central London location on Tuesday 28 November. 

The 2017 awards launched on 18 August 2017 

The deadline for nominations is 17 September 2017

For more information and to make a nomination visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/lord-ferrers-awards-2017

 

Citizens Advice Halton are looking to recruit a number of new volunteers to help their team to help the local community.

Full training is given to a nationally recognised standard .

They are looking Assessors and Advisors in both in Runcorn and Widnes offices who are able to commit to two days a week.

Offering free, Independent, Impartial and Confidential advice across a number of subject areas including Benefits, Employment, Housing, Debt, and Consumer issues.

Due to the nature of the role they ask that volunteers have a basic understanding of computers and a good level of numeracy skills.

If you have some spare time and want to learn new skills, make new friends and make a difference to your community then please contact them for an application form.

You can call into one of the offices at:

Citizens Advice Halton,
Unit 3,
Old Co op Building,
Lugsdale Road,
Widnes,
WA8 6DJ

Citizens Advice Halton,
Ground Floor,
Grosvenor House,
Runcorn,
WA7 2HF

Or E mail -  advice@citizensadvicehalton.org.uk

You can also call them on 0151 257 2443 and leave a message with your details on the answering machine.

Sefton CVS, as lead for the Include-IT Mersey partnership, have launched an Invitation to Tender inviting applications from suitably qualified and experienced applicants to conduct an evaluation of the Include-IT Mersey Project. 

The ITT document can be found on the SCVS website, which contains all relevant details and instructions.

The deadline for tender responses is 5pm, Wednesday 13th September 2017, which should be emailed to communications@seftoncvs.org.uk

 

The Next Volunteer Managers/Co-ordinators Forum will be onTuesday 10 October 11.30am-2pm, at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB

The Forum meets six monthly to share information, discuss issues, monitoring and anything else to do with volunteering.

The meetings are informal and enjoyable. We hope you will feel able to participate.

Should you feel it would be helpful or appropriate for your role as a Volunteer Manager/Co-ordinator, please come along on the above date.

Lunch is not provided, so please bring along your own. Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you would like to attend please confirm your attendance to Linda Goodier either by phone: 01928 593112 or email: lgoodier@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk If you would like any items adding to the agenda please let Linda know on: lgoodier@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you at the forum.

 

Volunteer Centre Halton Volunteer Recruitment Fair 2017 - Tuesday 17th October 11-2pm

The event will be held at Riverside College, Kingsway Campus, Centre Stage, Kingsway, Widnes

The fair will be a market place style event, for the most part, however, we would like to make the event as exciting and interactive as possible, so please feel free to be creative when considering how you might engage with the public. We would like to request that your stand is manned for the whole time so that the last visitor has as good an experience as the first one.

We recommend that you bring your own lunch / tea.  Alternatively, refreshments can be purchased from the canteen or Costa coffee shop on site.

If you are coming by car there is free parking available off Caldwell Road, behind the college.  There is a footpath leading from the car park to Centre Stage and the main entrance.  You will be able to gain access from 10.30am and we ask that you arrive no later than 10.45 am, so that everything is in place in good time for the first visitors.

Just to confirm, the event will take place on Tuesday 17th October, 11-2pm at Centre Stage, Riverside College, Kingsway, Widnes, WA8 7QQ. 

Contact Linda on: 01928 593112 or email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk to register your organisation on this event by Tuesday 3 October. Places are limited.

 

 

The St Helens Star is once again offering charities in the area the chance to apply for a Gannett grant.

The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc., the parent company of Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK's largest publishers and owners of the St Helens Star.

They provide funding to registered charities in the areas where we operate local newspapers and websites.

They support those registered charities with projects which take a creative approach to fundamental issues such as neighbourhood improvements, local problem-solving, economic development, youth enterprise, sport and healthy living, assistance to disadvantaged or disabled people, care of the elderly, environmental conservation, and educational or cultural enrichment.

A spokesman added: "We value projects that bring lasting benefits to communities served by our local newspapers and websites. "While preference may be given to ideas which create a durable legacy for the community, we will consider single events or projects of limited duration that otherwise meet our criteria. "We entertain applications of any size or ambition."

"Typically our grants are modest sums for practical projects, but we will consider awards to larger projects which deserve our backing."

Decisions about funding will be made by the trustees based on the evidence submitted.

The Foundation will favour projects that demonstrate good planning, oversight and financial responsibility.

As a prerequisite, the submission of copies of the charity’s most recent financial accounts are required.

Applications must be submitted on the approved application form.

You can download the application form and view the original post by St Helens Star following the link below. 

http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/15491219.Calling_all_charities___Apply_now_for_a_Gannett_grant/?ref=fbpg

The completed form and supporting document should be sent via email to maureen.friday@nqnw.co.uk.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday, 9th October 2017.

 

 

Liberty Pregnancy Counselling are starting morning support sessions for those who need support over miscarriage. It does not matter how long ago you may have had a miscarriage or if it is a recent one- they are here for you. 

This is an informal support group set in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

They are also having a breakfast together, croissants and a hot drink, where you can get to know each other and have a chat. How much you want to share is entirely up to you and there will no pressure at all, just the knowledge that it is a safe environment for you to talk when you are ready.

Dates: 14th September; 12th October and 9th November
Time: 9.30 -11.00 a.m.
Venue: St John's Church Annexe, St Johns Street, Newton-Le-Willows, WA12 9BL

For more information and to book your place please email enquiries@libertypcc.co.uk 

Closing date: 31st August at 5pm 

Recent developments have seen a partnership arrangement between Community Action Wirral (CAW) and Wirral Chamber of Commerce (The Chamber) to collaborate on a new Local Authority funded Third Sector (Not for Profit) Infrastructure Support contract. The contract is due to start on 1st October 2017 and has an initial duration of 3 years, with the option to extend for a further 12 months x 2 on the basis of successful delivery and value for money, so a possible 5-year total duration.

The Third Sector plays an important role in identifying local needs, providing services to support communities and developing new projects and services. This infrastructure contract is to support community, voluntary and faith groups to engage in activities that will improve their neighbourhoods, deliver services to meet the needs of Wirral residents and take a more active role in the design and delivery of local services. Using shared intelligence, it is to nurture and support asset based community development principles and foster community-led solutions through social action. In addition, it is to facilitate the delivery of the Wirral Together Strategy, promoting greater participation of local residents and groups to make a difference in their areas through volunteering and/or neighbouring.

The overall aims and objectives of the role are to ensure that Wirral based third sector organisations have effective leadership and are equipped with the support and skills to participate in the delivery of the Wirral Plan 2020 outcomes, and to deliver the aims of the Wirral Together Strategy to increase the number of volunteers, types of volunteering and range of volunteering opportunities.

Key service outcomes:

1. Enabling the Third (Not for Profit) Sector in Wirral
2. Increase growth and external income generation in the Third Sector in Wirral
3. Act as the lead delivery partner to the Wirral Together Strategy, including leading on creation and delivery of a volunteering plan
4. Provide leadership and representation to the Wirral Partnership and to contribute to the ongoing development of the Wirral Plan
5. Develop a sustainable model for Third Sector infrastructure support.

Purpose of the role:

To provide the design, development, delivery and successful realisation of a Social Sector Infrastructure strategy in Wirral, in line with the Infrastructure contract requirements, the vision and aims of CAW and Wirral Chamber, and contributing to the objectives and outcomes set out in the Wirral Plan 2020
and the Wirral Together Strategy, including a coherent, innovative and broad volunteering plan and actions.

The closing date is 31st August at 5pm – interested parties to submit their application form to karenlivesey@communityactionwirral.org.uk

For more information and application form, please see the attached documents below.

Sahir House are recruiting new volunteers!

They provide HIV support, prevention, information & training in Merseyside. 

Sahir House are looking for health care buddies, skills coaches, fundraisers & reception volunteers.

  •     Can you provide practical & social home care support?
  •     Help when attending benefits & asylum appointments?
  •     Provide basic IT & job search skills?
  •     Join our dynamic World AIDS Day campaign team?
  •     Want to develop valuable work experience for your CV?
  •     Do you want good quality training?

Full induction training, support & travel expenses given.

Open evening: Thursday 19th October 6pm – come & find out more about volunteering at Sahir House

Informal interviews: Week of 23rd October  - call to book in

Training course dates: Fri 3rd (eve), Sat 4th (day) & Sun 5th (day) November - 100% attendance needed 

They welcome people from all areas of the community especially people with mid-week day time availability, people living with HIV, those from local BME, asylum LGB&T communities.

For all other information please contact them by phone on 0151 237 3989 or email on training@sahir.uk.com

You can even visit their website http://www.sahir.org.uk/volunteer/

 

 

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Salary: £15,997.97 to £17,517.84

Closing date: Friday, 25 August, 2017

Interview date: Tuesday, 5 September, 2017

Job type: Part Time

Working closely with the hospital and community multi-disciplinary teams you will provide emotional and practical support to stroke survivors, their families and carersas well as running communication support sessions for stroke survivors with a communication disability.

Reporting to the Regional Management Teamthe Stroke Recovery Coordinator will provide support and information to stroke survivors and their families both on the ward and at home.

By assessing the needs of each stroke survivor and their family you will aim to reduce the risk of further strokes by supporting people to make lifestyle changes based on their identified risk factors, along with helping them to set personal goals and work towards them.

The service operates within St Helens with referrals being received from Hospital, families and other healthcare professionals. 

Applicants are likely to have a background in the caring profession, preferably with knowledge of stroke.

You must have all round flexible skills in listening, communication, organisation, IT and resourcefulness.

The role will require you to have your own car and a current driving licence.

To find out more information on how to apply or more information about The Stroke Association then please follow the link below.

https://www.stroke.org.uk/jobs/stroke-recovery-service-coordinator-2

 

Healthwatch St Helens Communication and Engagement Officer (Part time 28 hours)

Salary (£21,159) pro rata salary £18,721

26 days holiday plus bank holidays (pro rata)

Halton and St Helens VCA wants to employ someone who can support and develop Healthwatch St Helens through the provision of an information and communication service to ensure that the views of patients, the public and local communities inform the development of local health and social care services.

Duties include:

  • Assist Healthwatch members and the general public across all sectors to have a voice to ensure that Healthwatch St Helens has a significant influence on healthcare provision and social care services within St Helens. 
  • To use social media and other appropriate methods to promote the work of Healthwatch and to recruit new members and volunteers. 
  • Develop the Healthwatch St Helens website providing consistent and up to date information on the work of Healthwatch. 

You will need to be able to communicate effectively and confidently both orally and in writing and have a good working knowledge of Microsoft office and content management systems.

For more information and application form, please see the attached documents below. Please note, CV's will not be acceptable for this role.

Closing date:  midday on Friday 8th September
Interviews: will take place on Friday 15th September.

Halton & St Helens VCA is an equal opportunities employer and complies with the Equality Act 2010.

Registered charity number:  1106001

The Include-IT Mersey digital inclusion project offers IT skills training and employment support to local unemployed people, especially those aged 45 and over.

 
Include-IT Mersey digital inclusion Project offers free IT training to help you:

  • Improve your computer skills
  • Get online
  • Get job ready with employment support

Enrolment Dates

  • Wednesday 6th September at 10.30am – 6.30pm, drop in Acorn Learning Centre, Runcorn, WA7 2JE
  • Thursday 7th September at 10.30am – 6.30pm, drop in Kingsway Learning Centre, Widnes, WA8 7QY

for more information on course details and drop in surgeries see attached flyer or contact Halton Borough Council on 0151 511 7788

WWW.INCLUDEITMERSEY.ORG.UK
Include-IT Mersey—Project ID: 0010298050

St Helens Mind are set to hold their first Family Fun Day on Thursday 31st August from 12 until 4pm at the Phyllis Pope Studio at The Mansion House, Victoria Park.

Mayor Joe Pearson will be there to open proceedings, as the independent charity has been chosen as the Mayor’s Charity Appeal 2017-2018.

Local children’s entertainer Paul Storey will be performing his magic and puppets and kids can get their face painted, take part in colouring competitions, delve into a lucky dip or throw a wet sponge at a member of Mind’s staff in the stocks!

There’s a raffle for the adults with a host of special prizes as well as tombola, a bric-a-brac sale and arts and crafts activities and items for sale.

Drinks and snacks will be available to buy at The Victoria Bistro Café.

St.Helens Mind volunteers will be manning an information stall with more details about the charity and the work they do in the area; including information about the social groups that they run, the befriending of local people who are experiencing isolation and distress due to mental illness and how people can get involved as volunteer befrienders or help with the social groups.  

Gill Ellison, Manager said: “As an independent local charity, we raise funds locally and they stay local, any funds raised at this event will go a long way in supporting people.”

For more details about St Helens Mind please visit their website https://www.sthelensmind.org.uk/

Pathways to Recovery have a Volunteer Recruitment Event on Monday 21st August starting at 10am—2pm, the event will be taking place at The Hub, Museum Street Warrington. 

They have opportunities like;

  •  Peer Mentors
  •  Volunteers
  • Counselling volunteers
  •  Prison volunteers
  • Group facilitator volunteers

Application forms & information are available from Jess or Leeanne the BRIC Coordinators. 

If you would like more information please call them on 01925 657866.

 

 

 

 

NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group would like to invite you to their Annual General Meeting, which is being held on Thursday 7th September in Norton Priory Museums and Gardens from 1pm-3pm.

The event will be an opportunity for stakeholders to hear presentations from the CCG’s Governing Body about work undertaken in 2016/17; including achievements, key challenges and an update on the annual accounts.

You will also be able to listen to performances from local groups and individuals, including:

  • The Sunshine Choir
  • A poetry reading from the Women of Windmill Hill’s Margaret Hicks
  • Keith Fielding, comedian
  • Rhythm Reaction drumming group
  • A ukulele group

The event will also be broadcast live on Halton Community Radio 92.3FM for anyone who is not able to attend.

If you are able to attend please contact them on 01928 593455 or e-mail communications@haltonccg.nhs.uk.to confirm your attendance.

Free Course - How to Enjoy Retirement

Have you recently retired and are aged 50 plus?

Would you like to take part in a free how to enjoy retirement course piloted by Age UK Mid Mersey and St Helens Mind?

  • Course starting Wednesday 13th September 
  • am or pm
  • 10am to 12 noon or 1pm to 3pm (for 6 weeks)

Book Early as places are limited

To find out more details and book a place contact Fiona on 01744 752644 or email inspire&include@ageukmm.org.uk

Willowbrook-The Living Well) is holding a Car Boot sale on Saturday 16th September from 9am - 1pm.

Pitches cost £10 - strictly no traders and only second hand sales. To secure your pitch, please call the fundraising office on 01744 453798 or email events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

 

They are looking for volunteers to support their retail outlets and help to fund their vital research;  they have the following roles:

Accessories Volunteer - Are you interested in fashion and trends and love accessorising your outfits? If this sounds like you? We have the perfect role to suit someone who would love to get involved in selecting, merchandising and displaying our amazing stock of exciting and interesting accessories.

Whether you’re a lover of handbags and shoes, stunning jewellery or beautiful accessories or fancy the company of other friendly volunteers the British Heart Foundation shop is the place to be…

Customer Service Volunteer - Are you a chatterbox? Can you talk about anything and everything? We like to talk to our customers, make them feel welcome, help them find the things they’re looking for and inform them of the BHF’s life saving heart research. We keep the shop floor looking fresh and inspiring and thank everyone who brings in their donations and custom. Come and be a part of your local team and learn customer service skills and gain experience. Don’t worry if you’re not a confident speaker, with this role all you need is a welcoming and helpful attitude.

Sort Room Volunteer - Whether you’re a keen rummager, an organised operator or love the look of a freshly ironed shirt we have a role for you. If you like things to be neat and tidy then we need your help sort the donations we receive into their different categories. If you’re a lover of the iron then master the mighty steamer and watch those creases and wrinkles disappear. If you love searching for the best finds carefully sift through our sort room and uncover the hidden riches that lay beneath.  Whether you’re a lover of vintage clothing, stunning jewellery or beautiful bric-a-brac or fancy the company of other friendly volunteers the sort room is the place to be.

Volunteer Stock Collection Driver - Do you love driving around and keeping yourself busy? If you’re an active and bubbly person looking for a flexible role that gets you out and about meeting people and exploring your local surrounding then come and join our friendly team. Help collect stock from people’s houses, businesses or our clothing banks and deliver them to your local shop.

 

If you are interested in these opportunities contact us by phone 01744 751759 or email volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk.  If you would like to discuss other volunteering options you can make an appointment with a team member.

We have received the following message from Mike Palin, St Helens Council Chief Executive, about the plans to re-generate St Helens Town Centre:

This week the council and its partners launched an event for town centre businesses to inform them of our plans to transform St Helens Town Centre.

Over the coming days you may also see stories within the local media and on social media detailing some of those proposed key developments, so I want to take this opportunity to tell you personally of our plans for the redevelopment of the town centre.

I know a high proportion of you live within the borough and will naturally see St Helens Town Centre as your local shopping area, and I’m sure, like myself, you want to see our town centre develop and thrive into a town that can rival the best and make us all feel proud.  However, there can be no denying that in recent years our town centre has declined and fallen behind others, who have been quicker to take advantage of opportunity and investment.

The regeneration of the town centre is top of most residents’ wish lists and it is also one of the council’s biggest priorities.  That is why we have developed an ambitious strategy which sets out the direction and vision for the town.  As a council we are currently seeking to take greater control of key assets within the town centre, as we currently own less than one percent of the retail space, meaning we have little or no control over what development occurs. With direct intervention, our intention is to have greater control over the type of retail and leisure facilities that are developed in the town centre over the coming years.

The redevelopment of St Helens Town Centre is an ambitious plan with multiple elements which will gradually roll out over the next 10 years. If all the proposals suggested were to be delivered, it would cost in the region of £300 million to achieve, realised through a range of public and private sector investors.  External investors – both public and private – will only fund initiatives when they see it is part of a long-term deliverable plan. The strategy we have launched for engagement provides that plan so that funds can be secured and the council has already committed to engaging a private sector property partner to work with on delivery.

From the council perspective, funding could also take the form of borrowing – where the initial investment is repaid through the increased income from the development in future years. The council agreed the basis on which it would act in this way at Cabinet in late 2016 in preparation for this next stage. This does not change the need for the council to make revenue budget reductions due to our national grant being reduced.  In terms of grant funds, the council has been successful in the last year of obtaining outline approval for over £30m of grant funds from the Liverpool City Region Strategic Investment Fund for investment in the borough and the council has already met with senior officers of the Combined Authority to raise awareness of our long-term plans for the town centre.

This is a typical process for this type of long-term, multi-phase, economic development programme and examples such as Stockport Town Centre, Oldham, Rochdale, Warrington, and others have been looked at in terms of developing the St Helens approach.  Programmes of £300m and above are not uncommon for town centres of these sizes and that should be St Helens ambition too.

A booklet summarising our proposals for the town centre has been produced and we will be welcoming your feedback and that of local businesses and residents, as part of a formal engagement process which will begin on Monday 4th September and end of Friday 13th October 2017.  Comments on the proposals can be sent to hello@investinsthelens.com.

You can view our “Transforming our Town” booklet on https://www.investinsthelens.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/TransformingOurTown.pdf

As I am sure you will appreciate, plans on this scale will take a number of years to evolve, but I will continue to keep you informed of our progression from time to time and when any significant developments take place.

Mike Palin

Chief Executive
St Helens Council

Merseyside Sports Partnership (MSP) have teamed up with the Mersey Forest to launch a new Geocaching project, starting in Liverpool and St Helens.

Geocaching is a great way to enjoy being outside in the Mersey Forest discovering somewhere new, getting fitter and enjoying the thrill of the hunt!

Geocaching is a bit like orienteering or Pokemon Go, in that you use GPS coordinates to find 'caches' that have been hidden within public parks.

The first lot of caches have been placed around:

  • Calderstones Park, Liverpool
  • Colliers Moss, St Helens
  • Croxteth Hall Park, Liverpool
  • Everton Park, Liverpool

Taking part is simple - all you need is a mobile phone and an internet connection.

You'll then be able to navigate your way to a cache location, and use the clues provided to find the cache! Set yourself a challenge to see if you can find all 20 caches in the summer holidays! 

Danny Woodworth, Physical Activity and Sport Officer, MSP commented:

“MSP are delighted to be working in partnership with the Mersey Forest and local community groups to create this opportunity, which encourages people of all ages to explore their local green spaces and be more physically active in the process.  We would encourage anyone to get involved and give it a go – no matter what your age or level of fitness.”

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants (Geocachers) use a smartphone with GPS to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches").

These containers have a log book for hunters to record their names and the dates on which they find the stash. The ‘treasure’ is in the form of all sorts of trinkets and souvenirs. The main rule is: if the finder decides to take anything away, they're required to leave something of equal or greater value for the next person to discover.

Local green spaces that feature new hidden treasure include Everton Park, Calderstones Park and Croxteth Country Park in Liverpool, and Colliers Moss in St Helens.

Suzanne Londra, Nature4Health Officer at the Mersey Forest said:

“Geocaching is great activity for the holidays because it doesn’t break the bank. It’s great fun, free, and gets you out being active in local green spaces. It turns a walk into a treasure hunt!”

Click Here to read more about Geocaching, and how people can take part for free! 

 

 

 On Tuesday, 5th September at Haydock Conservative Club, Bellorophon Way, Haydock, St Helens.WA11 0GT, between 7:30 and 9:30 PM, Haydock Male Voice Choir will present a free concert to attract men to join the choir.

They will attain their centenary in March 2023, and would like to reach this milestone by recruiting new "younger" members to perpetuate this august body.

Haydock MVC have a new dynamic conductor, Dan Craddock and two magnificent accompanists, Ruth Webb and Rachel Fright, both with post graduate qualifications from the Royal College of Music.

They will sing a few pieces and then invite prospective members to join with them, sitting next to an experienced chorister to help them, and continue the concert.

Dan will illustrate how the choir works with each one of four parts singing their part of the harmony and the men will join the part they feel most comfortable with.

It should be a really "fun" evening.

Singing is renowned for promoting the "feel-good" factor, good health, camaraderie and teamwork, with a good sense of achievement.

They will give you a really good welcome and look forward to meeting new members.

To find out more about HaydockMVC visit the website at http://www.haydockmvc.com/ or contact the Secretary at secretary@haydockmvc.com.

 

The governments new Digital Strategy offers incentives to promote businesses to take on apprentices and also up skill existing staff to bridge the skills gap in the UK as there is a huge skills shortage.

If your business has less than 50 staff, you get fully funded training paid for by the government! You can use this funding to either;

1.            Take on an apprentice to mould to your business and grow with your business

2.            Use Baltic's training to up skill existing staff

Baltic courses are fully funded for you and all of their training and support throughout the apprenticeship is inclusive of the cost paid by the government. 

Infrastructure Technician CompTIA - £15k – Paid

Technical Sales - £12k – Paid

Digital Marketing - £12k - Paid

There is no age limit now to apprenticeships, if your apprentice is between the age of 19-24 you pay ZERO national Insurance.

If you take on a new apprentice aged 16 – 18 you not only get the course paid but you get extra incentives;

  • £1000 incentive paid half at month 3 and half at month 12
  • Free Microsoft On Demand Course to use for any member of staff (£500)
  • If you recruit your own candidate you get x2 Microsoft On Demand Courses(£1000)

If your business has over 50 staff you would pay 10% of the programme costs. Up skilling existing staff would be paid by the government by 90% and you would cover the remaining 10%.

If you choose to upskill existing staff you will get x2 Microsoft On Demand Courses.

All of the training is provided via online Live (Virtual Classroom). Baltic trainers are both in the top ten in the UK.

They are the only training provider awarded with the customer service institute award and this is due to the service they provide throughout the programme. They have support networks for both the apprentice and the Business with regular reviews and support so you never feel that you are alone with this training.

In terms of talent they have a dedicated team to source the talented individuals you need to fit your business and meet your job description. They spec and interview the candidates and make sure you get the right individual to mould and help your business grow.

Website -- https://baltictraining.com/

 

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Welcome to our 1st ABCD newsletter. We aim to keep you updated on our latest community developments and also keep you up-to-date about what opportunities are available in the St Helens area for CGL service users.

Would you like to work with Wellbeing Enterprises CIC? They are growing and need administrative firepower! They are looking for a part time talented administrator to join the Runcorn team, details and how to apply below; 

Salary: £14,664-£15,600 pro rata – 18 month fixed term contract (6 month probationary period)

Hours: 22 hours per week

Place of work: Halton

Responsible to: Service Delivery Manager

Purpose of Post:

They're looking for an experienced and highly organised Administration Officer to ensure the smooth running of a Big Lottery Funded health and wellbeing project.

The successful candidate will provide administrative support to the project delivery team and will be responsible for developing and implementing efficient and effective administrative processes and procedures.

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist the project delivery team to coordinate rolling training programmes in St Helens and Knowsley.
  • Booking venues and preparing equipment and materials for training sessions.
  • Develop and implement robust administrative processes and procedures to ensure the efficient delivery and monitoring of the project.
  • Organise and coordinate meetings using online calendars and monitor training course booking systems.
  • Taking minutes and preparing agendas and papers for internal and external meetings.
  • Maintaining paper and electronic records in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
  • General administration duties including: filing, photocopying, answering telephone calls and taking messages.
  • Replenishing office items and project equipment
  • Managing project petty cash.
  • Coordinate the work of administrative apprentices who support the project.
  • Uphold Wellbeing Enterprises CIC’s core values: People, Place and Partners.

The details contained within this job description reflect the content of the job at the date it was prepared. However, it is inevitable that, over time, the nature of the job may change. Existing duties may no longer be required and other duties may be gained without changing the general nature of the post or the level of responsibility entailed. Consequently, they will expect to revise this job description from time to time and will consult the postholder/s at the appropriate time.

To apply please send a copy of your CV (no more than two sides of A4 please) along with your cover letter detailing why you want to work with Wellbeing Enterprises CIC and your suitability for the role. 
For more information please contact Helen McPeake (01928 589 799).

Deadline for applications: 31st August – 5.00pm

As part of the Well Halton Programme, they have been supporting a new social enterprise, Sewing Rooms Halton. 

It is based upon a successful model from Skelmersdale, which is being adapted for Halton by local seamstress and community worker, Victoria Begg.   

Sewing Rooms is based in Runcorn Shopping City and will be launching its first two free sewing courses on 11th and 13th September.  

You can find out more about Sewing Rooms (Halton & Skelmersdale) here: http://www.the-sewing-rooms.co.uk/

These 8 week courses are free to Halton women who are in receipt of benefits. 

Participants will even get their bus fairs reimbursed.

For anymore information or to book your place call Victoria on 07913 662402.

Or you can email her on:Victoria.begg@ntlworld.com

21st September, The Beacon Building, College Street, St Helens, WA10 1TF

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust will be giving 2 presentations to introduce the Coalfields Community Investment Programme offer.

10am – 11am – An introduction to the Coalfields Community Investment Programme: Funding Support - comprehensive information on the eligibility criteria and how to apply for up to £10,000 of funding for projects that will improve the Health, Employment Opportunities or Skills of people living in former coalfield areas.

The Trust’s funding is only available to organisations operating in former coalfield areas.

Please see the CRT website for more information about our geographical eligibility criteria by clicking in the list of eligible wards for your region https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/division-missing/coalfields-community-investment-programme-ccip-funding-support/

And one of the following sessions:

11.15am - 12pm - An introduction to the Coalfields Community Investment Programme: Practical Support Offer – information about their range of free resources and services available to incorporated/registered charitable organisations operating in coalfield areas. 

Or:

11.15am - 12pm - For those organisations not eligible or interested in the Practical Support offer a session will also run where you can speak directly to a member of CRT staff to discuss any project ideas.

 (Please note there may be a wait)

There will be an opportunity to meet CRT staff following each session. 

In order to ensure you get the most out of your attendance please see below further eligibility criteria for CRT funding as they would prefer to let you know what they are looking to fund in advance rather than you arriving on the day and potentially being disappointed. 

  • The maximum award is £10,000 of which up to £2,000 can be specifically for capital items such as equipment, as such we have very limited capacity to fund improvements to buildings/land – they will not accept capital only applications
  • Your organisation/group must have its own governing documents, bank statement and annual accounts (or cashflow for newly formed groups/organisations)
  • Your project must directly improve the health, skills or employment prospects of people living in former coalfield areas
  • Your organisation’s unrestricted income should be less than £250,000 based on the figure in your latest annual accounts
  • They are unable to fund one off events, large equipment purchases such as mowers
  • Also are unable to pay any director/trustee/management committee member for work they may undertake on a project

To book a place at the event please click on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ccipsthelens

Please do not hesitate to contact them if you have any questions.

The Community Investment Team
Phone- 01226 272811
Web- https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/ 

 

Willowbrook Hospice is inviting local people to join them for their Anniversary Dinner on 27 October at St Helens Town Hall.

The event, which is part of the hospice’s 20th anniversary of caring for people across St Helens and Knowsley, promises to be a fabulous evening with delicious food, brilliant live entertainment and great prizes in the silent auction and raffle.

Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at the hospice said: “Many people don’t realise that Willowbrook is a charity and that without the generous support of the local communities of St Helens and Knowsley we wouldn’t be able to continue to provide our specialist care to our patients and their families. The Anniversary dinner is a great opportunity to help us celebrate the hospice’s 20 years of caring and I’m sure it will be a wonderful evening.”

Tickets for the Anniversary Dinner are £35 and can be purchased by calling 01744 453798 or emailing events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

                

Merseyside Crime Commissioner reopens fund to help communities prevent crime

Organisations which help to reduce crime and protect communities in Merseyside are being invited to apply for a share of a fund aimed at helping to build stronger, safer communities.

This is the third year that Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has opened the Crime Prevention Fund which is used to help charities, community groups and social enterprises stop problems before they occur, by reducing the opportunities for crime and by deterring people away from becoming involved in anti-social and criminal behaviour.

A total of £135,000 is available from the fund and the Commissioner is inviting groups to submit bids of between £5,000 and £25,000 for innovative community safety projects or schemes that will be run between now and April 2018.

This year, the Commissioner is specifically urging organisations that are working to tackle the causes of serious and organised crime to apply for funding.

Jane said: “Serious and organised crime is, for many people, their greatest concern.

It blights the communities, bringing misery and suffering and causing lasting harm.

“Merseyside Police allocates extensive resources to tackling this issue, but they cannot succeed alone.

Local people understand their communities better than anyone and know what will work best to improve their area. 

We are fortunate to have a wealth of voluntary and community groups which are working hard to prevent people, especially young people from getting involved with this type of crime and I want to hear from them."

“Through the Crime Prevention Fund, I want to see what more can be done to tackle this issue and with these grants I hope I can give organisations which are trying to address the root causes of this issue a valuable cash boost which will help to make a difference to communities across Merseyside.”

Last year, 12 grassroots organisations were chosen to share £132,000 from the Crime Prevention Fund from a total of 116 bids submitted.

Many of the projects focused on preventing young people from getting involved with crime.

Jane said: “Sadly, we have seen really damaging cuts, not only to the police, but to a lot of our really important partner organisations which focus their efforts on community safety, such as the Youth Offending Teams, local authority crime prevention services and mental health provision, in recent years."

“The reduction in many of these services is being strongly felt in our communities, so I hope these small grants can be used to help to alleviate some of these cutbacks. "

"I’ve met hundreds of people across Merseyside who are really proud and passionate about the places they live in and are committed to keeping them safe and I look forward to reviewing their proposals for how this fund can be best spent.”

Any organisation wishing to apply for funding will need to show how their project works to tackle the priorities set out in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan - these are to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour; provide a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style; tackle serious and organised crime and to support victims; protect vulnerable people and maintain public safety; and improve road safety.

Applications will also need to show how the initiatives will deter individuals from committing crime, reduce the number of people entering the criminal justice system, or lower reoffending.

They will also be assessed to see how well they will protect vulnerable communities.

The fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM), an independent charity which assists grant-making and charitable giving.

Local groups who would benefit from the funding can find more details on its website here http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/crime-prevention-fund

Job Specification for an Office Assistant

Full Time

Salary £23,000 per annum

Genlab are in need of an enthusiastic and competent Office Assistant to fill an important role in busy office team.

They manufactur industrial ovens and incubators and are looking for a hard-working professional to be able to undertake a variety of office based tasks essential to the day to day operation of the business.  

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Taking enquiries for new sales and setting up new customers accounts (both in the UK & abroad)
  • Forge close-knit relationships with suppliers & customers
  • Managing customer queries from the very first initial enquiry through to delivery and also aftersales service.
  • Banking, invoice financing, paying wages
  • Invoicing customers & paying suppliers
  • Bank reconciliation
  • Managing information on the Pegasus Opera system
  • Undertaking VAT returns & taxation documents
  • File and organize documents
  • Supporting the Directors in the management of staff

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Previous experience of working in an office environment
  • Professional telephone manner when dealing with customers
  • Computer literate in Word, Excel & Outlook
  • Strong analytical abilities and good in problem-solving
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills
  • Motivated to learn and develop
  • Ability to work under pressure

ADVANTAGES:

  • Working knowledge of Pegasus Opera or Sage
  • Previous experience of export sales administration
  • Supervisory positions held
  • Customer service experience desirable

LOCATION

  • Based in Genlab office in Widnes, Cheshire
  • 8:30 – 16:45 Mon to Thurs & 8:30 – 15:00 Fri
  • Occasional overtime will be required

If you want to apply for the job or find out more information please email you CV or questions to P.Crompton@genlad.co.uk 

 
 

Please find attached the new programme of meetings for St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK.

The programme will commence with the 1st meeting on Wed 6th Sept 2017 at 7.30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King St, WA10 2JZ.

Please note that all their meetings will now be held in this venue.

They are a friendly group offering information and support to people living with diabetes, and to anyone who wants to find out more about the condition.

Diabetes UK meetings are free to attend and they have a good selection of information on diabetes available.

For further information, feel free to contact them on 0151 480 0821, or visit our website at https://st-helens-and-district.diabetesukgroup.org/

 

Innovative New Youth Work Programme        

YOUTH WORKER (2 x 18hr posts)

£24,000 pro rata (0.5) and £21,000 pro rata (0.5)

PARTICIPATION............PASSION.............PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT........

Can you demonstrate your own experience and commitment in working with children and young people in an informal setting? 

Do you have the right qualifications and training needed to apply for these two youth worker posts?

Can you demonstrate that you are always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that children and young people can access the best possible opportunities to improve their own life chances?

Are you looking for a new job opportunity which is based in Halton Brook, Runcorn?

Post 1: Senior Youth Worker 18 hrs per week. The successful candidate will demonstrate significant experience in this field and, as well as providing direct youth work delivery with individuals and groups, will be responsible for the development, management and impact measurement of this initiative.  Salary £12,000 pa (£24,000 pro rata)

Post 2: Youth Worker 18 hrs per week.  The successful candidate will demonstrate experience in this field and, as well as providing direct youth work delivery with individuals and groups, will hold responsibility for recording sessions and accurate statistics. 

Salary £10,500 pa (£21,000 pro rata).

Regular weekend, evening and holiday time working will be required; applicants required to produce DBS and details of recent employers.

This is a three year programme funded by Children In Need. 

Employment is subject to continued funding on an annual basis.

To apply by email please send your CV and a covering letter to admin@fourestates.co.uk, suitable candidates will then be sent an application pack. 

If you prefer to use the post, please send your CV and a covering letter to Four Estates, Hillcrest Centre, Leaside, Halton Brook, Runcorn WA7 2DY.

Closing date: 18th August 2017

Various dates and venues.

The course is designed to focus on adult sexual offending, and the impact of sexual abuse on the child victims, and Non-Offending Parent (NOP).

The day will also explore risk factors that offer a hypothesis relating to target groups, pathways and grooming strategies, along with the application of research-based frameworks designed to assimilate the heterogeneity of sexual offending behaviours and characteristics.

On completion of this course, participants should have an understanding of:-

  • The use of legislative and professional guidance that informs professional practice when working with children and young people exposed to CSA
  • Explore best practice in Multi-agency working
  • Recognise the importance of multi-agency working and responses to child sexual abuse
  • Consider sexual offending dynamics and diversity from Paedophilia, Female offenders, Intra-familial Sexual Abuse to Internet Abuse
  • Discuss and reflect on various grooming behaviours and pathways to sexually abuse children and young people
  • Increase awareness and understanding of contemporary research on Adult perpetration of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Myths and facts about child sexual abuse
  • How sexual abuse can affect children and young people and the implications for their cognitive and emotional capacity and psychosocial development.
  • Consider and explore signs and symptoms of sexual abuse
  • The complexity of disclosure and why it is so difficult for a child to unveil details of their abuse
  • Explore best practice in managing potential risk when there is reunification into the family
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of Non-Offending Parents/Caregivers.
  • Impact of sexual abuse and the impact on the child
  • To identify when specialist advice, consultation or intervention is needed
  • The importance of professional resilience and supervision. 

For more details and to book a place go to Halton Safeguarding Children Board website http://haltonsafeguarding.co.uk/training/

Please note HSCB training is free to agencies that make a financial contribution to the Board of at least 15% and not for profit or voluntary organisations with a national turnover of less than £100,000 per annum.  

For all other agencies there will be a charge of £80 per participant for this full day course, visit the charging policy for further details https://children.haltonsafeguarding.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/HALTON-SAFEGUARDING-CHILDREN-BOARD-TRAINING-CHARGING-POLICY-OCTOBER-2016.pdf

 

Clovemead have recently closed an office in Leics and as a result have some office furniture which is in need of a good home. 

It is currently residing in their warehouse in Widnes and they would love to donate it to a start up company / an organisation that is in need of some great quality office furniture. 

They currently have 9 complete desks comprising of polished chrome frames with cherry wood tops. 

In additional there are 4 low, desk top height filing draws that can fit at the end of the desk therefore allowing an L shaped design. 

Along with 4 sets of matching shelves.

If you know of anyone or any organisation that may be interested in this furniture please contact Rachael Owen at Halton Borough Council on 0151 511 7114  or email  Rachael.Owen@halton.gov.uk  

SILS (St Helens Independent Living Services) need your help to obtain equipment you or your family and friends no longer need.

As a charity they have donated over £10,000 worth of equipment to people in urgent need. 

By supporting your local NHS they can return items and save money. 

The drop off point is: Shopmobility St Helens, Chalon Way Multi Storey Car Park, Chalon Way West, St Helens, WA10 1BF. Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Please telephone 01744 613388 first for details of items that can be reused. 

 

Background Information: The fund aims to work with voluntary bodies and community groups in Merseyside to support community safety, crime prevention and security initiatives in their locality.

What is the focus of the fund: All applications must meet the following objectives of the fund: 
- To promote a safer and increased quality of life through the prevention of crime and the protection of people and property from criminal acts for the benefit of the public in and around Merseyside.
- To secure the advancement of education for the public benefit in all matters relating to community safety.
- To increase provision of diversionary activities and facilities that target young people to reduce crime and anti social behaviour.

How much is available: Grants will normally range from £500 to £2500 and may be less than the figure applied for.

In exceptional circumstances, grants of higher value may be considered.

Which areas are covered: Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral. 

Any special criteria: Groups should have been constituted for at least 12 months before seeking funding.

The panel is unlikely to fund salaries and staff costs.

Priority will be given to projects that focus on the advancement of education and increasing the provision of diversionary activities and facilities for young people.

In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to other types of funding.

In addition to the completed application applicants should provide a letter of support for the project, ideally from a PCSO (Police Community Support Officer), traffic community support officer or similar referee. 

NB: The donor has discretion to also commission applications.

The next closing date is Monday 4 September 2017 but due to a limited budget the fund may close earlier when sufficient applications are received.

NB The panel is unlikely to fund CCTV systems, security measures or similar pieces of equipment. 

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside’s website - www.cfmerseyside.org.uk and complete an online application form.

Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below.

If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn. 

You can now attach the documents to your online application, email them to applications@cflm.email or post them to the address below.

Documents which need to be included with your application:

1. A copy of the group’s rules or constitution

2. A copy of the group’s latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document

3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group

4. A copy of the group’s current Safeguarding Policy.

All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity.

If unsure about what you need please contact the Community Foundation for help (details below)

NB: If you have received a grant from them in the last 12 months and have already submitted copies of the above documents, you do not need to send them in again.

However, a bank statement is required with every application.

The following items cannot be supported via the fund:

  • Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility
  • National organizations that cannot demonstrate local governance and control of local finances
  • Commercial ventures
  • Purchase/maintenance of vehicles
  • Activities that will have already taken place before they offer you a grant
  • Politically connected or exclusively religious activities
  • Projects for personal profit
  • Trophies and medals
  • Organisations that are set up for the benefit of animals or plants: environmental groups that work with animals or the environment (such as city farms) are acceptable
  • Groups comprising just one family
  • Debts and other liabilities
  • Reclaimable VAT
  • Travel outside UK
  • Gifts or projects exclusively for the purpose of entertaining – social events can be funded where there is a clear community benefit

What happens next?

Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check eligibility.

You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision making panel will make recommendations based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.

You should expect to hear the outcome of your application within 6 weeks of the closing date.

For further information, please contact Joan Ford, Community Philanthropy Manager at:

Community Foundations for Lancashire & Merseyside
Third Floor,
Stanley Building,
43 Hanover Street,
Liverpool,
L1 3DN
T: 0151 232 2444
Fax: 0151 232 2445
Email: joan@cflm.email

Or see their website for more information. http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/

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.

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

NHS St Helens CCG wishes to recruit a dynamic and motivated Patient & Public Involvement (PPI) Lay Member to its Governing Body. The PPI Lay Member is a statutory member of the Governing

Body with full voting rights. This non-executive leadership role is key to ensuring an e­ffective engagement strategy with patients and local communities.

The CCG is a clinically-led organisation and our purpose is to commission high quality services and improve health for its population which is made up from patients registered with our GP Members’ practices.

With regards to public and patient participation the role of the CCG is to:

• Develop methods of listening to those who use and care about the services we commission.

• Ensure that patients are able to participate in planning, managing and making decisions about their care and treatment.

• Promote effective participation of the public in the commissioning process.

The successful applicant will be appointed to NHS St Helens CCG Governing Body for two years - extendable for a further one year subject to review.

The post will require a commitment of 30 hours on average, (equivalent of 4 days per month).

A full job description and application form can be requested by emailing Angela Delea, Associate Director, Corporate Governance on angela.delea2@sthelensccg.nhs.uk or by telephoning 01744 457380.

If you would like an informal chat with the CCG Chair prior to application, this can be arranged by contacting Catherine.Edge@sthelensccg.nhs.uk, or telephoning 01744 624268.

Closing Date: Wednesday 24th August 2017, 5pm.

Interviews will be held 5th September 2017.

Halton Community Partnership Trust Ltd are to hold their AGM on Wednesday 20th September 2017 at The Old Police Station, Mersey Road, Runcorn, WA7 1DF.

They also currently have vacancies on their Board of Directors and are looking to fill these positions, if there is any one interested in joining them please contact:

 Sandra Hannan by phone 01928 577404 or email hcpt@btconnect.com for information.

Liverpool John Moores University are working on a project for CHAMPS (the Cheshire & Merseyside public health collaborative) on approaches to developing community resilience.

They would like to include project case studies from across Cheshire and Merseyside.

They would like to include examples of any initiatives/projects around the following:

1. Encouraging inter-community collaboration/ social network development, e.g.:

 a.Training up key individuals in the community (community champions etc.)

 b. Developing innovative community schemes and supporting volunteering (e.g. ‘men in sheds’)

 c. Using digital media to promote social connections (e.g. internet support groups)

 d. Social prescribing.

 2. Promoting community governance and levels of control (e.g.community budgets)

 3. Enhancing environmental assets

 4. Supporting resilience in the economy and at work (e.g. local jobs for local people; local supply chains)

 5. Developing asset based mapping and other measures

 6. Developing workforce skills in promoting community resilience (e.g. training staff in asset mapping and community development)

 This is could be a chance to showcase the work you have been involved in. 

To send your case studies email  j.ubido@ljmu.ac.uk or call 01512314224

Various exercise classes running free of charge for adults to try during the Summer. For more information please see the flyers below.

Merseyflow and the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board 

Friday 28th July, 3pm at Halton & St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB

Representatives from Merseyflow and the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board will deliver an approximate 30 minute slot plus Q&A covering:-    

  • an update on the project progress
  • meet the toll provider and have the toll infrastructure explained
  • vital information about the toll charges and registering for discounts

On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August, Willowbrook Hospice in Prescot will be opening its award winning gardens to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme’s (NGS) 90th birthday celebrations.

The Willowbrook gardens are one of only ten hospice gardens chosen to participate in the NGS this year.

The gardens are spread across 5 acres and have a wide ranging appeal, with many different areas of interest including the Japanese garden, water features, the kitchen garden and formal gardens.

Nichola Saunders Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook said: “We’re really proud of our beautiful gardens which have been designed to provide relaxing spaces for our patients and their families and friends to relax and enjoy.  The hard work of our gardeners and volunteers has seen the gardens recognised with 4 successive gold medals in the RHS North West in Bloom Annual Competition and it’s wonderful that members of the public will be able to come along on 12 and 13 August to see the gardens for themselves.”

The hospice gardens will be open 11am-4pm and entry is £3 for adults and free for children with profits going towards the NGS fund for nursing and caring charities.  

Salary: £36,946 per annum plus £1,100 car allowance

Location: Liverpool

Closing date: 30.07.2017

Interview date: 11.08.2017

Plus Dane are looking for an experienced Strategic Partnership Manager to join their busy team. You'll be responsible for delivering the new Landlord Plus Strategy, driving their added value services and working across the organisation to bring the new strategy to life.

To be successful in the role you will have experience of working with a wide range of partners and organisations to create innovative partnerships to help sustain tenancies and support tenants and customers out of dependency. With a strong track record of bidding for and attracting new sources of funding, they are looking for someone who can translate strategy into action. Passionate about making a difference, you will motivate and engage teams across organisation to support and deliver the key objectives of the Landlord Plus Strategy.

If you think you fit the bill then they are interested in hearing from you

This is an exciting opportunity to join an established Housing Association that is committed to providing its tenants and customers with the highest standards of affordable living. Working within a fast paced, ever changing environment

Plus Dane encourage applications from customers and their families

Please note where a position requires formal qualifications, candidates will be asked to bring these along to interview so that a copy can be taken as evidence.  

If you are interested in this position, please click the link below:

http://www.plusdane.co.uk/strategic-partnership-manager/

 

Are you living with HIV in St Helens? Do you know someone living with HIV in St Helens? Do you need some HIV related support, information and advice?

Sahir House is the HIV support, information and training service and provides free and confidential support to people living with HIV and family and carers affected by HIV across Merseyside including St Helens

Sahir House can visit you in your community, at your local clinic or provide travel assistance to enable you to attend activities and appointments at Sahir House’s main office services in the city centre of Liverpool

There is a variety of support available including help with:

  • support workers
  • welfare and benefits advice
  • housing issues
  • advocacy
  • counselling
  • wellbeing activities and peer support

There is a wide range of employability related activities including:

  • one to one IT coaching support
  • life skills group work
  • summer school activities such as creative writing, confidence building through art and drama
  • HIV employment forum and job search

Sahir House has an extensive range of literature and resource links that may help you with issues:

  • side effects of medication
  • health conditions
  • disclosure, rights and the law
  • HIV in the workplace
  • family
  • mental and emotional health

Sahir House also welcome volunteers from all sections of our communities and are marching in this year’s Liverpool Pride if you would like to join them.

Sahir House Health Promotion Service has publicity and campaign materials if required for notice boards and intranet

If you would like more information about Sahir House Support Services please contact Steve Earle,

Sahir House Services Manager on 0151 237 3989 or email info@sahir.uk.com or visit www.sahir.org.uk

Further to discussions at the St Helens Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board meeting on the 4th July it was agreed they would:

1. Set dates for the individual workshops to populate the sub groups action plans.

2. Identify the venue - venue to be Stephensons Resource Centre, L35 8LB, tea and coffee will be available on arrival and half way through the sessions.

3. Have the Workshops in September after the holidays, the dates are as follows:

  • Access to Mental Health - (Anna Evans)
    4 September at 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm
  • Care Closer to Home - (Mel Latham)
    8 September at 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm
  • Promoting Wellbeing - (Sharon Fryer)
    6 September at 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

 

4. You would identify a lead from your area to be represented at the workshop appropriate to your area, that could mean one, two or all 3 of the workshops.

5. The greater membership in the workshop would enable a more robust and comprehensive and owned action plan.

6. You send your nominations to Marie Morgan by 18 August 2017 as the venue will need to be notified for catering purposes.

7. Sharon Fryer will lead on Promoting Wellbeing 

    Mel Latham will lead on Care Closer to Home 

    Anna Evans will lead on Access to Mental Health 

For more information about the Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership Board Meeting, please contact Marie Morgan on the details below:

Marie Morgan
Directorate
People's Services
The Gamble Building
Victoria Square
St Helens
WA10 1DY

Tel: 01744 676317

Email: MarieMorgan@sthelens.gov.uk

Merseyside PCC releases £45,000 to help young people make right choices

Community groups which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being given the chance to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has confirmed that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the eighth time the Commissioner has invited community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices. A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

Jane has already awarded nearly £288,000 through the PPA to organisations that are making a difference in their communities. Since July 2015, the fund has been used to concentrate on youth engagement initiatives.

The Commissioner said: "I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.

“Once a young person gets a criminal record it can blight their future prospects. If we can prevent them from making mistakes at a young age we can look forward to their positive contribution to their neighbourhoods.

“I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Last year, more than 12,000 young people were able to join organised activities run through 22 different initiatives funded through the PPA over the Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations.

Jane added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.”

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 21st August. Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.

Healthwatch St Helens want to help local people to access the right service to meet their needs.

They would like to find out what services you use to get help and support when you're not feeling well.

If you could please follow the link to there website and fill out the small servey. http://www.healthwatchsthelens.co.uk/where-would-you-choose-go.

The Disclosure and Barring Service has now had over 1 million subscribers to its Update Service.

The Update Service which was launched in June 2013, puts applicants in greater control of their information, and allows you to re-use A DBS certificate when applying for similar roles within the same workforce (i.e Child Workforce / Adult Workforce / Child and Adult Workforce).

Joining the Update Service reduces bureaucracy, and saves time and money. It allows your employer to go online, with your consent, and carry out a free status check to find out if the information on your DBS certificate is current and up-to-date. This reduces the need for an applicant to apply for multiple checks when moving from one job or volunteering role to another in the same workforce (area of DBS that you have been checked or when required to complete a re-check. The vast majority of individuals who use the Update Service have told the Disclosure and Barring Service that they have felt it improves safeguarding, which remains a priority for DBS and the Government.

You now have 30 days from your certificate issue date to register for the Update Service. Registration costs £13 per year (payable by direct debit or credit card only). THERE'S NO CHARGE IF YOU ARE A VOLUNTEER.

For more information https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. They are responsible for monitoring and inspecting services to ensure they are providing care that is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led. This includes all NHS services, hospitals, GP practices, dentists, independent providers, care homes and domiciliary care agencies.

CQC is planning a new campaign aimed at raising awareness of CQC amongst women who are pregnant, are looking to be pregnant, or have recently used maternity services in England.  They want more women to be aware that if you’re pregnant and choosing where to have a baby, CQC can help you make that decision.  CQC also wants to encourage women to:

  • Use the free, independent CQC inspection reports to compare maternity services near them
  • If they’ve recently had a baby to share their experiences with CQC, whether good or bad

How you can help

They are looking for 3 – 5 new mothers, aged between 18 and 45, who would be happy to share their recent experience of using maternity services, to help support the campaign. Ideally they are looking for women with a variety of experiences of hospital births – for example maybe you:

  • Changed your mind at the last minute about where to give birth
  • Had particularly brilliant or poor experiences of maternity services
  • Forgot to do something important when planning for your birth
  • Were unaware you had a choice about where to give birth or disagreed with your partner or family about your hospital choice 
  • Maybe your midwives went the extra mile to ensure you had a really positive experience at your chosen hospital

Filming

They would like to film short video clips (approx. 1 minute) of you talking about your experiences preparing for the birth of your child. This could range from what you did at home to get ready for the birth, to how you chose the hospital and any key advice you have for other mothers. The edited and approved version will be used on CQC’s social media channels e.g. Facebook and Twitter and offered to online and broadcast media.

You can view here how they have used case studies in a previous campaign.

Written stories

They will also interview you and write up a summary of your experience. This will be shared with you for approval and once approved offered to media as supporting material alongside the campaign press release.

Getting in touch

If you are interested in participating please get in touch with the following information: 

Name, age, when you gave birth, where you are from and a short summary of your experiences, highlighting anything you think would be particularly interesting to other mothers.

If you are interested in participating or would like any further information please contact: engagementandinvolvement@cqc.org.uk 

 

Reeve Court Retirement Village in St Helens will be holding their Summer Fair on Saturday 12th August 2017 Starting at 12:00pm.

If you would like a stall please call Josh Boardman on 0151 4304000 or email Joshua.Boardman@extracare.org.uk.

Stall price is £5, or if proceeds are going to Extracare then the stall is free.

This event is going to be heavily publicised with a full page in the newspaper, there will also be entertainment on the day.

 

The Parkinson's charity drives better care, treatments and quality of life. Together they can bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson's. Local groups are run by volunteers who usually have experience of Parkinson's and are supported by professional staff. The local group network offers friendship and support to everyone living with Parkinson's, their families and carers. They are currently recruiting volunteers to support the St Helens branch activity day, that takes place every other Wednesday at the Peter Street Community Centre from 11am - 2.30pm.

As a Support Group Helper you can provide a valuable contribution in a variety of ways, such as:

  • contributing ideas for fundraising, activities and potential speakers
  • working at a local level to promote the group and Parkinson's UK
  • supporting other volunteers and members during busy periods
  • setting and clearing up after group meetings 
  • assisting at events, which may include serving refreshments, handling registrations and raffles

Please click here for the volunteer role description.

If you would like some more information or have any questions about this role, please contact the Volunteering team on volunteering@parkinsons.org.uk or telephone 020 7963 9328. You can also visit the website parkinsons.org.uk/volunteer

Home Instead Senior Care Frodsham, Runcorn and Widnes are producing a What’s on Where Guide for the local community in Runcorn and Widnes.  The guide will list clubs/ groups and social activities for older people that take place in Runcorn and Widnes and the guide will be distributed throughout the borough.

If you or your organisation would like to be featured in the guide, please email Eula (eula.hersey@homeinstead.co.uk) the following details:

Event/ Venue / Day/ Time/ Contact Telephone Number

This can include Lunch and Social Clubs/ Support Groups and Advice/ Health and Fitness/ Creative and Leisure.

Eula will also list the contact telephone number for support organisations that provide advice or resources in Halton and so, even if you do not provide activities or social groups, you are still more than welcome to let her know whether you would like your organisation and telephone number listed.

Please feel free to contact Eula on the contact details below should you have any questions.

Eula Hersey
Community Service Representative
Home Instead Senior Care Frodsham, Runcorn and Widnes

01928 733020

07895 741 023

eula.hersey@homeinstead.co.uk

Home Instead Senior Care Frodsham, Runcorn and Widnes are hosting an Alzheimer’s Training and Dementia Family Workshop

This free session will provide people with the awareness and information about dementia and focus on improving the inclusion and quality of life for people with dementia.

The workshop will also include an Introduction to Alzheimer’s disease and Other Dementias; Activities to Encourage Engagement; Techniques to Manage Behaviour and the skills, knowledge and tools to support people to help individuals, with dementia, to live well in the community.

It's on Monday, 21st August 2017 (13.00 till 15.30)  at St Paul’s Church, Victoria Square, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7QU.

Refreshments will be provided.

Prompt start at 1pm. Limited spaces available - if you would like to book a place, or have any further questions, please call Eula on (01928) 733 020 or 07895 741 023.

NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 21st September in St Helens Parish Church from 11am until 3.30pm (times may be subject to change).

As well as being able to visit a health and wellbeing marketplace, delegates will have an opportunity to hear highlights from the previous year, obtain information about the annual accounts and ask the Governing Body questions.


 

 

 

Celebrate Summer at The Studio Free Arts Activity - Booking Essential.  To book a place contact info@thestudiowidnes.org.uk or text 07930388844

Monday 7th August 11am to 1pm FREE - Age 6-16 CIRCUS SKILLS.  Booking essential - 20 places available.  Workshop with Ian Lees must be accompanied by an adult.

Monday 7th August 2pm to 5pm FREE - Age 6-16 CARNIVAL ART.  Shakers and streamers, make and take away.  Workshop with Georgina Ridehalgh must be accompanied by an adult.

Monday 7th August 6pm FREE - EXHIBITION LAUNCH.  All welcome no booking needed.  The first Artspace Exhibition Launch and presentation of Awards.  The Studio Sings Choir performing.

Tuesday 8th August 1pm to 4pm FREE - Age 6-16 STREET DANCE DAY.  Create a routine and perform it for an audience with SJ Pure Steel.

Wednesday 9th August 1pm to 4pm FREE - Age 16+ (Adults welcome) SOUND INVASION.  Vocal harmonies, microphone techniques, electronic effects, loop pedals and Samba.  Create a unique soundtrack to summer and perform it in a day with LOOSE, The Studio Sings & Finn Harbour

 

Celebrate Summer at The Studio Events  

Thursday 10th August 11am to 2pm Bazaar and Carnival - FREE all welcome for a fun day in partnership with HBC Early Helps and Childrens Centre Services crafts, stalls, games, music and food.

Friday 11th August 7.30pm 20 years of being LOOSE - FREE GIG Exploring the range of performers and style supported by LOOSE and The Studio over the years.  With Paddy Steer, Greg Oldfield, Finn Harbour, Outside the Day, Cartwheels On Glass, Chinsniffer, Liam Blackburn, Mums & more

Sunday 20th August 10am Record Fair - FREE ENTRY Record Fair & Rock 'n' Bowl Cafe with live music from Greg Oldfield, Stranger Than Hell, Catherine Hardman & more

All events and activities take place at The Studio, Lacey Street, Widnes, WA8 7SQ. Poster attached

The Coop's Local Community Fund supports causes near you. If you’re part of a local cause or know one that would benefit from funding, let them know.

Coop Member Pioneer – Sandra Roscoe

"As one of a number of Coop Member Pioneers across the country I have recently been appointed to work with the Elton Head Road Coop in Sutton Heath, St Helens, Merseyside.

I have had many years experience of working and supporting local community groups. My role has always been to build upon their resilience and find ways of strengthening relationships with other community groups and public sector bodies such as the local authority, public health, schools and the emergency services.  As a Coop Member Pioneer my role is to build and develop connections between members of the Coop, local community groups and the store in Elton Head Road. I am very much looking forward to working with local charities, community groups, and local causes in terms of building on relationships and encouraging feedback from community groups, and Coop Members on what is important to them in their local community.

I look forward to hearing from local communities and what their thoughts are in terms of what’s happening in the area, and supporting their needs wherever possible. Together we can look to develop a local community plan on activities that will bring local groups, Coop members and the local store even closer together. 

Local Groups and Coop members can email me to find out more about my role and how we can work together on Sandra.roscoe@coopmembers.co.uk"

Volunteer Centre Halton staff will be at Runcorn Hill Park Summer Fete, Heath Road, Runcorn on Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 July. Please come along and have a chat with us and  look at all of the exciting volunteer opportunities we have available. We look forward to meeting you.

Liverpool ONE are pleased to announce the launch of the new Liverpool ONE Foundation grant-making programme.

With support from the Community Foundation for Merseyside, Liverpool ONE have taken time to review their giving and the needs in the local community and following this plan to take a more dynamic and less conventional approach.  

Adopting a long-term approach, the aims of the Liverpool ONE Foundation is to demonstrate a decrease in children and young people suffering mental health problems in Merseyside.  

As part of their wider plans the Foundation wishes to deliver a pilot open-grants programme demonstrating how voluntary and community sector organisations can support the prevention of mental health problems in children and young people and improve their mental well-being.

The Foundation will be looking to support projects that decrease the number of children and young people suffering mental health problems, raise awareness of mental health issues and projects that help to remove the stigma currently associated with mental health problems or the promotion of mental well-being.

The Liverpool ONE Foundation aims to help the lives of local children and young people up to 21 years of age.  

Please see attached documents for more information about The Liverpool ONE Foundation, guidelines and how to apply. 

Also you can check out the website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/news/liverpool-one-foundation-now-open to find out more.

Attachment:

FREE SEMINAR
Thursday 27 July 2017 10.00am – 12.00pm.
At The Mansion House,
Victoria Park,
City Road, St Helens.
WA10 2UE

About The Course:

10.00am – 10.55am Volunteers in the Third Sector & Status receive expert advice on what to look out for when recruiting and using volunteers.

How to ensure they do not become workers or employees.

Workthrough some brilliant case studies.

11.05am – 12.00pm Saving Money Through Effective Management expert advice on saving money when dealing with employee issues and the benefits in nipping issues in the bud as soon as possible, listen to the top tips!

In Addition: 

A 15 minute Business Surgery can be booked in advance, for a One-2-One with their lawyers after the seminar.

Book your place online at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seminar-volunteers-saving-costs-tickets-36058367548?utm_term=eventurl_text

Chrysalis Centre for Change (CCC) is a registered women’s mental health charity in St Helens. They are looking for a female qualified Counsellor (or working towards their qualification) to oversee the Domestic Abuse provision at CCC. In addition the successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and be able to compile written reports. Applicants must be a member of BACP.

Contact them on 01744 451309 or chrysaliscentreforchange@gmail.com for a full job description, person specification and application form. Alternatively you can download an application pack from the website at www.chrysaliscentreforchange.co.uk/Vacancies.html

All applicants must have a current DBS check

For more informaiton about the work that Chrysalis Centre for Change do, please see the attached flyer below.

Salary:  £5616 per annum

Hours:   9 per week

Closing date:  Thursday 3rd August 2017

Wigan Samaritans are looking for volunteers who would like to be part of there friendly branch.

If you would like to find out how you can help them they are holding 2 information sessions on TUESDAY 25th JULY  7.00 pm and SUNDAY 30th JULY  2.00pm.

At 73 Dicconson St., Wigan  WN1 2AT.

Please come along and hear about the many ways in which you can help.

St Helens Young Carers Centre needs your votes to receive £25,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation

St Helens Young Carers is a registered independent charity, part of the Adult Carers Centre; it is appealing to all its friends, supporters, the general public and service users to vote online to help them receive £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons. St Helens Young Carers Centre now supports over 500 Young Carers. It is a registered charity whose objective is to ensure young carers in St Helens are valued, recognised and supported. Each year the Centre needs to fundraise £180,000 to support young carers and rely heavily on local fundraising. 

As part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, and St Helens Young Carers Centre is fortunate to be one of those selected. Each of the nominated charities will receive a grant, but the public vote will determine how much they receive, ranging from £4,000 to £25,000. Those who want to vote should visit the MCF website www.mcf.org.uk/region/lancashire-west. Please scroll down and vote for St Helens Carers Centre. The voting period is open until Monday, 31 July 2017.

Lorraine Pennington, (Head of Young Carers Service) at St Helens Carers Centre said:

“A grant of £25,000 would make a huge difference to our Young Carers. I would urge everyone to go online and vote for St Helens Carers Centre. Please remember that every single vote counts.”

The Masonic Charitable Foundation obtains all of its funding from Freemasons and their families. It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.

To vote for St Helens Carers Centre to win up to £25,000, visit www.mcf.org.uk/region/lancashire-west. Please scroll down and vote for St Helens Carers Centre.

If you would like more information on how you can support St Helens Young Carers and help with their fund raising, please do not hesitate to contact Lorraine Pennington (Head of Young Carers Service) on 01744 677279.

St Helens Carers Centre is a registered charity in England (No. 1089663) Registered as a company limited by guarantee in England No. 4203210 Registered office: 31-35 Baldwin Street, St Helens, WA10 2RS.

Passsoul Studio was established as a Community Interest Company in 2013, co-founded and co-directed by Paula – a visual arts and crafts practitioner with an MA in Fine Art, and Piotr - an interior/graphic designer with a BA equivalent in architecture and urbanism.

The collaborative practice involves transforming discarded wooden furniture into functional contemporary design objects using traditional techniques including pyrography and dyeing. They make work that is environmentally conscious, addressing the impacts of consumerism and highlighting key ecological concerns. They have taken part in several group exhibitions, including Art in the Market, St. Helens (2013) and Funky Aardvark Open Exhibition, Chester (2014). They held their first solo exhibition, "The Soul Vessel Collection" at The World of Glass, St. Helens in 2015.

To date, they have created over 150 pieces of contemporary furniture and wooden objects made with reclaimed wood. From their studio and workshop base in Newton-le-Willows, they deliver regular workshops, courses and projects that engage a large number of local community groups including visually impaired adults, children on the autistic spectrum and refugees.

During the exhibition you will see upcycled by them furniture and reclaimed wooden objects as well as a selection of Passsoul students' works.

 

 

 

Healthwatch Halton have been hearing that people with long-term, complex conditions are often seen by a series of specialists, who each look at and sometimes manage the complication in one part of the body, but rarely is all this information put and discussed together.

Healthwatch Halton need your help to get a picture of how people, of all ages, with long-term and/or complex conditions in Halton feel about the services they receive. They have just launched a survey to find out what works well now and what people would like to improve about the management of their condition.

To take part in a short online survey on living with Long Term Conditions please click the link below. If you would rather complete a paper copy of the survey please contact Healthwatch Halton on 0300 777 6543.

Click here to take part in the survey

As a thank you for taking the time to complete the survey you will have the chance to enter a FREE SUMMER PRIZE DRAW* for one of two £25 gift vouchers. The draw for the gift vouchers will take place after the survey closes on 31st September 2017.
*For terms and conditions visit 
http://www.healthwatchhalton.co.uk/about-us/prize-draw/

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust need your help. They are looking at future plans and how to keep people healthy and out of hospital. Everyone's ideas and opinions are important - patients, carers, families and friends, staff who work for them and people who fund health services. It's a chance for you to help improve existing community services and come up with great ideas! 

Date: 20 Jul 2017 - 09:00 to 13:00 
Location: Diamond Suite, Mansion House St Helens WA10 2UE

For more information, please see the flyer below.

http://www.healthwatchsthelens.co.uk/sites/default/files/big_conversation_poster_st_helens.pdf

 

 

Employees from St Helens based charity Apex Trust took on the Manchester Colour Run to help raise vital funds to continue their work.

Founded in 1996, Apex works with ex offenders to help them back into employment and training.

Twenty years on, the team comprises seven staff, three of whom first came to Apex as service users, and eight volunteers – many of whom also know the services from the other side.

Over the last two years, 43 per cent of those who have signed up for Apex’s accredited training programme have gone on to secure employment.

In order to maintain current service levels the charity needs to fundraise an additional £15,000 over the coming six months. The money goes towards funding childcare, so women can attend training courses, as well as equipment such as hairdressing starter kits, CSCS cards and providing clothing to attend job interviews.

Kim Hughes, Apex chief executive, said: “It is rarely a simple life story that leads to a local woman living with a conviction and feeling that she has few, if any, prospects.

"Apex regularly listens to people who have been caught in the eye of a perfect storm of a combination of circumstances ranging across poor mental health, physical and psychological domestic abuse, debt, drug and alcohol problems, and disrupted education. With the right support positive change can start to happen fast.”

To donate towards Apex go to justgiving.com/fundraising/apextrustmerseyside

 

Many thanks to St Helens Star for allowing us to use their original article:

http://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/15400265.Why_we_took_on_the_Colour_Run_to_raise_profile_of_our_vital_community_work/

A new project in Halton Brook Community Centre designed to help people in food poverty situations, for people who need a helping hand. Free assorted groceries and meats. Free tea and coffee. Bring your own bag. Relax and have a brew

 Every Thursday from 11am until 1pm, for more infomation please call Mandy on 01928 568536

Halton Brook Community Centre respectfully ask that agency representatives do not attend on behalf of their clients as this prevents their clients engaging.  Agencies are, of course, very welcome to bring their clients along or, indeed, come and join in the activity.  In dire or serious circumstances when clients cannot come themselves, and would otherwise be without food, they ask agencies to contact them on 01928 568536 to discuss.

Halton Brook Community Centre, Meadway, Halton Brook, Runcorn, WA7 2DY.  

 

Include-IT Mersey is an exciting new project jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of its 2014-2020 Building Better Opportunities Programme.

The project provides a personalised package of support to digitally excluded residents of the Liverpool City Region who are out of work.  The aim being to help improve their IT and online skills, confidence in using and practical access to, digital technologies and ultimately, support them towards and into employment.

A local Halton launch has been organised for the 18th July @ 14:00.

If you are interested in attending , please register via the Eventbrite link below:-

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/include-it-mersey-halton-launch-tickets-35812041781

Please note that due to the size of the venue there are limited numbers of places available, and it’s on a first come first served basis.

How would you like to lead an accountancy team and use your financial skills to assist voluntary organisations across Merseyside with their accounts? For over a century, LCVS has been working to improve the well-being of individuals and communities in Merseyside through supporting and encouraging charitable giving and voluntary action and by bringing people, organisations and resources together.

In recent years, LCVS has supported thousands of organisations by delivering practical and accessible services to the voluntary sector including financial, accounting and payroll administration services.

As Lead Community Accountant you will oversee the delivery of community accountancy services to boards and executives of voluntary organisations. You will maintain financial records, prepare year-end financial statements and collate funding data on behalf of LCVS’s charity clients. You will directly support LCVS’s accountancy clients by delivering financial advice, information and guidance. You will manage the members of the community accountancy team, develop standardised systems representing best practice and deliver training as required.

LCVS are looking for someone to lead the team in their next phase of delivery and development; the role will require up-to-date technical knowledge and an ability to schedule the work of the team to meet external deadlines.The role would suit someone with a practice background who is looking to apply their skill and experience in a new direction, working closely with clients and assisting them to achieve the goals of their organisation. Alternatively, candidates may have extensive experience of working in the sector, having gained technical expertise which they feel could be applied to this exciting role.

To apply, email recruitment@charitycareersnorthwest.com or call 0151 709 3214 to request a candidate pack and job description.

Salary: £25,500 – £27,000

Hours: Full time

Closing date: Monday 24 July 2017, 12noon

 

If you volunteer or work with a local cause that’s looking for a much needed funding boost for a separate, distinct project or scheme, then you’re in luck - the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards are making funding available to projects that help improve the lives of people in the UK.

Projects have the chance to gain up to £5,000, £10,000 or £25,000, with up to 32 winners across four varied categories:

  • Health, Disability & Social Care – Projects that help people with mental health problems, learning or physical disabilities or those in respite care
  • Lifelong Learning – Projects that encourage people of all ages to learn something new and develop their skills
  • Active Living – Projects that help people of all ages to enjoy a fitter, happier lifestyle
  • Community Groups – Projects that help to make a positive difference for those in the community

You’ll need to be an OneFamily customer to nominate a project for a Community Award, but don’t worry if you’re not – OneFamily has over 2 million customers, so you can get involved by finding a one who can nominate a project on your behalf.

Ask your friends, family and colleagues if they are OneFamily customers and if they’d be able to get behind your project.

You can learn more about the Community Awards, or start your project nomination on the OneFamily Foundation website.

Nominations close at midday on Wednesday 19th July 2017.

Terms and conditions apply.

 

The Mansion House Craft Table Top Sales

Sundays 12 noon until 4pm

6th August, 3rd September and 1st October

Cafe Open, refreshments available

To reserve your table contact enquiries@themansionhouse.org.uk

OR Call: 01744 752644.

All proceeds go directly into supporting all Age Uk Mid Mersey services for older people.

 

The Proud Trust are excited to be able to offer four youth work posts to be able to enhance their support to trans young women; trans children and young people (aged under 14); Black and Asian LGBT young people and young lesbian, bisexual and pansexual women.

Please download the job descriptions and the standard application form (which can be used for whichever post you want to apply for) here.

For more information about the work that The Proud Trust does, please click the logo (this will open a new window in your browser).

 

 

 

If you have a business idea, why not join this free event being run by The Women’s Organisation. Open to anyone aged 16+ living in Liverpool City Region not yet self-employed & thinking of starting a business.

  • Hear from inspirational local business owners sharing tips on how they did it
  • Understand the practicalities involved in self-employment
  • Network with others who are considering starting a business and make key connections
  • Find out about FREE support available to help you get started

AT: 54 St James Street, Liverpool, L1 0AB

ON: Thursday 3rd August 2017

TIME: 10am-1pm

BOOK VIA:

0151 706 8113

enterprisehub@thewo.org.uk

COMMUNITY GROUPS INVITED TO APPLY FOR SHARE OF £82,000 SKIPTON BUILDING SOCIETY GRASSROOTS GIVING FUNDING

Community groups across the country are being invited to enter an award scheme which last year gave out £81,500 to good causes.

163 small community groups were celebrating at the end of last year after local supporters helped them secure funding from Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving Scheme. The winners were chosen by public vote after being shortlisted from over 1,000 community organisations across the country.

Now in its fifth year, Grassroots Giving was set up to support small community groups which might not normally attract any sort of funding. In 2017, a total of £82,000 has been made available to reward 164 groups.

Applications are now open and can be made online at www.skiptongrg.co.uk. The groups which make it to the shortlisting stage in August  are then profiled by Skipton, the UK’s fourth largest building society, and then the public will be asked to vote for who they think is the most deserving.

Please find attached information about some exciting community engagement events taking place on Thursday 17th and Wednesday 23rd August which aim to shape a vision for a healthy new town in Halton Lea. Come along to one of these free workshops and help shape the vision for your town. Lunch is provided.

To book a place on one of the workshops please click the relevant online booking link below or contact Wellbeing Enterprises CIC on T: 01928 589 799

Workshop 1: Thursday 17th August 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Halton Lea Library

http://wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/events/halton-healthy-new-town-engagement-session/

Workshop 2: Wednesday 23rd August 10.00am - 1.00pm, Halton Lea Library

http://wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/events/halton-healthy-new-town-engagement-session-2/

 

Merseyflow tolling registration opens on 17th July

Registration for www.merseyflow.co.uk opens on Monday 17th July.  From 8am on Monday 17th July you will be able to register for the merseyflow tolling system that will operate on the new Mersey Gateway and Silver Jubilee bridges.  Merseyflow and Halton Council are urging people to register online as quickly as possible to ensure they don’t get caught in a last minute rush when the new bridge opens in the autumn.  Registering with merseyflow is the only way to get discounts or, if you qualify, free travel across the new bridge and the Silver Jubilee Bridge.  From the morning of 17th July anyone can visit www.merseyflow.co.uk and sign up for the merseyflow account that is right for them.  

Signing-up online is the easiest way to register, but the locally based walk-in centre and the call-centre will also open at that point so anyone who wants to register in person or by phone will be able to do so.  Anyone who is eligible for the Halton residents’ discount scheme must register and pay their £10 annual fee in order to claim their free trips.  People will also be able to register for a pre-pay account, monthly pass or Blue Badge holder pass from next month, all of which give discounts on the full unregistered toll fee.  

The free-flow tolling system will mean journeys across the Mersey in Halton will be quicker, easier and more reliable, because drivers won’t need to stop or use a toll booth bucket.  It will still be possible to cross the bridge without registering but, if you do, you will have to pay the full unregistered toll fee which is £2 per car per crossing, with additional charges for larger vehicles.  

Anthony Alicastro, who is Chief Executive Officer of Emovis Operations (Mersey) Limited., a wholly owned subsidiary of emovis, which runs the merseyflow operation, said demand for registration is expected to be high as we approach the opening of the bridge, and urged people to register as soon as they can after 17th July, to avoid delays.  He said: “We’ve had a lot of enquiries from people wanting to know when they can register, so it is good to be able to confirm 17th July as our registration date. From 17th July you will be able to register to use the brand new Mersey Gateway Bridge, and – once refurbished – the Silver Jubilee Bridge.”  

“If anyone isn’t sure what this means for them, I would encourage them to visit www.merseyflow.co.uk and look at all the detail there about different registration options to make sure they don’t miss out. Whilst there will be a range of ways to sign up, we’d like to encourage people to register using the merseyflow website, as this will be the quickest method.”

David Parr, Chief Executive of Halton Borough Council said,  “Anyone who wants to be ready to benefit from the improved connectivity and reduced journey times provided by the Mersey Gateway Bridge should sign up from Monday, 17th July.

“To provide everyone with plenty of time to sign up, registration is starting well ahead of the bridge opening in autumn this year,”

“It’s also really important that eligible Halton residents register in order to get the special discount deal the council has been able to fund for local people.

“It’s inevitable that there will be a last minute rush to register, so the best thing to do is sign up as early as possible so you don’t have to worry about doing this in the autumn.”

To be eligible for the Halton residents’ discount scheme, you must:

  • Hold a valid UK drivers licence showing your address in Halton
  • Live in Halton in a property with a council tax band of A-F
  • Have a vehicle (a car or a small van) registered in your name on the V5C vehicle registration document

All three documents must have the same address in Halton.

How to register

To make the registration process as easy as possible there will be a range of sign up methods available, however registering on the merseyflow website – www.merseyflow.co.uk – will be the fastest method.  You can also register in person at merseyflow’s new walk-in centre, which will open soon in Runcorn.  Or register by telephone. If you choose to register over the phone, eligible Halton residents and Blue Badge holders will then need to email copies of your documents to merseyflow.

If you’re an eligible Halton resident and would like to register online, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Take photographs or scan copies of your driving licence, your council tax bill and your vehicle registration document (the red and green V5C form) to prove you are eligible.
  2. Visit www.merseyflow.co.uk, click on ‘Register Now’ and select ‘Halton residents’ account. Complete the registration process and upload the photographs/scans.
  3. Pay the annual £10 administration fee. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email and your special merseyflow sticker will be sent through the post.
  4. Display your merseyflow sticker in your vehicle, following the instructions provided.

If you’re a Blue Badge holder, and would like to register online, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Scan or take a photograph of both sides of your blue badge to prove you are eligible.
  2. Visit www.merseyflow.co.uk, click on ‘Register Now’ and select ‘Blue Badge holder’ account. Complete the registration process and upload a copy of both sides of your blue badge.
  3. Pay the £5 one-off registration fee. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email and your special merseyflow sticker will be sent through the post.
  4. Display your merseyflow sticker in your vehicle, following the instructions provided.

If you live outside Halton and would like to register for a pre-pay account, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Visit www.merseyflow.co.uk, click on ‘Register Now’ and select ‘Pre-pay’ account. Complete the registration process, entering all details as required.
  2. Pay the £5 one-off registration fee for each vehicle you register. Once you have successfully registered, you will receive a confirmation email and your special merseyflow sticker will be sent through the post.
  3. Display your merseyflow sticker in your vehicle, following the instructions provided.

The new bridge is scheduled to open in autumn 2017. When the new bridge opens the Silver Jubilee Bridge will be closed to road traffic for up to 12 months while it is refurbished.  

During this time the Silver Jubilee Bridge will remain open to pedestrians and cyclists.

Police Commissioner starts search for a new Deputy

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner has today started the search for a new Deputy.

Jane Kennedy has launched a recruitment drive to find an “experienced and dedicated public servant” to take up the role of Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner.

The successful candidate will work alongside the Commissioner to deliver her Police and Crime Plan for Merseyside and be able to deputise for her when necessary, while also holding a portfolio focusing on victim care and community safety.

Under the terms of the legislation which dictates how PCCs operate, Jane could make a personal appointment to the Deputy position, but she has chosen to advertise the role and carry out independently-observed interviews in order to increase the openness and transparency of the selection process.

The Commissioner is inviting applications for the role until Friday, 14th July, with interviews being held on Monday 24th July.

The interviews will be led by the Commissioner and her Chief Executive Clive Howarth, and will be independently observed by a member of the body which scrutinises the Commissioner’s work, the Police and Crime Panel and a HR specialist from Merseyside Police.

Following the interview process, Jane will notify the Police and Crime Panel of her preferred candidate and they, in turn, will carry out a confirmation hearing in September to review the appointment.

Jane said: This is an exciting opportunity for someone who shares my passion to build stronger and safer communities in Merseyside.

I am looking for an experienced and dedicated public servant who wishes to influence the delivery of policing in Merseyside and is committed to keeping our region a safe and great place to work, live and visit."

“This is a demanding, public-facing role and I will expect the successful candidate to travel the length and breadth of Merseyside representing my office, engaging with local people and partners, while building and strengthening public confidence.

I am searching for a Deputy who has knowledge of the policing and criminal justice system, but an individual who also has a good understanding of victim care and a track record of working in partnership for the greater good of the community."

“This is not an easy job, but the successful application will be in a unique position to scrutinise the police, influence key partners and help make a difference to communities across Merseyside.

I am looking for an individual who cares about our region and is dedicated to helping improve the lives of vulnerable people."

“I want to recruit the very best individual possible and I am looking forward to reviewing the applications I receive as part of this open and transparent selection process.”

Although being a member of the Labour Party is not a requirement for the role, candidates will be expected to share Jane’s values and principles.

The successful applicant will also be required to pass a vetting check and must meet all the statutory requirements of the Deputy PCC within the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

The role is being on offered on a fixed term contract for year, working three days a week, with a salary of £31,800 per annum, the equivalent of the Deputy Mayor Special Responsibility Allowance within Liverpool City Council.

Anyone wishing to find out more or apply, should visit https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/merseysidepolice/displayjob.aspx?jobid=3927 

Closing Date: Friday, 14th July, with interviews being held on Monday 24th July.

Are you intrested in working with children? 

Then Halton Borough Council have the course for you.

They are currently recruting learners for Cache Level 2 Certificate In Teaching And Learning in schools.

With these qualifcations,you could work in; 

  • Pre-school groups
  • Nursery schools
  • Primary schools
  • Private nurseries
  • Children centres
  • Special schools
  • Portage service

For more information please call 0151 511 7788 and ask for Jenny McMullen 

Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support have recently expanded their counselling service and now have appointments available every day Monday to Friday.

They don't currently have a waiting list for appointments and are taking referrals.

Appointments are available to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer whether they are a patient, carer or have been bereaved due to cancer. 

If you feel you would benefit from some time with one of our counsellors please ring The Centre on 0151 423 5730 or email info@widnesandruncorncancersupport.org.uk.

Cadent Gas (formerly known as National Grid) can fit a lockable safety device (locking cooker valve) to the pipework of a gas cooker or hob – this service is free of charge and is installed by one of their own engineers.

This simple safety device will help a person living in a vulnerable situation retain their independence, and provide reassurance to family, friends and carers.

To request a valve you can use the following online form: https://cadentgas.com/Emergencies-safety/Safeguarding/Locking-Cooker-Valves 

HCT are once again offering a 25% reduction on charges during School Holidays in 2017. For more information about the offer and the work that Halton Community Transport do, please see the attached documents below.

Halton Diabetes UK Group is a support group for people who live in Halton and have diabetes.

They are a small, friendly group of people and have regular meetings which alternate between Widnes and Runcorn where they have guest speakers from  the healthcare profession who give lotsof information about the various aspects of diabetes in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

 People coming to meetings are more than welcome to bring along family, friends or carers and are always pleased to see healthcare professionals who would like to come along.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 18th at The Old Police Station, Mersey Road, Runcorn WA7 1DF from 7.30pm - 9.00pm.

Halton Diabetes UK guest speaker will be Jane Stamper who is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse based at Halton and Warrington Hospitals.

Jane will be giving an update on diabetes care.

Everyone is very welcome, whether newly diagnosed with diabetes or longer term, whether Type 1 or Type 2 or if you would just like to find out more about diabetes.

There are no charges and light refreshments are included.

If you require any further information they will be very pleased hear from you. 

Please e mail them on haltondiabetesgroup@yahoo.co.uk or call on 07708578257.

You can also contact them through there web site on https://halton.diabetesukgroup.org/ 

The Deafness Resource Centre in St Helens has been awarded a grant of £56,766 from The Steve Morgan Foundation, to continue delivering Advocacy support for D/deaf people for the next three years.

They are an independent charity working for the benefit of D/deaf* people in St Helens, Halton and the wider region.

Their mission is to create an environment in which D/deaf people have access to services and opportunities that facilitate informed choices and decisions, increased independence and respect.

The Deafness Resource Centre provide a range of specialist services, one of which is there Advocacy Service, which offers:

       • One to one support and guidance

       • Access to information in appropriate formats

       • Awareness and information forums

       • Opportunities to meet other people affected by deafness

Helen Fitzgerald, Chief Officer of the Deafness Resource Centre, said “This award means we can continue to offer a vital service for a very vulnerable and isolated group of our community.

Deafness is a hidden disability with complex needs, and having an advocate on side can have a tremendous impact on a D/deaf person’s ability to live their life to their full potential.”

Ruth Turner, Advocacy Officer, said “I was delighted to learn of this award, as it means I can continue to provide one to one advocacy for existing and new clients. 

The people I advocate for will continue to have support to express their views and wishes and have their interests represented.  

One to one advocacy gives them equal access to information and services and enables them to make positive changes and take control of their lives.”

Ashley Lewis, Trustee of the Steve Morgan Foundation, presented a cheque to mark the award.

He said; “The Deafness Resource Centre is an excellent charity doing valuable work and making a real difference to the lives of the people they help.

The Trustees had no hesitation in granting funding for the Advocacy Officer post.” 

*D/deaf refers to people who are profoundly Deaf, deafened, Hard of Hearing, Deafblind

 

Aged 15-24? Looking to take charge of your own career? Fancy doing something a little diffrent? 

If yes, the BEE You Project teaches you the ancient art of bee keeping, as well as helping you to explore fascinating and lucrative career opportunities. 

Learn a new skill and develop your prospects and make a genuine difference in your community.

Its a win-win.

Give the BEE You Project 1 day a week and they will give you

  • Theoretical & Practical beekeeper training 
  • Additional skills in enviromental impact (great for your CV) 
  • Honey extraction & product-making sessions
  • Workshops in the School For Social Entrepreneurs North West on taking your honey products to the market 

If you are intrested contact lynnekavanagh@blackburnehouse.co.uk or you can call 0151 709  4356 (Ext. 2224)

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.

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

The concert is celebrating 25 years.

Valley Brass, Lyme Primary School, St. Cuthberts High School. 

The concert is taking place at St Helens Town Hall on 13th July at 7:30pm. 

Ticket prices are £5 adults and £3 for children. 

For any more information and booking tickets please call them on 07940 509441 or visit http://www1.valleybrass.co.uk/?kw=musical%20events

 

NYAS are looking to recruit adult volunteers to be matched with a child/young person who is in care as their Independent Visitor. 

Children and Young people tell us that they are looking for enthusiastic & committed Independent Visitors who are fun, good listeners, non judgemental and who will be able to see them once a month.

Expenses are reimbursed, full training and support from NYAS given. Interested? They would love to hear from you! Please contact Di Watmough for more information. diane.watmough@nyas.net 07899 961539 

Or you can access more information on the NYAS Website www.nyas.net/services/independent-visitors./

 

UC Crew has successfully received £2500 from the WO Street Transformation Fund administrated by the community Foundation for Merseyside to offer FREE Hip Hop and Urban workshops at local libraries and schools for 5-16 year olds to increase children and young people’s skills of reading, writing, listening, drawing and maths, through a range of performances and workshops in Break Dancing, Parkour, Graffiti, Comic Book Drawing and Hip Hop Theatre.

One of the main aims of the WO Street Foundation is to offer opportunities for children and young people to advance their education and learning skills, UC Crew is contributing to this by teaching learning schools through non-formal education workshops in a variety of fun and exciting workshops.

If you would like to know more about how to get involved or would like regular updates, please contact them on hello@uccrew.co.uk or visit www.uccrew.co.uk

 


UC Crew

UC Crew are a national award winning youth organisation in St Helens specialising in encouraging the local community to become active citizens using Break Dancing, Graffiti and DJing as a platform to change the community.

Break Dancing classes, session and events are still at the heart of UC Crew

Their aim is to use their knowledge and experience to help children, young people and adults to become more positively engaged with the local community, increase their confidence, become healthier, more employable, have fun and have life aspirations.

 The main activities are events, performances, lessons, Break Dancing youth club, organised projects, volunteering, educational visits and understanding different cultures. Young people commitment for Dawn Patrol helps them understand the needs of the elderly, reduces the number of accidents in the home due to falls/illness and helps them to become good citizens in local communities.

Community foundation of Merseyside

An independent registered charity, they are part of a national movement of Community Foundations that undertakes strategic grant-making, facilitates philanthropy and contributes to achieving positive social change in our local communities.

Their ultimate vision is to drive as much investment into Merseyside's Voluntary and Community sector to enrich the lives of people in and around Merseyside and grow stronger communities together

WO Street Transformation Fund

The aims of the WO Street Transformation Fund are to transform activities, enhance capacities and develop communities’ in line with the wishes of Mr. Street who was the founder of the WO Street Foundation. It aims to encourage the community to take a proactive approach to empower themselves and others to achieve social growth and make a difference.

 

Festival fever is hitting St Helens as excitement mounts in the build up to the first ever Sunflower Festival to be held at Willowbrook-The Living Well on Saturday 8 July!

Supported by a ‘Celebrate England’ grant from the Big Lottery Fund, the Sunflower Festival promises to be a fabulous day of family fun with live music, a host of craft and gift stalls, rides and games as well as fantastic food and drink.

Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at the hospice says: “As this year is Willowbrook’s 20th year of caring, we wanted to celebrate the enormous contribution our local communities have made in allowing us to continue to provide our specialist care …and what better than a festival!

 “Whether you’re in the mood for a bit of retail therapy, fancy trying your hand at something creative, or just want a relaxing hand massage after enjoying a delicious snack and a pint… the Sunflower Festival will have something for everyone! There’ll also be loads of fun activities for children including games and rides and we’ve even got a soft play area for toddlers. So why not come along and join in the fun!”

Entry to the festival is free and all proceeds will help the hospice to continue to care for people across St Helens and Knowsley with life limiting illnesses. For more information, visit www.willowbrook.org.uk or phone 01744 453798.

 

Halton Carers’ Centre, Runcorn, Cheshire

Salary for 37 hrs. per week:  £22,443 p.a.

Post funded initially till end of March 2018

Halton Carers’ Centre is a voluntary organisation aiming to meet the needs of carers in Halton.  Their vision is that all carers in Halton will have access to the support they need, the voice they deserve and the respect their role demands.

Halton Carers’ Centre is currently recruiting for:

Two Young Carers Support Workers, each post 37 hours per week.

To identify and support Young Carers in Halton by developing and providing accessible information through advice, outreach, drop in sessions, facilitating support groups, school/home visiting and joint working with relevant organisations in Halton.

The post holder will:

•     Identify Young Carers in Halton and provide them with appropriate advice and support to enable them to cope with their caring role.

•     Maintain a good knowledge of services provided by voluntary and statutory agencies in Halton by encouraging and promoting joint work between relevant agencies to ensure effective referral systems are established.

•     Be responsible for own case load of Young Carers.  Maintaining accurate records of work conducted with each Young Carer.  Ensuring that each Young Carer is supported via advocacy, attendance at meetings, phone calls and letters on behalf of the Young Carer, making school/home visits and referring on to relevant agencies, where appropriate.

•     Establish support groups, outings, therapies and events for Young Carers to relieve the pressure of caring and ensure they have an opportunity to socialise and relax.

•     Work jointly with Halton Carers' Centre team members to plan events throughout the year and to promote the work of the Centre.  Publicise events and Carers' Centre agenda via the most appropriate media. E.g. radio, newspaper etc. Working in accordance with Halton Carers' Centre Policy and Procedures Guidance.

The post holder must have experience of working with families through a multi-agency approach and should also have an up to date working understanding of child protection and safeguarding.

This post is subject to a three month probationary period.  DBS disclosure applies.

Please contact 01928 580182 for a copy of the application pack. 

Closing date for applications: midday Friday 7th July and

Interviews will be held Thursday 13th July.

Note: CV’s will not be acceptable. 

Halton Carers’ Centre is committed to Equal Opportunities.

ArtSpace Exhibition Competition to be held at the Studio

Apply Now and get your artwork seen! 

The turn around for the project has been fast so under 18's need to get their work in This Sunday 2nd July 1-6pm.  Teachers/Youth workers encourage your young people to bring in their art.

Don't worry about making a new piece of art they want to see what you already have- and can help frame or put mirror plates on to hand them so don't let anything put you off.

It is free for under 18's and over 18s ( Deadline Sun 30 July )costs £3.

There will be prizes for Gold, Silver and Bronze awards and a visitors choice.

They hope to make this a annual event so please pass on these details to anyone who has ever taken a photograph, dabbled in Watercolours or is a doodler.

Let's get your work out there in the only community art gallery in Widnes.  If you miss the deadline do not fear they have a postcard art exhibition - pick one up from The Studio Sundays 1-6pm and enter it on 30 July.

For more information contact Louise Nulty at The Studio 07930388844

Application form for the first ArtSpace Exhibition Competition to be held at the Studio attached!

Dear Colleagues

Monday 3rd July, 1pm to 3pm at the Beacon Building, College Street, St Helens, WA10 !TF

Following on from the New Realities, New Relationships event held at Langtree Park on 24th April held with our partners at St Helens Council and NHS St Helens CCG it was agreed that a follow up session with attendees and the wider sector would take place to agree what happens next and how we can action the ideas from the event.  You can now register for the meeting using the link below and you will also find attached a copy of the report from the event and an agenda for the meeting. It would be good to have your input into how you see this progessing in achieving the best outcomes for the sector.

Please note that due to the restriction on numbers there will only be one place allocated per organisation, to register for a place click on the link below.

Register here 

 

Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group have expanded their counselling service and now have counselling available Monday to Friday and Monday evenings.

If you know of anyone who has been affected by cancer and would therefore like to arrange counselling sessions; either patient, carer or someone who has been bereaved, please refer them to the service using the attached referral form.

Please note it is important to have their consent to pass on their details.  Also attached is a leaflet with details of their other services.

2 x Young Carers Support Worker – Full time

Halton Carers’ Centre, Runcorn, Cheshire

Salary for 37 hrs. per week:  £22,443 p.a.

Post funded initially till end of March 2018

Halton Carers’ Centre is a voluntary organisation aiming to meet the needs of carers in Halton.  Our vision is that all carers in Halton will have access to the support they need, the voice they deserve and the respect their role demands.

Halton Carers’ Centre is currently recruiting for:                                                   

Two Young Carers Support Workers, each post 37 hours per week.

To identify and support Young Carers in Halton by developing and providing accessible information through advice, outreach, drop in sessions, facilitating support groups, school/home visiting and joint working with relevant organisations in Halton.

The post holder will:

•    Identify Young Carers in Halton and provide them with appropriate advice and support to enable them to cope with their caring role.

•    Maintain a good knowledge of services provided by voluntary and statutory agencies in Halton by encouraging and promoting joint work between relevant agencies to ensure effective referral systems are established.

•    Be responsible for own case load of Young Carers.  Maintaining accurate records of work conducted with each Young Carer.  Ensuring that each Young Carer is supported via advocacy, attendance at meetings, phone calls and letters on behalf of the Young Carer, making school/home visits and referring on to relevant agencies, where appropriate.

•    Establish support groups, outings, therapies and events for Young Carers to relieve the pressure of caring and ensure they have an opportunity to socialise and relax.

•    Work jointly with Halton Carers' Centre team members to plan events throughout the year and to promote the work of the Centre.  Publicise events and Carers' Centre agenda via the most appropriate media. E.g. radio, newspaper etc. Working in accordance with Halton Carers' Centre Policy and Procedures Guidance.

The post holder must have experience of working with families through a multi-agency approach and should also have an up to date working understanding of child protection and safeguarding.

This post is subject to a three month probationary period.  DBS disclosure applies.

Please contact 01928 580182 for a copy of the application pack.  Closing date for applications is midday Friday 7th July and interviews will be held Thursday 13th July. Note CV’s will not be acceptable.  Halton Carers’ Centre is committed to Equal Opportunities.

‘As and When’, community photography exhibition at The Brindley Theatre, Halton

Opening Day: 1st July 

Exhibition: 1st July – 2nd September

NEW PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION CHARTS HOW HALTON BUILDS A SENSE OF COMMUNITY

As and When, an exhibition of original photography, is launching this summer in The Brindley Theatre in Halton. The show reflects on the ideas and identities of two distinct groups of Halton residents, looking at how we build a sense of community and what we mean by health and wellbeing.

The photographs on show are an honest look at the daily lives of two community groups, the Women of Windmill Hill and Widnes Vikings Golden Generation group. As and When, launching 1st July, shows how two communities living either side of the iconic Runcorn Bridge are brought together through shared perspectives on social mobility, local visibility, health and well-being.

The Women of Windmill Hill, a group based in the Runcorn estate, began their project by actively reconnecting with their area and its history. Along the way, they decided to base the style of their work on a 1970s promotional article about moving to the area, at a time when families were often dispersed to the “suburbs” and away from the Liverpool slums.  They are exhibiting a body of work that compares promised perceptions of Windmill Hill in the 1970s’ with the reality of today.

To explore the lives of Widnes Vikings Golden Generation Group, a social group for fans of the Super League club aged over 55, the community were each given a disposable camera and asked to document what they do on match day before arriving at the stadium. Through this process, the group collectively captured over 450 photographs. These images reveal the true extent of their social mobility and daily interactions, further highlighting their common aim of breaking down stereotypes that being older means being in-active.

The show has been developed by Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery and Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, with venue partner The Brindley Theatre. Open Eye Gallery invited photographers Gary Bratchford and Robert Parkinson to meet and work with the communities. The work was produced collaboratively, with all artistic decisions made by both the photographers and members of the groups.

Some of the ideas behind As and When are based on the World Health Organisation’s 1948 definition of ‘health’ as ‘a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. The exhibition looks at how a sense of belonging is a crucial foundation to healthy, happy people. It is the first exhibition in a series of similar shows around the region, as part of a wider project called Culture Shifts.

Dave Sweeney, Chief Officer of NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, and Dr Cliff Richards M.B.E, Social Prescribing Lead for Cheshire and Merseyside, wrote a collaborative statement:

“More recently there has been a focus on how to deal with less than complete health. Ultimately it is the resilience of individuals and communities that create health. Culture Shifts aims to throw light on this genesis."

Over the next six months, a series of Culture Shifts shows will take place across Merseyside and Cheshire. The projects connect photographers with various communities, encouraging people to explore the stories of their surroundings, deepen their understanding of their home and create a sense of positive community cohesion.

Shows will take place in Toxteth, Kirby, Sefton, Wirral, and St. Helens. The exhibitions will culminate in a long-running show at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery in October, collecting together highlights from each of the exhibitions.

As and When at The Brindley Theatre is part of Open Eye Gallery’s ‘Culture Shifts’ series. It will launch on Saturday 1st of July at 10am, with events and activities taking place throughout the day until 3pm. It is free to attend and open to everyone.

Nightstop Communities Northwest is holding a Sleep-Out event to help promote Homelessness Services and Support Services within Halton on Friday 30th June at 7.30pm until 8am on Saturday 1st July 2017 in St Pauls Church, Widnes, WA8 7QU.  

The event is to raise awareness of Homelessness services, Mental Health and Young people services that are available in the local area, also an opportunity for any other organisation to promote what support they give in the local community. They are inviting all agencies and organisations to come and promote their services at the event and to also see the fabulously talented local young people and groups performing. 

This year they are also inviting people to stay over outside and bring their tents for a donation of £10.00 for a pitch or alternatively people can get sponsorship for staying over the night.  There will be refreshments available and breakfast will be provided for those people who stay.

They are looking for organisations from all sectors to participate in their event; whether it be holding a promotional stall, donating goods for homeless young people and services users, or whether it’s just spreading the word.   All proceeds and donations made for the Sleepover event will go towards NCNW’s Emergency Accommodation service as well as their Support Services.  Please join them at the event whether for an hour or all night.

For more information see attached poster or:
Contact: Sian Tierney or Becky Taylor
Tel: Sian—0151 345 6572  or Becky—0151 345 6454
Email: sian@ncnw.co.uk or reception@ncnw.co.uk

GDPR

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has information online highlighting the key themes of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to help organisations understand the new legal framework in the EU coming into force in 2018. Particularly useful for anyone trying to come to terms with GDPR is their '12 steps to take now' document and 'getting ready for GDPR' checklist.

The Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (Cheshire & Merseyside) in partnership with St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre are delivering an awareness raising session on the 26th July 2017 from 10 – 1pm at The Foundry, Lugsdale Road, Widnes.  

The aim of the training is to raise awareness of the provision and service delivery of the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) and Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) so that participants gain an understanding of the term Sexual Violence; Practical skills in responding to a survivor’s disclosure and Local service provision and referral pathways for survivors of sexual violence.

The course is open to all statutory and voluntary services.

To book a place go to http://haltonsafeguarding.co.uk/training/ 

NHS Warrington, Halton and St Helens Clinical Commissioning Groups are working with the Stroke Association and other providers to develop one overall vision for stroke services across Mid Mersey.

Clinical Commissioning Groups are in charge of NHS decision making locally and are responsible for buying NHS services used by residents.

The vision is to have a single specialist unit based at Whiston Hospital (St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals Trust) for Warrington, Halton and St Helens patients.

They are asking for your views on the impact the changes may have for you as a patient or relative and carer.

Come along to an engagement event in your area to find out more:

St Helens – Thursday 29 June 2017, 11am – 1pm St Helens Town Hall, Victoria Square, Corporation Street, Saint Helens WA10 1HP.

Warrington – Thursday 6 July 2017, 10am – 12pm Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub, Jubilee Way, Orford, WA2 8HE.

Halton – Wednesday 12 July 2017, 10am-12pm Select Security Stadium Halton, Lower House Lane, Widnes WA8 7DZ.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact stroke@warringtonccg.nhs.uk or call the Communications and Engagement Team on 01925 843 745.

Book online at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/let-us-know-your-views-on-changes-to-stroke-services-across-the-mid-mersey-warrington-halton-and-st-tickets-35045902237

Or book your place by contacting Rebecca Murray on 0161 742 7468 or email: Rebecca.murray@stroke.org.uk 

Hope House (St Helens Homeless Centre) is based on Church Street in St Helens town centre. They are open 5 days a week providing hot breakfasts, shower and laundry facilities, advocacy and advice. 

Marks and Spencer have been great supporters to the Hope Centre over the years and donate food and other items on a regular basis. At the weekend they were very excited to open the doors to a wonderful team who wanted to give their building a well needed makeover. They re-decorated the breakfast room, cleaned the whole of the building and even tidied up outside! The Hope Centre are beyond grateful for all the hard work and can't thank the team enough. 

To see the redecorated building, why not have a look at their Facebook account to look at the before and after pictures and let them know what you think! 

If you would like any information on the services they provide at Hope House you can visit the website www.hopecentre.org.uk or email info@hopecentre.org.uk

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Age UK Mid Mersey and Employment Law Solutions are offering a Free Seminar on Volunteers and Employment Law Master Class;  The seminar is on Friday 30th June 2017, 10am to 12 pm at the Mansion House, Victoria Park, City Road, St Helens, WA10 2UE.  The course will be in in 2 parts

  • 10am to 10.55am Volunteers in the third sector and status
  • 11.05am to 12.00pm Saving money through effective Management.

In addition a 15 minute business surgery can be booked in advance, for a one 2 one with lawyers from Employment Law Solutions.

To find out more see attachment and to book online click here

 

 

The Halton Diabetes UK Group is a support group for people live in Halton and have diabetes.

They are a small, friendly group of people who have regular meetings which alternate between Widnes and Runcorn where they have guest speakers from the healthcare profession who give them lots of information about the various aspects of diabetes in very informal and relaxed atmosphere.

People coming to the meetings are more than welcome to bring along family, friends or carers and they are always pleased to see healthcare professionals who wish to come along!

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 20th 7.30 – 9.00pm, at St Paul’s Church Hall, Vicarage Road, Widnes WA8 7QD from 7.30pm – 9.00pm.

Jessica Graham, Volunteer Coordinator at the Diabetes UK NW Office will be discussing the DVLA regulations about driving with diabetes.

There are no charges and light refreshments are included.

If you require any further information they will be very pleased to hear from you.

Please e mail them on haltondiabetesgroup@yahoo.co.uk 

or call on 07708578257.

You can check out there web site for up-to-date information on http://halton.diabetesukgroup.org/

 

To help launch the new children and young people’s service Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group are holding a Family Day on Saturday the 17th June. The event will be part of the Great Get Together Weekend which see’s community events being held up and down the country in memory of MP Jo Cox. The Great Get Together will be held between 1.30pm and 4pm on Saturday 17th June at The Centre in Alforde Street, Widnes . There will be plenty of family friendly activities going on including face painting, arts and crafts, cake decorating and a prize raffle. All families are welcome to come along whether they have previously used The Centre or not.

 

 

Marks and Spencer Widnes Store Charity - Canal Boat Adventure Project
Monday 5th - Tuesday 6th June - 18 volunteers will be going down to the canal to restore the canal boat.
Able to restore because of funds raised in store.

United Way UK is very happy to announce that “Give Local” grant applications are open for 2017.  “Give Local” grants are inclusive and aim to support community based, local organisations.  They have not been too prescriptive as to the work the grant must contribute towards, as they want communities and organisations to inform them as to their needs as they relate to their priority issue areas (education, income and health); they are particularly interested in those addressing the needs of disadvantaged people.

There will be 29 Give Local Grants of £1,000 each.  It is a very simple application form and process––they recognise that small charities have limited resources so have tried their best to make the application proportionate to the grant amount.

You can apply by visiting the link below:

http://www.unitedway.org.uk/grants

Citizens Advice Halton is seeking to appoint an Office Manager

Charities like Citizens Advice Halton operate in a highly competitive and regulated sector. Their service users are some of the most vulnerable in society and they rely on CAB to provide great customer care and excellent quality advice and support.  To do that they need to ensure they always meet the professional standards as set by; their national umbrella body Citizens Advice, the Financial Conduct Authority, the Money Advice Service, the Advice Quality Standards, etc. In addition they also need to comply with their statutory responsibilities e.g. Health & Safety, Companies House & Charity Commission regulations, Data Assurance compliance, etc.  By ensuring they have the best systems and procedures in place not only will they ensure they provide a great service but it will also help them to develop their charity so that they can best respond to the changing advice needs of the public.

Although the service mainly operates during traditional working hours of Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, there will be occasion when you will need to work in the evenings or on a weekend.

Location: You will be based in the local Citizens Advice offices in Halton.
Salary: £14,038 - £18,718 actual (£23,398 - Full time equivalent - FTE)
Offered for: 21-28 hrs/week
Annual Leave: 25 days + bank holidays FTE (pro rata down)
Pension: Employer will match employee’s pension contributions up to a maximum of 4%
Contract length: Initially for one year, but subject to funding will be extended
Closing date: 12pm Thursday 15th June 2017 
An Information pack and application form can be downloaded from the website www.haltoncab.org.uk
 

A fun night of live music, a chance to sing along and a raffle with great prizes in aid of St Helens Mind. This is going to be at The Unison Club on Bishop Road on Saturday June 17th. Tickets are £5 available from The Mind Office (call 01744 647089), the Unison Club,or from organiser Jim Sandford on 07899607265

People Potential Possibilities (P3) are seeking a small number of volunteers to support their homeless families project in Runcorn. They need people who can work alongside clients supporting them with their move from P3 properties into their own independent housing. You could be researching local schools, banks and other services or supporting them to find out about leisure activities in their new area. You may be asked to accompany families to appointments to build confidence and self esteem with dealing with agencies. This is a varied volunteer role and if you have a few hours a week to spare and patience and empathy to support someone into independent living they would love to hear from you.

For more information please contact P3:

Phone Number: 0115 8508190

Email: volunteers@p3charity.org

Working an average of 30 hours per week to meet the needs of the service, initially employed on a three year fixed term contract, payable at £16,442/annum.

YMCA St Helens will be delivering a programme of sports and physical activity sessions for young people aged 10-18 years. 

They are now looking for four suitably qualified coaches who are professional, enthusiastic and are comfortable in leading sessions to assist in the delivery of this project.

  • Qualified to a minimum of National Governing Body of Sports Level 2 in one or preferably more sports
  • Have within the last two years  attended a recognised Safeguarding Course and hold a First Aid Qualification.
  • Disclosure & Barring Service Checks will apply.
  • Must be able to attend for interview on 16th June 2017

For more information/or an application pack please contact YMCA St Helens on 01744 455030, or email phil.gordon@sthelensymca.org.uk

Closing Date For Applications: 9am on 8th June 2017 

Apex Trust has been successful in being selected as one of many local organisations to benefit from the Co-op members fund. The charity will benefit from sales of carrier bags and other co-op services with a % of what you spend on its products to community projects selected by Co‑op stores near your home.

You can choose which cause your own 1% goes to. If you don't, it's shared out between the causes of your nearest Co‑op. 

The project offers training & support to equip service users with the skills they need to act as volunteer Peer Mentors. Their role is then to support others who are at an earlier stage in their journey towards an end from offending. The Level 2 Peer Mentoring Award is a key qualification for peer mentors to have when moving into further training, education or employment. This offers a progression route for those who wish to undertake voluntary work as a means of developing work experience and/or building their skills.

To find out more or to nominate the project go to https://www.coop.co.uk/membership

The Sanctuary runs 10:30-12:30 every Wednesday. Out of St Ambrose church. Halton View Road, Widnes. It is a community style cafe, which provides a large range of refreshments and cakes for donation only. It is a safe space for those who feel lonely and isolated, those who have mental health needs, and they are disabled and dementia friendly. 

They have a MIND worker present each week to offer any mental health support to those who seek it. They also offer support to the recently bereaved and will support them as and when they feel support is needed while giving a great community space where friends can be made should they wish too. They also are there for the lonely and young mum! They have a small children's area avavilble to help keep little ones amused and have a number of young mums who come for the community aspect. They also have crafts, dominos, scrabble, as well as mindfulness colouring for those who prefer to sit quietly. They are also supported by Haltons alcohol and drug support nurses and education officer who come aprox every 8 weeks to offer support to any who are in need and to help people access education to get back into work. They also offer free emergency paediatric first aid which covers choking and resuscitation. A great resource for young mums and grandmothers alike. They also have food vouchers for those who are in need. Their friendly police offer also offers to mark property for free on certain dates. Throughout the year they offer events such as the art exhibition on 24th May. All welcome young and old.

 

The Take Pride in Ageing Conference will be held at Chester Town Hall on Thursday 13th July from 9 30am - 4pm. The conference will celebrate the lives of older LGBT people and explore how service providers can help older LGBT people to live well and enjoy later life. The conference will also look at what changes may be needed to current services. Speakers include Claire Mooney, Paul Fairweather, Jenny-Anne Bishop, Jane Traies and Professor Stephen Whittle. General admission is £75 and bookings can be made at http://buytickets.at/bodypositive/95152 or through chris@bpcnw.co.uk

The full program for the conference can be downloaded here

 

 

Fixed-term Contract - 12 months

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic Programme Manager to lead the management and delivery of Halton Healthy New Town (HHNT) programme.

Halton has been selected as one of ten areas across the country that NHS England will support as part of its 'Healthy New Towns' programme.

'Healthy New Towns' aims to help shape the way areas develop, so as to test creative solutions for the health and care challenges of the 21st century, including obesity, dementia and community cohesion.

Halton was chosen as it has great potential as a thriving community hub, with new opportunities for social and community activities, healthy retail provision and integrated housing, health and social care provision.

As Programme Manager of this exciting initiative, you will have the opportunity to hold a key role which will include development of a health and well-being campus, incorporating leisure and well-being services co-located with mental health, acute care, GPs, therapies etc. You will also support the development of a master plan, focused on providing additional housing, developing commercial opportunities and maximizing the use of NHS land.

You will work across multiple organisations in the management and delivery of the programme, including Halton Borough Council, Warrington and Halton Hopsitals NHS Trust, Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust and North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust.

If you are up for the challenge, are looking for the chance to make a tangible, impactful and visible difference, want to progress your career and keen to become involved in the vision is to make Halton a connected, Healthy New Town – connected by its people; connected by its aspirations; connected by its environment; connected by technology and connected by place, then this is the role for you.

EmployerWarrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Location: Warrington

Salary: £40,428 to £48,514 pa

Working pattern: 37.5 hours per week

Closing Date: 30/05/2017

For more information and to download a job pack, please click the link below:

http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/775244264588dc956f7b53a3b088d40e/?vac_ref=914626253

Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly organises monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people, aged 75 and over, who live alone, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month.

They are looking for volunteers in St Helens for 2 different roles:

Volunteer Driver
This involves picking up 1-2 older people from their home in one Sunday afternoon a month and taking them to a nearby host family for an afternoon get-together.

Contact the Elderly groups have 3-5 regular drivers. As a driver you will usually collect the same 1-2 older people each month. Occasionally reserve drivers help if a regular driver is unable to drive one month. Over time you get to know your older people and fellow volunteers well.

Volunteer Host
Tea party hosts provide a warm welcome and simple afternoon tea lasting around two and half hours for 6 to 10 older guests and their drivers (three or four drivers). Often hosts involve family and friends and two or three generations join in. We ask hosts to commit to one or two parties a year.
Do not worry if you do not have chairs for all the drivers, as they will be circulating and helping you if required so you can enjoy the afternoon too.

If you are interested in these opportunities contact us by phone 01744 751759 or email volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk. If you would like to discuss other volunteering options, you can make an appointment with a team member.

Newton Community Centre has a new Manager! Following a successful bid to the Big Lottery, the Centre has employed Lisa Hulme as their new Manager. Lisa previously managed a local branch of the RSPCA and before that was a Senior Manager at a Community led Association in Bradford called Royds Community Association which led on social and economic regeneration in areas of Bradford. Lisa's role will be to lead on the development of the Community Centre as well as managing the Big Lottery Project to ensure all objectives are met.

Lisa said " it is an exciting challenge and I look forward to working with the staff, trustees, volunteers and the Community to ensure that the Centre puts on a portfolio of events that are interesting and innovative". 

The Centre is keen to welcome suggestions from the Community as to the types of events they would like to see, but ideas in the pipeline include Tea Dances, Belly Dancing, Luncheon Clubs, a Pop-Up Charity Shop, a Halloween Party and a Christmas Fair. Lisa is keen for old and new faces to pop in "I look forward to meeting many more local residents at the Centre"

For more information about Newton Community Centre a timetable of events, please see the link below

https://newtoncommunitycentre.net/

Footsteps 2000 Ltd is a charity based in the YMCA in St Helens that supports families affected by a loved one’s substance misuse. Recently Footsteps has received funding from the Tudor Trust to enable us to provide support for grandparents who are providing care formally or informally to grandchildren affected by parental substance misuse. It was recognised by the Tudor Trust that St Helens and Warrington, where Footsteps is also based, has a genuine need for a specialist service such as this. 

This funding will enable Footsteps to provide grandparents in this situation with information and support to help them increase in resilience and improve their safety and wellbeing, ultimately regaining control over their own lives and building on their strengths and coping skills whilst providing care to their grandchildren.

In the last six months, Footsteps has received further funding from the Coalfields Trust to provide Counselling to adult family members affected by substance misuse in St Helens who are struggling with low levels of anxiety and depression. Currently there is no waiting list for this service and Footsteps welcomes new referrals. 

For more information about Footsteps Grandparents project and Footsteps Counselling Service please contact:

By telephone to:

Warrington – 01925 244524
St Helens – 01744 808212

By email to:

info@footstepsforfamilies.org

 

Why not come along to Foundry Community Café? They're open every Friday 9:30am – 3pm and are fully accessible. They serve hot and cold drinks, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea at sensible prices. Free Wi-Fi available.  You can sit in the main café area, or in a specified meeting area that they can set up for you in a quieter area, if you let them know in advance.

Contact Steve on 07812242331 to discuss your requirements.

Local people are being encouraged to put their best feet forward by registering for the 2017 Moonlight Walk which takes place on Saturday 10 June.

Every year hundreds of people take part in the event walking through the streets of St Helens and Knowsley with flashing pink bunny ears, cowboy hats, tutus etc…all to help raise funds for Willowbrook Hospice.

Diane Humphreys, Senior Fundraiser at Willowbrook says: “The Moonlight Walk is a fantastic event for all the family! Although a lot of participants walk to remember their loved ones, many just to walk for fun and to soak up the atmosphere as they help raise vital funds to support the hospice.

“As it’s Willowbrook’s 20th anniversary we’ve decided to include a special ‘colour splash’ as part of the walk…so prepare to get messy as our team of volunteers cover you from head to toe in multi coloured powder! But don’t worry if you don’t want to take part in the ‘Colour Splash’ – there is a ‘Non Colour Splash Zone’!.

“This year we’re setting a fundraising target of £40, 000 for the Moonlight Walk which is the equivalent of funding 87 hours of care at the hospice. Any donations entrants can raise through sponsorship can really make a huge difference so please ask friends, family and work colleagues to support you.”

There are two Moonlight Walk routes to choose from-10km and 6.5km – both of which will start at 9pm from Willowbrook – The Living Well and take you through St Helens and Knowsley, passing Willowbrook Hospice along the way. To get walkers in the mood, entertainment will be provided by DJ Terryokee, dancers from the Jan Williams Theatre School and the Anvil Street Drummers. Just before the start of the walk, there will be a chance for people to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved one with a special balloon release.

Entry is just £15 for adults and £5 for children 16 years and under and includes a Moonlight Walk t-shirt, souvenir medal, refreshments on route and on completion of the challenge. To register either ring 01744 453798 or sign up online at https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/MLW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Liverpool are looking to work with a group of local organisations, GPs and other healthcare professionals and researchers over the duration of the project to understand your work, what you do, what works well, and how things might work even better in the mental wellbeing economy. This is their first event, so the specific objectives simply are:

  • To meet each other
  • To share examples of success stories
  • To seek ways of working together from here

…and hopefully provide you with opportunities to network…

Speakers:

Professor Julia Balogun, Director of University of Liverpool Management School

Steve Rotheram, MP (provisional)

Dr Neil Paul, General Practitioner

Emma McGordon, Poet and Playwright

Neil Hughes, Comedian, Writer and Physicist

Places: Are free, but limited.

Date: Thursday, 25 May 2017

Time: 09:00 – 16:30

Venue: University of Liverpool, Management School

For more information and to register, visit Eventbrite

 

This information has been sent on behalf of Action Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence Bureau)

Following the ransomware cyber attack on Friday 12 May which affected the NHS and is believed to have affected other organisations globally, the City of London Police’s National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued an alert urging both individuals and businesses to follow protection advice immediately and in the coming days.
 
Ransomware is a form of malicious software (Malware) that enables cyber criminals to remotely lock down files on your computer or mobile device. Criminals will use ransomware to extort money from you (a ransom), before they restore access to your files. There are many ways that ransomware can infect your device, whether it be a link to a malicious website in an unsolicited email, or through a security vulnerability in a piece of software you use.
 
Key Protect messages for businesses to protect themselves from ransomware:

  • Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to a device that isn’t left connected to your network as any malware infection could spread to that too.

 
The National Cyber Security Centre’s technical guidance includes specific software patches to use that will prevent uninfected computers on your network from becoming infected with the “WannaCry” Ransomware: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/ransomware-latest-ncsc-guidance
 
For additional in-depth technical guidance on how to protect your organisation from ransomware, details can be found here: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/protecting-your-organisation-ransomware
 
Key Protect advice for individuals:

  • Install system and application updates on all devices as soon as they become available.
  • Install anti-virus software on all devices and keep it updated.
  • Create regular backups of your important files to a device (such as an external hard drive or memory stick) that isn’t left connected to your computer as any malware infection could spread to that too.
  • Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google’s Play Store, or Apple’s App Store as they offer better levels of protection than some 3rd party  stores. Jailbreaking, rooting, or disabling any of the default security features of your device will make it more susceptible to malware infections.

 
Phishing/smishing
Fraudsters may exploit this high profile incident and use it as part of phishing/smishing campaigns. We urge people to be cautious if they receive any unsolicited communications from the NHS. The protect advice for that is the following:

  • An email address can be spoofed. Don’t open attachments or click on the links within any unsolicited emails you receive, and never respond to emails that ask for your personal or financial details. 
  • The sender’s name and number in a text message can be spoofed, so even if the message appears to be from an organisation you know of, you should still exercise caution, particularly if the texts are asking you to click on a link or call a number.

Don’t disclose your personal or financial details during a cold call, and remember that the police and banks will never ring you and ask you to verify your PIN, withdraw your cash, or transfer your money to another “safe” account.
 
If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
 

If you are affected by stress, sleeping problems, adjusting to changes in your life; find it hard to get out, feel anxious or sad a lot of the time, then the Halton Adult Learning Team would like to invite you to contribute to an important research project looking at the effects that attending short informal courses can have on mood and wellbeing. In return for your valuable contributions which include using touch screen technologies to record your own mood and wellbeing, you will be:

  • Offered a five week creative course (one three hour session each week) which is relaxed and enjoyable, learning new skills in colours, sculpting, paints and much more.  No previous experience needed.
  • Fully supported throughout with information, advice and guidence that supports and encouarges you to discover your own potential and plan a way to move forward.
  • Invited to attend free workshops on a monthly basis.
  • Being part of research not only means that you will be doing sometihing positve for yourself but you will also be helping others to benefit in the future. 

For more information or to book an induction session, please contact the Adult Learning Team on 0151 511 7788 

"VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY

Heart of Glass and Situations have fantastic volunteering opportunities for the upcoming REFRAIN promenade performances taking place in St Helens Town Centre on 20th and 21st May.

Heart of Glass: www.heartofglass.org.uk

Situations: www.situations.org.uk

Volunteers are required to help deliver the performances. Roles will include stewarding, greeting and leading audiences on an exciting exploration of the George Street area of St Helens. Over the weekend of 20th & 21st of May, indoor and outdoor venues will be brought to life by a unique choral experience, performed by local male singers. For more information on the project please visit http://refrain.online/

If you are interested or would like more information please contact Suzanne on suzanne@heartofglass.org.uk or 01744 623 290

Please note, this opportunity is unpaid but travel expenses will be covered and both Heart of Glass and Situations are more than happy to provide references. Volunteers would need to be available for briefing/dress rehearsal and at least one performance date:

Briefing/Dress Rehearsal

  •          Thursday 18th May 6.00pm – 8:30pm

Performance Dates

  •          Saturday 20th May 3:15pm - 7:15 pm
  •          Sunday 21st May 12:15pm - 4:45pm

The Reader, is a charitable social enterprise based in Liverpool who are pioneering the movement of Shared Reading. This collaborative community- led project works in partnership with organisations, local communities, staff and volunteers enabling them to support people who would like to bring Shared Reading to their communities and provide opportunities for people to gather together, read and share their thoughts and responses.

Their aim is to significantly increase the number of groups delivered across communities and in doing so support wellbeing, reduce isolation and improve resilience. Shared Reading North West covers St Helens, Sefton, Liverpool, Wirral, Wigan, Halton and Warrington.

For a chance to find out about volunteer led Shared Reading in St Helens and how you can get involved, why not go to the Shared Reading Information Workshop

Date and time: Tuesday 23rd May 2017, 12 noon – 2pm
Venue: Harry Blackman House, Peasley Cross Hospital, Marshalls Cross Road, St. Helens, WA9 3DE
Email: volunteer@thereader.org.uk

All are welcome!

 Both Daneway Foundation and Progress Housing Group Community Garden Funds are still open. 

 Progress Housing Group Community Garden Project (PHG) are to support an organisation to deliver a community garden project in South Ribble,  Lancashire.

 Daneway Foundation aims to improve the lives of young people aged between 11 and 25 years of age.

 It wishes to fund projects that support socially disadvantaged young people.

 They wish to give them opportunities to improve their life chances and to become active and engaged citizens in their own communities.

 The deadlines are Friday 12th May for Daneway Foundation which is open in Knowsley, Liverpool and Sefton and Friday 31st May for Progress Housing Community Garden which is open to groups in Lancashire and Merseyside (if they have an existing presence in Lancashire) who can meet the brief.

 Please see guidelines attached for more information. 

 

St Helens LSCB has commissioned ‘Steve Bore Specialist Services Ltd’ to deliver 2x 1-day conferences and would like to invite you to attend.

22th June 2017 or 23rd November 2017 (Please note that the same content will be delivered on both dates)

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Venue for both dates:   Carmel College, Prescot Road, St. Helens, WA1 3AG.

This training is for all professionals working with local children and families.

 Conference Aims:

  • To consider the legislative and professional guidance that informs professional practice when working with children and young people exposed to CSA.
  • Explore best practice in Multi-agency working.
  • The day will outline & review various methods that evaluate risk and need, and how static, stable, dynamic and acute factors are incorporated within the Assessment.
  • To explore various CSA & Sexual Offending assessment/intervention models based on child development and the impact abuse and trauma has on a child and young person’s overall development.
  • To explore and reflect on what is deemed as ‘whole systems’ approach in CSA when working with children, young people and caregivers.
  • The focus of the course will consider research, methodologies and models used to engage with children and young people who have been exposed to CSA.

If you would like to book a place on one of these dates, please email the LSCB Safeguarding team: safeguardingchildrenboard@sthelens.gov.uk.

 

St Helens Mind is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. 

St Helens Mind has been shortlisted, along with two other groups, to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. St Helens Mind is seeking funds for a singing project.
Gill Ellison, St Helens Mind Manager said: “Singing can have a massive, positive impact on a person’s general physical and emotional wellbeing. Not only can it improve, breathing and even posture, it can bring enjoyment, fun and friendships. We would love to have a mental health choir for our members and the ‘Sound of Mind’ project will help us to make this happen. Please help us to fund a series of workshops that will bring together people who are experiencing mental health difficulties and form a choir, that wll in turn change their lives for the better.”

Voting is open in stores throughout May and June. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. These are available at Tesco St Helens, Four Acre and at Windle Island. Please ask for tokens and vote for St Helens Mind.

Every year St Helens Council's Scrutiny Commission agrees a work programme which sets out the areas of work they are to undertake during the next 12 months.

These focus on performance of council services, services provided by partners and other areas of local concern.

Getting the work programme right is crucial for effective scrutiny and they need to make sure that the right topics - those which will make a demonstrable difference and improve things for the public. 

They want to make sure that over the next year the work reflects those issues that matter most to people in St Helens.

St Helens Council  would like to give you the opportunity to propose areas which you think would benefit from scrutiny having a look at.  

All your suggestions will be considered by the Scrutiny Commission when agreeing the final programme. 

If you could let them have any topic suggestions by 19th May 2017. 

You can call on:  

Tel: 01744 676277

Mobile 07554 436597

Please ask for Joanne Heron

or Email: joanneheron@sthelens.gov.uk

We will be joining in the Great Get Together to mark the anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox MP.

Please come and join us.  Our event will be held on Thursday 15th June 11am to 1.00 pm at St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB

The event is open to all and people are invited to come along, and spend time with colleagues and friends doing things that unite us.

Eating together, having fun and a bit of healthy competition!!

  • Bring your lunch
  • Enter our cake competition
  • Play a game
  • Talk and laugh
  • Share a skill 

Tables are available for anyone wanting to share a skill or activity. 

Please contact Debbie Morris if you would like to attend, so that we have an idea of numbers

T: 01928 592 405 

email dmorris@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

To find out more about the Great Get Together, click here, if you are holding your own event and would like us to promote it, please send details to:

Lynne Daffern ldaffern@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

 

Have you got 1-7 June in your diary? The annual Volunteers Week is a great opportunity for you to be part of the national campaign to thank your volunteers and celebrate the massive difference they make.  Halton Volunteer Centre are running a number of events:

Volunteers Quiz Night:

Monday 5th June 7.30-10.30pm. Cost: Free, (Sandwiches provided, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For teams of upto 6 people - at least one must be a volunteer. Need help raising a full team? We can help you partner with another organisation. To book a table or for more information contact Alison or Linda on: 01928 593112 or email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Market Promotion Events:

Runcorn Promotion Event: Tuesday 6th June 10-1pm. Cost: Free. Runcorn outdoor market. Book your group a slot or come and chat with Volunteer Centre staff who will be promoting the latest volunteering opportunities from across Halton and beyond.

Widnes Promotion Event: Wednesday 7th June 10-1pm. Cost: Free. Widnes indoor market. Book your group a slot or come and chat with Volunteer Centre staff who will be promoting the latest volunteering opportunities from across Halton and beyond.

To book a slot or for more information contact Alison or Linda on: 01928 593112 or email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelnsvca.org.uk

Llandudno Day Trip:

Thursday 8th June 9.15-5pm. Cost £13 payable on booking, non-refundable. Pick ups at St Marie's & The Brindley, Runcorn. Sights, sea air or shops! The choice is yours on our day trip to Llandudno. To book a place or for more information contact Alison or Linda on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Murder, Mystery Evening:

Friday 16th June 7.45-10pm. Cost: £7.50 payable on booking - non-refundable (hot supper included, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's. Don your deer-stalker, grab your pipe, it's time to unravel the clues and solve the mystery. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Alison or Linda on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Hundreds of plants, flowers and hanging baskets will be on offer at Willowbrook Hospice’s plant sale on Saturday 13 May, 9.30am-4pm at Willowbrook-The Living Well, Borough Rd, St Helens. 

Hospice Gardener, Juliet McLorie says, “Whether you’re passionate about gardening or just need to pick up some plants to fill a flowerbed or window, this is the ideal opportunity to sort out your garden for summer. From bedding plants and trailing flowers, to larger shrubs, herbs, grasses and cacti, there’ll be something for everyone.

“Every plant sold will go towards the continuing maintenance of the hospice gardens as well as supporting Willowbrook’s participation in the National Open Garden Scheme on 12 and 13 August . We’re hoping that the Willowbrook Plant Sale will be bloomin’ marvellous and look forward to seeing lots of people at the sale on 13 May.”

Entry to the event is free and the onsite café and shop will be open from 9am-3pm.

 

 

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.

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

Include-IT Mersey is a new project, jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of its 2014-2020 Building Better Opportunities Programme.  The project will provide a personalised package of support to digitally excluded residents of the Liverpool City Region that are out of work to help improve their IT and online skills, confidence in using and practical access to digital technologies and, ultimately, support them towards and into employment.

The project will be delivered by a partnership of 23* not-for-profit and public sector partners spanning the six boroughs of Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Wirral, with specific target areas in each borough.

Led by Sefton CVS, in collaboration with VOLA Consortium members, local Housing Associations and Local Authorities, this innovative multi-agency partnership is founded on partners that really care about their local communities.  It will ensure that those in need of support to help develop their IT skills, access to online services and digital technologies will receive the best possible service, whatever their starting point.  In addition to IT skills development, assistance will include employability and personal skills development to support people into or closer to employment.

Angela White, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS said:

“We are delighted to have been awarded this funding and it is an honour to be leading such an innovative partnership, spanning the voluntary, public and social housing sectors.  The online agenda is increasingly prevalent in people’s every day lives and can present an additional barrier to those people that are not online, not just in terms of their employment prospects and access to job opportunities, but in their private and social lives too. Developing IT skills and getting online can open up a whole new world to people in many different ways!  We very much look forward to working with our partners to offer this vital service to across the city region and to make a real difference to local people and communities”.   

The project is currently being set up and hopes to start being able to offer services to people from May 2017, and more details will be announced in the coming weeks. For those already online, you can find out more and sign up to receive updates at www.includeitmersey.org.uk

Halton Carers Centre are holding a fundraising tea dance at Churchill Hall, Runcorn from 2.00pm - 4.00pm on Thursday 25th May.

This will be a fun afternoon learning new dance routines by talented teacher Allan Greggory and is open to all carers, the person they care for, and family and friends.

Tickets are £5 each and this will include tea/coffee and selection of cakes.

If you would like to attend then please contact the Centre on 01928 580 182 or call in to purchase tickets.

Spice is a nickname for a herbal smoking mixture containing one or more of a group of drugs called synthetic cannabinoids. There are hundreds of different synthetic cannabinoids, some are more potent, more toxic and more dangerous than others.

Two samples of Spice from Manchester City Centre have been tested. Both contained a synthetic cannabinoid called AMB FUBINACA.

AMB FUBINACA is very potent and very toxic drug and caused a ‘zombie like’ condition and led to 33 overdoses in one area of the United States in 2016.

Don’t start using Spice: 8 people died last year after smoking Spice. There is no safe way of using this addictive and extremely dangerous drug. However, if you are using the following advice may reduce risks.

  • Sit down before you smoke Spice as you may lose your balance, fall over or pass out.
  • Spice is potent even at very low doses.
  • Don’t smoke Spice neat, always mix with tobacco.
  • Start any new batch with a tiny match head size test dose.

Look after people who have overdosed in the same way you would want them to look after you.

For more information, please see the attached leaflet below.

Help and Support Can Be Found From the Following Organistiaons:

 

Halton: Runcorn

Halton Integrated Recovery - Runcorn

78 High Street
Runcorn, WA7 1AF

Tel: 0151 422 1400

https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/halton-integrated-recovery-service

Halton: Widnes

Halton Integrated Recovery - Widnes

Aston Dane
Waterloo Road
Widnes, WA8 0QR

Tel: 0151 422 1400

https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/halton-integrated-recovery-service

Knowsley: Huyton

Knowsley Integrated Recovery Service – Huyton

12-14 Chapel Brook

Huyton, L36 6FH

T: 0151 482 6291

e: knowsley@cgl.org.uk

https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/knowsley-integrated-recovery-service-huyton

Knowsley: Kirby

Knowsley Integrated Recovery Service – Kirkby

St Chad's Drive

The Link Centre

Kirkby, L32 8RE

T: 0151 546 9557

e: knowsley@cgl.org.uk

https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/knowsley-integrated-recovery-service-kirkby

St Helens

St Helens Integrated Recovery Service

80 Corporation Street

St Helens, WA10 1UQ

Tel: 01744 410 752

e: sthelens.info@cgl.org.uk

https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/st-helens-integrated-recovery-service

Warrington

Pathways to Recovery – Warrington

14-16 Bold Street

Warrington

T: 01925 415 176

e: warringtonsms@cgl.org.uk

https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/pathways-recovery-warrington

Wigan & Leigh

Wigan Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service (YPDAS)

Platt Bridge

Wigan, WN2 5EL

 

Wigan & Leigh Recovery Partnership Recovery Centre (Addaction)

Kennedy House, Brunswick Street

Leigh, WN7 2PJ

T: 01942 487 578

The Prince’s Trust Team Programme is a 12 week self-development course that will enhance your confidence, motivation and team building skills. It’s completely free to join!

  • Improve your chances of getting a job
  • Increase your confidence
  • Discover your hidden talents
  • Develop new and exciting skills
  • Make new friends
  • Gain qualifications

The benefits of the young people doing the programme are vast. The Princes Trust will help with employability skills, confidence, leadership, teamwork and any personal support whilst on the course. You will have the opportunity to attend a 4 day residential, 2 week work placement and do lots of charity and community work within the Merseyside area to help build skills and life experience for you CV. As a student with the Princes Trust, you will also receive a free bus pass, free breakfast and may be able to apply for bursary. Students can also access other facilities on offer like the gym, library, pastoral care and many more.

The next team is due to start on the following date:

Team 84 - Start Date Monday 8th May 2017

Recruiting all year round. Start dates:

08 May 2017
25 Sep 2017
29 Jan 2018
07 May 2018
24 Sep 2018

Office lines: 01744 623358 / 7

For more information, www.sthelens.ac.uk  or ring 0800 99 66 99

 

 

NCNW are holding their annual Sleepover event at St Pauls Church and are inviting all agencies working with Homeless people, Mental health and young people to come and promote their services at the event to raise awareness of these issues and the challenges that some people face on a daily basis.

They will be providing local entertainment from local young people singing including Terri Taylor, Emily Rossi, Amy Jones etc. and a local band ‘ Westland Paradise’  There will be ‘HEARTS’ dance club coming to show their dance techniques and hopefully a fashion show (to be confirmed) also other activities to be confirmed.

They are also this year promoting people to sleep out in tents as well as inside at the event and asking for people to get sponsorship for the event to stay the night. All sponsorship and monies raised will go into providing free Mental health services to young people, their families and the wider community. There will be refreshments available during the event and free breakfast for those who stay the night.

People can get in touch with them directly if they are interesting in joining them for the event to raise awareness of the issues of Homelessness and Mental Health or if you would like to support or help in anyway please contact them at: sian@ncnw.co.uk or reception@ncnw.co.uk

 

SENIOR ENGINEER SCHEMES & MAJOR MAINTENANCE X 2

  • Job Reference: 7495.
  • Section: Highways.
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: 37.
  • Salary Min/Max: £30153 to £32486.
  • Closing Date: 29/05/2017

Halton Borough Council is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced individual to the role of Senior Engineer - Schemes & Major Maintenance.

They are seeking to recruit a suitably skilled and experienced individual to join our Highway Schemes and Major Maintenance Team as a Senior Engineer on a full time basis. 

You will be educated to Degree level or have equivalent experience in an engineering or transportation discipline; or will possess equivalent experience within a local authority or organisation of comparable complexity.

Have a broad and in-depth knowledge of construction methods, materials and practices, as well as a practical knowledge of Approved Codes of Practice and Standards, including Health and Safety and CDM. With demonstrable experience of designing and supervising a range of highway capital works and major maintenance works, you will be effective in establishing and sustaining productive working relationships with Elected Members Contractors and Developers and will possess highly developed interpersonal and communication skills.

For more information and how to apply click here.

ENGINEER SCHEMES & MAJOR MAINTENANCE

  • Job Reference: 7494.
  • Section: Highways.
  • Contract Type: Permanent.
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary Min/Max: £23398 to £25951.
  • Closing Date: 29/05/2017

Halton Borough Council are seeking to recruit a suitably skilled and experienced individual to join our Highway Schemes and Major Maintenance Team as an Engineer on a full time basis.

You will be educated to Higher National Diploma level or have equivalent technical experience in an engineering or transportation discipline; or will possess equivalent experience within a local authority or organisation of comparable complexity.

Gain a broad knowledge of construction methods, materials and practices, as well as a knowledge of Approved Codes of Practice and Standards, and Health and Safety.

With experience of designing and supervising highway improvement and maintenance projects, you will be effective in working with Elected Members, Contractors and Developers and will possess good interpersonal and communication skills.

For the application form and more information please click here.

 

Members of the local community are invited to come along to an open event at Willowbrook-The Living Well on Tuesday 9 May (10am-3pm) to find out more about what they can do to plan for their future, the future of their loved ones and those in their local community.

The ‘drop in’ event is supported by organisations such as Citizens Advice Bureau, Macmillan, Alzheimer’s Society, Willowbrook Hospice, Halton Haven Hospice and St Helens and Knowsley Carers Centre all of whom will be on hand to offer free information, advice and guidance on issues such as Lasting Power of Attorney, Advance Directives, bereavement, advance care planning, money matters and much more!

The event, organised by The Community Integrated Advance Care Planning Team, is part of the Dying Matters Awareness Week (8-14 May 2017), which aims to encourage people to talk openly about dying, death and bereavement. Throughout Dying Matters Awareness Week, events and activities are being held up and down the country to raise awareness about end of life issues.

The theme of Dying Matters Awareness Week 2017 is ‘What Can You Do?’ which aims to get people more active in planning for dying and death and helping support those who may need it in times of grief and bereavement, be they friends, family or in the wider community.

Every minute someone in the UK dies, but many of us still do not feel comfortable talking about dying. Talking more openly about dying can help you to make the most of life and to support loved ones.

Dying Matters encourages people to actively make plans for themselves, share them with friends and family, support the bereaved and offer support and help to those who may need it. People shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help or to offer help. Communities are growing larger and more varied and all can be affected by death and loss.

Jan Cummins, Community Integrated Advance Care Planning Team Co-ordinator said:  “None of us can avoid death and none of us know how long we’ve got but all of us can do things to make it easier for ourselves and others. The Planning Ahead event will give people a chance to talk to organisations which can provide information, advice and guidance on a wide range of issues which can help you to plan for your future, the future of your friends and family and people in your community who you may be supporting.”

For more information, please ring 01744 453798.

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Apex has currently secured funding to work with any woman who has had any dealings with the Criminal Justice System and lives in the Halton area. Apex works with women on a one to one basis helping them to overcome their barriers to securing employment. They also look at avenues to secure voluntary work or training. Apex's unique selling point is that they can offer specialised advice surrounding the legal aspects of their conviction and how best to disclose to an employer. It is crucial for their clients that employers are carrying out the right checks and that clients know if their conviction is spent or unspent. They work closely with clients understanding all the barriers that women face when it comes to gaining employment and look for solutions to help them make better life choices.

For more information about Apex and the work they do, please click the link below:

http://www.apextrust.com/

Halton Borough Council’s External Funding Team is holding a Meet the Funder Event on Wednesday 3rd May 2017. It will run from 10am-12noon and will be held in the Council Chamber at Runcorn Town Hall, Heath Road, Runcorn, WA7 5TD.

The funder is the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All Event who will be talking about their Awards for All grant scheme. This funds grants of up to £10,000 for a  range of activities. (If your project is heritage, arts or sports focussed there may be more appropriate sources of funding for you, If you like to discuss this in advance of booking a place please call).

The event will consist of a presentation by Connor Cross, Big Lottery Fund’s Local Regional Officer, who will explain the Awards for All Fund and how it works, as well speak to the Council’s External Funding, Sports and Community Development Teams.

Places are limited so if you are interested in booking you fill out and return the attached form - Please complete and return to funding@halton.gov.uk

Murder, Mystery Evening - Friday 16th June 7.45-10pm. Cost: £7.50 payable on booking - non-refundable (hot supper included, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's. Don your deer-stalker, grab your pipe, it's time to unravel the clues and solve the mystery. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Alison or Linda on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Llandudno Trip - Thursday 8th June 9.15-5pm. Cost £13 payable on booking, non-refundable. Pick ups at St Marie's & The Brindley, Runcorn. Sights, sea air or shops! The choice is yours on our day trip to Llandudno. To book a place or for more information contact Alison or Linda on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Runcorn Promotion Event: Tuesday 6th June 10-1pm. Cost: Free. Runcorn outdoor market. Book your group a slot or come and chat with Volunteer Centre staff who will be promoting the latest volunteering opportunities from across Halton and beyond.

Widnes Promotion Event: Wednesday 7th June 10-1pm. Cost: Free. Widnes indoor market. Book your group a slot or come and chat with Volunteer Centre staff who will be promoting the latest volunteering opportunities from across Halton and beyond.

To book a slot or for more information contact Alison or Linda on: 01928 593112 or email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelnsvca.org.uk

Quiz Night - Monday 5th June 7.30-10.30pm. Cost: Free, (Sandwiches provided, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For teams of upto 6 people - at least one must be a volunteer. Need help raising a full team? We can help you partner with another organisation. To book a table or for more information contact Alison or Linda on: 01928 593112 or email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Office Manager
Central Manchester
£21k – £30k (dependent on experience)

Progressive Economics For People And Place

Established in 1986, CLES is the UK’s leading, independent think and do tank realising progressive economics for people and place.

Their aim is to achieve social justice, good local economies and effective public services for everyone, everywhere.

It is an exciting time to join the CLES team as the work continues to diversify and influence grows.

The role

  • Play a key role in managing the CLES Office.
  • Sitting at the heart of the organisation, this position includes responsibilities around: day-to-day finance updating (utilising Sage); invoicing and office purchasing; human resources; general running of the CLES office, including managing the Chief Executive’s diary; arranging and administering the CLES Board of Trustees; and providing support to CLES communications and events activities.
  • You will have over three years’ experience in an office role, possibly with a local authority or other public sector agency, voluntary and community sector organisation, and/or charity.
  • Have the ability to manage a complex and diverse workload and respond to competing priorities in an efficient manner.
  • Gain excellent people and communication skills.
  • Training will be provided in aspects of this varied role.
  • This is not a standard office management role. It is an opportunity to work in a progressive environment and in an organisation committed to social and economic change.
  • CLES actively welcomes applications from all sections of society.
  • Their aim is that they are truly inclusive and are committed to a culture where diversity is celebrated.

How to apply

To apply please submit a CV and cover letter to Laura Symonds: 

By post: Laura Symonds, CLES, Express Networks, 1 George Leigh Street, Manchester M4 5DL.

By email: laurasymonds@cles.org.uk

The closing date for applications is 9am, Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

Interviews will be held on Friday 5th May 2017.

For more information about CLES, visit https://cles.org.uk/?utm_source=CLES%20network&utm_campaign=bc111d6dd5-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c6380b5395-bc111d6dd5-43068697

 

 

Mamafit; an award winning exercise & lifestyle scheme for pregnant women & mums which supports women to be active and healthy during pregnancy and into the early stages of motherhood.

It has been running in partnership with Liverpool City Council – Public Health & Liverpool Women’s NHS Trust at Children’s centres across Liverpool since 2011. 

Mamafit is expanding with more courses being delivered at more venues to meet demand and support the need of local mums and mums to be.

They have now secured funding from Lottery to run its courses in Halton. 

For more information and to View & book Mamafit courses visit: https://bookwhen.com/Mamafit

 

 

 

Liverpool
£34,538 per annum
Full Time – 35 hours per week

Drawing on over 30 years’ experience of refugee resettlement, Refugee Action are working with Liverpool City Region as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons resettlement scheme to welcome refugees.

Are you managing services for vulnerable people? Join us as Resettlement Service Manager in Liverpool and play a vital part in ensuring the delivery of high quality and responsive services to refugees.

Based in Liverpool you will lead a team in the Liverpool City Region. You will have excellent management skills and experience of providing support to staff and volunteers in an emotionally demanding environment.

Using your strong leadership skills, you’ll be able to motivate, empower and get the best from your team.

Building effective partnerships with commissioners and other key stakeholders, you will work collaboratively to ensure that refugees get the best possible support.

You will also have:

  •  Insight into the needs, hopes and experiences of resettled refugees.
  •  Understanding of the global context around, and the UK’s role in, resettlement.
  •  Excellent leadership and management skills.
  •  Excellent financial and contract management skills, especially relating to services with complex financial auditing requirements.

​Closing date: Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 09:00am

For more information and how to apply click here  and download the application.

Completed applications should be sent to: recruitment@refugee-action.org.uk

 

Location: St Helens
2 x 28 Hours per week
Contract type: Fixed Term Contract until 3st March 2019
Salary: GBP 14,862 pro rata

About the role

The Independent Living Service Support Worker post will provide reactive, focused and flexible support to adults either following a hospital stay to enable early discharge when clinical needs have been met or to those living in the community to prevent hospital admission.

The post will assist the Independent Living Service Coordinator by undertaking duties required to meet the service users' needs in order to re-enable service users to remain in their own home and prevent hospital re-admission.

Referrals may require the support worker to take the patient home from hospital to enable their discharge.

The post-holder will respond to referrals from Clinicians and Community Health Professionals and will be required to have the ability to assess service users' needs, complete and follow a support plan for the individual.

The post-holder will be providing practical and emotional support in the service user's own home and signposting to other services where appropriate to enable the individual to live independently in their own home.

About the organisation

The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and conflicts. 

There volunteers and staff help people in crisis to live independently by providing support at home, mobility aids and transport. They also teach first aid skills.

They are part of the global Red Cross and Red Crescent humanitarian network. The Red Cross refuse's to ignore people in crisis.

About the person

  •  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  •  Ability to work as part of a team and on own initiative.
  •  Able to plan own workload.
  •  Ability to deal with queries in a diplomatic, professional and confidential manner. 
  •  Experience of volunteering.
  •  Participation in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  •  Experience of delivering high quality services to the public.
  •  Experience of finding information through the internet and other sources.
  •  Knowledge of services provided by the NHS and Social Care.

Closing date for applications is 23:59 on 27th April 2017.

They offer a wide range of staff benefits, these include:

  •  36 days holiday (including Bank Holidays).
  •  Up to 6% contributory pension.
  • Childcare vouchers.

If you think you are the right person for the job, then apply by clicking here 

In May and June the old B&Q at Widnes will be changed into a 'Life with Art' Art Centre. They deliver free art and craft workshops  to community groups all the materials, equipment , refreshments and tutors are free of charge.  If any groups are interested in coming to the workshops or would like more information on what they can offer please contact Sara Beavan-Widdowson on 07855 270 722 

Venue: B&Q Trade Park , Denis Road, Widnes

Times: 10:00-12:00

Days:Mondays and Tuesdays 

Dates : 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th May and 5th June.

Places are limited so don't let you group miss out book your session today.

Governors are elected members of the public who represent the views of the foundation trust members and patients in communities across the North West and play an important role in shaping the future of the hospital and its services.

Election Information Open Evening

Wednesday 19 April at 5.30pm-6.30pm, LHCH Conference Room

If you’d like to find out more, the Trust are holding an Election Information Open Evening where you can speak to current Governors and learn more about what’s involved. There’s no obligation and everyone is welcome. This event is also followed by Cardiac Devices a free public event on pacemakers, ICD and CRT devices at 7pm. Please contact the Membership Office to book a place.

Nomination forms and information packs will be available from Friday 5 May 2017. Please email Ciara Norris at Electoral Reform Services at ftnominationenquiries@electoralreform.co.uk or ring 020 8889 9203 now to order your forms.  Nominations close on Monday 5 June 2017.

For further information or an informal chat, please contact Mike Tomkins in the Membership Office on 0151 600 1410, email membership.office@lhch.nhs.uk or visit the Council of Governors elections page on the Trust website at www.lhch.nhs.uk

 

​​NHS ​Halton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is made up of representatives from each of the 15​​ practices across Runcorn and Widnes. 

They are responsible for planning NHS services across the borough, and work with other clinicians and healthcare providers to ensure they meet the needs of local people. 

They are holding sessions on Thursday 6th April at Runcorn Townhall 5pm-7pm and Tuesday 25th April at Riverside College Widnes 10am-3pm (two sessions 10am-Noon & 1pm-3pm)

Please register by email: communications@haltonccg.nhs.uk or call 01928 593455.

See attachment for poster and the Agenda.

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.

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

Faith to Talk is designed to open conversation, acknowledging the important role of faith leaders in positively affecting people with mental health issues, who may be hard to reach. The project recognises the need for effective awareness training for faith leaders and Mind volunteers in St Helens. Both groups will be invited to a one-day training session on mental health first aid, increasing awareness and confidence to address mental health. This will be followed by a facilitated workshop, providing the opportunity to put into practice the learning and open the conversation between mental health volunteers and faith leaders around the role of faith in supporting mental health. A toolkit will be launched as a result to provide a resource for faith leaders and Mind volunteers to be confident in addressing mental health from a faith context, ensuring barriers are removed and faith is highlighted as part of recovery.

 

 

Latest News from Halton & St Helens VCA 

We have now moved into our new St Helens offices and our address is:

Halton & St Helens VCA, 2nd Floor Beacon Building, College Street, St Helens, WA10 1TF.  Our contact phone numbers remain the same, 01744 457100 and we would like to extend our thanks to all those groups who came and took furniture we hope you will find it useful.

Saturday 1st July 2017

Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens WA9 3AL

Celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the Steve Prescott Foundation

The Steve Prescott Foundation (SPF) is extremely proud and delighted to announce the launch of Preckyfest 2017. This unique event is to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the SPF and and continues the astonishing legacy of the late, great Steve Prescott.

Preckyfest takes place on Saturday 1st July.

In association with Woolyback Productions and St Helens RFC Preckyfest will be the first live Music Festival to be held at the Totally Wicked Stadium, the community stadium of St Helens.

A full day of fantastic entertainment featuring eight top artistes ABC, Boomtown Rats, Midge Ure, Paul Young, Jo Whiley, Dodgy, Toploader, and X Factor winner Louisa Johnson.  MC for the event is the amazing versatile Johnny Vegas who will also be introducing some special friends during the day.                                   

Doors open at 1200. The first act will be on stage at 1300 with the last act on stage at 21.30. Event close by 2300

Standard Ticket prices for  pitch standing tickets, West Stand and North Stand unreserved seating are £50.   South Stand allocated seating is £75.

Tickets are available online from  http://www.saintssuperstore.com/matchtickets.html

 

 

Applications Open For Round Two Of Transform Foundation’s Charity Website Grant Programme

The ‘Q2’ round of the Transform Foundation’s 2017 Charity Website Grant Programme is officially open. Once again, this unique programme will be providing £18,000 grants to charities to fund the redevelopment of their websites in order to:

  • increase their ability to raise funds
  • more effectively serve their beneficiaries
  • raise broader awareness of their cause

If you’re a charity interested in redeveloping your website then click here to be taken to the Transform Foundation website for more information on the grant programme and how you can apply.

The 2017 Website Grant Programme funding round follows a highly successful pilot in 2016, which resulted in websites that collectively went on to raise over £1.3m online for the successful applicants.

The grant is principally aimed at charities with annual incomes between £350k and £30m, although smaller charities with ambitious plans for digital can also apply. Larger charities will also be considered for specific project or fundraising sites.

Any type of non-profit organisation may apply, with successful applicants in the past including causes as diverse as community development, disability, education, theatre, mental health, hospices, national heritage, volunteering, family, children & youth, addiction, homelessness, international aid, and arts.

To apply for the grant or to find out more details, visit the Website Grant Programme section of the Transform Foundation website.

https://www.transformfoundation.org.uk/website-grants

One last thing! The Charity Website Grant Programme is just one of many programmes the Transform Foundation is running this year.

Other projects include the Facebook Advertising Grant, which provides £5k grants to charities to fund Facebook Advertising campaigns, and the Digital Skills Timebank that co-ordinates corporate volunteer time and matches it to digital projects for charities. The Transform Foundation is also running a programme of educational events and white papers to share digital best practice in the charity sector. These programmes form part of its wider efforts to help the charity sector transition from traditional forms of fundraising and service delivery towards more digitally focused models.

Senior Voice Members

You are cordially invited to a forum being organised by St Helens Senior Voice.  The event is planned for the 19th of April 2017 at the Percival Room, Ruskin Drive, St Helens 10am until 2pm

 In attendance will be representatives from the Council who will give a presentation on the proposals for the LOCAL PLAN an important local issue which we at Senior Voice would like to gain the opinion of our valued Members.  The Council are also looking for some ideas around future planning of homes for the elderly.  At the end of the presentation there will be an opportunity for questions to the Speakers.  On arrival there will be refreshments and around midday a light buffet lunch will be provided.  Places are limited to 130 so please book early.  Closing date is 11th of April.

To book your place please phone Debbie Morris on 01744 457100.

The St Helens Information and Advice Service and the St Helens Advocacy Hub have been set up to support vulnerable people, including older people and those mental health problems; physical or sensory impairments; and learning disabilities.

The Information and Advice Service will assist local people with a wide range of issues including benefits advice; accessing care and support; homelessness; and housing issues. The service will also signpost people to statutory, voluntary and community organisations, and enable individuals to make informed choices about their health and social care.

Call 01744 758034, visit www.informationsthelens.org.uk, email contact@informationsthelens.org.uk or drop in at Millennium House, Bickerstaffe Street, WA10 1DH.

The St Helens Advocacy Hub offers a single point of contact for all advocacy enquiries in the borough. The Hub will provide information, signposting and one-to-one independent advocacy support for all health and social care related issues. Advocates will support people to explore their options, defend and promote their rights, speak out about issues that matter to them and ultimately, be involved in decisions about their lives.

Call 0300 303 0202, visit www.sthelensadvocacyhub.net or email referral@sthelensadvocacyhub.net. The service is based at Century House, Hardshaw Street, WA10 1QW.

The next Halton Service User Carer Forum is to be held on Wednesday 26th April before the meeting a buffet lunch will be served at 12.30pm and the meeting will start at 1pm. The venue for this meeting is The Foundry, 65 Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DA.

If you have never been before the forum provides an opportunity for service users, carers, their advocates and representatives from third sector organisations to discuss services in Halton and any planned developments. The agenda also includes “Take it to the Top”. Senior managers, including the Chief Executive and Chairman attend the forums for the “Take it to the Top” question-and-answer session. This gives you the opportunity to raise any issues you may have directly with senior leaders within the Trust. Through “Take it to the Top” service users, carers, their advocates and representatives from third sector organisations have been able to directly influence a number of service improvements important to them.

To confirm your attendance please contact

Dennis Dewar – Dennis.dewar@nwbh.nhs.uk 01925 664850 

Gemma Currall – Gemma.currall@nwbh.nhs.uk    01925 664803

The Halton Diabetes UK Group is a support group for people who live in Halton and have diabetes.

They are a small, friendly group of people and have regular meetings which alternate between Widnes and Runcorn where they have guest speakers from the healthcare profession who give lots of information about the various aspects of diabetes in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

Whether newly diagnosed or you have had diabetes longer term, whether you have diabetes or are supporting someone with the condition, or you would just would like to know more about diabetes then you are always assured of a warm and friendly welcome.

 People coming to the meetings are more than welcome to bring along family, friends or carers and they are always pleased to see healthcare professionals who wish to come along!

 Halton Diabetes UK next meeting will be on Tuesday April 18th  from 7.30-9.00pm at The Old Police Station, Mersey Road Runcorn WA7 1DF.

The guest speaker will be Bob Wilkes, Optometrist as well as an Adviser for Retinopathy Screening who will be talking about the retinopathy screening process as well as all things to do with the eyes and diabetes.

There are no charges and light refreshments are included.

If you require any further information they will be very pleased to hear from you

Please email them on haltondiabetesgroup@yahoo.co.uk

or call on 07708578257.

You can also check out the website for up-to-date information on http://halton.diabetesukgroup.org/

The Community Café will launch on Friday 5th May at The Foundry Church, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DA. You will receive a friendly welcome.  They serve high quality food at exceptional value, combined with friendly service, a listening ear and opportunities to build relationships.  You can get heavenly cakes, homemade soups or paninis, tasty meals for kids or the delicious special of the day.  

Community Cafe is run by the Foundry Church, thanks to funding from WEA, ESF and the Skills Funding Agency.  All the workers are volunteers, learning skills to prepare them to get back to work through the CAP Job Club to find out more call 0151 420 8837 or email office@thefoundry.org.uk.

For more information about the Cafe and Job Club see attached.

Stick ‘n’ Step provide specialist support to children with cerebral palsy, because of this support from Stick 'n' Step, mobility is improved, independence and self-confidence is increased, enabling each child to reach their personal potential.

They are opening a new centre in Runcorn and currently have vacancies for 2 classroom assistants and an administrator. 

Classroom Assistant Level 2 

 An experienced Classroom Assistant (level 2) is needed to support in the planning and delivery of conductive education programmes, which meet the individual needs of participating children and young people.

 You’ll need to be able to demonstrate:

  •  Level 3 NVQ or equivalent in a relevant subject
  •  Experience in delivering educational, health or care programmes
  •  Knowledge of cerebral palsy and the issues faced by people affected by cerebral palsy
  •  Excellent interpersonal skills, (both verbal and listening) with the ability to build relationships with children, young people, parents and colleagues

Classroom Assistant Level 1: to support in the planning and delivery of conductive education programmes, which meet the individual needs of participating children and young people.

This role would suit someone with excellent communication skills,attention to detail and passion for working with children.

If you are looking for a job that is rewarding with no two days the same, then apply now.

Administrator: to manage the office based activity and provide support to internal and external stakeholders.

Do you consider yourself a ‘people person’?  Are you resourceful with bags of initiative? If the answer to these two questions is yes, then this could be the job for you.

This post would suit someone with excellent communication skills, who is good at juggling multiple priorities and has a proactive and organised approach.

 You’ll need to be able to demonstrate:

  •  Proven administrative experience.
  •  Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and database skills.
  •  Numeracy, accuracy and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  •  A well organised approach and the ability to meet deadlines and adapt to changing circumstances.
  •  Lots of self-motivation and initiative plus the ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team.

These are fantastic opportunities to join a team that is professional, committed and passionate about improving the life chances of the children they work with.

 To apply for these roles please see the attached  job descriptions and application forms below.

If you would like more information, please contact jobs@sticknstep.org

To find out more about Stick n Step, please see the website:

http://www.sticknstep.org/

We are moving out of Tontine House on Wednesday 29th March and moving to the Beacon Building:

Beacon Building
College Street
St Helens
WA10 1TF

Our telephone number will stay the same.

This is an exciting opportunity to volunteer with the Victim Services team (Cheshire CARES) based in Cheshire.

Cheshire CARES (Cope and Recovery Enhanced Service) is the Police and Crime Commissioner’s dedicated service providing free support to all victims of crime in Cheshire based on the individuals’ needs.

The volunteer role provides a personal and tailored support service to people who have been a victim of crime to cope and recover from their experience.
Main duties will include:

  • Undertake visits to victims of crime, as directed by the Victim Care Unit Team Leader.
  • Advise and signpost service users to agencies or organisations who can help in their recovery.
  • Maintain face to face contact and support with service users using their preferred contact method, contact time and frequency of contact.
  • Maintain accurate records of interactions with service users.
  • Be an advocate for Witness & Victim Care for the Constabulary. 

For more information and how to apply visit the recruitment section of the Cheshire Police website.

Healthwatch Halton will be holding a Coffee morning and drop in on Wednesday 26th April from 10am-1pm at St. Maries Church, Lugsdale Road, Widnes. Everyone is welcome so please come along for a coffee and a chat. You can meet the Healthwatch team, share your experiences of local Health and Social Care services and find out how you can support your local Healthwatch, through volunteering. This months coffee morning will be supporting Bowel Cancer UK's awareness April.

We always welcome your feedback on local services and this can be done any time at www.healthwatchhalton.co.uk or by calling 0300 777 6543 

 

 

Rebecca Clarke, (Freelance Writer & Performance Artist and Producer at Pigs With Wings Productions) is starting a new venture into the world of communal singing. Having spent the last decade in awe of/fancying the pants off Gareth Malone and procrastinating her way through reams of TED talks on the power of song, she has decided to run a choir and with the support of Louise at The studio they can now offer to you – THE STUDIO SINGS … with Pigs with Wings. 

They are also going to be working with several refugee families across Halton and the plan is to create a choir that welcomes in the newcomers along with other isolated members of the community. A singing group open to all ages and no experience necessary but enthusiasm always appreciated.

You will be learning upbeat contemporary songs/mash ups with a large emphasis on the banging of tambourines!

They are looking to start the project mid April with an initial meeting on the 10th for those of you who are interested in the opportunity to clear out the old wind pipes and find out more about the choir. It will be on Monday nights, 6pm to 7.30pm at the Studio, Lacey Street, Widnes WA8 7SQ please feel free to spread the word! 

 

The search is on for Halton Housing Trust’s Nominated Charity of the Year.

Social Landlord, Halton Housing Trust is encouraging applications from local charities, for a chance to become their nominated charity of the year. 

Every year the Trust helps Halton based charities in a number of different ways, including providing extra volunteers, financial support, hosting fundraising activities and sponsoring events.  

Keen to play an active part in the local community, provide staff with a range of experiences and gain a further understanding of local issues, the Trust is always open to helping different charities and spreading its support to some of the most challenged across the Borough. 

For the last 12 months, the Trust has supported Norton Priory Museum and Gardens with a variety projects, the costs of which totaled over £10,000 in materials and tradesman hours. Various other fundraising activities including coffee mornings, a book sale and running a half marathon have raised a further £2300 for the charity. 

Director of Norton Priory, Frank Hargrave, said: ‘2016 was a special year for Norton Priory with the complete redevelopment of the museum. As a relatively small charity managing a £5m project, the support of Halton Housing Trust during this period of significant change was critical. Halton Housing Trust improved the Georgian Walled Garden, landscaping around the museum and even the staff facilities within the new museum. Bricklayers, plasterers, plumbers, electricians and carpenters all provided valuable time and specialist skills to enhance our wonderful site. We are enormously grateful to HHT for helping make 2016 a very special year for Norton Priory.’ 

 The Trust has supported nominated charities since it formed in 2005 and has contributed the equivalent of over £230,000 during the last twelve years to good causes.  Charities the Trust has previously supported include: Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Carbon Monoxide Awareness, Halton Haven, Alzheimer’s Society and Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Centre.  

The Trust particularly welcomes submissions from charities that support Halton Borough Council’s priorities of:  

  • A healthy Halton– creating a healthier community and working to promote wellbeing 
  • Employment, learning and skills- improving the opportunities for learning development and employment prospects 
  • A safer Halton-  provision of pleasant, safe and secure neighbourhoods 
  • Children and young people- supporting developing and learning 
  • Environmental and regeneration- development of a vibrant, accessible borough

Cheryl McCabe, Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Halton Housing Trust said: ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for a Halton based registered charity, who must have a project that’s ready for us to start helping with.  We’re really looking forward to choosing, working with and supporting another organisation that’s really making a difference.’  

Interested charities should contact Cheryl McCabe to request an application form on 07903 555 611 or cheryl.mccabe@haltonhousing.org to request an application form. Deadline for submission is 19th April.

 

 

A £1m programme to tackle unemployment was launched in August 2016 with backing from the European Social Fund. The funds have been granted by the government’s Skills Funding Agency in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion. Over the next two years, the charity will help hundreds of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment.

The WEA will distribute small grants across Merseyside and Halton to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between September 2016 and January 2018. Funded activities will target those aged 15 and over, from the hardest to reach communities. The funding can help all who are out of work, but especially people with disabilities and long-term health conditions; single parents; women, people from ethnic minorities, people over 50 and those planning to return to the workplace after a long period of absence.

Round 3 is now open.  

Grants are available for a minimum of £5,000 and a maximum of £10,000.

Eligible organisations will be able to apply for Round 3 Community Grant funding until Mon 15th May 2017.  Organisations can access the application form via http://nw.weanorthwest.webfactional.com/esf_grants

To be eligible for funding, your organisation must:

  • Be a constituted Voluntary, Community, Social Enterprise organisation (VCSE) based or operating in Merseyside or Halton
  • Have been in existence for a minimum of 12 months, providing an annual report and published accounts
  • Not exceed a maximum £500k turnover per year OR no more than 10 full time equivalent (FTE) staff (whichever is the greater)

For any queries please refer to the FAQs or call 0151 243 5356 for further information.

For information on scoring criteria and decision making click here.

The next meeting of the Halton Peoples Health Forum is on 

Thursday 6th April at Runcorn Town Hall, Runcorn 5pm to 7pm

Thursday 25th April at Riverside College, Widnes 10am to 3pm.  There are 2 sessions 10am to 12 noon and 1pm to 3pm

If you would like to attend or find out more please register by email: communications@haltonccg.nhs.uk or call 01928 593455

(Poster attached)

 

Halton Council have been notified that Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will undertake a local area inspection of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Halton.  They have been asked to write out to all providers and personnel to notify them of the inspection and to provide children and young people, parents and carers with details on how they can participate in the inspection should they wish to do so.  The attached two letters from the Lead Inspector, Jonathan Jones explain how you can particpate.

Remedi are recruiting a practitioner to cover criminal justice, community and family restorative work. The role will be 30 hours per week and will be based  across Cheshire. Specific location will be confirmed after the interview process.

Location:       Cheshire

Hours:           30 hours per week

Salary:           £19,882 (pro rata) p.a. plus 5% pension contribution

Leave:            25 days plus Bank Holidays

Funding for this post is currently secured until 31st March 2018

To request an application pack please download from the website: www.remediuk.org or email: rj@remediuk.org The full job description can be found in the attachment below.

Completed applications can be sent by email to: rj@remediuk.org or by post to:

Remedi 
The Circle
33 Rockingham Street
Sheffield
S1 4FW

 

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is: 12 noon Friday 7th April 2017

 

Interviews will take place week commencing 17th April 

Residents, and those who work and study in St Helens, are being invited to have their say on how their library service could be run in the future in a public consultation.

St Helens Council is facing unprecedented financial challenges, and as such is reviewing how it provides a number of its services including its library service.  The council has a legal responsibility to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all in the local area.  In addition, the Governments’ Libraries Taskforce recently published their Ambition for Public Library Services, encouraging all library services to review their service provision regularly to ensure that it meets the needs of its local community and provides value for money.

With this in mind, the library service in St Helens is conducting a review to examine how people currently use their library service, what they like or dislike about the service, and how they would like to use it in the future.  They also want to know about residents’ internet usage in order to better understand the way people obtain information and how libraries could support this.

The survey is open to both library users and non-users who live, work or study in St Helens.

You can have your say by simply going online at www.sthelens.gov.uk/librarysurvey2017.  Alternatively, you can pick up a hard copy of the survey from:

  • Any of the 13 libraries in St Helens
  • Council run leisure centres
  • Reception, Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1HP
  • Contact Centre, Wesley House, Corporation Street, St Helens, WA10 1HF
  • Reception, Atlas House, Corporation Street, St Helens, WA9 1LD

Completed surveys can be returned to any of the above.

The review starts midday on Thursday 9 March and will last for 6 weeks until Friday 21 April. 

Suggestions provided within the survey will form part of the proposals made to the council’s Cabinet.  These proposals, once agreed at Cabinet, will be available for further public consultation at a later date.

Councillor Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing said:

“The council remains fully committed to retaining a high quality library service, but we must look at how we will continue to offer a service that is right for local people, will serve us well in the years ahead, and provide value for money, especially in times of reducing budgets.

“We want to have a library service that is dynamic, exciting and meets the needs of our communities and most importantly, we want our community to help shape that transformation.

“I urge everyone living, working or studying in St Helens, whether a library user or not, to get involved and take the time to complete this survey.”

Salary:     £30,479
Offered for: Full time 35 Hours per week
Annual Leave: 25 days + bank holidays
Pension:     Employer will match employee’s pension contributions up to a maximum of 4%
Contract length: It is envisaged that this project will continue until Oct 2019

The Advice Skills Academy is a 3-year ESF-funded project to be delivered across the Liverpool City Region by a consortium of local Citizens Advice services, managed by the Women’s Organisation.

The project will develop and deliver an integrated curriculum of accredited and non-accredited training to expand and develop the workforce for specialist advice services within voluntary and private sectors. It will deliver interventions that:

  • Address higher level skills shortages in specialist advice services
  • Provide training and support for people within the workforce to improve skills, progression, knowledge and productivity
  • Provide training and a support route way for disadvantaged groups seeking to access further job opportunities in the sector
  • Improve management, leadership and progression capacity
  • Promote equality by improving the progression prospects of women within the workforce

Create a positive, innovative and sustainable culture of learning and development in local Citizens Advice Services across the Liverpool City Region

Click here for:
Advice Skills Academy Project Manager Job Pack_Mar2017
Halton vacancy application form 2017

Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 24th March 2017

The Youth Commission enables young people to support, challenge and inform the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane and Cheshire Constabulary. The 2016 Youth Commission was a great success, collecting the views of over 1500 young people and delivering a comprehensive report and recommendation to the Commissioner, senior Constabulary officers and partners in November 2016.

2016 Cheshire Youth Commission Report

Following the first year's success the Commissioner is supporting the Youth Commission for 2017 and recruitment for more Youth Commission members is underway.

Who can join the Cheshire Youth Commission?
Anyone aged 14-25 years who is currently resident of the Cheshire policing area - including West Cheshire and Chester, East Cheshire, Warrington and Halton.  

In total, they are seeking to recruit up to 30 young people. They are looking for people who will be good team players, who will be committed to the project and willing to do all the activities involved. They are also very keen to ensure that the Youth Commission is made up of a diverse group of young people who broadly reflect the make-up of the local population, including those who may have direct experience of the police and justice system. 

What does a member of the Youth Commission do?
Between April 2017 and February 2018, members of the Youth Commission will:

Take part in Youth Commission sessions:

  • You will participate in 5 Youth Commission sessions which will usually be on Saturdays (April, May, August, October, December).
  • Have the opportunity to join a new Youth Independent Advisory Group: provide advice from a youth perspective on policing policies and strategies.
  • Work on special topics: You will pick a topic (from a shortlist) that interests you to work on with a small group of other members. The shortlist will be determined by the Youth Commission and may include topics such as relations with the police, reducing youth offending, drug abuse etc.
  • Gather the views of other young people: You will be given support to carry out peer consultation with other young people in schools, colleges, universities and youth groups. This can be done to suit your schedule and can fit around your existing commitments. We anticipate that each member will do in the region of 30 hours of consultation in total by the end of the project.

Plan events:

  • You will work in a team to design and plan interactive events to engage other young people and partner agencies in your area. You will be invited to help to run these events wherever possible and as long as there is no clash with your school/ college commitments. 
  • Report back to the Police and Crime Commissioner: You will contribute towards the analysis of information gathered from young people in your area, and help to present back your conclusions to the Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Help to host the Youth Commission Conference in February 2018: You will have the opportunity to present your results and recommendations and be a part of discussions with Cheshire Constabulary, partner agencies and other young people.

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

https://www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk/what-im-doing/get-involved/cheshire-youth-commission/

Are you planning to grow an organisation that helps people in need? Are you running or starting up a project to create social or environmental impact?

You could find help and support through the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme, run in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs, with the support of Big Lottery Fund.

They can help you to grow your organisation for a year, by providing:

  • A learning programme
  • A grant of up to £10,000
  • Mentoring
  • A community of people who run social and environmental projects

They can help you at all stages: whether you have just an idea, you’re already up-and-running, or you’re ready to scale. People from all backgrounds, including ex-offenders are welcome to apply. You don’t need any educational qualifications. There is no cost to you at any point.

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

https://www.the-sse.org/LBSEP/

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance for trustees about their financial duties to make it more accessible.  Trustees’ legal duties have not changed but the refreshed guidance aims to be “more accessible and readable”. 

Charity finances: trustee essentials (CC25) is the regulator’s overarching financial guidance and is intended to be the ‘go-to’ piece of guidance. In many places it links to the regulator’s more detailed guidance on certain issues. It reminds trustees that “a charity can only succeed in meeting its aims if it manages its money properly” and includes sections about reviewing finances, identifying and managing risk, internal financial controls, reserves, managing financial difficulty. 

There are also sections on income generation and staff and volunteers.  The commission also republished another document - Charity governance, finance and resilience: 15 questions trustees should ask - and said it is conducting a “wider ongoing review of how it supports trustees in this area”. 

This review will include working with external partners and umbrella bodies.  -

The full article can be found on the "Civil Society News" website 

Parkinson's UK are starting a new Parkinson's cafe at Halton Lea Library, Halton Lea, Runcorn WA7 2PF.

It will give people affected by Parkinson's a chance to meet others and discuss issues that matter to them. Local Adviser Denise Adamson will be on hand with information and support. The cafe will launch in Parkinson's Awareness Week on Thursday 13th April from 1.30 - 3pm and then continue to meet on the 4th Thursday in the month thereafter also from 1.30pm - 3pm.

For more information please contact Denise Adamson on 0344 225 3656/ dadamson@parkinsons.org.uk