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The impact of COVID-19 is being felt everywhere. Self-isolation can bring with it loneliness and a feeling of loss of connection with your community. St.Helens Mind can help you to brighten your day!

You may be surprised that St. Helens Mind doesn’t just help people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. They are also here to help you to maintain your mental wellbeing, by tackling issues like loneliness and isolation that can lead to stress and anxiety.

The team is now offering you the chance to enjoy their beautiful allotment each Thursday to help you to keep connected, share your thoughts, enjoy fresh air, and good company. It will be a chance to do some gardening as well as just getting together for a chat and a laugh over a cuppa - vital in these challenging times. It truly is ‘A Place to Grow’.

Would you like to know more?

If you feel that you, or someone you know, would benefit from a regular visit to St.Helens Mind’s lovely allotment/garden and be assured of a warm welcome, please get in touch to arrange a visit. Or you can visit their Allotment Open Day on Wednesday 11th August from 11am until 3pm. At Cabbage Hall Allotments, WA10 6PX. You can enter the site right next to the St.Helens Mind allotment, at the gate at the end of Cartmel Avenue off Windle Hall Drive.

Email or Phone: 07703 185 232

You can also send a message from St.Helens Mind’s Facebook page or website: or follow the allotment progress at or Instagram


Date and time

Wed, 18 August 2021

10:45 – 12:30 BST


Online event (zoom) 

The loss of a loved one can be hard to bear, help and support is available for you and your family.

It is always hard when we lose someone we love, the grief process we go through is a very personal and individual experience. Where do we turn turn to for support? All too often we do not want to 'burden' others with our problems, we try to process our grief alone - you are not alone. Cheshire Bereavement Network has been coming together for a number of years and is made up of different support services for all the different circumstances around bereavement.

Halton Health Improvement Team want to provide you with the opportunity to find out exactly what support is available to you. During the event they will share testimonies from families who have been supported by some of the services involved. Everyone who attends will be sent an electronic document providing a summary of the services available along with documents to support you through your grief or to help you support others.

To book your place, please see the link below, or you can email , and they will reserve a place for you.


We’re looking for volunteers from St Helens to help make a season of spectacular events shine, could you help?

July 2021 will see three new park spaces, installed right in the heart of St Helens, and Earlestown. This is part of a wider project to support the recovery of St Helens after the Pandemic. Whether you’re a local volunteer, community organisation, food/drinks vendor, or business, there will be opportunities to take part.

St Helens Night Time Economy are looking for:

● Pocket Park Build Volunteers- between 21st and 30th July we’re looking for people to lend a hand moving structures, painting, and planting.As well as time they need donations of paints, plants, and soil to bring the parks to life! If you want to be the first to see these awesome structures- get in touch!

● Pocket Park Volunteer Rangers- as these parks will be in place for some time, they're hoping for a team of park rangers to lend a hand in making sure they keep looking
amazing. If you could water the plants, log repairs needed, then they’d love to hear from you

● Donations of materials- they’re particularly on the lookout for: paint, plants, soil, vinyl, perspex and timber to incorporate into the park structures

● Festival volunteers- to assist in the successful running of each of the three events, from the initial set up to the tear down at the end. If you like getting stuck in and/or
talking to people this could be for you
● Local Independent businesses and organisations including: businesses, CICs, charities and community organisations, artists & crafts people. There are opportunities for stalls, sponsorship/advertising, workshops and other involvement. The event themes are: family, environmental sustainability, and light- so they’d particularly welcome partners who have one of those themes as their focus and hope to hear from many of you to keep you updated and involved

The three festivals will be themed as follows:
Family Fest Saturday 28th August: A fun-filled day for all the family to celebrate the end of Summer, transforming St Helens into a village fete.

Green Festival (working title) - Saturday 30th October: Highlighting issues of environmental sustainability in a creative and engaging way.

Light and Bright Festival - 4th December Light sculptures and a lantern parade made up of community lanterns will provide the centre point for this celebration of the bright future of St Helens.

All business enquiries:

Volunteering & further information on the events:



Do you know anyone who would benefit from free courses

WeFindAnyLearner would like to offer you their latest offer of No Cost Online Certified Courses Available Now!
The courses they offer are government-funded, which means they are available at no cost and will help develop your knowledge and skills at your own pace, in your own home within approximately 20 hours or around 4 to 6 weeks.
The top 10-course choice this month:
1.    Mental Health
2.    Event Planning
3.    I.T User Skills
4.    Principles for Digital Skills
5.    Understanding Autism
6.    Allergy Awareness
7.    Bullying in Children and Young People
8.    Safe Handling of Medication
9.    Dementia Care
10.  Children and Young People’s Mental Health
These courses are all available FREE! Yes totally free!
To be eligible, you just need to be:
•  Over 19 as of the 31st of August, 2020
•  Living in Scotland or England
•  Not on an Apprenticeship
Visit to enrol today or call 01226 958 888 to find out more.

As more restrictions are being lifted and we are trying to get back to some kind of normal, the Halton Health Improvement Team realise you may be seeing an increase in people looking for support or that your staff themselves need support. They are conscious that the impact of the last 17 months may well last for some time yet.

With this in mind they thought it may be useful to book in some training sessions that you can all access for yourselves or your staff. You may have new staff, or staff who require a refresher as they have previously attended their training.

The Mental Health Awareness session looks at the following:-

- What Mental Health is.
- Signs & symptoms of the more commonly diagnosed conditions.
- How to have conversations around mental health.
- Tools to support mental health.
- Local signposting for mental health support.

The suicide awareness session takes the conversation one step further looking at:-

- Spotting the signs.
- The correct language to use when talking about suicide.
- How to ask if someone is suicide.
- Dispel myths and fears around having a conversation about suicide.
- Signposting to support.

They have booked 2 morning and afternoon sessions for both courses. If these fill up quickly they can add more in.

The details are as follows:-

• Thursday 12th August 1pm – 4pm Mental Health Awareness
• Thursday 26th August 1pm – 3:30pm Suicide Awareness
• Thursday 2nd September 9:30am – 12:30pm Mental Health Awareness
• Thursday 30th September 9:30am – 12 noon Suicide Awareness

The sessions will be delivered via Microsoft Teams. To book places, please email with staff names and email addresses and she will book them a place and send out the links. Alternatively if you have more than 5 staff wanting to attend let Nyki know and she can book separate sessions just for your staff.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nyki on the email above or ring 03000290029



The Community Ownership Fund is a £150 million fund over 4 years to support community groups across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to take ownership of assets which are at risk of being lost to the community.

It forms part of a substantial package of UK wide levelling-up interventions, helping to support recovery, build opportunity and empower communities to improve their local places.

Community ownership of assets can be a catalyst for bringing people together and helping communities to flourish. But there is a long-term trend of communities losing amenities that foster a sense of community pride and bring people together. This has a knock-on impact on people’s satisfaction with the place they live, and the strength of local communities.

Community ownership can be a sustainable model for protecting local assets and facilities. It can unlock additional community benefits and help communities shape the things that matter most to them locally. It can sometimes be hard for community groups to raise the funding needed to buy the asset so they can run it sustainably for the long-term benefit of the community. The Community Ownership Fund will support local people to save local community assets and amenities at risk.

The fund is open to community groups across the United Kingdom. Communities applying to the fund should have a strong vision for the long-term future of the asset, its purpose and potential in community life, and a plan for how the asset can thrive under community ownership.

Strategic objectives

The Community Ownership Fund has 4 strategic objectives:

  • provide targeted investment for communities to save community assets that would otherwise be lost
  • strengthen capacity and capability in communities to support them to shape their places and develop sustainable community businesses
  • empower communities in left behind places to level up
  • strengthen direct links between places across the UK and the UK government

Programme outcomes

For the purposes of this Fund, community ownership refers to the ownership and management of local community assets or amenities by a community organisation in order to deliver benefits for the community and place. To be eligible for investment from the Fund, the terms of community ownership must be either the ownership of the freehold or a long-term leasehold of at least 25 years minimum (with no break clauses).

Community ownership of assets can boost local connections, participation and pride of place, and bolster community resilience. By investing in the capacity of communities across the United Kingdom to take ownership of the places and spaces that matter to them, we will strengthen the social infrastructure that helps communities to thrive.

All applicants must demonstrate the potential of their projects to deliver against all of the following outcomes:

  • protect a community asset or amenity that is at risk and preserve its community value
  • develop a sustainable operating model to secure the long-term future of the community asset in community ownership
  • safeguard the use of community assets and associated local amenities

All applicants must also show how their project will help deliver one or more of the following outcomes for their place:

  • increase feelings of pride and improve perceptions of the local area as a place to live
  • improve social trust, cohesion and sense of belonging
  • increase local participation in community life, arts and culture and/or sport
  • create additional local economic outcomes – including creating jobs, volunteering opportunities and improving employability and skills levels in the local community
  • create additional social and wellbeing outcomes – including delivering positive impact in physical and/or mental health and reducing loneliness and social isolation

For more information and how to apply:


NHS Health Education England’s National Volunteering Unit would like to invite health and care volunteers to complete the survey below.

Through this survey they want to learn:

  • About the training you have received as a volunteer
  • How tjhey can better support health and care volunteers through the provision of education, training, and development resources


This is a chance for you to have your say

  • The results of this survey will be used to inform the production of relevant and useful learning for health and care volunteers


Please complete the short survey by following the link below:

If you have queries, please contact


The North West Regional Team are looking to recruit a Funding Officer to join them in assessing requests for funding and managing grants for a 6 month period.

You will bring local knowledge, best practice, thematic expertise, and the experience of customers and stakeholders to improve grant making and inform decision making. By working closely with people and communities in the North West, you will understand what matters to them and where funding can make the biggest difference.

With strong communication skills you will support local communities sharing your strong understanding of their vision, their commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion and their funding products.

You will need to understand and respond to the different needs of customers by providing advice and considered feedback and be willing to have challenging but constructive conversations.

Funding Officers ensure the grant management and assessment play an effective part in contributing to the Fund’s knowledge and learning as a grant maker. You will manage your own caseload, liaise with grant recipients, undertake project visits, identify and manage risk, supporting organisations to deliver their projects and measure their impact.

You’ll also need to work within the Fund’s policies and procedures and the necessary legislation, and in a way that is in line with their vision and principles.

You will represent the Fund within your local area including at funding fairs and external meetings and create opportunities for people to come together. You will share learning from your conversations, events, grant holder reports and evaluations with other colleagues so that they can maximise their impact.

You’ll be part of a team, led by a Funding Manager, and comprised of several other Funding Officers.

Contract Type: 6 Month Fixed Term Contract

Hours: 37 Hours per week, flexible working considered

Interview Date: Monday 9 August 2021

If you want to know more about the role before application, please contact or on 07837 258774

To find out more, please visit:

Saints Community Development Foundation Women In League programme is about to be fully launched.

Details and how to contact the Foundation & the programmes are included in this link which also gives details of the Young at Heart project:-

The Women's Wellness sessions are particuarly exciting and hopefully you will know people who would benefit from them. The sessions will include:-

  • Mindset
  • Thoughts
  • Stress
  • Styles of thinking/negative thoughts
  • Keeping a diary/gratitude journal
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Portion Size
  • Food labels
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Sleep
  • The gut-brain connection
  • How to lose fat in a healthy and sustainable way.

The sessions run on a Tuesday and a Thursday. The Tuesday session is 7-9pm and the Thursday is 7-8pm commencing on 10 August.

The Tuesday sessions consist of an hours exercise and an hours education on the above subjects and the Thursday session is an hours exercise.  Please circulate this to your contacts & colleagues who may be interested.  If you have any questions please contact Emma Rouski or Mike Webster 

Are you considering Hybrid working for your staff ACAS have advice on how to consider,discuss and introduce hybrid working  Click here for more information.  You can also sign up for a free webinar giving an introduction to hybrid working



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.