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Starting in September 2021, author Charlie Lea will run six free online writing workshops for adults, each lasting 8 weeks, in partnership with Halton Libraries, St Helens Libraries and Livewire Libraries. At the end of the workshops participants will have the opportunity to submit a short story, which can be included into a published anthology that will be placed in all three libraries’ catalogues and further have an extract of their story read out and uploaded onto YouTube.

Places are limited, so please book as soon as possible, if you’re interested. 

To join, simply choose one of the 8 week Zoom courses to attend:

  • Monday afternoon: starting 6th September 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Tuesday evening: starting 7th September 7pm to 8.30pm
  • Wednesday afternoon: starting 8th September 2pm to 3.30pm
  • Thursday morning: starting 9th September 10am to 11.30am
  • Friday morning: starting 10th September 10am to 11.30am
  • Saturday afternoon: starting 11th September 2pm to 3.30pm


Contact to book on a first come first served basis

YMCA St Helens is excited to welcome Matt Moreton as Community Engagement Manager, a role designed to reach out to all the members of the St Helens community and develop new ways of supporting, serving, and inspiring across the borough.

For 135 years, YMCA St Helens has been making a difference and providing a helping hand where it’s needed most – now providing support & advice services, supported housing, family work, health and wellbeing activities, and training & education programs.

Matt Moreton said ‘I am excited to be joining an organisation that wants to be at the heart of supporting the community of St Helens as we move from a period of hopelessness and isolation into a time hope and togetherness. I look forward to meeting the many different people and groups that make St Helens such an amazing place, and hearing their visions for the future.’

Matt has a 22-year track record of supporting young people, adults and organisations to reach their full potential, with a particular passion for activities which reduce loneliness, and provide skills to survive and thrive when it comes to our mental health.

Justin Hill (CEO of YMCA St Helens) said ‘We are looking forward to having Matt as part of our senior leadership team, bringing his wealth of experience and knowledge to help us build on our past and support even more people from this community of which we are proud to be part.’

Matt can be contacted by emailing or by popping in or ringing the Beacon on 01744 455046

West Lancs CVS is pleased to offer the following exciting roles to increase the capacity of the Community Champions team:


• Community Development Officer – 25 hours a week

• Project Support Worker – 19.5 hours a week


The roles are funded through the Government’s ‘Community Champion Scheme’ after a successful bid by West Lancs CVS in partnership with West Lancs Borough Council. These funds will aid community-wide recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic as well as building the capacity and resilience of the West Lancs community to work together to improve connectivity and integration within and between local neighbourhoods and residents.


Both of these posts are fixed term for 12 months initially, with the potential to extend if further funding becomes available.


For further details on the roles and requirements, please see the Job Descriptions on their website:


If you would like to apply, please contact Jill Bradley, Operations Manager, West Lancs CVS for an application form – or ring 07598552941.


The closing date for both posts is Friday 3rd September 2021.


Please note that all applicants must complete an application form and CVs will not be considered.

Giving World are here to help charities get the goods they need to the people that need them. They redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK.

Giving World have a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods.

Their website is regularly updated with new stock so register here using the link below (no charge), to receive stock updates and access goods as and when you need them.

Goods can be collected directly from Giving World, or they can arrange delivery at cost – you will only pay for transport.

If you would like more information, please call them on 0116 251 6205 between 9.30am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9.30am-12.30pm Friday.

You can also send an email with any queries to


Reg. Charity No. 1105883

Cheshire Bereavement Network are hosting an online event this coming Wednesday, to highlight the support available to those who are bereaved.  The event is on Zoom and is available to anyone who has been bereaved across the North West, it will also be recorded and shared afterwards for anyone who couldn’t attend.

The event will feature a session on grief. You will then hear from 4 organisations, explaining how they have supported families through their grief.

Places can be booked via Eventbrite on the link below or by contacting the Health Improvement Team on

Dear Partner


A new campaign has launched, led by Champs Public Health Collaborative and funded by Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership to promote the Lower My Drinking app, which is now available for use across Cheshire and Merseyside.

During the COVID-19 pandemic harmful drinking has risen significantly, consequently impacting on people, communities, and services.

The campaign which includes videos of people telling their stories about why they reduced their drinking aims to increase the downloads of the Lower My Drinking app and ensure that expert advice is accessible across Cheshire and Merseyside.

The app is free to download and use for anyone who lives or works in Cheshire and Merseyside (access is by postcode). To download the app visit Google Play or App Store.

How you can help

The Lower My Drinking campaign is an opportunity for you to help anyone, who lives or works in Cheshire and Merseyside, to manage their drinking habits to a safer level.

To promote this resource and support this campaign, you can:

  • Use the campaign’s digital assets such as Twitter and Facebook banners and images sized for social media.
  • Share the campaign on your social media channels and through internal communications using the hashtag #LowerMyDrinking
  • Print out posters and other assets which feature QR codes for easy access to the Lower My Drinking app.
  • Promote the campaign and app on your intranet.
  • Share the campaign and app on your public-facing website.


All campaign assets can be downloaded via Trello Board here


To watch a brief video overview of Lower My Drinking app, click here:

Our colleagues at Lloyds Bank Foundation have asked to promote two workshops about small charities can get involved on a local level campaigning & raising awareness about the impact of cuts to Universal Credit. If you have any questions about the workshops e-mail Rachel on


Keep the Lifeline campaign

In October, £20 a week is due to be cut from Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit - meaning six million low-income households face an overnight cut to their incomes of £20 a week, or £1,040 a year. The cut risks further weakening social security support, pulling people into poverty, and causing severe hardship for families who are already struggling to stay afloat.

The Keep the Lifeline campaign, led by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and backed by many charities, think tanks and leading organisations (including Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales), is calling for this cut not to go ahead, and for those on legacy benefits not to be excluded.

While other organisations might be raising the issue at a national level, highlighting the impact that this cut will have on people in your local community is more likely to get the attention and support of your local MP – so your voice matters. You can adapt use the template email here from JRF as a guide – but be sure to mention where you’re based, as your local connection will make your MP take notice.

We’re also holding two workshops to talk through how small charities can get involved. You can book your place to join us on either Tuesday 27 August, 10:00 or Tuesday 7 September, 10:00 (both sessions are the same).

If you aren’t attending one of the workshops but do want to raise this issue with your MP, or have any questions, we’d love to hear from you – just email


Public Health England (PHE) have published new translated letters and videos for people with no NHS number about how to register with a GP and book a COVID-19 vaccine.

The letter, created by NHS England and NHS Improvement, is now available in 25 languages including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Polish and Urdu.

Doctors of the World, in partnership with the British Red Cross, have produced translated animated videos with key information on how to register with a GP and book COVID-19 vaccines.




Vacancy:    Cleaning Operative

Part Time   2 hours per day Monday - Friday

Salary:        £8.91 per hour


Crownway Community Centre is a high class, modern and inclusive multi-purpose facility offering a wide range of services and activities to the local community and organisations. They are looking to recruit a part time cleaning operative whose role will be to provide general cleaning duties within the community centre. Cleaning experience and knowledge of Health & Safety Regulations required. Working hours 6.30am till 8.30am Monday – Friday.   

For further information and/or an application pack please contact 01925 222907 or by email


Closing date for application:

Friday 3rd September 2021

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.