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Zero Suicide Alliance are delighted to have launched the university student edition of their Suicide Awareness Training.
Sadly 2,382 young people took their own lives (aged between 15 and 24) in England, Scotland and Wales between 2018 and 2020, according to a recent Samaritans report. The latest available data on student suicide figures (ONS, 2018) stated that eight students a month died by suicide in the academic year 2016 to 2017.
Student mental health is a huge priority for UK universities and particularly support students who may be at risk of suicide. The training aims to support the UK’s 2.4 million students to have potentially life-saving conversations.
The training aims to support students, their families and friends, to:

  • recognise someone who may be struggling
  • approach a difficult conversation
  • signpost to for support.

The training will be shared across the UK’s universities and Professor Steve West, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of University of the West of England welcomed its launch.
He said: “It is difficult to overstate the importance of open conversations and of clear and simple access to support for students who are struggling. This online training is a hugely valuable tool for students as well as the family and friends who may be worried about them.
“It is a priority for the higher education sector to support students who may be at risk, and we have a collective ambition to eliminate all avoidable deaths from suicide.
“I would encourage every university to spread the word about the ZSA training across campus and beyond.”

To find out more about the online training, please click the link below:





Building stronger communities together

Aviva are pleased to announce The Aviva Community Fund is open for applications until 1st February 2022.  This year, they’re looking for projects taking climate action or promoting financial wellbeing – to help build a brighter, more sustainable future for our communities.

They open the door to charities and causes all over the UK to share their vision on how to make our world a better place for us all. Their eyes are currently fixed on these two areas: 

  • Climate action - Promoting healthy, thriving communities by preventing, preparing for and protecting against the impacts of climate change.
  • Financial wellbeing - Helping people take control of their wellbeing by giving them the tools to be more financially independent and ready for anything.

Apply now 

Eligibility Critieria attached

Click here for the Application form 


Attached is the latest amended programmes from Wellbeing Enterprises for January to March.  There have been a few changes to the current covid situation.  If you have any queries please feel free to contact them. 

Please promote these within your organisation and forward them onto any of your contacts that you feel may benefit from Wellbeing services.

All courses are free for the participants.   


Children Heard And Seen is a charity that supports children and families impacted by parental imprisonment.

They offer:

  • One to one support with specialised staff for children to explore and understand their emotions surrounding their family member in prison
  • Support for parents and carers around communicating with children, including ways to tell your child that their parent is in prison
  • Activity groups for children to explore feelings and meet others in similar circumstances
  • Volunteer mentoring to help children process emotions with a neutral person outside of the family home
  • Parenting support,
  • Online support and online activities for children
  • Activity days

If you know a family that would like support, please email them, call on 07557339258

The Aim of the Hubs is to give the public a direct link to the many different services out there who can provide you with help and support to manage your mental health. If you have a mental health issue, don’t be afraid to talk about it, come along and speak to those who can help. 


  • Runcorn Shopping City (Main Square)

-1st Thursday of every month 9am -2pm*


  • Greenoaks Shopping Centre Widnes (mobile stall, not a shop unit)

                   - 3rd Wednesday of every month 9am – 2pm*


Come along to the Mental Health Hubs and see what local support services are available in Halton.

Your Mental Health Matters



Better Letter is a mental health campaign created by Halton Youth Cabinet, a group of young people passionate about making positive change! Come and learn new skills, connect with other young people and be part of a larger social action campaign helping to spread positivity in Halton.

When & Where:

Wednesday 26th January 5:30pm - 7:30pm The Studio, Widnes, WA8 7SQ

To do List...

  • Sign up to be a Pen Pal
  • Paint
  • Find out what a Sound Bath is
  • Write a poem
  • Calligraphy lesson
  • Snack break
  • Make someone smile
  • Pick up some freebies

Sefton CVS have  job vacancies for a Deputy Programme Manager and Enhanced Care at Home – Social Prescribing Link Worker (x2)

Job title: Deputy Programme Manager
Salary: £31,917 
Location: Sefton CVS, Burlington House, Waterloo
Hours: Full time post at 35 hours per week
Term: Fixed term: Expected up until March 2024
Accountable to: Living Well Sefton Programme Manager

Job Purpose:

To support the successful delivery of the Living Well Sefton programme. To continue to develop positive relationships with the Delivery and Neighbourhood Partners. To support the Living Well Sefton Grants and Training programme and support the successful Social Prescribing Programme.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • To support and deputise for the Programme Manager.
  • To support the delivery of person centred and solution focused approaches and co-ordinate user engagement.
  • Attend relevant strategic meetings, contributing to performance monitoring.
  • Support all communications on behalf of the programme.
  • In conjunction with the Programme Manager, oversee the programme budgets.
  • To identify, deliver and source relevant training for the Living Well Sefton Programme and key partners.

Social Prescribing Programme:

  • Line manage Senior Social Prescribing Link Workers.
  • To liaise with key stakeholders within the Primary Care Networks and relevant partners, ensuring consistent approaches across the Borough.
  • To review local and national good practice in social prescribing and utilise this to develop the programme.
  • To promote the successes of the Social Prescribing Link Workers to partners and key stakeholders.

Click here to download all documents including job description and application form 

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 7 February 2022
Interviews scheduled for: Thursday 10 February
All completed applications and any enquiries to be sent to

Job title: Enhanced Care at Home – Social Prescribing Link Worker (x2)
Salary: £26,484.31
Location: Bootle, Crosby, Maghull PCN
Hours: Full time post at 35 hours per week
Term: Fixed term: Expected up until March 2024
Accountable to: Sefton CVS Line Manager

Sefton CVS and Bootle, Crosby and Maghull Primary Care Network are recruiting two experienced and motivated individuals, to work with older people to help them to continue to live at home and experience enjoyable lives. By spending time with a person, Social Prescribing Link Workers help people to unpick what may be holding them back.  They support people to identify and connect with organisations and activities in their community.

This exciting opportunity will require the post holders to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, supporting vulnerable and elderly people to continue to live in their own homes; using a holistic approach to assist independent living and reduce hospital admissions.

We are looking for team players who have strong communication skills, with the ability to build good working relationships with people from a wide range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The successful candidates must also be able to work independently and plan and organise their workloads.

Click here to download all documents including job description and application form

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 7 February 2022
Interviews scheduled for: Tuesday 15 February 2022

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email

When:  Monday, 24th January 2021

Time:  10:00am – 12:00pm

To view the full line-up of speakers and register tickets, visit the below link:

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This interactive workshop will engage participants with information, hints and tips to lead to reduced unconscious bias in recruitment.

About this event

Those of us who are responsible for recruitment carry a huge load. There is a myriad of regulations, most of which we are aware of. But, sometimes, we look at the regulations and overlook the "holistic helicopter". We know what we are doing; we know why we are doing it; we may even know how we are doing it. Joining all three elements and also having a bias-free process is a real challenge.

This interactive workshop will engage participants with information, hints and tips to lead to reduced unconscious bias in recruitment. We will be equipped with useable information. The session will be led by:

Tracy Madgwick

Tracy is a seasoned HR professional who has held a number of senior HR roles in both the private, public and third sectors. She currently provides HR support to SMEs and charities who have no in-house support as well as providing additional capacity for existing HR teams in larger organisations.

Tracy offers the full range of HR support to organisations from advice on managing tricky staffing situations to reviewing contracts of employment and staff handbooks. Her particular areas of focus are running management and personal development workshops for existing and aspiring line managers and supervisors. Many of our clients prefer that we run these sessions remotely in short bite-sized chunks using Zoom but Tracy is very happy to chat to clients about running workshops on-site if needed.

Tracy is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and abides by the CIPD Code of Practice

St Helens Mind calls out for votes to get a share of Tesco’s Community Grants fund

Local, independent charity, St.Helens Mind is bidding for a cash boost from the Tesco Community Grants initiative. Tesco works with community charity Groundwork to run its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £1,500, £1,000, and £500 awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every community have been shortlisted 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 one of the groups on the shortlist. You can get your tokens when you shop at Tesco Express at Windle Island, Bowness Avenue and Tesco Extra in St.Helens.
‘A Place to Grow’ is St.Helens Mind’s fabulous allotment. The thriving plot is a great place for people to go to engage with nature, proven to be beneficial for both physical and mental wellbeing. The group, headed by Peter Teasdale, the Project worker aims to support members to gain an insight into growing their own fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Every penny donated towards the project will go to maintain the site; particularly to replace the aging polytunnel to enable the charity to continue to grow seedlings, fruit, and vegetables to benefit their members.

Manager, Gill Ellison-Cropper says: “It might surprise readers that we are here to help the wider community and not just people with a diagnosis of a mental illness. We aim to provide a place, at the allotment, for any adult who feels they would benefit from the fresh air, company, learning something new, and a change of scenery. Every penny really helps in our tiny charity making massive things.”

Allotment member, Julie tells us:
“Being on the allotment is important to me. I enjoy going and being involved. Being there helps me with my low moods, depression, sleep, confidence, loneliness, worries and physical health. Going there makes me feel happy, good, proud, helpful, needed, glad and keeps me calm. I have made friends which I wouldn’t have made, grown veggies which I wouldn’t have grown, got the fresh air I wouldn’t have got and being in the fresh air helps me to sleep at night”.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores in January, February and March and customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out each time they shop.
Tesco’s Community Grants scheme has already provided over £90 million to more than 40,000 projects across Britain. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every three months, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “Tesco Community Grants help support local good causes but especially those projects supporting young people, those providing food, and local causes close to our colleagues’ hearts.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Tesco Community Grants continues to give local projects the boost they need to help their communities thrive. By funding services which support young people and reduce food poverty, we hope to facilitate positive change from the ground up across the UK. We are pleased to have been able to help so many local good causes over the years and look forward to seeing what community organisations can achieve in the future with the right resources.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities, particularly those helping to provide food and giving children the support they need for a good start in life. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit

Whether you’ve always wanted to work in the health sector or have never thought about it before, the huge range of careers in the NHS will amaze you! There are clinical and non-clinical careers available. You could work on the front line or never see a patient and still make a difference to people’s lives. Find out more!

25th January 2022 4:30PM - 5:30PM

Suitable for parents, guardians, teachers and anyone in year 9 +. It will be an information , advice and guidance session with the opportunity to ask questions from professionals from the sector. 

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Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road

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



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