Update from National Organisations

NAVCA VCSE Resources Hub

NAVCA is a national membership body specifically for local sector support and development organisations (also known as local infrastructure) in England and along with their members tey are a part of the movement for local social action.  NAVCA have a comprehensive resources Hub click here to find out what they have available


Why is NCVO asking the government for urgent financial help for charities

While in the chancellor's announcement about salaries on Friday it was positive to hear him talk proactively about charities for the first time, and while his announcement will be very reassuring for many people, it won't actually help many charities.

Some are making decisions about redundancies and closure right now.  Supporting the national response and helping vulnerable people to cope are your first priority at the moment, but you cannot do that if you are on the brink of financial collapse.  The chancellor announced that he would pay the wages of employees unable to work due to the coronavirus pandemic. This will apply to firms where bosses have already had to lay off workers and under the scheme, workers would take a leave of absence but still be paid.  This works for many businesses unable to operate during the coronavirus crisis but it doesn’t work if you're a charity, your income has collapsed but you still need to keep your doors open and services running.  A pub or bar can their shut their doors, mothball the kegs and the government will pay your wages. So it doesn't matter if you have no bar takings. But many charities need to continue caring for those in need and delivering vital public services, they cannot shut their doors and lay off staff. Now more than ever they must support people in need.

Help us make the case for financial help for charities by:

  • Emailing us with details of your financial situation 
  • Sharing our tweet
  • Sharing your charity's story on social media using #EveryDayCounts
  • Asking your local MP to support 

Sally Yeoman Chief Exective of Halton and St Helens VCA has already written to MP's in both Halton and St Helens to ask for their support


Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support have provided some useful resources and signposting links for people to access if they are self -isolating and in the absence of any face to face services to contact.  Latest guidance for people living with cancer and concerns about coronavirus can be found here:


For other queries they have the following support available:

  • Macmillan information resources – Macmillan website www.macmillan.org.uk
  • Macmillan financial support services www.macmillan.org.uk/financialsupport
  • Macmillan Support Line for practical, emotional, clinical and financial help 8am – 8pm – 0808 808 0000
  • Macmillan Web Chat online 8am – 8pm link is here   
  • Macmillan online community through Macmillan website 24 hours a day 7 days a week www.macmillan.org.uk
  • Macmillan Diagnosis Campaign

All professionals (Macmillan and non-Macmillan) play an important role in signposting their patients at diagnosis to the information and support offer available so they are really keen to enable everyone to do this. The new offer does not replace the support provided by professionals and our services but aims to complement it and provide additional tools to help signpost people. The new marketing will direct professionals to a bespoke landing page https://www.macmillan.org.uk/supporting-your-patients-from-diagnosis.html where they can download the patient facing leaflet It would be great if we could also include this within the information for the practice champions.

What is our offer to help people at diagnosis with information and support?

They have developed a new way to help people with cancer at diagnosis by sending trustworthy, bite sized information and support that is relevant to them. People with cancer can sign up to receive relevant information at https://www.macmillan.org.uk/supporting-your-patients-from-diagnosis.html or by calling the Support Line to receive printed information in the post.


People who sign up online receive a series of 18 emails with information specific to their cancer type (given at sign up). Content focuses on practical, physical, financial, work and emotional support available. They can unsubscribe at any point if they don’t want to receive emails anymore.

By post

People who call the Support Line can sign up for a series of four packs sent fortnightly with information tailored to their cancer type and work status. Each pack contains short leaflets which contain information about practical, physical, financial, work and emotional support available, signposting to call the Support Line to order more information, and to access Macmillan’s wider support offer.

Friends and family affected by cancer can also sign up to the printed packs. The email support is currently only offered to people with cancer at this time due to data collection reasons, but they are hoping to extend this to people affected by cancer in the future.

  • They are currently providing essential transport support to a small number of people (getting them to chemo/other treatment appointments) and they are working closely with our central volunteering team to ensure that they can continue this vital support as safely as possible.

 We’re here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support.  So whatever cancer throws your way, they’re right there with you.

For information, support or just someone to talk to, 
0808 808 00 00 or visit macmillan.org.uk.

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

Email: info@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk


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.