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Our colleagues from Halton Borough Council’s External Funding Team have prepared some Funding Bulletins containing valuable information for voluntary organisations looking for grants to get projects off the ground.

The Monthly funding bulletins offering information on funding opportunities in the following areas:

Arts, Community & Voluntary, Environment & Heritage, European, Faith, Health, Schools, Sports and Youth.

To access the information, please click on the link below:

Free funding webinar: unrestricted funding for voluntary organisations & groups 

Come along to an informal lunchtime session to find out how your good cause can benefit from unrestricted funding via easyfundraising.  easyfundraising is a free to use fundraising platform which enables good causes to benefit from free donations from leading retailers. In the session, you’ll find out how easy it is to raise funds this way, and you’ll get all the information you need to begin doing so.  easyfundraising is already trusted by 170,000 voluntary groups, CICs, social enterprises, schools, grassroots sport clubs, churches and charities.  

Places at the event are limited, so please register below if you’d like to join us: 

When: Monday 16th August 

At: 12.30pm 

Duration: 30-45 mins 

Book you place here: 

In 2019, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, led by the Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram, declared a climate emergency and set an ambitious target for us to be carbon neutral by 2040.  Broadly speaking, this means that the amount of carbon we generate through how we live our lives (e.g. how we heat our homes, travel around etc.) is offset by the amount of carbon we absorb, meaning the overall amount of carbon emitted into the atmosphere from our city region is zero.

Reaching this net zero target will require big changes in various aspects of life between now and 2040, many of which are already planned, such as the end of sales of petrol cars by 2030.  They are in the process of developing an action plan which will help us to reach that goal and are keen to know how our citizens feel about these forthcoming changes and about issues pertaining to climate change more broadly.

They recently launched their engagement and would love you to get involved by:

  • Completing the survey and share the link with your networks so that as many people as possible can have their say.
  • Sharing the youth-version of their survey with any young people in your networks.

They would really value your input into this engagement and the insights you provide will be vital in helping to shape the Net Zero 2040 Action Plan.


Apex Charitable Trust / Plan Bee Community Coffee shop have successfully secured funding which offers free meals to isolated people in St Helens. The only criteria is that you live in St Helens and experiencing one or more of the below:


  • Isolated
  • Experiencing financial difficulties
  • Unable to leave your home due to health issues

then you can claim a free ‘My Meal’ every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00am – 4.30pm Plan Bee have free meals which can be collected or delivered (within a 4-mile radius of Plan Bee community coffee shop)

All meals need to be booked in advance by calling 07787 789479 just ask for a ‘My Meal’

Plan Bee - 13-15 North Road,
St Helens
WA10 2TW

T: 07787 789 479

They will continue to offer this service until funding runs out.

If you know of anyone who would benefit from a free meal and meets the conditions,  please complete the attached referral form and return it to:

Apex Charitable Trust/Plan Bee Community Coffee shop
13-15 North Road
St. Helens, Merseyside
WA10 2TW

M: 07788 678051





Apex Charitable Trust is proud to present Plan Bee, Plan Bee Community Coffee Shop—St Helens Learn new skills and enhance your work experience by joining the Hive as one of their volunteers. If you have a criminal record and wants to improve your employability skills then get in touch to find out more. 

Receive free accredited training in many different areas inc. Barista skills, food Hygiene, cookery skills, customer service, to name a few. 

If you are interested in being a part of this fantastic organisation and taking advantage of their 5 step programme then please give them a buzz on:

M: 07788 678 051


 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). 

The Lower My Drinking app can help you work out why you drink.

It also offers practical steps that you can add into your weekly routine to help lower your drinking such as:

  • regularly reviewing your drinking habits
  • comparing your drinking levels every week to see how you score
  • using motivational techniques to help you on your journey to healthier drinking
  • setting yourself alerts to help you on your way to staying on top of your drinking levels

Download the Lower Your Drinking app on Google Play (

Download the Lower Your Drinking app from the 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

Halton Older Peoples Expert Panel (HOPE) has been busy in the last year or so despite the challenges we’ve all faced. They have been holding virtual sessions and last week just a few of their panel members met up for a Panel Picnic.  It was such a lovely day and it was so good to actually be able to see each other and catch up.

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Do you know of anyone that would be interested in having their say and being a part of something bigger - Age UK Mid Mersey’s friendly and vibrant HOPE – set up to provide the voice for older people in Halton?  In return, they can promise that they will give new HOPE members a warm welcome, keep them well informed as well as provide a great way to meet new people.  

Please do get in touch with Clare Lightfoot Wellbeing Officer (Engagement) whose working days are Tuesday, Wednesday (9 am to 4 pm) and Thursday (9:30am to 2:30pm) or telephone 0300 003 1992 (ext. 115).  You can also email


Are you passionate about working with local communities to support meaningful art? Do you want to put your understanding of strategic development or your experience in finance at the service of bringing artists and communities together to make art that can create connections, tell stories and generate change? If that sounds like you, Heart of Glass want to hear from you!

Heart of Glass are a St Helens-based arts organisation and are seeking a new Treasurer, as well as Trustees with a deep knowledge and passion for St Helens and the Liverpool City Region, experience of community development or grassroots community based working, legal expertise, those with experience of income generation, and youth and education sector expertise.

Founded in 2014, Heart of Glass is funded as an agency for community arts-based practice, recognising the value of their work in the wider region and on the national and international stage.

They believe that art has the power to bring us together and create change, for the people of our community, and the place we call home. They unlock stories, reimagine public spaces, ask awkward questions and forge new connections. Why? Because they know that art can transform lives and deeply affect our relationship with the world around us. Art is the starting point for each and every journey.

They are keen to hear from applicants who have a lived experience of being marginalised and value experiences that can help remove barriers to engagement with the organisation and the wider arts sector.

The Heart of Glass staff team and board of trustees are working on strategies and actions to create a more diverse workforce, reaffirm their mission and values within the operations as well as their programme, to reflect critically on their work, and to continue to develop as an organisation that is representative and equitable.

As a Trustee for Heart of Glass you will work with the other board members and the senior leadership team to shape the vision and mission, track progress on achieving their strategic goals and ensure that they are compliant with all legal and regulatory requirements. You will also be their sounding board and critical friend, bringing your skills and experience into conversations to help shape their programme and organisation for the better.

While it is every Trustees responsibility to ensure that they operate effectively and have sound financial practices in place the role of Treasurer supports the wider board of trustees in doing so. The role monitors the financial administration of the charity and reports to the board of trustees at regular intervals on the state of their financial health. They do this in line with best practice, and in compliance with the governing document and legal requirements; providing the board of trustees with the confidence and knowledge to make better strategic decisions.

For full details about the roles and the application pack please visit or email



Halton Borough Council is asking for responses to an open survey to gather feedback on how Runcorn and Widnes can be safer places for women. It will help identify ideas and measures to improve safety in public areas. The survey is open to anyone to respond and should take about 5 minutes to complete.

Have your say:

Survey closes on the 18th August 2021

Sam's Diamonds Cancer Support is offering a free course for women with a cancer diagnosis that offers help with the return to work. Read more at: Sam's Diamonds website 
Contact for information or to sign up. 


Enrolment for September intake is now open. This course will commence on Tuesday 7th September 2021. Places are limited so be sure to register your interest early.

What Is The Shine On Course?

The Shine On Course is a brand new, totally free supportive service from Sam's Diamonds providing women with all the guidance and advice needed to confidently return to work after a cancer diagnosis.

Who Is The Shine On Course For?

The Shine On Course is open to any women in the Halton area who have been through cancer treatment and need an extra boost when it comes to rebuilding their confidence to  return to work.

How Is the Shine On Course Structured?

The Shine On Course is a six week course run at our head office in Widnes. Each week will be focused on a different topic and include multiple sessions from industry professionals.

To graduate from the course you must attend five out of the six sessions available.


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.