Coronavirus / COVID - 19 update for the VCSE Organisations 25 March 2020

From the 25th March Halton & St Helens VCA will be managing our work as follows:

If you need a contact for our volunteering portal and volunteering during the Covid-19 response across both Boroughs it’s Claire Redford-Kerr  

credford-kerr@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in St Helens it’s Annie Lawrenson alawrenson@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

If you need a contact for the Covid-19 response in Halton it’s Matthew Roberts Mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

You can also contact Sally Yeoman our Chief Officer for issues in both Boroughs. She will also be picking up LCR work with VS6 colleagues syeoman@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

For comms/website and information queries contact dmorris@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk       ldaffern@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Our phones will be temporarily redirected and you will be able to contact us by using our usual numbers 01744 457100 / 01928 592405

Below is the latest updates for VCSE organisations in Halton and St Helens. 

 

Funder Statement from the Leader and Chief Executive at Halton Borough Council

We, along with a wider group of funders, recognise that the covid-19 outbreak is an exceptional event that will have an impact on civil society groups, and want to offer reassurance that we stand with the sector during this time. We wish to be as helpful as possible during the coming weeks and months so that civil society groups can focus on the vital work of supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

We understand that there will be times when staff and volunteers will not be available, when beneficiaries may need services to be provided in different ways, or when systems need to be flexible to ensure that needs are met. 

If your community, services or organisation are affected by the covid19 outbreak, and you receive grant or funding from us, we are committed to:

  • Adapting activities – we recognise that you may experience difficulties achieving some of the outputs or outcomes we agreed for your grant during the outbreak, and would like to be able to maintain our grant payments to you at originally-agreed levels during this period, so please have a conversation with us if you are affected in this way;
  • Discussing dates – we don’t want to add pressure, so if you think you will struggle to meet a reporting deadline please get in touch with us so that we can agree a more realistic time for you to get things to us wherever possible;
  • Financial flexibility – we know you may need to use your funding to help cover sickness, purchase equipment, or deliver services differently, and we will be reasonable if you need to move money between budget headings to ensure your work can continue; and
  • Listening to you – we are here if you want to talk to us about the situation you’re facing, but we’ll wait for you to call us so that these conversations are at the right time for you.

We also recognise that there may be further shocks to the system caused by covid-19 that may impact on your other income streams, or require a more urgent response from funders. Where we have any news on emergency funding we commit to publishing this on the Halton & St Helens VCA web page so you can see all available programmes in one place.

The key during this crisis is communication. If issues arise, please get in touch to discuss how we can help.

Councillor Rob Polhill - Leader

Dave Parr - Chief Executive 

 

Age UK MId Mersey

Age UK Mid Mersey have shared a link to a useful ONS tool which will identify by UK area where there is a large group of over 70s live.

Click here for details 

 

Community Shop Halton

In response to the current situation, Community Shop remains open and are welcoming any local families (irrespective if they aren’t a member). They are well stocked so are happy to help the community with up to 70% discount on high-street brand foods. Anyone is welcome to come along where they are able to obtain a day pass or become a member to supply them with discounted foods, variety & choice.  

For a leaflet with the location of shop click here 

 

Alzheimers Society

The Alzheimers Society are appealing for donations to set up a new service called 'Companion Calls'.  

 This unprecedented situation demands that they act decisively and rethink how they reach the most vulnerable people who have relied on our face to face services, and your support today will mean that they can do exactly that.

They are currently in the process of establishing a completely new service – ‘companion calls’. This will involve teams of volunteers proactively telephoning vulnerable people with dementia to chat, check on their wellbeing and, if necessary, refer them to other services like Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Connect Support Line. With your help they will put a virtual arm around the shoulders of people with dementia and let them know they are not alone.

To find out more and donate click here for details 

 

If you have volunteering requirements please register them here

https://volunteering.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vk/providers/registration_provider.htm 

and also encourage people wanting to help out to do that safely by registering here 

https://volunteering.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vk/volunteers/registration.htm 

Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road
Widnes
WA8 6DB

St Helens Office: 01744 457100 
2nd Floor Beacon Building
College Street
St Helens
WA10 1TF

Email: info@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

About

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.