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The new multi-faith prayer room at Widnes Market is now open for all faiths for private prayers and reflection.  It has been relocated to a more discreet position, with the added benefit of the room now having a walled front and entrance door to preserve the privacy of the user.

The room will be clearly signposted and will be available to all denominations on all trading days as a relaxing space for private prayers and reflection.


The next round of Charity Response Forums and the upcoming Skills Exchange from Lloyds Bank Foundation is taking place this autumn

A Charity Response Forum (which is held online) offers a space for a broad and wide-ranging discussion about the issues you’re tackling with a small team of staff drawn from across Lloyds Banking Group. Your forum members will apply their various skills, experience, insights, and perspectives to help you think through issues, test your thinking, and generate ideas.  Lloyds colleagues’ skills aren’t limited to finance; they bring a range of experience including risk management, project management, digital, leadership, managing teams and communications.


Do you need help to tackle a challenge or to pursue an uptapped opportunity, this is where the Skills Exchange could help.

A Skills Exchange will pair your charity with a small team of Lloyds Bank colleagues. Your Support Team will use its skills, knowledge, and insights to help you tackle a thorny problem or realise an untapped opportunity.  You’ll receive dedicated support over a 6-month period from your Support Team; typically, via several virtual support sessions with contact in between. Together with your Support Team, you’ll agree how best to apply the support.

For more information see attached.

Job Vacancy with Healthwatch Sefton; Digital Communications Officer – Closing 5pm, Monday 13 September 2021

Job Title: Healthwatch Sefton – Digital Communications Officer
Salary: £27,090 pro rata (£13,545.11 actual salary)
Hours: 17.5 hour per week (flexibly as agreed with Line Manager)
Location: Burlington House, Waterloo/Home working.
Accountable to: Healthwatch Sefton Manager

Job Purpose:

  • To develop and deliver appropriate, comprehensive and accessible communication and marketing support for Healthwatch Sefton.
  • Raise community awareness of Healthwatch Sefton branding, role and work projects.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for the organisations digital plan in line with their wider communications and engagement objectives (including a refresh of the wider Healthwatch Sefton Communications strategy).
  2. Responsible for systems and processes to ensure the delivery of high-quality digital communications/campaigns that are timely, responsive and integrated with other team activities.
  3. Day to day content production and management of Healthwatch Sefton’s digital platforms and tools including websites, social media, and e-bulletins.
  4. Lead on the development of the quarterly newsletter to the Healthwatch Sefton membership.
  5. Creating innovative and engaging graphic, audio and video elements to support work plans and campaigns.
  6. Carrying out ongoing monitoring, evaluation and review of the effectiveness of digital communications using recognised analytics tools. 
  7. Supporting team members and others in the effective use of digital media.
  8. Support the Healthwatch Sefton Manager and Chair to respond to reactive media enquiries in a timely and effective manner.
  9. Help to research and disseminate appropriate information to the membership of Healthwatch Sefton and support in drafting press releases when required.

You can download the following documents from the website

  • Job Description & Person Specification
  • Application Form
  • Guidance Notes 
  • Diversity Monitoring Form 
  • Criminal Convictions Declaration 

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm, Monday 13 September 2021.
Interviews will take place Thursday 16 September 2021.
All completed applications and any enquiries to be sent to

FREE 6-week online courses via Teams

Do you struggle helping your child with their homework? Do you want to know how your child is taught Maths/English in school? Or even just improve your own Maths/English skills.

Adult & Community Learning are running 'Keeping Up with the Children' free online courses for both Maths and English.

Keeping up with the children Maths workshop: Starting 15/09/21 & 3/11/21 4pm til 5pm

Improve your knowledge and understanding of:

  • Internet safety for IT users
  • The language of Maths
  • Calculation methods for addiditon, substraction, multiplication and division
  • Shape and measures
  • Fractions

Keeping up with the children English workshop: Starting 14/09/21 & 02/11/21 9:30 til 10:30

Improve your knowledge and understanding of:

  • Internet safety for IT users
  • How phonics is taught in school
  • Spelling strategies
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation

​​​​​​​For more info or to book a place please contact Catherine on 07702 959814 or email:


Palacefields Ukulele Group

Palacefields Ukulele Group will be performing live the the Halton Haven Hospice on Friday 10th Septemeber 2021.

There will be a hot lunch service and sandwiches at 12pm, this must be booked in advance.

The performance will start at 2pm .


Places are limited, so book your place now:


Phone: 01928 712 728



JOB TITLE: Chef/Trainer – Plan Bee Community Coffee Shop

LOCATION(S): St Helens

Plan Bee Community Coffee shop are looking to recruit a chef/trainer with immediate start.

  • Would you like to be part of a vibrant, successful coffee shop which is fully trading as part of Apex Charitable Trust?
  • Have you got what it takes to supervise and train volunteers?
  • Are you passionate about cooking, being creative and cooking from fresh ingredients?


Salary: £10 per hour – 32 hours per week between the hours of 8am and 4pm, Monday – Friday.

The post holder will be managed by & answerable to the Community Coffee shops’ Business Development Manager for all aspects of the duties and responsibilities described in the description.

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

  1. Provide enhanced training and work experience for volunteers/trainees.
  2. Responsible for kitchen and serving areas during all food service.
  3. To deliver a quality catering service within the community coffee bar.
  4. To keep update records with both Health & Safety and Food Hygiene
  5. Be aware of all current legislation with regards to Food Hygiene and Health & Safety.
  6. Liaising with local suppliers in relation to food ordering and stock rotation.
  7. Money Handling
  8. Menu Planning
  9. Delegate tasks to kitchen staff
  10. Monitor food stock and place orders

Person Specification

  1. Proven work experience as a Chef or Cook
  2. Hands-on experience with various kitchen equipment
  3. Experience in preparing, delivering and assessing training
  4. Leadership skills
  5. Ability to remain calm and undertake various tasks
  6. Excellent time management abilities
  7. Up-to-date knowledge of cooking techniques and recipes
  8. Interact with customers and be confident in promoting the aims and objectives of the charity.

Email your CV to or to


Apex Charitable Trust

13 – 15 North Road

St Helens.  Merseyside

WA10 2TW

T: 01744 612898 (main office)

M: 07788 678051 (Leanne)

M:  07787 789479 (Plan Bee)

Our colleagues from Halton Borough Council have asked us to promote the followed opportunity:

Celebrating Halton’s Heritage - Youth Facilitator Brief

This paper outlines the brief for the Youth Facilitator role within the Celebrating Halton’s Heritage project

Background to project

Celebrating Halton’s Heritage is a strand of Halton Borough Council’s Borough of Culture Programme for 2021.

Borough of Culture is awarded annually on a rotational basis to one of the six local authorities that make up the Liverpool City Region, as part of the Combined Authority’s 1% for Culture programme. Halton’s year is 2021.

The overall aim of the programme is to stimulate talent, aspiration and promote creativity and economic growth through cultural engagement and activity across the City Region.

Each Borough needs to weave five key elements into their creative programme:

  • Children and Young People – accessing, enjoying, learning and thriving through culture and creative engagement with skills and talent pathways
  • Positive Outcomes – wellbeing, health, education, cohesion and future of work
  • Communities – increased participation, particularly the ageing society
  • Distinctiveness of Place – promoting the creative and cultural offer to local people and visitors
  • Infrastructure – leaving a legacy through better infrastructure for culture and creativity

In Halton our aim is to increase participation in quality cultural activity across Halton, helping more people to experience the arts and to benefit from the role that culture can play in transforming lives - improving health and wellbeing, reducing social isolation, increasing community cohesion, inspiring creativity, supporting learning and making Halton a great place to live and work.

Celebrating Halton’s Heritage includes a physical hub in Widnes which will run from Sept 2021-Sept 2022, hosting heritage exhibitions, talks and workshops for the year’s heritage activities.

The proposal focuses in on the Borough of Culture theme Pioneers and Trailblazers; taking this overall theme, the proposal focuses in on Trades - who were the movers and shakers in the Borough’s industries? Who were the ‘workforces’, locals, immigrants etc? What were conditions like? How did trades in the area change over time?

Through discussions with Halton Heritage Partnership, we have focused in on three sub-themes:

~ ‘Nasties’ – tanning, bleach-packing, quarrying etc;

~ Rural – farming, game-keeping, bargees etc;

~ Making – watch parts, sail-making, linen weaving, cheese-making…

The project will build on previous heritage projects which started to explore the working lives of people in the Borough through time; we would like the opportunity to showcase some of this work in new and exciting ways and investigate further the new Trade themes. Strands include:

  • Heritage Hub – temporary space at St Marie’s
  • Project Co-ordinator – to drive the project and co-ordinate all strands
  • Satellite Hubs – outreach activity at The Wids Rugby Union Club, Widnes Market, Mako Create and Culture HQ (a Borough of Culture space in Halton Lea, Runcorn)
  • Artist Commission – artist to explore the ‘nasties’ theme with a group of young people, incorporating oral history and poetry work - young people to create monologues of key characters to be projected onto buildings around the Borough
  • Heritage Architects – co-curation of three exhibitions, one on each of the themes.
  • Small grants scheme – pot of funding for local organisations and individuals to bid for to deliver small pieces of work to come together in a showcase in Sept 2022

Activities include:

  • Three exhibitions spread over 12 months – one on each sub-theme
  • Programme of talks and workshops on the sub-themes
  • Mini shop in hub, showcasing local makers/heritage organisations
  • Monologues project with young people
  • Artist commission and events

The base for the Celebrating Halton’s Heritage proposal is St Marie’s, a converted church building in Widnes, now home to Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action (VCA). The venue will host the hub itself, along with office space for the Project Co-ordinator, apprentice and creative practitioners commissioned as part of the project. It will also host talks, workshops and exhibitions on the chosen themes. A series of satellite activities will be held at partner venues to help spread the heritage of the Borough to those who would not ordinarily engage with heritage.

The Lead Heritage Practitioner/Artist will take the lead on the delivery of a commission which explores the ‘nasties’ strand of the trades theme; key tasks include:

Youth Facilitator Role

The Youth Facilitator will take the lead on the establishment of a young people’s group; key tasks include:

  • Work with the commissioned artist/heritage practitioners to recruit young people to the group
  • Work with the commissioned artist/heritage practitioner to deliver training sessions and support delivery of the commissioned work
  • Support the individual young people where required

Experience/Qualifications Required/Desirable

  • Youth work qualification R
  • Recent experience of working with 10-18 age group R
  • Current enhanced DBS check R
  • Experience of recruiting young people D
  • Experience of working within the cultural sector D
  • Knowledge of Halton and its communities D
  • Experience of reporting in and ability to deliver to time and budget R
  • Excellent organisational and administration skills R
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills R
  • Willingness to work collaboratively R
  • Proof of relevant insurance cover - R

Project Management/Reporting

The fundholder is Halton Borough Council who are leading on the Borough of Culture programme; the contract holder will report to the commissioned artist.


The contract period is from Sept 2021-Feb 2022. The price is a fixed price of £6,000 for contract delivery and the maximum amount that will be available. There will be an additional amount available for refreshments and transport expenses for the young people.

The £6,000 awarded in this project is for operational delivery of the project and will be paid to the successful applicant in two stages over the term of the contract:

  • 50% upon appointment;
  • 50% upon completion of the project

This is a flat rate fee not calculated by daily rate; those called for interview will be expected to explain how the work might be allocated within this budget in order to achieve the expected outcomes. Flexibility will be essential with weekend and evening working expected.


Deadline for applications 13th September 2021

Appointment of Youth Facilitator – end Sept 2021

Development of proposed programme – October 2021

Youth Ambassadors recruited – end October 2021

Programme Delivery October 2021 to Feb 2022

Please apply with CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the experience and qualifications specified in the brief by 13th September.

For queries about the project or the brief, please contact Steph Davies – or 0151 511 7960.

Attached is the latest, exciting new programme from Wellbeing Enterprises for October to December including a few ‘in person’ courses and by special request they have also added a few courses that will be running on a Saturday as well as some that will be in the evening. 

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

Merseyside VRP Sport, Arts and Culture Commissioning Tender - Live

The provision of a Commissioning Services/or a consortium of Commissioning Services for positive activities using sports, arts and culture as a hook to engage young people using a place-based approach to community investment. The ultimate objective being to reduce violence and violent crime in the Merseyside Area

The proposed contract period is for 6 months, commencing in October 2021, with an option to extend by a further 12 months. The contract is for a service provision to Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership (MVRP) through Merseyside Police only and will not be open to other Police Forces

Commissioning Tender Number 45870   Merseyside Police Reference PCC/PD/230

Timeline as below:

  • Thursday 26 August 2021  -  Issue invitation on
  • 10.00 hours 20 September 2021  -  Deadline for clarifications / further information requests
  • 10.00 hours 27 September 2021  -  Deadline for Receipt of Bids
  • 30 September 2021 -   Evaluation of Bids
  • 4 October 2021 -   Recommendation of Successful Bid submitted to Command Team
  • 11 October 2021  -  Anticipated award of Grant

The Households into Work Team are back in some Job Centres across the Liverpool City Region. They are looking to expand on this further in September. If you would like the team to be on your site, please get in touch with them.

Are you looking for volunteers?

The Housholds into Work team have clients looking for opportunities across the Liverpool City Region. Please contact them, if you have any placements available.


For any further infomation please contact the team at Households into Work via the email 

The Households into Work Facebook Page is now up and running. Please ‘like’ ‘follow’ and ‘share’ to see their latest programme updates. 


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.