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Research shows that those already experiencing the greatest inequalities have been hardest hit by the impact of Covid-19.

 Funding from Sport England’s Tackling Inequality Fund has so far enabled MSP (Merseyside Sport) to provide financial support to over 60 organisations from across the Liverpool City Region to help them to engage people with long-term health conditions, disabilities and those from ethnically diverse communities and lower socio-economic backgrounds in projects designed to improve their physical and mental health through physical activity.

 For example, they have provided funding to: 

- Cycle of Life to engage minority groups in Toxteth with inclusive cycling groups

- Wirral Deen Centre to break down barriers with Muslim women accessing community leisure facilities

- Wirral Change to provide inclusive group activity classes to reintegrate isolated members of ethnic communities after lockdown


However, they know that they have only scratched the surface and they want to support more organisations across Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and on the Wirral who help people from ethnically diverse backgrounds.


They are therefore prioritising the current funding round to support these organisations with funding grants of up to £5,000 to run physical activity initiatives, with projects to be completed by March 2022.  They welcome expressions of interest from charitable organisations and constituted sports clubs, with funding being able to support organisations that are experiencing financial hardship and providing opportunities for their priority audience to be active either at home, online or in the community.


Deadline for expressions of interest: 12pm Friday 24th September 2021

 Further information and expression of interest documents: visit





Over the last 18 months, volunteering roles in the Trust have been very limited, with our focus being on supporting high level demand roles such as our Discharge Suite, Meet and Greet and Vaccine Clinics.  Our work has been concentrating on supporting volunteers ready to return to their volunteering as we work through our action plan for restarting those regular roles that patients and staff rely on.  You will be working in a small team with some blended working arrangements in place.

Duties will include:
Supporting the recruitment and onboarding of new volunteers to the Trust; assisting with restarting volunteering roles within the Trust, developing new roles and supporting staff in the supervision and management of volunteers; promoting volunteering; delivering training.

You should have experience in working with volunteers or a similar role and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, and Volunteer management software to be able to manage competing demands and prioritise workloads.

Part time 28 hours funded until 31st March 2022

Salary: :£10,366 (6 months)

26 days holiday plus bank holidays pro rata

For an application form, full job description and person specification please see the attachments below.

For an informal chat about the vacancy, please contact Claire Redford-Kerr on 01744 457100 (option 1).

Closing date for applications midday Wednesday 8th September 2021

Halton & St Helens VCA is an equal opportunities employer and complies with the Equality Act 2010.


Registered charity number: 1106001

Are you considering an application for Reaching Communities? Have you had small grants in the past and thinking about taking the next step? Groups from Halton & St Helens are welcome to attend, in particular those groups with an interest in applying to any of the National Lottery programmes.

The local team from The National Lottery Community Fund for Halton and St Helens will be holding a virtual 'Meet the Funders' event in conjunction with Halton and St Helens VCA to talk about the Reaching Communities programme, how to apply and answer any queries you may have about the process.

Please be aware that this event will focus primarily on Reaching Communities (for projects over £10,000). If you are looking for information about Awards for All (for projects under £10,000) please visit The National Lottery Community Fund website  or contact The Advice Line (0345 410 2030 Text Relay: 18001 plus 0345 410 2030)


27th September, 2021 1:00 PM through  3:00 PM

To register visit


Listening Ear’s Amparo service has organised a Memorial Evening to remember those who have lost their life to suicide.  This will take place on Thursday 9th September 2021 between 7pm and 8.30pm in Rainford, Merseyside and you are welcome to attend in person or to join via a webcast at the same time.

If attending in person, free places may be booked here:

If you would like to attend online, please log-in via the link on this page:






It is hoped to establish a Community Rail Partnership (CRP) for the Railway lines connecting Liverpool and Manchester, (see attached Route Map).

CRP's are all about communities so at this early stage we are trying to make contact with ordinary local people who care about their communities and who are interested in trying to  improve the impact that the railway has on their local community.

The proposed CRP covers the following stations which fall within the boundaries of the St Helens and Halton Local Authorities:

  • Hough Green
  • Widnes
  • Rainhill
  • Lea Green
  • St Helens Junction
  • Earlestown
  • Newton le Willows

As an opportunity to hear what the Local Communities have to say on this matter we are planning a Stakeholders Seminar to be held on Friday 1st October at the 1823 Café at Irlam Station.

They would very much like representatives of the local St Helens and Halton Communities to be at this meeting, however, spaces are strictly limited so if you are interested in attending please e-mail David Mackereth at  ASAP


Sahir House is strengthening its wellbeing service by recruiting 2 new counsellors.

Sahir House are delighted to announce the successful appointment of 2 new counsellors, Helen Chinnery and Martin Fenerty, who together bring a wealth of experience to the Sahir House counselling service.

Helen Wilkinson, Sahir House’s Chief Executive comments:

“We are delighted to be welcoming Helen and Martin to our small but impactful team. Sahir House has a great reputation and strong track record in supporting and enabling individual and community wellbeing and our counselling service is a crucial part of this.

During lockdown the team at Sahir House reacted innovatively and with empathy to ensure our counselling service, peer support groups and volunteer network continued to operate, keeping people connected, to each other and able to access our services and support. Sahir House is emerging from lockdown with stronger and more resilient wellbeing services and support, and a team capable of providing blended service delivery that can be tailored to the needs of our neuro diverse community. Wellbeing, empowerment through lived experience and prevention is at the heart of everything that we do.”

Steve Earle, Support Services Manager notes:

“The impact of isolation during lockdown has resulted in greater demand for this service. It’s fantastic news that we are able to offer more counselling sessions to our service users. Martin and Helen bring extensive experience which will increase capacity and support to LGBTQ people and people living with HIV on Merseyside”

Sahir House supports the wellbeing of the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV in Merseyside and empowers people to explore their gender identity and sexuality. The organisation has been offering HIV support, prevention, information and training across Merseyside since 1985. In 2020, Sahir House expanded its Articles of Association to reflect the work we do to support refugees and asylum seekers, and our work with the Trans community. Sahir House also campaigns to support wellbeing and prevention for the LGBTQ community and people living with HIV, and empowers people exploring their gender identity and sexuality, increasing sexual health knowledge, reducing stigma and campaigning for the rights for those living with HIV and related intersectionality’s (gender, sexuality, asylum status).

For information on how to access Sahir House counselling service contact Steve Earle, contact details below.

For more information about the work of Sahir House please visit the website

Sahir House:

151 Dale Street, 4th floor, Liverpool, L2 2AH 0151 237 3989

Twitter: @sahirhouse

Facebook: Sahir House


Dean Sue and Dean Tony from Liverpool Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral would like to invite you to join them for a service to Commemorate the Key Workers Sunday 19th September, 2021 - 3pm at Liverpool Cathedral (please be seated by 2.30pm)

RSVP: Jayne Bainbridge
Tel: 0151 702 7204


Are you involved in arts, culture or creative activity in St Helens? Do you love watching live music, theatre and dance, viewing art exhibitions, visiting Libraries or heritage sites, creative writing, reading or taking part in the arts yourself? Or are you just passionate about all things St Helens?

If so, please join in to celebreate St Helens being the Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture* in 2023 – a time to shout about our great town.

• Would you like to showcase what you do as part of the celebrations or collaborate with others to organise your own event?
• How can 2023 capture the imagination of St Helens Borough communities?
• What do we want the arts and cultural programme to say about our Borough in 2023?

St Helens Council want to know what you think and how you want to be involved.

Come along and let them know!

They are hosting two repeat sessions:

Monday 13 September 6pm – 8pm at The Citadel Theatre, in partnership with MD Creatives and The Collectives MD monthly network

Reserve a free ticket here:

Friday 17 September 10am – 12noon at The World of Glass in partnership with The World of Glass

Reserve a free ticket here:

Both sessions will be facilitated by St Helens Borough Council Arts and Library Services in partnership with our host venues, on behalf of the St Helens Borough Arts Strategy Steering Group.

They want 2023 to build on the great creative work happening in St Helens by all the organisations, venues, artists, creative groups, musicians, dancers, writers, theatre practitioners, schools, colleges and other partners. It will be developed and delivered collaboratively.
All are welcome to be involved. If you cannot attend either session, please register your interest with

* Borough of Culture Background Information
The Borough of Culture title is awarded annually by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on a rotating basis to each of the six local authorities that make up the city region. St Helens was the first Borough to hold the title in 2018; held this year by Halton.

Halton Child Contact Centre are members of Halton & St Helens VCA. They have asked us to circulate the following information regarding a job vacancy.


Part time Coordinator at Halton Child Contact Centre

Hours of work - 16 per week flexible - home based

Annual Salary - £8320

Location - Halton Cheshire

Job Type - Permanent

Skills Required:

  • Good IT skills
  • Good Communicator –telephone manner
  • Good administrator
  • Confidentiality
  • Reliability

Job Description:

  • To plan and provide child centred contact with parents, family, friends and carers.
  • To review and accept referrals in line with the Centre referral policy and procedure.
  • Liaise with individuals and agencies referring families to the Child Contact Centre.
  • Manage the Child Contact Centres procedures in relation to referrals, record keeping, statistical returns training records and DBS disclosures
  • Attend monthly management meetings and other relevant meetings.
  • Be prepared to attend a short training/development programme to gain awareness of the Child Contact Centres and the National Association of Child Contact Centres policies in relation to child protection, health and safety, equal opportunities, domestic violence, complaints and confidentiality.
  • The ability to work well on their own initiative and as part of a team.
  • Under the direction of the management committee take a lead role in the implementation/development of the Centre and participate in the recruitment, training and support of the volunteers.


Because the role for which you are applying involves working with children we are obliged to ask you in connection with your application to complete an Enhanced Criminal Record Bureau Disclosure application form and you will not be able to begin working until this check has been satisfactorily completed.

To find more about our organisation please visit our website at

As Coordinator of the organisation you will be responsible to the Chair and Deputy Chair of Halton Child Contact Centre.

For an Application Form please contact Gordon Ellis via or Joan Duggan via 

Community groups which will offer safe and engaging activities for young people are being invited to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.


Emily Spurrell has announced that she is releasing the first round of funding from her Youth Diversion Fund, using money raised through the Police Property Act which sees money from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police which cannot be returned to be diverted into worthwhile causes.

The Commissioner is encouraging community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £3,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to divert young people away from anti-social behaviour and crime during a time when this traditionally spikes.

A total of £50,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

The Commissioner said: "I’m delighted to be able to open up my Youth Diversion Fund for the first time for bids of up to £3,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people, particularly over the autumn half term.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour 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 provide safe and engaging activities for young people to make sure they don’t become involved in anti-social or criminal behaviour.

“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.”

Emily 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 Youth Diversion 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 4pm on 10th September 2021.


Please visit their website to apply.

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.