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The Halton Foundation - Grants Programme is now open for applications with a closing date of 8 November 2021.

This grants programme now incorporates all of the funds, which were transferred over to the Community Foundation and come under the umbrella of the Halton Foundation, as well as the original Knights House Foundation (which only covers the Widnes area).  The main focus is on relieving hardship and poverty so is targeting disadvantaged people in real need.  The funding can support individuals as well as groups.

The Halton Foundation was launched in February 2016 and aims to forge links between local community groups and individuals 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 Halton Foundation’s grant making arm is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.  The Halton Foundation comprises a number of funds under its umbrella including dormant funds, the largest of which is the Knights House Charity, which was originally established in February 1875. 


The closing date is Monday 8 November 2021


How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s website - 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 If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.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  or post them to the address below.  


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 294 4756 (direct line) 0330 4404900 (switchboard)


For more information about the different criteria for Groups and Individuals, please see the attachments below.



Amparo – Listening Ear’s support after suicide service – has now arranged further Zoom briefing sessions to outline the support it offers and how referrals can be made.  These are aimed at professionals who may be in a position to refer clients for support, and have already been attended by over 700 people this year. 


Details of the sessions and links for booking can be found here:

This is the latest podcast from Focus.  In this podcast they speak to Debra Hill from Cafe Laziz in St Helens, who talks about her social enterprise, the work she does and the issues faced by refugees and migrants.




Programme Coordinator - Part time
21 Hours - £21,879 per annum pro-rata

Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC) delivers learning and development activities for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism to improve their confidence, learn new skills and gain the ability to achieve greater independence.

Managaing my Money is an established and popular programme of 2 hour sessions proviuded in community settings aimed at helping people improve their ability to managae money. The course covers topics such as recognising the value of different coins and notes, how to spend safely, budgeting, saving and operating bank accounts.
KDC have a Vacancy for a Coordinator to deliver their Managing my Money course to small groups of adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, with support from a learning assistant.

The successful candidate will have experience of working with adults with learning disabilites individually and in group settings, and possess a passion and commitment to helping them develop their potential.

The role calls for strong organisational and planning abilities together with excellent communication skills. A track record in supporting people to achieve individual learning outcomes would be advantageous.

For an application pack, please email quoting Job Ref No PC

The closing date for applications is Monday 4th October 2021.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 13th October 2021.

Applications from people with a disability are encouraged. Enhanced Disclosure will be required for the successful applicant.



  • SALARY: £24,000 per annum
  • HOURS: 37.5 hours per week
  • LOCATION: Halton

The Medaille Trust is one of the largest specialist providers of safe house beds for victims of modern slavery in the UK. Founded in 2006 by a number of religious congregations in response to the plight of thousands of people who are being trafficked into the UK each year, it opened its first safe house in January 2007. It now has nine safe houses across England accommodating women, men and families, with up to 124 victims being supported every night.

As a Modern Slavery Case Worker, working with designated male clients in order to effectively co-ordinate their support. You will work as a member of the team providing a safe temporary environment for adults who are vulnerable from outside the UK who have experienced trauma.

You will provide high quality practical and emotional support to the clients, helping them to develop the practical skills and self-confidence to live safely and independently.

This service may be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Applicants must be willing to work flexibly across a variety of shift patterns and possibility across the full week. This role will include on-call and sleep-in duties and an additional payment will be made. The applicant will also be expected to line manage Modern Slavery Case Worker Assistants.

This position is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check.
The ability to drive with a valid license with use of own vehicle insured for business purposes is essential.

Closing date: Monday, 20 September 2021 at 10:00am
Interview date: Monday, 27 September 2021

For an application pack please visit the website, or email:

Strictly NO Agencies. Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

Listening Service Youth Coordinator


Employer: YMCA St Helens

Closing date for applications: 17th September 2021

Working Pattern: Part time, Fixed term

Salary: £16,800 - £18,000

Hours: 28 Hours Per Week


At YMCA St Helens’, their vision is of an inclusive Christian movement, transforming communities so that all people belong, contribute, and thrive. An excellent opportunity has become available to join the YMCA team, in the newly created role of Listening Service Youth Coordinator.

This exciting new role is ideal for candidates who has a passion for supporting young people with a particular focus on mental health, a good listener, who can communicate and engage with young people, the wider community and community organisations. The Listening Service Youth Coordinator will drive and deliver a high quality, effective low-level mental health support service to young people aged between 11 and 18. Building resilience and developing positive strategies to deal with their mental health and reduce the need for further intensive support in their future.

The successful candidate will have good communication and organizational skills with strong interpersonal and problem-solving abilities. Knowledge of and previous experience in youth work settings working with children and young people on mental health issues and experience and/or qualifications in mental health related areas.


Definition of the Role:

To provide emotional support to young people and ensure that YMCA St Helens is connected to other relevant mental health youth related organisations.

Purpose of the Role:

To coordinate, drive and deliver a high quality, effective low-level mental health support service to young people aged between 11 and 18, which builds resilience and develops positive strategies to deal with their mental health and reduce the need for further intensive support in their future.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Provide a 1 to 1 listening service to young people with low level mental health needs.

Develop a weekly “young person’s mental health peer support group”

Deliver 4 “young people mental health awareness events” per year.

Connect with and maintain partnerships with mental health youth related organisations/networks.

Drive the delivery of agreed outcomes and outputs, ensuring monitoring and evaluation is completed and targets are met.

Market, plan, deliver and evaluate face to face support.

Contribute to managing and administering youth and community projects and resources.


Project Delivery:

Coordinate the diary of mental health related youth activities.

Ensure funders’ compliance requirements are met.

Ensure compliance with appropriate organisational/project policies and procedures.

Maintain overview and link with other mental health related youth activities taking place in St Helens and surrounding areas.


Strategy and Development:

Drive the vision for the mental health related youth work programme.

Keep up to date on National trends and information on young people, therapies, pastoral issues and mental health impact on young people etc.


Programme Management:

Monitor delivery of targets and standards.

Deliver staff/volunteer training where appropriate.

Keep abreast of organisational policies and procedures and ensure they are followed.



Keep abreast of safeguarding policies and procedures and ensure they are followed and implemented.


Additional Duties:

To be aware of our organisational ethos and policies and to work within them.


Skills and Attributes:


· Knowledge of and previous experience in youth work settings working with children and young people on mental health issues,

· Experience and/or qualifications in mental health related areas,

· Strong commitment to young people and an understanding of the factors affecting their lives, ability to effectively communicate,

· Ability to provide reliable support to young people in times of stress and act with integrity,

· Good understanding of youth work,

· Knowledge & experience of working with young people with low level mental health needs,

· Good practical understanding of theory around listening therapies especially with young people,

· Strong practical understanding of health and safety within a youth work setting,

· Very strong young people’s skills,

· Very strong listening skills,

· Ability to work evening and weekends,

· Self-motivated with high level of initiative,

· Excellent interpersonal and networking skills,

· Safeguarding young people experience/training,

· Patience, tolerance and flexibility,

· An accepting and non-authoritarian approach.



· Flexible approach to working, able to adapt to changing landscape,

· Capacity to engage with people from various sectors, cultures and traditions,

· Qualified in First Aid,

· Experience of successfully delivering and coordinating listening-based therapies with young people,

· Experience of monitoring and evaluating projects with clear outcomes being successfully delivered,

· Experienced in managing teams of paid staff and volunteers and budgets.



For more info or to apply by sending your CV please email

Salary:    £25,000 per annum
Hours of work:    Full time post 36 hours per week
Location of Work: This post will mainly be based at WHHFT, Lovely Lane, Warrington with a minimum of one day per week at VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB
Holidays: 26 days annual leave and 8 public holidays. 

The Healthy at Home project will provide a complementary service to the current discharge pathway within Warrington and Halton Hospital Foundation Trust (WHHFT). It will enhance the current provision within the hospital and create effective and long-lasting links with the Community and Voluntary Sector (VCS).  The post holder will be one of 2 Link Workers integrated within the hospital’s Discharge Team, providing a triage service to volunteer support and local VCS connections. The project will bring the expertise and knowledge of the VCS to the discharge process across 2 ‘places’ – Warrington and Halton.

Key Tasks 

  • To work with the Hospital Discharge Team to assist in providing an appropriate community support approach to meet the needs of patients. 
  • To work closely with the Halton Street Champions and wider Halton VCSE sector colleagues to ensure packages of support for safe discharge and continued support are in place. 
  • To work with the managers, on-site teams and community organisations to continue to develop working relationships with hospital and other health services to provide patients with an integrated service. 
  • To attend discharge and other multi-disciplinary team meetings as required to discuss planned discharges and input where community intervention is appropriate. 
  • Ensure that a patient-focused service is provided
  • Work closely with Halton’s VCSE to develop a Healthy at Home Alliance, working with key VCS partners to provide immediate to medium-term support, care and advice. 
  • Maintain professional boundaries as per policies and procedures
  • To ensure that Consent, Information Sharing, Data Protection and Freedom of Information requirements are adhered to. 
  • Provide both written and verbal updates and reports including monitoring data as needed. 
  • Maintain a database of activity, outputs and outcomes that will be used to report on activities to the WHHFT, VCA and as appropriate wider stakeholders. 
  • To support the work of and share intelligence with the other members of VCA
  • To share workloads and become familiar with a range of common duties to ensure continuity of service during peak periods, sickness absence and holidays namely with the Warrinton VA Healthy at Home Link Worker. 


  • Provide own administrative support including setting up and maintaining office systems.
  • Work to annual targets and provide reports to contract holders/funders and Halton and St Helens VCA Board of Trustees.
  • Monitor complaints and follow procedure.
  • Ensure the security of the office and office equipment.
  • Able to travel locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Attend staff, committee and other meetings as appropriate and undertake any other work deemed necessary by the Chief Officer to further the aims and objectives of Halton and St Helens VCA.
  • Ensure all information is up to date and relevant and the organisation remains compliant with relevant legislation.

We are looking for a self-starter who can work with confidence under their own initiative within a team environment and who is committed to supporting people to maintain their independence, good wellbeing and promote self-care.


  • At least two year’s relevant frontline support role in the voluntary, health or public sector 
  • Delivering services in a client focused way, empowering and supporting people to achieve
  • Experience of professional working as a relationship builder within all levels of public and voluntary and community sector environments; and knowledge of the issues and needs of these sectors.
  • Is able to be innovative and creative in finding solutions
  • Able to respond to problem situations and to ensure effective interventions are put in place 
  • Experience of monitoring, evaluation and data collection 
  • Ability to work flexibly and proactively
  • An understanding of and commitment to anti-discriminatory practice Essential
  • Commitment to implement the Equal Opportunities policy of VCA and WHHT 
  • Recording accurately on a database and in a timely manner 
  • Good standard of general education 
  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft office software including Word and Excel 
  • A good working knowledge of email and internet
  • Ability to communicate effectively – both orally and in writing
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Basic understanding of the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR 
  • Good organisation and administrative skills
  • Ability to plan and prioritise their own work load and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a team, and develop and maintain close working relationships with colleagues and partners
  • A willingness to undertake further training compatible with the role
  • An understanding of confidentiality


  • A good understanding of the work of VCA, and its aims and objectives
  • Experience of flexible working and the ability to effectively respond to events as they arise
  • Knowledge of key issues affecting the voluntary and community sector
  • Experience of working or volunteering within a health care environment 
  • Experience of working with a multi-agency workforce to provide a person-centred approach.  
  • Knowledge of the services provided by the voluntary sector and local communities across Halton.
  • Understanding of Health and Social Care systems.  

Closing Date: Monday 18th October 2021

Interviews: Wednesday 27th October 2021

For an informal chat about this role, please contact Sally Yeoman:

To apply for this role, please complete the attached application form.




St Helens Council would very much value any comments or feedback you have on a revised Housing Allocations Policy for the Borough.  These are the rules by which the Borough’s supply of social and affordable housing is allocated based on priority and needs.


The link below will take you to the webpage where you can access a survey that covers the main areas along with a full copy of the revised scheme proposed - . As an alternative to the survey, comments can be sent to the dedicated e-mail address .


The closing date is Friday 29th October.

EmployerHalton Borough Council

Reference: SP/21/159487

Closing on: Sun 26/09/2021, 23:55 PM

Working Pattern: Full Time

Hours: 37 hours per week

Salary: £28,672 - £31,346

DBS Check: Enhanced

Location: Halton Borough Council, Cheshire


Fixed Term Contract 24 months, 37 hours per week


Passionate about changing lives? Are you the key person who has what it takes to work with partners to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those who have been impacted by the pandemic? Interested in project managing a unique programme of work funded by Public Health England?

To work as part of the Health Improvement Team and the wider system to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the population who live and work in Halton as well as preventing suicides. Working in partnership, influencing system change and managing projects to:

  • Develop skills and knowledge of the workforce and communities
  • Tackle stigma and raise awareness of support available
  • Support organisations to make positive changes to how they operate
  • Deliver and support the implementation of the local suicide prevention plan.

Work will focus on population groups who have been significantly impacted by the Covid 19 pandemic.

You will have a range of experience, skills and abilities, you should possess;

  • Excellent project management and coordination skills
  • Experience of working with partners to deliver shared objectives
  • The ability to build effective partnerships quickly across a variety of sectors
  • Experience of working in a health Improvement / Health promotion/ Public health role
  • An understanding of the social determinants of health and inequalities specifically relating to mental health and wellbeing

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Kate Bazley (Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead ) via or 0300 029 0029

Interviews will be held week commencing 11th October


The role will involve regular travel, therefore the post holder must have a driving licence and access to a vehicle. Where necessary, reasonable adjustments will be made in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.


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

As our community slowly regains some normality, the St.Helens Mind team is making plans for resuming their services. Thankfully, they were able to change their Befriending Service to telephone befriending at the very start of the pandemic and continued to welcome new  volunteers and referrals for people who were in need of regular one to one support.

However, since early 2020, they  were required to close the majority of their services, as they use public buildings for groups and activities and these were closed due to the pandemic.

This meant they no longer had our art group, social groups, choir, music group, reading for wellbeing, ladies craft group, and for a while, the allotment.

As restrictions in social isolating changed they  managed to open the allotment and secure some funding to run the Men’s Group. The ladies active group resumed their visits to their small garden in Victoria Park and met for walks and craft classes.

To help to start groups again they are applying for grants and also looking at alternatives to deliver support to the community. Their previous cost of venue hire reached almost £10,000.  In order to start delivery of any groups and activities they need to secure funding and begin to charge a small amount of ‘subs’ to help to cover costs.

Current Offer

As well as the befriending service, their allotment/garden is open on Mondays and Wednesdays for members and is also open on Thursdays for the wider community. Their Choir, Music Group and Haydock Social Group will be opening in this month. They are accepting referrals for befriending, the allotment, the Men's Group, Ladies Active Group and any other social groups and activities as they open up again. 

For more information about Mind St Helens Service, please see the attached newsletter below.

Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road

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



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