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Willowbrook Hospice are inviting you to Light Up A Life 2018 where you can remember a loved one this Christmas with them. 

Christmas is a time when we think about our family and friends, past and present so come along and join Willowbrook at one of their special services across St Helens and Knowsley.

The two church services will include carols, readings and the lighting of our Light Up A Life tree, followed by a moment of silence as you can sit and reflect on special times and memories of loved ones. 

Each year many loved ones are remembered in the Light Up A Life appeal and thousands of pounds are raised for Willowbrook Hospice.

Everybody is welcome to the special services if they would like to come along.

The services will be taking placeat 7pm on Monday 10th December 2018 at;

Prescot Parish Church,
Church Street,
Prescot,
L34 3LA

Starting at 7pm also a service will be taking place on  Wednesday 12th December 2018 at;

St Mary's Lowe House,
North Road,
St Helens,
WA10 2BJ

(Please note that there will not be a service at the Church of the Holy Sprit in Dovecot this year) 

*Refreshments will be served from 6pm. 

For more information about donating to Willowbrook Hospice see flyer attached or you can contact Willowbrook on 01744 453 798 or email events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk, you can also check out their website at  https://www.willowbrook.org.uk/

Healthwatch Halton are moving offices. 

As of Monday 3rd December 2018 the Healthwatch Halton team will be based at:

Suite 5,
Foundry House,
Waterside Lane
Halebank,
Widnes
WA8 8GT

Their contact number will remain the same 0300 777 6543

On Sunday,13th January 2019 at the Ibis Hotel, Haydock, 10:00am to 1:00pm anyone who may be interested will be welcomed and able to discuss the Advanced Drivers Courses with Members and Officers of the Group. The St Helens Group of Advanced Motorists offer substantial discounts to those aged 17 to 35 years, a saving of up to £89, you pay only £60 and a discount of £50 to those of 60 years and over.

Advanced drivers could get cheaper insurance, use less fuel and brake wear, gain confidence on motorways and rural roads and become more aware to avoid road collisions and injuries. Free driving assessments will be available and light refreshments are provided. If you wish you can contact them by mobile at 07849 674939 (after 6pm only), Email: contact @shgam.org.uk or visit their website: www.shgam.org.uk

 

Trustees' Week 2018

Between 12-16 November 2018 those in the third sector, and beyond, celebrated trustees during Trustee week.  Trustees are vital to the successful running of charities. They provide direction, guidance and valuable, practical skills, and what’s more they do it all for free. Trustees' week is the annual event that showcases and celebrates the role of trustees, the great work that they do and the many opportunities that are available for people to get involved with charities and groups local to them.  The Trustee Week website is still open and has many useful resources for trustees.  To find out what is available click on the link below

Trustee Week Website 

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FFTransport are a not for profit organisation part of former forces support and have an affordable 17 seat community mini bus for hire, available with a driver or can be hired on a self drive basis. 

The minibus is available to book at an affordable rate

Self Drive:

  • 4 hours £50 (minimum hire)
  • 8 hours £80
  • 12 hours £100
  • 24 hours £150

If you need a driver they may be able to provide one at a cost of £10 per hour (the driver will stay for the whole duration of the minibus hire)

For more information or to check availability email fftranzport@gmail.com or use the contact area on the website www.formerforcessupport.co.uk/fftransport 

All bookings must be in writing  and include the following

  • Group name
  • Date/s and time of travel
  • Full address of destination
  • Where the vehicle will be kept overnight (if applicable)
  • Purpose of the trip

See poster below for more details

 

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Runcorn Festivals are pleased to announce that they are working with Unlock Runcorn to bring you Winterfest 2018.

Winterfest 2018 will be taking place on 1st and 2nd of December 2018 from 11:00am-11:00pm on both dates. Its is being held at:

R.L.R.S 'Unlock Runcorn' visitors Centre
Dukesfield
Runcorn
WA7 1ER

The event is free entry and also child and dog friendly, Santa will be arriving at 10:30am on Saturday. Other attractions also include;

  • Artisan vendors and gift stalls
  • Licensed bar 
  • Street food 
  • Live music and DJ'S
  • A Santa grotto
  • Live spray painting
  • and many more

For more information see poster attached or contact runcornfestivals@gmail.com  

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Halton Peoples Health Forum are holding two events which include information on the development of the Urgent Care Centres  (they need your views to help them shape this service for the future), information about how to book a same day GP appointment, information on Halton Community Connectors and Diabetes advice on what services are available in Halton and how to access them. 

Both dates are free to attend so go along, have a cup of tea and a chat.  The forums will be taking place on the following dates:

Monday 26th November 2018,11am to 1pm at

Farnworth Methodist Church,
Derby Road,
Widnes,
WA8 9JX

Thursday 29th November 2018, 1pm to 3pm at

Grangeway Community Centre,
Grangeway,
Runcorn,
WA7 5LY

For more information please feel free to contact them on 01928 593479 or email engagement@haltonccg.nhs.uk

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Mind Halton is challenging Halton to meet up at Runcorn Hill Park on Sunday 16 December to get moving and connect with other elf elders and elflets and help celebrate the first ever Halton Mental Elf Fun Run.

The event is about having fun, so whether you want to run, skip or jog Mind Halton really appreciate your help in raising vital funds that help them continue doing what they do, which is supporting local people.

Whether you come by yourself or part of a group the team of elves will make sure you have a great time.

Entry is £10 for Elf elders and eflets under 15yrs £3

You can use the "We Got Tickets" links below to enter for which there is a small booking fee or alternatively drop off your completed entry form at their main office at 3 Wellington Street, Runcorn

Elf elders: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/455580

Elflets: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/455581

 

 

Halton Carers Centre are now delivering a Carers Mental Health Support Group in Widnes in the evening which may benefit people who work in the day or cannot get across to attend the Runcorn Group. The group is for any unpaid carers who are caring for someone with a mental illness.

The group will meet at Halton Stadium on the second Wednesday of the month 6-8pm. Runcorn Group will meet the last Wednesday of the month 1-3pm at Halton Carers Centre 62-64 Church Street (from January 2019).

So if you care for someone with Depression, Bi Polar, Anxiety, Psychosis, Panic Attacks, Schizophrenia, OCD etc Halton Carers Centre, Halton Borough Council and NWBH NHS Trust are here to support you at this new group. It offers peer support, activities and guest speakers in a friendly environment where you can meet others in similar situations. 

For more information see the attached leaflet below, or contact Runcorn Carers office on 01928 580182 or the Widnes Carers office on 0151 257 9673 

 

Over the Rainbow is a part social, part support group for young people aged 13-25 years who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Trans, questioning or unsure of their sexuality or gender identity. They run a closed confidential youth group based in St Helens. At Over the Rainbow, you will find a group of likeminded young people that you can socialise with safely.

When you access you will receive an induction including an explanation of how the group works and what it can offer. You will be asked if there are any particular issues you may want support with, and if you are receiving any support elsewhere.

Young people will be informed about the venue and planned activities they may take part in.

Over the Rainbow social support group takes place on the 1st Wednesday of the month.

For more information please contact Shealth.improvment@sthk.nhs.uk or call 01744 457243 and ask for Emma.

In the last few years many advice centres and legal services have closed due to cuts in funding.  Many areas across the country have become ‘Advice Deserts’.  In an effort to redress this Merseyside Law Centre has successfully bid for Legal Aid Agency contracts to extend their service to provide a specialist Housing Advice in Halton,  St Helens and Warrington.

Legal Aid is available for Housing issues including possession, eviction, homelessness, unlawful eviction, anti-social behaviour and serious disrepair. Legal Aid can fund legal advice and representation, including representation in Court, to help stop possession action or to help to retain or obtain a home.  Legal Aid is available to those on low incomes and/or in receipt of benefits.

Merseyside Law Centre is committed to fighting against increasing levels of poverty that can often result in homelessness.  They provide a holistic legal advice service for the most vulnerable clients. 

They want to make this much needed service accessible to as many people as possible.

To chat with them and find out more information please get in touch on:

Tel:  07471 035392 or

Email: housing@merseysidelawcentre.co.uk

Visit their Website at  www.merseysidelawcentre.co.uk

Windmill Hill Primary School in Halton, have quite a few quilts that they no longer need. 

They are all in excellent condition, for more information please contact Gill Gleave on Sec.WindmillHill@halton.gov.uk

We have been in exploratory conversations with Halton Borough Council about ensuring that the Apprenticeship Levy isn’t lost to the Borough. More information about apprenticeships is below. We are interested in gauging the interest (although we can't make any guarantees).

Within our sector these apprenticeships are likely to be current workforce roles that could be converted into apprenticeships. From April 2018  every employer who pays into an Apprenticeship levy fund will be able to transfer up to 10% of its funds to other employers to support apprenticeships in their business. (This will raise to up to 25% of funds as from April 2019).

Key Points:

  • Transferred funds will support specific apprenticeships. Employers are not able to make a bulk transfer of funds to another employer
  • Transferred funds can only be used for apprenticeship standards, not frameworks
  • Transferred funds can only be used to fund new starts/existing workforce
  • Employers sending funds must agree to fund 100% of the cost of the apprenticeship
  • Can transfer funds to any employer, whether they be levy or non-levy employers
  • Funds cannot be re-transferred – an employer receiving a transfer cannot transfer those funds to another employer
  • An employer cannot send and receive a transfer at the same time

 

Further information links as follows: Hire an apprentice for general information about employing an apprentice and Find apprenticeship training to search for different types and levels of apprenticeship.

 

Mind are looking to set up an advisory group for physical activity with people who have lived experience of mental health issues to improve sport and physical activity provision. 

  • Do you want to help the sport and leisure sectors create a more welcoming environment for people with mental health problems?
  • Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your skills and enhance your CV?
     

What do they mean by sport and physical activity?

By this they mean any activity that involves bodily movement that raises your heart rate and requires energy expenditure. This could be anything from walking and cycling to boxing and playing squash.

Why does Mind need this group?

All of Mind’s work, including sport and physical activity, is shaped and influenced by people like yourself, people with lived experience of mental health problems. This ensures that they deliver appropriate and effective services that meets everyones needs.

Since 2014, Mind has delivered the successful Get Set to Go programme, which has been co-designed and co-delivered by people with lived experience of mental health problems.

In this next phase of the programme, the Physical Activity team at Mind want to bring together an advisory group of 12 people with lived experience to influence the Get Set to Go programme and Mind’s wider sport and physical activity work at a national level.  They want to help leisure centres, sports clubs, gyms, and other sport and physical activity providers to create a more welcoming environment for people with mental health problems.

Attached is a document answering key questions about the advisory group.

If you have any other questions then please email the Physical Activity team at sport@mind.org.uk or give them a call on 07557 150 172.

 

 

If you have been bereaved or affected by suicide, please join Amparo for a Memorial and Reflection Service at the Lady Chapel in Chester Cathedral to remember family and friends.

Please bring along a framed photograph of your loved one which can be displayed on the evening.

This event is free, but please book a place. If you would like to book a place please go to https://www.listening-ear.co.uk/Event/chester-memorial-evening.

If you would like more details of the evening, please contact Amparo:

E: enquiries@listening-ear.co.uk

T: 0300 029 0029

The event is taking place on Tuesday 20th November, 7pm to 9pm at:

Chester Cathedral,
St Werburgh St,
Chester,
CH1 2DY

 

Tuesday 11th December at 7pm.

What could be more magical than gathering in a warm St Marie’s on a brisk December evening to join family & friends (both old & new) in singing some Christmas carols?

We think it’s the perfect way to start the Christmas season.

The St Marie’s Heritage Group are delighted to welcome back the wonderful Parish Choir of St Wilfrid who will be leading attendees in a Christmas Carol singalong on the night. The choir will be choosing their favourite traditional Carols and we will provide copies of the words for anyone who always worries about forgetting the next line. The choir will be positioned in front of the beautiful St Marie’s Altar and attendees will sit facing them on the pews and other chairs. We think that when we all sing together, it will all sound magnificent.

There will be mince pies, mulled wine, hot drinks and our usual array of fabulous biscuits. There will be plenty of time to chat and catch up with old friends after the Carols have been sung.

It’s free to attend, but places are limited, so please reserve yours quickly to avoid disappointment.

To reserve your place, please contact Matthew Roberts on (01928) 592 405 or e-mail mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Trustee Week is here again (12th - 16th November) and to celebrate the great work trustees do supporting our local charities and voluntary organisations we would like to highlight a new role for a local organisation.

Peter Street Centre Ltd is seeking voluntary Directors ideally with a background in one or more of the following areas: existing Board Director experience, building maintenance, human resources, health and safety, marketing, education. These are exciting opportunities for people who are passionate about their community, the charity sector and providing community benefit. The Board needs to continue to operate the Centre sustainably by encouraging user groups to benefit from the facilities provided. It is therefore vital to have a range of characters and backgrounds, as well as specific skills sets.

For more details about this and other trustee roles contact Volunteer Centre St Helens on 01744 751759 or email volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Newton Family Community Centre have 3 new volunteer opportunities:

 

Club 426 is an after school club (term time only) that is for children aged 5-13 years old on a Thursday 3.30pm-6.30pm. Club 426 is full of crafts, games, sports and food. Every week with the help of wonderful volunteers they endeavor to provide a safe, fun environment where the kids can make, play and have fun!

Family Fun Time is a stay and play for under 5’s. Its is on Tuesdays 12.30-3pm (term time only) for children aged 0-5 years. Family fun time drop in sessions are relaxed, friendly and offer a range of activities including creative activities, story corner, baby corner, construction, small world and many more. Parents/carers are present at the group.

Volunteer in the Coffee Bar -To help run a coffee bar and provide a friendly atmosphere for centre users, tutors and members of the public. You will be serving the public with refreshments and light snacks.

 

For more information about these and other opportunities contact Volunteer Centre St Helens on 01744 751759 or email volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

RLRS Winterfestival 2018 1st and 2nd December, join in at the visitors centre Algernon Street, Runcorn, WA7 1ER for great food and drink, winter market's music,entertainment and a whole lot more for all the family, including santas grotto.  Open Saturday 11 am - 9 pm and  Sunday 11 am - 8pm.

For more information about Unlock Runcorn and the work they do, visit the website http://www.unlockruncorn.org/

Sahir House, the HIV support service in Merseyside are looking for helpers with its annual World AIDS Day fundraising campaign. Sahir House provides vital support to people living with HIV who are often marginalised and vulnerable due to the fear and stigma that still surrounds the virus. Whilst lifesaving medication enables people to live a near normal life span and supress the virus to untransmittable levels, the prejudice is still causes distress and barriers for those living with HIV. Raising awareness and much needed funds is crucial to providing Sahir House support and reduces those barriers and continue to empower people living with HIV to live more independent lives.

World AIDS Day fundraising campaign team are looking for support by encouraging the public to donate and wear the red ribbons that symbolise HIV awareness, support for those living with HIV and remember those who have died of HIV. They have permission and are holding several train station collections and need help fundraising and getting the red ribbons out to the public.

Times and Dates Needed:

Friday 30th November 2018

8am – 10am or 4pm – 6pm

James Street Train Station or Moorfields Train Station

Saturday 1st December 2018

10am – 12pm, 12pm – 2pm or 2pm – 4pm

Liverpool Central Train Station

There will be a lead Sahir House collector on each shift who liaise with station staff and deal with any queries during the shift. Red ribbons, collection tins and relevant resources are provided by Sahir House. Every collector requires an ID badge so calling in to Sahir House before collection date to ensure ID badge is completed is essential. Certificate of thanks provided to all collectors.

If you are unable to help out on the above events and would still like to take part in their fundraising efforts, contact Sahir House for resources to hold a collection in your workplace, college, group or community group.

There are lots of other World AIDS Day and National HIV Testing Week events including the Liverpool Reconnect and Remember our HIV Community Quilts Project. Check out Sahir House website for more details.

To find out more contact Cath Turner, Development Manager 0151 237 3989 cath@sahir.uk.com

 

37 hours per week

£18,940 per annum

(Fixed term contract until July 2020)

Crownway Community Centre are looking for someone who has the skills, knowledge and experience required to fulfil this demanding but rewarding role in a busy, thriving community centre.

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to motivate, influence and form effective working relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders. You will need to have a good understanding of issues impacting on local neighbourhoods and isolated communities, with the drive and determination to make a difference.

The role will include all aspects of marketing and publicity including the effective use of social media and web-based activities, monitoring and evaluation, fundraising and general administration and reception duties.

Ideally you will have experience of working with volunteers. Understanding good practice in volunteer recruitment, management and supervision, you will provide support to the Centre Manager in the delivery of the volunteer programme.

For further information and/or to request an application pack which will include a full job description and person specification, please visit the Centre’s website:

https://www.crownwaycommunitycentre.co.uk/2018/11/vacancy-development-support-worker/ or collect a pack from the office during office working hours 9am – 3pm Monday to Friday.

Alternatively, contact Carol on 01925 222907 or email crownwaycommunitycentre@yahoo.co.uk

Closing date for applications is 28th November 2018 and interviews will take place week beginning 10th December 2018.

Please do not send a CV. This is an application process.

This post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check paid for by the organisation

Crownway Community Centre is an equal opportunities employer

The NEW Pride of St Helens Business Awards in association with Invest in St Helens, is an evening of celebration and glamour for the leading organisations who invest in St Helens 2018. Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action are proud to be the Sponsor Of The Community Impact Award!

The nominees for this award are Apex Trust, Co-op Lea Green Distribution Centre and Groundwork.  We have 2 short films below to introduce Apex Trust and Co-op Lea Green Distribution Centre and we're hoping to get one from Groundwork this week.

Meet Kim Hughes from Apex Trust 

 

 

Meet Gary McMahon from Co-op Lea Green Distribution Centre ​

 

Everyone at VCA would like to send all 3 nominees congratulations on being nominated and good luck for the award night!

 

The Reader is a national charity which is working to bring the human benefits of sharing literature to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. They bring people together in small groups, to read good quality literature aloud and stop every so often to talk about what they have read. They would define 'good quality literature' as writing which captures and gives language to some of the deepest areas of human experience, in its joys, challenges and complexities. Trained Reader Leaders take responsibility for all reading aloud, in case group members do not have reading skills themselves, or simply wish to sit back and listen that day. The Shared Reading model is based around an ethos of acceptance and kindness, meaning that no one is ever put on the spot, or expected to contribute. They are not an educational programme or literacy support, but rather celebrate the personal responses of the people we read with and the connections made during sessions they run. They work in nurseries, schools, mental health inpatient wards, prisons, community centres and care homes, to name a few settings. In a piece recent of research carried out by their partners at the University of Liverpool, one group member had this to say about their experience of Shared Reading:

  "I’m not really a book person. I’m the person who’d probably go to the end or just get distracted or give up, or it’s boring, you know, I don’t take the time to sort of get involved. But now I think: really is this what books can do? I go into it. It is really bringing me alive. It is making me awaken..." -Group-member

They are currently working in partnership with Torus Housing to help bring Shared Reading to older people living in sheltered accommodation schemes across St. Helens in order to reduce social isolation and improve general wellbeing. In order to expand their reach they are offering excellent training and volunteer opportunities to anyone who wants to get involved. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in -please do get in touch for a friendly chat michellebarrett@thereader.org.uk

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:

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

GoGreen have a large number of second hand furniture items and kitchen appliances which they are keen to donate to local community groups and charities.

482034 Cashier Chair

482047 Clock

574079 Desk

482028 DVD Player

482041 Fridge

482039 Kettle

482021 Meeting Chair

482046 Meeting Chair

482020 Meeting Chair

482038 Microwave

574078 Operator Chair

482037 Operator Chair

482042 Operator Chair

482016 Operator Chair

482029 Pedestal

482045 Pinboard

482044 Radio

574082 Screen

574083 Screen

482043 Soft Seating/Breakout

482040 Toaster

482027 TV

Schedule dependant, they can potentially arrange for the delivery of items to you free of charge however if items are required urgently they can arrange for these to be delivered to you quickly for a small fee, or you can attend to collect the item(s) for free from one of their operatives at an uplift and collection point. All they ask for kindly in return is a quick ‘Thank you’ note so that they can display just how second hand items are benefiting the local community.If there are any items listed above that you are in need of, please advise them by contacting them on the details below, confirming which item(s) you would like more information about and one of the Go Green Team Members will be in touch as soon as possible.

Please note, not all items are guaranteed to be available upon day of collection/delivery due to a customer wishing to retain an item however if this is the case, they will keep your charity/local community group on their records should an item you are in need of become available again in future.

For more information, please contact Diane Bache on the details below:

Tel: 0844 335 6320

Mobile: 07377 555073

email: DBACHE@gogreenteam.co.uk

www.gogreenteam.co.uk

 

The DWP have been promoting Disability Confident over the last few months and Merseyside are looking to hold a City wide event to give further information on the initiative. The event is for all employers and the DWP are asking you as employers, if you would be willing to register as a Disability Confident employer or be  interested in progressing to the next level should you already be signed up?

The Event is on the morning of Friday 23rd November in Liverpool, the Mayor is expected to open the Event.

If you would like to attend or find out more, please contact one of the Employment Advisers on the details below:

Chris McDonnell (CHRISTINE.MCDONNELL@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK)

Denise Porter(DENISE.PORTER1@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK)

 

Sign up to become a Disability Confident Employer

Welfare Rights Advisor, based in Liverpool but travel to the surrounding areas

35 hours a week
NJC Scale 6 (23,866 - £25,463)
Fixed term: 6 months (possible extension)

Established in 1999 Raise is an advice service that supports clients within their own home with welfare benefits, debt and financial capability advice at a specialist level. This is an exciting opportunity to join a team giving specialist welfare rights advice to Housing Association tenants.

Raise is a small charity with 23 staff, including a team of 8 welfare rights advisers, and two volunteers. They have very close contacts with five housing associations that refer tenants to them for benefits advice, debt advice, or financial capability. They need a highly motivated individual who is passionate about empowering individuals to navigate the complexity that is our Social Security system. You will be experienced in providing speciality welfare rights advice, undertaking casework and tribunal representation. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate and work with a large variety of different people.

This job is for an experienced worker but if you are interested in pursuing a career in welfare rights you might also be interested in their trainee opportunities – please email them for more information.

Closing date: 9 November 2018

Interviews will be held on: 14 November 2018

For a job pack please visit https://www.benefitsadviceteam.co.uk/jobs/ or email: admin@benefitsadviceteam.co.uk

 

The High Sheriff of Merseyside Mr Peter Woods DL lent his support to Willowbrook Hospice’s fundraising efforts by contributing to the charity’s ‘Home Money Box’ appeal during a recent visit to the hospice’s Living Well building.

Welcomed by the chairman of the hospice’s Board of Trustees Alan Chick and Willowbrook Ambassador, Lady Kirsty Pilkington, the High Sheriff and his partner Francis Ryan were given a tour of the facilities, speaking to both staff and volunteers including members of the hospice’s fundraising team.

Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook said: “It was lovely to meet the High Sheriff and he obviously has a keen interest in the hospice and the work we do.

“Our Home Money Box appeal has been running for several years and it’s surprising how much every penny really does count in helping us to continue to care and support local people with life limiting illnesses across St Helens and Knowsley.”

For more information on how you can support Willowbrook Hospice please visit www.willowbrook.org.uk or ring 01744 453798.

Liverpool John Moores University has developed an online resource hub for professionals working with asylum seekers and refugees.  It has some really good resources and contacts which you might find useful.

The online resource hub aims to provide accessible and up-to-date information on the rights and well-being of asylum seekers and refugees. Its development was underpinned by a literature review and empirical research based on an action research approach. The respondents were professionals with extensive experience in working with asylum seekers and refugees; some of them were former refugees themselves. They explored and identified the key challenges and solutions related to the complex needs of asylum seekers and refugees and suggested the resources required to support and advance their rights and well-being. The concepts identified were categorised into themes, which were used for organising the contents of the hub.  The hub therefore provides information on the plight and health concerns of refugees and asylum seekers. It also highlights the policy changes and the services available to them. As a result, it enhances knowledge and good practice in promoting the health and well-being of refugees and asylum seekers.

https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/microsites/resources-for-professionals-who-support-asylum-seekers-and-refugees

 

Cheshire Fire Authority has now published its draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2019/2020 for consultation. 

Every year the Authority publishes an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). This plan is about improving public safety, reducing the number of emergency incidents and saving lives. 

The plan provides information on the risks facing Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and details how the organisation is structured and operates to mitigate these risks. It also details how Cheshire Fire Authority is funded and outlines plans for the future, which include:

  • Proposing to increase the Authority’s precept (council tax) by 2.99% in 2019/2020. The Authority currently levies £75.48 per year (£1.45 per week) for a Band D equivalent property in Cheshire.
  • Continuing with a programme of work to improve how the Service recruits and retains on-call firefighters. On-call firefighters are members of the local community who live or work near to the fire station and use an alerter to respond to emergency calls when required.
  • Undertake a staff engagement survey to measure the engagement of the workforce.
  • Subject to planning permission, commence work on the development of a replacement, fit for purpose fire station in Chester on the site of the existing building on St Anne Street.
  • Progress the development of an operational training centre at its Sadler Road site in Winsford.
  • Plan for a joint fire and police facility on the site of the existing fire station in Macon Way, Crewe, alongside Cheshire Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Begin work on a wider programme of modernisation across a number of fire stations and other properties. 
  • Commencing a ‘whole service’ review of the Service. This review will set the direction for the Service over the period 2020-2024. The outcomes of the review may be subject to consultation as part of future IRMPs, but to support this work we’d like you to let us know what you think our priorities should be and which activities you would like your fire and rescue service to undertake to improve the local community.

View the draft Plan

Please use the link below to view a copy of the full Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2019/2020 (the Year 16 plan) and a summary:

Draft Annual Action Plan (IRMP 16) 2019-20 (new window, PDF 3865KB)

Summary - Draft Annual Action Plan (IRMP 16) 2019-20 (new window, PDF 605KB)

Note:  A text-only version of the Integrated Risk Management Plan 2019/2020 has also been produced, for those people who cannot read the plan above. Here is the text-only version of the Integrated Risk Management Plan 2019/2020:

Text-only version - Draft Annual Action Plan (IRMP 16) 2019-20 (new window, PDF 607KB)

Have Your Say

They are consulting on their plan between Monday 1st October and Friday 4th January 2019 and would welcome any views you may have on the draft Plan. Please take the opportunity to fill in this short online survey through the link below:

Have your say on the draft plans for 2019/2020 (opens in new window)

Alternatively, you can feedback any comments through the Service’s Facebook or Twitter accounts, by emailing consultation@cheshirefire.gov.uk or calling them on 01606 868700.

Roadshow dates

They will be holding a series of consultation roadshows across Cheshire during October and November, where they will be handing out copies of the summary draft IRMP and paper copies of the survey alongside fire safety leaflets.

These dates are published below and will be advertised on their social media accounts.

  • Chester - at Morrisons on 10th October, 11am start - 72 Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 1AU
  • Ellsemere Port - at ASDA on 16th October, 11am start - Grange Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 0BZ
  • Crewe - at ASDA on 25th October, 11am start - Victoria Centre (Asda), Newdigate Street, Crewe CW1 2PT
  • Macclesfield - at Sainsbury's on 30th October, 11am start - 61 Cumberland Street, Macclesfield SK10 1BJ
  • Runcorn - at ASDA on 5th November, 11am start - West Lane, Runcorn WA7 2PY
  • Birchwood - at ASDA on 9th November, 11am start - 1 Dewhurst Road, Birchwood, Warrington WA3 7PG
  • Widnes - at ASDA on 13th November, 11am start - Widnes Road, Widnes WA8 6AH
  • Warrington - at Tesco Extra on 21st November, 11am start - Winwick Road, Warrington, WA2 7NE

They will also be consulting with staff, cadets and volunteers and with a range of stakeholders across Cheshire such as representative bodies, local authorities and community/voluntary groups.

Feedback from the consultation on the draft Plan will be provided for Members of Cheshire Fire Authority to consider at the meeting of Cheshire Fire Authority on Wednesday 13th February 2019.

 

Winds and heavy rain have hit rooms at the Eccleston park facility, resulting in a reduced capacity for the hospice to care for people who need their services most. Charity bosses say they are in urgent need of funding to replace fixtures and fitting.

Nichola Saunders, head of fundraising, said: “The recent storms led to severe flooding at the hospice which has particularly affected four of our 12 inpatient bedrooms. Although some of the damage is covered by insurance, many of the fixtures and fittings have been ruined by damp and dirty water and need replacing. We urgently need the support of local people so that we can get up and running again as soon as possible.”

Nichola, whose husband Mark was cared for at the hospice in 2001, knows all too well the value of the specialist care offered at Willowbrook and how every penny make a difference.

She added: “Mark and myself donated some baby clothes to help raise funds for Willowbrook. At the time, we were both in our 20s with two small children and thought we had a long and happy life ahead. Unfortunately, a few years down the line, Mark received the terrible news that he had terminal cancer. When we walked through the doors at Willowbrook, we were both filled with all the usual emotions associated with what we were facing. Despite all this, in some small way, we knew that our donations had helped to ensure that the hospice was able to care for people like Mark. People often say that ‘you don’t realise the value of something until you need it most’ but it’s important, now more than ever, that people think of the future for their loved ones – whether it’s family, friends or work colleagues – and do their best to help support Willowbrook. It takes a community to make a hospice and we’re hoping that once again our local community will dig deep to help us in any way they can so that we can back to normal.”

Help Willowbrook in any way you can by:

• Setting up a regular donation with your bank – please ring us for more information or visit the website www.willowbrook.org.uk

• Making a one off donation either online at: www.willowbrook.org.uk, over the phone on 01744 453798, by post or in person or by texting CARE08 £5 to 70070 to donate £5

• Collecting your loose change in one of their home money boxes.

• Joining their weekly lottery

• Taking part in one of their events or organising your own.

For more details on how you can help Willowbrook, please visit www.willowbrook.org.uk, email events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk, ring 01744 453798 or call into their office at Willowbrook – The Living Well, Borough Road, St Helens WA10 3RN

You are invited to attend the launch event for the new Halton Multi-Ethnic community group "A Better Tomorrow" on Monday 5th November 2018, 10.00 – 14.00 at Halton Stadium, Lowerhouse Lane, Widnes, WA8 7DZ.

This group will be the main link between local organisations and people from other countries be they migrant, refugee or asylum seekers living in Halton. It will be both supporting them to live independently and to be able to integrate with the local community by providing them with different activities according to their needs and abilities.

Programme
10:00 -10:30 Welcome and refreshments.
10:30-11:00 Introduction and welcome from Ashraf Hamido chairperson of A Better Tomorrow
11:00 -11:30 Video presentation
11:30 -12:00 Network opportunities
12:00 -12:30 Lunch
12:30-14:00 Multi cultural Music
14:00 Close

For more information and to book your place, please email: abettertomorrow.halton@yahoo.com

 

FREE - Basic Drug and alcohol awareness training available for Services and Community Groups across the St Helens Borough from CGL who are offering Brief Drug and Alcohol Awareness training.

This includes:

  • A full day of Drug awareness.
  • A full day of Alcohol awareness and I.B.A (Information and Brief Advice)

Also a 3 hour snapshot session covering all of the above.

To arrange a booking please email Siobhan on Siobhan.McParland@cgl.org.uk

 

Come along to the CGL Volunteer recruitment event on Wednesday 24 October 2018 and find out about the work that CGL do and what volunteering Opportunities are available. Their goal is to help service users regain control, change direction of their lives, grow as a person and live life to their full potential . You will have the opportunity to meet lots of the team and chat about their roles. 

Time from: 2:00 pm

Time to: 7:00 pm

Venue: Lincoln House, 80 Corporation Street, St Helens, WA10 1UQ

For more information about the work that CGL do in St Helens, please click the link below to visit their website:

https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/st-helens-integrated-recovery-service

 

 

The awards aim to raise the profile of the borough’s hardworking, innovative and enterprising business community and build on the Pride of St Helens community awards, which were founded by the Steve Prescott Foundation and the St Helens Star in 2012.

The awards evening will be held on Thursday, November 15 at Saints' Totally Wicked Stadium in partnership with the Star and the SPF. The community Pride of St Helens awards will take place on Friday, November 16.

The business finalists were shortlisted by a panel from the St Helens Economy Board and St Helens Council Leader, Derek Long.

Eamonn McManus, chairman of both the St Helens Economy Board and St Helens RFC, said: “These awards will celebrate the role of St Helens businesses and social enterprises in raising the profile of St Helens.

"While we can only present awards to a select few, it is the collective diligence of all local businesses that make St Helens an attractive place to invest, live, work, learn and visit, by nurturing pride and aspirations, and creating inspiration and employment opportunities.”

St Helens Council leader, Derek Long said: “The quality and creativity of businesses and their staff in St Helens borough is breath-taking.

"It’s no wonder businesses are investing here. Congratulations to everyone who entered. You are an asset to our local economy.”

Sponsors of the awards include Natwest, Knauf Insulation, Unite the Union, St Helens College, St Helens Theatre Royal, Steve Prescott Foundation, DC&A Financial Planning, Global Mutual, Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action, Lucam Consultancy, and Cultivate.

Full list of finalists follows:

Community Impact - Sponsored by Halton & St Helens VCA

  • Apex Charitable Trust
  • Co-op Lea Green Distribution Centre
  • Groundwork

Growing the Creative Industry

  • Jamm Studios
  • St Helens Theatre Royal
  • Vinyline Graphics

Employee/Team of the Year

  • Boots – Jodie Sefton
  • Groundwork – Amy Dawber
  • Ibis Styles –'Mauricio Dorta Vinas
  • Waterside Training Ltd – Kathryn Kirby

Employer of the Year

  • Boots
  • Communication Plus Ltd
  • Handepay

Excellence in Logistics

  • DriverNet
  • Proactive Despatch Ltd
  • Nijman/Zeetank

Excellence in Manufacturing

  • Coral Products Ltd
  • Inovus Medical
  • The Filter Design Company

Medium/Large Business

  • Handepay
  • Longworth Building Services Ltd
  • Network Space

Skills for the Future

  • Carmel College
  • Cowley International College
  • Mill Green School

Small Business 10-49 Employees

  • Compound Feed Engineering Ltd
  • ODs
  • Safer Sphere

Small Business <10 Employees

  • Forsters Farm Shop
  • Heaven Sent
  • Phoenix Plant Based Eatery

Growing the Visitor Economy

  • Theatre Royal
  • Saints Rugby Club
  • Haydock Racecourse

St Helens and Halton CCG held a joint Third Sector Engagement Group meeting on Thursday 13 September at St Marie’s Church in Widnes.

The agenda included an update on engagement opportunities, developments in health and focussed on the work and support the community and third sector could offer in relation to:

  • Mental Health Services 
  • Engagement and developments for the new cancer hub
  • Focus and support opportunities

Attached is a copy of the report from the meeting.

If you want to find out more contact Halton CCG or St Helens CCG 

 Des Chow  des.chow@haltonccg.nhs.uk

Paul Steele Paul.Steele@sthelensccg.nhs.uk

We recently attended a meeting pulled together following the sad events in Runcorn. Attached below is information about the discussions and planned responses. If you or your organisation can make a positive contribution to the work in Runcorn, want to get involved in supporting community activities please get in touch with Sally Yeoman on the contact details below and we can pass your details onto those more connected to the work.

emailsyeoman@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

telephone: 01928 592 405

 

Volunteer Centre Halton's annual Christmas Quiz night for volunteers & co-ordinators/managers is on Monday 3 December 2018, 7.30-10pm. At St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB (next door to the large Tesco). 

The quiz is free to enter. Teams max 6 people - at least one must be a volunteer. If you don't have a full team, we can help you to join another team. Half time free refreshments. Bring your own tipple

To book a table or if you have any questions contact Alison or Linda on: 01928 593112 or email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelnsvca.org.uk

Local Volunteer Co-ordinator - St Helens & Warrington: £12 per hour, 18 hours per week (£24,960 pro rata)

Line managed by: Director of Operations

Job Description:

MitE is an ecumenical provider of workplace chaplaincy across the Merseyside region. The chaplains come alongside people in businesses, shopping centres and more, providing a friendly listening ear to people of all faiths and none. As an independent presence in the workplace, MitE's chaplains are ideally placed to provide a confidential and safe space to enable those they meet to flourish in their work life, wellbeing and spirituality. MitE is looking to appoint a part-time Local Volunteer Coordinator for St Helens and Warrington to work with volunteer chaplains from all denominations. The ideal person to join the team will be passionate about enabling people to be the best that they can be.

Application closing date: 5pm Monday 5th November 2018

Interviews: w/c 12th November 2018

To request an application pack: email info@mite.org.uk

Former Forces Support can provide a17 seat minibus at affordable rates for hire to community groups, charities or sporting clubs. They are based in St Helens, Merseyside, however, organisations from all over the North West have hired their minibus in the past. 

Your Organisation could loan their safe and reliable 17 seat minibus. Available with a volunteer driver or for the lowest cost to your group, the minibus can be hired on a self-drive basis.

  • 4 hours is £50.00 (Minimum hire)
  • 8 hours is £80.00
  • 12 hours is £100.00
  • 24 hours is £150.00​​​​

Just refill with diesel 

Need a driver?  They may be able to provide a driver for £10 per hour. 

For more information please contact them on the details below:

Telephone: 07526066496

email: fftranzport@gmail.com

Ever wanted to control a robot? Or design your own computer game? 

Ever wondered how supercomputers can be used to predict the weather or even design shampoo?

Would you like to try exciting hands on science activities and demos?

You’re invited to explore and get involved at Daresbury Laboratory! Morning or afternoon tickets available for Wednesday 24th October 2018. 

Morning Activities (9:15am - 12:45pm) ‘self drive and park’ at Daresbury Laboratory. Please book tickets for free online at https://tinyurl.com/y82jlbzs

Afternoon Activities (1:45pm - 5pm) ‘coach to Daresbury plus lunch’ (Coaches leave children’s centres from 12pm and will return around 6pm). Please book with your local children's centre just £2 per family!

Please visit one of the following Children’s Centres to book your tickets

Please note coaches will pick up and drop off from these locations on the day of the event at the following times — the coach pick up and drop off times will also be printed on your ticket

 

Coach pick up at 12:00 pm
Coach drop off: 6:00 pm
Coach pick up at 12:15 pm
Coach drop off: 5:40 pm
   
Halton Lodge Children’s Centre
Grangeway, Runcorn, WA7 5LU
Tel: 01928 573107
Brookvale Children’s Centre
Brookvale, Runcorn, WA7 6BJ
Tel: 01928 797 160
Halton Brook Children’s Centre
The Ferns, Runcorn, WA7 2NJ
Tel: 01928 573265
Windmill Hill Children’s Centre
Norton Hill, Windmill Hill, Runcorn, WA7 6QE
Tel: 01928 717 132
Upton Children’s Centre
All Saints Upton C of E Primary School, Hough Green Road, WA8 4PG
Tel: 0151 257 2450
Ditton Children’s Centre
Dundalk Road, Widnes, WA8 8DF
Tel: 0151 420 5482
Warrington Road Children’s Centre
Naylor Rd, Widnes, WA8 0BS
Tel: 0151 424 4686
Kingsway Children’s Centre
Victoria Rd, Widnes, WA8 7QY
Tel: 0151 511 6222

 

This event has been designed for families with children aged 8—13 in mind, however accompanied children of all ages are welcome and activities will also be laid on for them!

Ways to Work Recruitment Event: Wednesday 24th October 2pm-5pm at the Karalius Suite, Select Security Stadium, Lowerhouse Lane, Widnes, WA8 7DZ

Looking for help into work? 16-29 and living in Halton? Immediate starts available.

The Halton *Ways to Work team is holding an event focusing on offering 6 month paid work opportunities (ILMs) in the following fields:

• Administration
• Advanced Manufacturing
• Digital and Creative
• Visitor Economy

They have a number of exciting opportunities with bus and coach operators. This paid work involves training you to become a bus driver and gain PSV licence. They also have career opportunities in Information Technology, advanced manufacturing, and administration. Places are limited so DON’T
MISS OUT - Please come along to the stadium and register to access these superb opportunities immediately. (Bring ID and Right to Work in the UK evidence documents)

Enquiries: phone 0151 511 7555 or email: w2wreferrals@halton.gov.uk

*The Ways to Work Programme is supported by the European Union Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative

 

 

 

Friends of Taylor Park

Friends of Taylor Park Events Co-ordinator

The Friends of Taylor Park, a voluntary community group established in 2002, is looking for someone to co-ordinate / lead the group’s programme of family events in Taylor Park, St Helens.  The current incumbent is retiring from the role after 16 years but will still be involved in the group, probably as Honorary Secretary. He will be available to assist/ advise the new Appointee.

The existing programme of events consists of:

  • Easter egg quiz and trail,
  • July Taylor Park Festival,
  • September Kite Festival.

The role is voluntary and part time. Reasonable expenses will be payable. More details can be obtained from Peter Yates, Honorary Secretary, on 01744 752696.

 

Christmas at the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre on Saturday 8th December, 1pm to 4pm

There will be:

  • Crafts & Stalls
  • Face painting
  • Mulled wine & mince pies
  • Story telling
  • Festive carols

Com along and meet Santa and his elves!

Mersey Road, Widnes, WA8 0DF.  Telephone 0151 420 1121.  www.catalyst.org.uk

Poster attached please feel free to display

DIABETES UK - St Helens & District Group

The next meeting of the St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK will be on Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 7.30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King Street, WA10 2JZ. The church is next to Windle Pilkington Hall. The speaker will be Nicola Jackson who will be talking on the subject of :-

Eating well with diabetes

Nicola is a Diabetes Dietitian from the Specialist Diabetes Unit in St Helens Hospital, she will be helping you to understand how you can improve your diet so you can hopefully improve the control of your diabetes. They would particularly like to welcome anyone who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes and has not been to a meeting before. They have a large selection of free diabetes leaflets available. So come along and find out more!

Please note that this will be the last meeting until Wednesday 6th February 2019

For further details contact C Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821.

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) are hosting their annual Northern Fundraising Conference for small charities 18th October in Leeds. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from a range of fundraising experts, all keen to share their best practice on the following topics:

  • Future Proofing Your Fundraising: Maximising Millennials – Morgan Kainth
  • Meet the Funders – Trusts and Foundations Panel (Greggs Foundation, People’s Postcode Lottery, Provincial/Wash Trust for Bolton, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust)
  • Community & Events Fundraising: from student to graduate to donor… - Andy King (East African Playgrounds)
  • Make your Fundraising Sustainable – Julie Procter (Greenspace Scotland) & Janine Edwards (The FSI)
  • & more to be announced.

 

At just £15 for FSI members, places will fill up fast, so book today To find out more and to access this opportunity, please click the link below:

https://www.thefsi.org/services/conferences/northern-fundraising-conference-october-2018/?utm_source=FSI&utm_medium=OTHERPARTY&utm_campaign=NORTHCONF2018

Hitesh Patel from Citizens Advice Halton has sent in the following update from the Halton Careers Strategy meeting.  This meeting focused on two main issues: 1) Young Carers in Halton and 2) Developing the next Carers Strategy

  • Regarding young carers:
    • Verbal presentations were received from Halton BC and Young Addaction.
    • Each year around 200 young people get registered as "carers" but this is the tip of the ice-berg.
    • Compared to other wards in Halton, Halton Lodge and Halton Brook have higher concentrations of registered Young Carers.
    • It was agreed that more work needs to be done to ensure frontline staff can better encourage the identification and registration of Young Carers so that carers can better access support.
    • The next national Young Carers Awareness Day will be on 31st January 2019 and it is hoped we can do something to promote local services.
    • There was discussion about how we can influence local procurement processes so that all commissioned services are "Carer friendly" and that Carers are given the same priority as other vulnerable groups e.g. victims of domestic violence, homeless people, etc.  It was also agreed to feedback to the One Halton programme that the needs of Carers .
    • The Carers Centre are looking at developing information leaflets in the format of a comic, so that they can better engage with young carers.
  • Regarding the next Carers Strategy:
    • It was agreed that next Carer Strategy document would be kept succinct and easy to read
    • The action plan was amended to now include a section on: a) Training for front line staff, and b) a marketing/communication plan (because we recognised that we need to raise awareness of what support there is for Carers in Halton.
    • ADASS have produced a useful tip sheet on things businesses can do to better support any Carers they employ (https://www.adass.org.uk/media/5920/workingcarerstoptips-final-3152017.pdf)

At the next meeting (1st October, 2pm, at Runcorn Town Hall) we will be looking at Adult Carers in Halton.

 

Do you love cycling and would you like to lead short local bike rides and help people achieve a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle?

At the local cycle hubs in St Helens (Taylor Park, Bold Miners, FourAcre and Sankey Valley) they are committed to getting people out bikes to help enable them to do short, everyday journeys. They do this through a range of activities and platforms, including social media, travel advice, cycling skills development, learn to rides, puncture repair lessons, bike renovation, Dr Bike sessions and led rides.

They are looking for someone to help with the current led rides and skills and confidence sessions as an assistant. Going forward you may have the opportunity to lead your own rides depending on your own experience, confidence and desire to do so.

Summary of tasks:

  • Support ride leader in teaching and group management
  • Help organize participants
  • Help carry out M-checks of bikes to be used as part of pre-ride prep
  • Support ride
  • Log volunteer activities and hours online.

Skills required:

  • Ability to cycle safely and legally on local roads and paths
  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Clear communication skills
  • Commitment to sustainable transport and cycling
  • Group management
  • Appropriate cycle ride leader training can be provided.

 

Time commitment

Flexible – 2 hours per week minimum preferred. 

Training and support offered

  • Initial induction session for all volunteers. Health and safety guidelines will be provided.
  • Cycle Ride Leader and appropriate related training can be provided.
  • Ongoing support from fellow volunteers.

 

Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

You will be given access to the safeguarding Policy that sets out Pedal Power experiences’ organisational commitment to safeguarding best practice. 

 

Contact information

Please contact the Stewart at pedalpowerexperience@gmail.com or by calling 07947750982 for more information and how to apply for this role.

 

Apex Charitable Trust is a Merseyside based charity with a registered office in St Helens town centre.

Apex has a mission to deliver services that enable offenders and those at risk of offending to be the best that they can be and inspire breakthroughs in the way society treats them.

They have worked in the Merseyside region since 1996 offering a tailored service to ex-offenders and those at risk of offending to move away from a life of crime to employment, training, and education (ETE) & voluntary work. They work holistically with local adult ex-offenders to release their full potential & support them in breaking down the barriers they face.

Have a look at the ‘who we are’ film 

 

As a trustee you are likely to attend 6 board meetings, one away day, as well as other occasional celebratory events within a 12 month period.

Please note that this is a voluntary role and as such, there will be no payment, other than that specified by the Charity Commission as regards reasonable expenses. As a volunteer, it will be an opportunity for you to experience charity management and use your skills to make a difference to people’s lives.

Roles and responsibilities:

As a Treasurer/Trustee of Apex Charitable Trust, you will be required to work with the Board of Directors to:

  • Ensure the charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit and in accordance with its aims and objectives
  • Comply with Apex Charitable Trust governing document and the law, and act in the best interest of Apex Trust to enable the charity to carry out its purposes
  • Assist in the management of Apex Charitable Trust resources, financial and otherwise, and ensure the charity is accountable.

To apply, please email Apex Charitable Trust’s CEO – Kim Hughes at K.hughes3@apextrust.com stating which role you are interested in, why you are interested in the role, and how you feel your skills make you suitable for the position. Please include your CV.

All shortlisted candidates will then be invited to an informal interview at the offices of Apex Trust between 12 midday and 2.00pm on Friday 23rd November 2018.

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme (WVCGS) is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

Small Grants Fund

You can apply for a grant of between £300 and £2,000 for activities to mark the centenary in your community. Small Grants are available for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the vote. There have previously been two bidding rounds in 2018, this is now the third and final bidding round. The fund is open to organisations and activity in England only.

Round 3 of Small Grants Fund is NOW OPEN and the closing date is 23:59 Tuesday 16 October 2018. This will be the last opportunity to apply for grant funds under this scheme.

Funding available – grants of up to £2,000

You can apply for a grant of between £300 and £2,000 for activities to mark the centenary in your community.

They are looking to fund as many projects as possible in this round, hence we ask you to consider your budget carefully when applying.

Objectives:

All projects must meet the overall CELEBRATE objective of the Small Grant Fund:

  • CELEBRATE, INSPIRE and REMEMBER: to increase national awareness and mark 100 years since women got the right to vote. We will therefore fund activities which:
    • Celebrate key centenary milestones (see below).
    • Increase people’s awareness of the women’s suffrage movement
    • Improve people's understanding of democracy in the UK, particularly young people
    • Encourage and inspire participation in civic life.

Eligibility:

Your application must meet the CELEBRATE objective of the Small Grant Fund (see above). We will also prioritise applications holding an event or activity connected to and on or around these key centenary milestones:

  • The Parliament (Qualification of Women Act) 1918 which gave women over 21 the right to stand for election as a Member of Parliament (MP) on 21 November 1918.
  • Women voted in a general election for the first time on 14 December 1918 with 8.5 million women eligible.

For Round 3 they want to especially welcome applications from under-represented regions from Rounds 1 and 2, specifically: East Midlands; East of England and South East. However, this does not preclude projects from other regions from applying, and we expect to fund projects from across England.

How to apply

Round 3 of the Small Grant Fund is open for applications from 4 September 2018 and the deadline to submit your application is 23:59 on 16 October 2018. All projects must be ready to start by 15 December and be completed no later than 31 December 2018.

They aim to let you know the outcome within four weeks of submitting your application. Please make sure you apply in sufficient time before your planned start date.

You should carefully read the Guidance, Frequently Asked Questions and the model application form available on their website at www.womensvotecentenaryfund.co.uk before you complete your online application. All applications must be submitted online. A model application form can be downloaded from the website that will help you identify the information you will need to provide. Please note that you must use the online portal to submit your application

Any further questions?

Further information is available on their website www.womensvotecentenaryfund.co.uk If you have any further questions, please do get in touch at womensvotecentenaryfund@ecorys.com

 

 

Remedi are recruiting 2 x Young Victim Case Workers to work as part of the ‘Got Your Back’ team in Cheshire. The Role will be supporting young people aged 17 and under emotionally and practically to help them Cope and Recover from an offence. They require 1 x 35 hour & 1x 20 hour per week over 5 days (including some evening and Saturday work) based in the Halton area. The post is subject to Police Vetting clearance.

Location: Cheshire

Hours: 1 x 35 hours per week, 1 x 20 hours per week

Salary: 35 hour post - £20,280 (pro rata) p.a. plus 5% pension contribution. 20 hour post - £20,280 (pro rata) p.a. (actual £11,588 per annum) plus 5% pension contribution

Leave: 25 days plus Bank Holidays

To request an application pack please download from their website: www.remediuk.org or email: rj@remediuk.org

Completed applications can be sent by email to: rj@remediuk.org or by post to: Remedi, The Circle, 33 Rockingham St, Sheffield, S1 4FW

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is: 10am Monday 8th October 2018

Nicola Donoghue from Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support group has sent the following update in from the Halton Integreated Team Meeting:

The groups is still developing so there was a lot of discussion around Terms of Reference, questions about decision making and governance etc. One of the key points was that any pilot or trial of change would be done at GP Hub level and that intelligence on the current hospital admissions and details of the area would be used to inform and determine which hub/hubs would be identified as the first to undergo any trial/change.  All attendees were asked to consider if they were in the appropriate work stream.  Aside from that, the meeting was more about how things will work and meeting schedules rather than what will be done so I am sure there will be more to report after future meetings.

If you would like to know more about the meeting, please contact Nicola on the details below:

Nicola Donoghue
Operations Manager
Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Centre
21-23 Alforde Street
Widnes
Cheshire
WA8 7TR

Tel: 0151 423 5730

nicola.donoghue@widnesandruncorncancersupport.org.uk

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:

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

 

Halton & St Helens VCA’s 2018 Annual Conference featured the retirement of Jean Mulford MBE from her position as Chair of the Board of Trustees, a role she had held since 1996. Friends & colleagues of Jean made the following short film to pay tribute to her as she stepped down from her role after 22 years. It’s difficult to express how much she’ll be missed and to express just how grateful we all are for her hard work. Our new Chair Justin Hill spoke these words at the conference about the impact and work Jean has made over the years.

 

Today I’m tasked with saying a few words about our outgoing Chair, Jean Mulford.

It’s a daunting challenge to accurately outline everything Jean has done for our sector and explain quite how much she’ll be missed in just a few minutes.

Jean is the only Chair that every single member of our staff team has ever known. She is the only Chair that every member of the Board of Trustees has known. As Chair, she has provided knowledge, stability, kindness and guidance for a long enough period of time to have seen off 5 Prime Ministers, 9 England Football Managers and 6 Doctor Whos.

I once heard a member of our staff team refer to Jean as a “Voluntary Sector Legend” on the old VCA radio show. There would be other titles bestowed upon Jean which are perhaps more memorable, but this one she undoubtedly deserves.

Jean took her first steps into our sector as a teenager when, following encouragement from her father, she joined St John’s Ambulance Brigade and as a qualified first-aider, she provided much needed support to local sports teams.

That initial grounding in voluntary work was soon to become a way of life for Jean and she became involved with the local Guide Dogs for the Blind. This involved her working with newly diagnosed blind people learning to cope with everyday life.

In the late 60’s and early 70’s, Jean worked as a Lecturer at Newton College alongside students with learning disabilities. Having identified their need for a social outlet which could broaden their horizons and enable them to become more independent, Jean developed a Youth Group that met twice per week. Also at the College she worked with older people providing crafts and artwork sessions. Once again she identified additional needs of local older people living in sheltered accommodation and local care homes and, in a voluntary capacity, organised a variety of courses including cookery, different crafts and even basic skills.

In 1986, Jean took on a voluntary role on the Steering Group for Earlestown Opportunities for the Disabled, from which St Helens Home Start developed. Still a proud board member, Jean has remained integral to the organisation since its inception. She was also instrumental in aiding the development of Disability, Advice & Information (DASH), the Coalition of Disabled People and Parr Hall Millennium Green Trust.

In the late 1980’s, at a time when Jean had been promoted to the position of Assistant Principal of the newly merged St Helens College, she still managed to find the time to join the Board of St Helens Council for Voluntary Service (CVS). Her leadership skills were recognised and she became Chair in 1996, a position she has held till today. 

In recent years, with funding difficulties creating problems within both statutory and voluntary sectors, Jean has overseen the merging of Halton Voluntary Action and St Helens CVS into Halton & St Helens VCA and also the amalgamation of Disability Advice & Information with Shopmobility to form a new organisation – St Helens Independent Living Services (SILS).

In her capacity as Chair of Halton & St Helens VCA, Jean represented the voluntary sector on both the Local Strategic Partnership and attended Mission in the Economy events.

Jean has even used her skills in the field of baking (more on that to be mentioned shortly) and sewing to income generate for local voluntary sector organisations performing alterations to clothing and creating wedding or birthday cakes in return for donations to local groups.

In February 2012, Jean received the title of Honorary Freeman of the Borough of St Helens. This is the highest honour that the Council can bestow and one which is not awarded too often. As such, the receipt of this prestigious award spoke volumes about the extraordinary and selfless service that Jean has given to St Helens. She joined an elite group of individuals who have been recognised for improving the quality of life of local residents and changing St Helens for the better.

Jean was delighted to receive the Freedom of the Borough describing it as a “marvellous privilege” and a “great honour” though in typically modest and selfless fashion, Jean took the opportunity of receiving the award to thank colleagues she had worked alongside saying a “very big thank you to all my fellow Board Members, staff and volunteers in all the charities I am involved with. Without their support and hard work and determination, none of this would be so successful.”

In January 2015 (and for all the reasons I’ve already outlined), Jean was the worthy recipient of an MBE which was presented to her by none other than Prince William. Jean described herself as “stunned” by the news, but we weren’t. We all knew it was thoroughly deserved.

On behalf of the Trustees and staff team at Halton & St Helens VCA, I’d like to finish by saying that we are very proud of Jean. We have been incredibly lucky to have had someone so dedicated and committed to the local voluntary sector in the heart of our organisation and we are truly grateful for all her endeavours over the years.

 

We hope that by watching the film below, you will get a feeling for the scale of the impact that she had on the borough. Thank you, Jean!

 

 

Following publication of the Government's Civil Society Strategy, NAVCA recently shared some of the key policy take outs with particular relevance to local infrastructure organisations.  The Civil Society Strategy is now in the public domain giving time for reflection and critique of its content, and in the attached summary, NAVCA sets out a more detailed look at some of the key policy implications for our sector.

NAVCA feels that the Strategy is a step in the right direction, yet doesn’t go quite far enough. In the attached paper, they outline their key policy asks of government and look in detail at a selection of proposals from the Strategy, analysing how they might impact on local infrastructure and where government needs to do further work to address policy gaps. 

NAVCA are keen to hear everyone's thoughts on the Strategy and its implications  for local infrastructure.

“Would you walk on hot coals for your local Hospice?” That is the question that Halton Haven Hospice are asking the local community.

The Halton Haven firewalk will see brave members of the public walk on red-hot wood embers at a temperature of around 800 degrees Fahrenheit (around 425 degrees Celsius). With registration currently open, you can register now to take part on the day!

Taking place on the evening of Thursday 15th November at the Hospice in Murdishaw, Runcorn, the firewalk itself will be built by leading firewalk company Time 4 Change. Cliff Mann of Time 4 Change will also run the pre-firewalk workshop for all participants in which full training and preparation will be given. Cliff has been organising firewalks for over 20 years and has a 100% safety record.

All the proceeds raised from the event will support Halton Haven Hospice in caring for local people who are living with life-limiting and end of life conditions such as cancer, MS, motor neurone disease, heart failure and COPD. It costs around £6,800 a day to run the Hospice and they rely hugely on the support of their local communities to ensure they raise enough to keep going.

Registration for the firewalk is just £25 and the Hospice is asking every participant to do their best to raise at least £75 in sponsorship.

The firewalk is also being sponsored by Display Team, the Runcorn-based company which provides point of sale solutions, signage, graphics and display systems all across the globe.

Chris Andrews, Senior Fundraising Manager at Halton Haven Hospice, said “This firewalk is going to be incredible! It’s a pretty unique event and something which doesn’t come around often. A firewalk is an experience you never forget. I did one myself in 2005 and it’s still one of the best things I’ve ever done. I urge anyone considering it to get signed up now! Or contact us for a chat and we’ll answer any questions or concerns you have.

“We’re also incredibly grateful to Display Team for coming on board as event sponsors for the firewalk. They do so much for the Haven and we’re thrilled we can partner up with them on this event.”

For more information or to register, please visit www.haltonhaven.org.uk/firewalk, ring Halton Haven on 01928 712 728, or email fundraising@haltonhaven.co.uk.

 

 

Welcome to the first edition of the St Helens Pedal  Power Newsletter. From learning how to ride to becoming a ride leader or reading about one man's journey from the couch to crossing the width of the country by bike, this newsletter will hopefully inspire you to join in and begin an amazing journey.

Working in partnership with St Helens Council, Pedal Power began the process of developing a programme of work around the idea of promoting a healthier and sustainable community within the borough.

By creating a pool of trained and dedicated volunteers the aim is to offer the local community a range of cycling activities which would enable people to develop their confidence and get them outside on a bike to enjoy the beautiful and often unused trails around St Helens.

 

Willowbrook Hospice is inviting members of the local community to come along and find out more about its work, what it’s achieved over the past 12 months and the plans the charity has for the future.

Willowbrook CEO Neil Wright, who will be presenting the session, said the hospice receives incredible support from the community.

“It takes a community to make a hospice and we simply couldn’t provide the support to families living with life limiting illnesses without the generosity and support of local people,” he said.

“We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to hear about our work and how we are making a difference to people in their community. The meeting is our chance to do that and I’d like to encourage anyone who is interested to come along and find out more about our future plans.”

The meeting will take place on 4 October at Willowbrook-The Living Well, Borough Road, St Helens WA10 3RN, starting at 6.30pm with refreshments available from 6pm.

 

Active Halton are launching Haltons first Mental Health Festival in order to raise awareness of activities available in Halton that help to keep us feeling and coping well, as well as tackle mental health stigma locally. The Mental Health Festival is taking place 6th to the 14th October. More details and the full programe of events of the festival can be accessed via the below web link:

https://issuu.com/haltonhit/docs/mental_health_festival_2018_final

The  programme can be viewed in full screen by clicking on the incomplete square at the bottom right of the screen. You can also share specific pages via face book and twitter by clicking on the share button and finally you are able to down load as well

The programme is interactive so you can click directly on email addresses, web links and were applicable are able to book places via the click to book buttons.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Kate Bazley on the details below:

Mental Health and Wellbeing lead
Halton Health Improvement Team
Halton Borough Council
Runcorn Town Hall,
Heath Road,
Runcorn, WA7 5TD

Tel: 0300 029 0029 |Fax 0151 511 6364|

Email: HIT@halton.gov.uk | Follow us on Twitter @HaltonBC

 www.haltonhealthimprovement.co.uk

 

Halton Carers Centre are looking for items for raffle and bingo prizes.  They would be grateful for any contributions, large or small.  All funds raised will go back into the service to help support carers.

Please call in to Halton Carers Centre to drop in prizes or contact 01928 580182.

 

DIABETES UK - St Helens & District Group

The next meeting of the St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK will be on Wednesday 3rd Oct 2018 at 7.30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King St, WA10 2JZ. The church is next to Windle Pilkington Hall. The speakers will be Jane Jackson, who is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse, and Nicola Jackson who is a Diabetes Dietitian. They are both from the Diabetes Specialist Unit in St Helens Hospital, and will be talking on the subject of:-

Looking after your diabetes when you`re ill.

Anyone with an interest in diabetes is welcome to attend, admission is free and refreshments are available after the meeting. They also have a large selection of diabetes leaflets available. They would particularly like to welcome anyone who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes and has not been to a meeting before. They are a very friendly group and you may be assured of a warm welcome.

For further details contact C Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821.

 

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Conference and AGM on Monday 24th September at The Totally Wicked Statium in St Helens, all the donated food for the local foodbanks has been distributed. 

Halton Foodbank were very pleased to receive the items from our members and let us know that they are desperate for mens toiletries, if you can help, please drop them off at our Widnes ofiice on Lugsdale Road and we would be very happy to pass them on.

 

 

 

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities

Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work

Health: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

The offer is now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:

https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/funding

Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.

Royal Recognition for local Support Group

Halton based Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group has received The Queens Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of outstanding work in their community and beyond.

The award is the highest given to local volunteer groups in the United Kingdom – it is the MBE for voluntary groups – and with a small team of six they, CAVSG, are the smallest group in the country to receive it.

CAVSG was formed in 1992 by volunteers who had been actively involved in campaign issues relating to asbestos since the early 1980’s.  The group gained charity status in 1994.

The group provides support work for victims of an asbestos related disease and their families to ensure that all those that were affected by asbestos diseases in Cheshire, have access to help, information, advice and support.  They still actively campaign on many issues involving asbestos victims and their families, and were part of the campaign that led to the UK eventually banning the import and use of asbestos in 1999.

Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, Mr David Briggs MBE. Presented the group with the Certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen, and a crystal keepsake, at Runcorn Town Hall in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Halton, John and Marjorie Bradshaw, and guests.

Community Foundation for Merseyside have the following funding opportunities opening this autumn. 

Tilney Bestinvest-Grants up to £5,000.

Funding available for groups working with disadvantaged young people, particulary those who are NEET. Fund is due to open in the Autumn.

http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/the-tilney-fund 

Knights House Fund (Halton Foundation)-£1,000 for groups and £250 for indivduals.

Aims to support people in the borough of Widnes who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress. Due to open for applications Autumn.

http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/knights-house-fund

Peel Ports 500 Fund-£50-£500 per grant.

Funding for groups working in Halton, Liverpool, Wirral and Sefton, prefers to fund projects that are sustainable and particularly likes to fund capital items. Will be launched in Autumn.

http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/peel-ports-500-fund

Alfred Shaw Trust Fund-£1,500 for groups and £250 for indivduals.

Aims to support vulnerable children and young people and initatives that help to reduce social isolation amongst the elderly. It also supports indivduals.

Area of benefit is Runcorn (WA7) Will open in the Autumnn.

http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/alfred-shaw-trust-fund

ACC Liverpool Group Foundation-£1,000 per grant.

Funding available for children, young people and families to reduce social isolation, improve education and learning, communities, housing and homelessness. 

Due to open for application Autumn.

http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/the-acc-liverpool-group-foundation

WO Street-Grants between £250-£2,500

Projects that advance education and tackle poverty helping children and young people, as well as supporting projects for older, blind and disabled people.

Opening Autumn.

http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/wo-street-transformation-fund 

Tampon Tax-Grants between £5,000-£10,000

Support women to overcome barriers that prevent them from fufilling their potential making a tangible and long-term difference to health, well-being confidence and social/economic activity, as well as addressing equality gaps.

http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/tampon-tax-community-fund

To apply or find out more information please visit; 

http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/apply or call 0330 440 4900.

Volunteer Centre Halton are holding a Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Tuesday 9 October from 11-2pm at Riverside College, Kingsway Campus, Kingsway, Widnes WA8 7QQ. The event is open to both students and the general public.

If you would like to book a table at the event please, contact Linda on: 01928 593112 or email: lgoodier@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk. Places are limited, so book your table asap.

The Next Volunteer Managers/Co-ordinators Forum will be on Tuesday 2 October 2018 - 11.30am-2pm, at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB

The Forum meets six monthly to share information, discuss issues, monitoring and anything else to do with volunteering.

The meetings are informal and enjoyable. We hope you will feel able to participate.

Should you feel it would be helpful or appropriate for your role as a Volunteer Manager/Co-ordinator, please come along on the above date.

Lunch is not provided, so please bring along your own. Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you would like to attend please confirm your attendance to Linda Goodier either by phone: 01928 593112 or email: lgoodier@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk If you would like any items adding to the agenda please let Linda know on: lgoodier@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

 

Park Farm ACYP Centre – Have 2 vacancies for a Centre Co-ordinator and a Caretaker/Maintenance Assistant 

Centre Co-ordinator

The Directors of the ACYP Centre are looking to appoint a dynamic, forward-thinking, experienced, flexible, innovative and self-motivated Centre Co-ordinator with excellent financial, administrative and marketing skills.

Applicants should have experience of managing a Community Building and possess a caring and sympathetic manner in dealing with children, young people and adult users of the Centre.

Applicants must be able to develop and sustain links with partner Community Groups and other agencies to effectively promote the Centre. Applicants must be able to work evenings and weekends as part of their normal hours.

This is 37 hour per week post, fixed term for 5 years, funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The salary will commence at £25,974 per annum.

Consideration will be given to a Job Share situation (18.5hrs) for appropriate applicants.

Carertaker/Maintenance Assistant

The Directors of the ACYP Centre are looking to appoint a Caretaker/ Maintenance Assistant who will be an enthusiastic person with the confidence and ability to work on own initiative. He/she will play a key role in the operation and smooth running of the community facilities.

Reporting to the Line Manager and working closely with the Centre Coordinator, other staff member and volunteers, he/she will ensure that the community facilities are maintained and operated to the highest standards.

Evening work and occasional weekend work are required within this post.

This is a 25 hours per week post, fixed term for 5 years and funded through the Big Lottery Fund. The salary will commence at £250.00 per week.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Centre on 01744 754367, and applications for the post should be made by letter together with a C.V. and be submitted by Friday, 5 October to :-

The Secretary, Park Farm ACYP Centre, 54 Kentmere Avenue Carr Mill, St Helens, WA11 7PG

 

DIABETES UK

St Helens & District Group

The next meeting of the St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK will be on Wednesday 3rd Oct 2018 at 7.30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King St, WA10 2JZ. The church is next to Windle Pilkington Hall. Speakers will be Jane Jackson, who is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse, and Nicola Jackson who is a Diabetes Dietitian. They are both from the Diabetes Specialist Unit in St Helens Hospital, and will be talking on the subject of:-

Looking after your diabetes when you`re ill.

Anyone with an interest in diabetes is welcome to attend, admission is free and refreshments are available after the meeting. They also have a large selection of diabetes leaflets available. They would particularly like to welcome anyone who has been recently diagnosed with diabetes and has not been to a meeting before. They are a very friendly group and you may be assured of a warm welcome.

For further details contact C Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821.

 

This is a rare and exciting opportunity to become an integral part of an innovative way of funding and delivering Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise Sector services in St Helens.

We are looking for individuals who can commit to driving forward the work of an established consortium which has already enjoyed many successes, including the acquisition of the contract to deliver the Information and Advice Service in St Helens.

For an informal chat and more information please contact Catherine Cahalin on 01744 457112 or email ccahalin@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk for an application pack  

Rainhill soprano Lynn Jones will be taking to the stage as she headlines the concert ‘Precious Moments’ in aid of Willowbrook Hospice at St Thomas Church, Eccleston on Friday 28 September at 7.30pm.

Lynn will be performing a packed programme of songs from the shows and classical favourites and will be supported by the Aughton Male Voice Choir and singer and guitarist Alex Roberts, as well as rising star Louie Gray who recently starred in Her Benny at the Royal Court, Liverpool.

Cancer survivor Lyn says: “Over the past 8 years I’ve gone through several treatments for cancer, the most recent being in April this year when I had an operation at Aintree Hospital for a growth in my neck which was related to my original diagnosis in 2009 of ovarian cancer.   I’m currently attending the day therapy sessions at Willowbrook which are a complete inspiration to me! People who haven’t been to the hospice often think it’s going to be depressing but it’s anything but! The staff and all the volunteers are amazing and I’ve met some fantastic people there as well as enjoying the craft classes, massages and relaxation sessions.”

Lynn continues: “It’s the 8th year that I’ve organised a concert for Willowbrook and every year we’ve had a packed house. I love singing and it’s great that I can use my talents to help raise much needed funds for the hospice.”

Nicky Saunders, Head of Fundraising at the hospice said: “Lynn is a fantastic supporter of Willowbrook and over the years has helped to raise thousands of pounds to support our work. It’s thanks to people like Lynn that we can continue to care and support our patients and their families.”

Tickets for the concert are cost £6 and are available from Lynn on 07754 773089, Willowbrook-The Living Well on 01744 453798 or from St Thomas Church.

Cheshire Community Foundation have have opened a grant programme for the new High Sheriff.  The programme wishes to support local creative arts and cultural charities, voluntary organisations and community groups delivering activities in Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Halton and Warrington.

They have £20,000 to distribute and applicants can apply for up to £2,000 with the fund being primarily focused on micro and small charities (Micro charities being charities with under £10,000 annual income and a small charity having under £100,000 annual income) with the applicant organisation needing to have been running activities for a minimum of 12 months to apply. Applicants must be able to report back on the spend and use of any grant awarded using an online monitoring form by 31st March 2019  so time is limited.

The full programme criteria is attached below but applicants can also view this on their website here: http://cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-funding/

 

Willowbrook Hospice is holding a car boot sale on Saturday 22 September (9am-12pm) at The Living Well on Borough Road, St Helens WA10 3RN.

With a maximum of 50 pitches offering a wide range of pre-loved goods from clothes and books to soft furnishings and bric-a-brac – there’ll be something for everyone! The Living Well’s Sunflower café and charity shop will also be open.

So if you’re clearing out your attic or garage and fancy making a bit of spare cash, why not book a pitch at just £10?

For more information, or to book a pitch, please ring 01744 453798 or email events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

Halton Heritage Partnership - Heritage Open Days Launch!

Wednesday 5th September, 12pm -2pm

The Town Square, Runcorn Shopping City, WA7 2EU

www.haltonheritage.co.uk

 

Halton’s Heritage Open Days is an annual, national event that sees groups, organisations and buildings open up their heritage treasures to the public. All events and activities which run from 5th September to the 16th September as part of the Heritage Open Days programme are FREE to attend, so what’s not to love? Click on the attachment below to view the brochure and it will tell you what heritage events are happening in Halton as part of this national celebration. From guided tours to pop-up museums, there are lots of heritage activities for people of all ages and interests to explore across the borough. Take a look and see what you can discover…

 

Sahir House is the HIV support, prevention, information & training service in Merseyside. They need your help with World AIDS Day campaigns and fundraising, buddy support, reception and front of house as well as general support for the charity. As a volunteer you can learn and try new things, make new friends and make a positive change for those living with HIV. You are welcome to go along to their New Volunteer Open Evening to find out more about Sahir House and all the opportunities to volunteer, on Thursday 27th September, 6pm start at Sahir House, 2nd floor, 151 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2AH

Tea and coffee available. If you can’t make the open evening you are still welcome to book in for an interview.

Link to map, it’s near the Birkenhead Tunnel entrance, nearest pub Ship & Mitre and they are in the Liverpool CVS building on the corner of Dale Street.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/''/sahir+house+address/@53.4099744,-2.9859449,17z/data=!4m8!4m7!1m0!1m5!1m1!1s0x487b213a89b62455:0xb26453abb9542478!2m2!1d-2.9837546!2d53.4099949

Informal interviews: Week of 1st October, call 0151 237 3989 for an appointment and ask for Cath Turner (appointments approx. 20 mins and day or early evening appointments available)

Induction training course: Friday 12th October (eve) and day time of Saturday 13th October and Sunday 14th October (100% attendance required)

Induction training will be held in the city centre location. Volunteer training, induction, support and travel expenses provided.

Sahir House continually aims to address its skills shortage and under representation and welcomes interest from all sections of the community.

For a Volunteer Info Pack & enquiries visit www.sahir.org.uk/volunteer or call 0151 237 3989 and ask for Cath Turner, Training and Development Manager.

Please confirm your attendance, feel free to take a friend and they look forward to hearing from you soon!

Local History Evenings on a Wednesday at MOMO's Coffee Shop at 8 Cotham Street, St Helens (Opposite Wilco), dates below.

6pm to 7.30pm.  All ages welcome (Kids particularly). Admission free

Presented by local historian Chris Coffey.

  • 5th September - Another local X files evening with tales of local ghosts and creepy mysteries.
  • 12th September - 1868.  the year the four townships became a Borough.
  • 19th September - The lost railways of St Helens.  Shaw Street to Rainford.  Shaw Street to Warrington.  Shaw Street to Widnes and Ditton.  Central to Haydock and Lowton.  The freight line beneath Croppers Hill, etc
  • 26th September - "Silent Clowns".  This is a rare opportunity to see silent films by Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel solo, and other silent clowns.

Keep in touch with St Helens Local History by taking out a FREE subscription to the St Helens Heritage Network's monthly email newsletter, with its guide to local societies and events and features.  Contact Chrispcoffey@gmail.com 

Hours: 35 Hours per week

Pay: Scale SO1 29-31 (£26,470 – £28,221)

Fixed term: 6 months (Possible extension)

Established in 1999 Raise is an advice service that supports clients within their own home with welfare benefits, debt and financial capability advice at a specialist level.

This is an opportunity to be involved in the running of the RAISE Welfare Rights service to clients in the Greater Liverpool Region. In order to achieve this they need a highly motivated individual who is passionate about motivating and managing a team of advisors. You will be experienced managing and supporting staff as well as having knowledge of Social Security Law. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate and work with a large variety of different people.

Closing date: 14 September 2018 12 noon

Interviews will be held on: 20 September 2018

For more information and to apply, please click the link below:

https://www.benefitsadviceteam.co.uk/jobs/

 

 

Refugee Action provide support to Syrian and other vulnerable refugees who have been resettled by UNHCR in three Local Authorities within the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, St Helens and Wirral), they are looking for volunteers to assist and support their work.

The arrivals aspect of the role is to provide assistance to an individual or household group of newly arrived resettled refugees for their first week in the UK.

The Advocate element of the role is to support refugees to carry out specific tasks as part of their on-going 12-month resettlement journey.

These tasks will be directed by the Resettlement Team. The role involves providing local orientation to refugees within Liverpool City Region and supporting them to use local services.  If you feel that you can help with this valuable support role contact Volunteer Centre St Helens on 01744 751759 or email volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk for more information.

On Sunday 16th September 2018, between 1.00 and 4.00, The Fantastic Taylor Park Kite Festival is presented to you by The Friends of Taylor Park.

So come along to the Big Hill in Taylor Park on Sunday 16th September between 1.00 and 4.00, where the Northern Kite Group will be giving wonderful displays of stunning kites and kite flying.

Best of all though, you can make your own kite in the Kite Workshop and what’s more, they will fly majestically over one of St Helens’ most beautiful parks.

Don’t miss this chance to enjoy one of the best family events in St Helens, and it’s all free!

The park is located just off Prescot Road, the main route between St Helens Town Centre and Prescot. It is well served by buses and free, but limited, car parking is available at the Grosvenor Road and Holme Road entrances.

There is some on street parking, but The Friends urge visitors who park on the streets to be considerate of the needs of others and to avoid inconveniencing local residents and other street users.
 

Post code for sat. Nav. WA10 3HX

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: 

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

 

Job reference: SPH11

Department: People's Services

Grade: SCP 22-25

Pay: From: £21,074 To: £23,111 per annum

Hours: 37 per week

Closing date:16/09/2018

 

St Helens Council’s TAZ Outreach Team is a high performing, well established team who deliver innovative and creative programmes to young people to enable them to make positive and informed decisions about their sexual health and relationships choices. The TAZ Outreach Worker will form a large part of a small team and provide interventions to help continue to reduce teenage conceptions, sexually transmitted infections and improve young people’s awareness of these.

You will have good knowledge of young people’s development, how their sexual health is an important factor in their overall wellbeing and lifestyle. In addition to this you must be able to discuss extremely sensitive issues without embarrassment or judgement and creatively communicate with young people in order to meet their sexual health and relationships needs. You will have knowledge of the law relating to consent and sexual activity. 

You will need to be able to work with young people in a variety of ways including on a 1 to 1 basis, in group settings, clinic settings. In addition to this you will need to deliver training to professionals, assemblies to large groups of students, attend events, deliver teaching sessions in local schools and colleges and capitalise on opportunities to raise young people’s awareness of how to access local services.  You will need to be able to work and communicate with different people from a wide range of services including schools, clinical staff, housing providers etc.  You will need to be able to travel around the St Helens areas and meet young people in a range of settings.

You must have a minimum 2 years post-qualification experience with young people and hold a Level 3 qualification relevant to working with children and young people in health and social care, youth and community work. The desire to help young people along with enthusiasm, creativity and a genuine commitment to improve people’s lives are important qualities for this role.

You may be required to work evenings and weekends. 

For an information discussion please contact Helen Jones - Young People's Team Manager on 01744 675605.

This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

This post is subject to Enhanced DBS Disclosure.

For more information and how to apply please click the link below:

https://secure.sthelens.net/website/cccvacancies.nsf/vacancies%20on%20website/4A14D8FA25A86A49802582F90058398B?OpenDocument

 

Do you want to shape the future of the NHS?

Please come to a conversation about the NHS Long-Term Plan, hear about what is planned, and have your voice heard!

12th September 1.30pm - 4.00pm Chamber Space, Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3WD

The NHS has just celebrated its 70th birthday. A lot has changed since it was created in 1948, and the NHS is having to cope with changes in society that were never expected, let alone planned for, when it was set up 70 years ago.

But the NHS is also a dynamic and innovative institution, that has continuously evolved over the last 70 years. Those who use it and work in it know that evolution needs to continue if the changing needs of patients are to be met.

Because we now know that the NHS will receive guaranteed budget increases for the next five years, it can think about how it will work towards improvements in services, which will mean delivering more for patients with that money than it would have otherwise been able to.

To achieve this, the NHS is now working on a plan for the next ten years, and it is vital that all those who work in or alongside the NHS can contribute ideas, experiences and insights.

This event, run by VSNW together with NCVO and NHS England will gather views of people from local charities. A senior-level colleague from NHS England will be present.

This event is looking at the England-wide 10-year plan for the NHS, local issues will not be discussed.

Click here to find out more and to book your place

 

 

 

 

Halton Carers have been announced as the first winers of the One Halton Just Do It Award for the work they have done at the Integrated Community Care Workshop – engaging people.

The award is awarded to Halton people and organisations who “Just Do It” and make a difference.

Everyone at Halton & St Helens VCA would like to offer their congratulations to Halton Carers on being the first to receive this award.

For more information about Halton Carers and the work they do, please click the link below to go to their website:

http://haltoncarers.co.uk/

Fancy a natter, a coffee, community networking and raising money for a great cause? Well Halton Borough Council and a generous café, based in one of its community centres can help!

Macy’s Café at Grangeway Community Centre, in Runcorn will be providing tea and coffee for small donation to Macmillan on Wednesday 26 September from 10am to 1pm (so don’t be ‘latte’), and there will be a selection of cakes donated by invited organisations, again available for a small donation.

Community Development and Project Officer Rachel Prime said: “We hope for this to be a network morning for the community groups of Runcorn but also an opportunity for the general public to attend and find out what groups and activities are available in their local area. “We have invited a selection of community groups and professional organisation to advertise and showcase what they do.”

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Marie Wright, said: ” I would encourage anyone who is free to come along. You may be surprised at what is available on your doorstep.” “A coffee Morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious for a great cause. One in two of us will face cancer, and the money you raise will help us make sure no one has to face it alone.”

https://hbcnewsroom.co.uk/dont-be-latte-for-our-charity-coffee-morning/

Facebook Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2689869001039408/ 

 

 

In Kind Direct (IKD) was founded in 1997 by HRH The Prince of Wales. IKD distributes new, usable consumer goods, donated by some of the UK’s best known manufacturers and retailers, to charities, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises working in the UK and abroad.
They are a lifeline to thousands of charities helping vulnerable people across the UK, allowing them to spend more of their money on support, not supplies. Every year they help charities improve the lives of 2 million people. The charities that have been helped have stated that the goods improve the confidence and self-esteem of beneficiaries, help address poor physical and mental wellbeing and provide essential support to people struggling to afford basic supplies. Since being established they have distributed over £195 million worth of products to over 9,400 charities .

Which products are on offer?

Companies have a lot of products they no longer need which they donate to In Kind, from over-stocked toiletries to last season's fashions to branded cleaning products from an expired campaign to unbranded toys. They also offer sportswear, cooking equipment and personal hygiene products and have teamed up with a number of companies to offer large savings on photocopiers and office stationery.

How it works

  • Join – register for free and join the network to access goods.
  • Order – browse a huge range of high quality donated goods and place your order on the online system.
  • Use and share - use the goods to run your services or give to people you support.

What does it cost?

With limited funding, most not-for-profit organisations are looking for new ways to save money. IKD is free to join, and you only pay a small charge for the goods. This is typically 20% of the retail value of the goods and contributes to In Kinds running costs and also includes delivery costs. Last year the average saving made by charities using IKD was £7,485.

Who can join?

Almost any charity, not-for-profit and social enterprise can register for free to receive goods from IKD. Small, medium or large - they accept organisations of all sizes. They are now taking registrations from non-fee-paying schools. Certain public sector organisations may also be eligible to join.
Donor companies provide their goods to be used only to run your organisation or to give to the people you support for free. The products cannot be sold or used as prizes. They are also not for personal use for staff, volunteers or family nor can they be passed to other organisations.

Want to find out more?

Please go to the website to find out more about how IKD may be able to help you - www.inkinddirect.org or contact their regional volunteer, Jane Smith, who can arrange to come to your charity to discuss IKD in more detail (email: jane@inkinddirect.org or tel 0300 302 3601).

They will also be attending our ‘Social Innovation – Doing Things Differently’ event and AGM at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens on 24th September 2018 – come and find them in the marketplace and see what IKD can do for you.

If you've not yet signed up to attend our "Social Innovation - Doing Things Differently event, you can do so by clicking the link below:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/training

 

 

This year’s AGM and Annual Conference will be held together, in St Helens. This is a key event for us as it will be the Annual meeting where our chair Jean Mulford will stand down from her role after more than 25 years. 

The focus of the conference is Innovation and how we can work together locally to do things differently.

Join us for “Social innovation – Doing things differently in Halton & St Helens” on 24 September at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens. The conference will start at 9.30am and conclude at 3pm and include our Annual General Meeting. We will hear from Jackie Le Fevre, Values Expert on the importance of values for innovation and thinking differently and Mark Swift, Wellbeing Enterprises CIC Ltd on social innovations and their potential to empower communities and transform public services.

Afternoon workshops will focus on “Social Pioneering – navigating something new.” The aim will be to prompt different thinking within the local sector, to promote the sharing of innovative services and approaches that help groups respond to the changing environment, survive, thrive and respond to local needs. The conference will potentially enable us to introduce a conversation with local groups about this, share information from local groups and across the country where other organisations have been able to innovate, either in the way they raise money and fund their activities, in the way they deliver services or in the way they work with others.

Finally, we have invited a range of local funders and support organisations for a marketplace and you will get a number of opportunities to get information and talk to them about your work and projects.

More information will be shared with delegates as you register. This is a great opportunity for you to get together with other colleagues from local organisations, talk to funders and hear from colleagues and experts in our workshops about how you think about your work differently.

When

24th September, 2018 9:30 AM   to 3:00 PM

Location

St Helens R.F.C.
The Totally Wicked Stadium
McManus Drive
St Helens, WA9 3AL

To book your place, please click the link below:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/register?id=275&reset=1

 

 

Healthwatch St Helens helps to strengthen the collective voice of local residents across health & social care. It is rooted in communities and responsive to their needs. It also mean working collaboratively, operating as part of community networks, drawing on information, trust and local knowledge that already exists.

Healthwatch St Helens is looking for a dynamic person of the highest calibre to join the Board of Directors, who shares our passion for further developing Healthwatch St Helens as a trusted, challenging and publically accountable body for local people.

You will need to have ambition, drive and energy and will need to demonstrate that you have the skills, knowledge and experience to run a company, working with VCA and the Healthwatch St Helens support team to deliver a vibrant local Healthwatch, underpinned by robust corporate governance arrangements.

For more information and to express your interest please telephone us on: 0300 111 0007

 

Salary:  £21,933 - £25,741 Per Annum

Hours:  37.5 Hours Per Week

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Halton Integrated Recovery Service. This is a permanent position based in the Runcorn Office

The post holder will holistically be supporting adult service users to enter and move through integrated recovery oriented substance misuse services and increase opportunities for service users to achieve sustainable treatment outcomes within Halton. 

The Recovery Coordinator  will carry a case load of service users who require alcohol treatment and provide screening, comprehensive assessments, needle exchange, risk assessment and risk management,  recovery planning & review, support access to medically assisted recovery (through titration and prescribing regimes), provide outreach / in-reach services, deliver 1-1 key working sessions as well as semi structured groups to support service users through engagement, detoxification, stabilisation and rehabilitation.

CGL are committed to ensuring the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults, and all applicants will be required to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to best safeguarding practice.

All applications for this post will be subject to an enhanced DBS clearance.

Closing Date:  Tuesday, 28 August 2018 - 11:45am

Interviews due to take place week commnencing 04/09/2018.

For more information and how to apply please click the link below:

https://www.changegrowlive.org/vacancy/recovery-coordinator-halton-intergrated-recovery-service-cgl2405

 

 

 

St Helens Mind are set to hold their second Family Fun Day on Thursday 30th August between noon and 4 to raise vital funds for local people affected by mental ill health. 

Saints mascot ‘Boots’ will kick start the proceedings and will be available for photos with fans in the Phyllis Pope Studio at The Mansion House site and nearby gardens in Victoria Park. 

Local children’s entertainer Paul Storey will again be performing his magic and puppets show and there’s a special tombola especially for the kids as well as a grab a bag game. They can even delve into a lucky dip or throw a wet sponge at a member of Mind’s staff in the stocks or if they prefer more sedate activities there’ll be an arts and crafts stall to unleash their creative side. 

There’s a raffle for the adults with a range of special prizes as well as a tombola, grab a bottle game and a bric-a-brac and plants sale. Drinks and snacks will be available to buy at the nearby Victoria Bistro.

St Helens Mind volunteers will be maning an information stall with more details about the charity and the work they do locally, including the social groups they run and the befriending service they offer. 

Manager Gill Ellison says: “I hope this year’s event will be as successful as the first one. The volunteers who have made this happen have worked incredibly hard planning activities and games to ensure visitors have a great time, as well as continuing their usual volunteer roles as Befrienders and at our Social Groups.”

 

Barnardo's Mental Health Services West Region are looking to recruit a part time, 18 hours per week, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the St Helens BOSS Service.

The role is primarily to recruit and support volunteers for the BOSS Online Web-based Service but will also develop creative ways for volunteers to support children and young people with emotional difficulties living in St Helens. 

Location: St Helens BOSS and Merseyside Mental Health Services

Contract type: Permanent

Hours:18

Salary: £19,768.10 - £21,349.55

Closing Date: 28 August 2018

For more details and to apply, please click the link below to go to the Barnardos website:

https://jobs.barnardos.org.uk/jobs/vacancy/volunteer-co-ordinator-1510/1508/description/

 

 

Healthwatch Halton are holding an afternoon tea party at St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB for Macmillan Cancer Support.  Every penny raised helps to make a difference to people affected by Cancer.

It is taking place on Thursday 20th September from 3pm to 5pm.  Put the date in your diary. Everyone is welcome.

St Helens Adult and Community Learning are organising an information event at the Town Hall on Thursday 13th September, 10-1pm.  Come along and find out about volunteering, updating skills and much more.  For more information call Adult and Community Learning on 01744 677315

The last whole systems obesity network meeting was held in the stadium April 2018, whereby the attached action plan was developed. Due to staff changes there has been disruption to the development of this programme of work.  There is now a new  core working group whereby Julia Rosser, FFPH,  Consultant in Public Health has taken over the lead for this work from Elspeth, who no longer works for Halton Borough Council and  Ian Baddiley has replaced David King as the health improvement lead. Lisa Taylor, Pam Worrall and Diane Lloyd remain members of the group.

They are keen to progress with the action plan that has been developed and move this work forward. Please find attached below the action plan for your information, please send any amendments to the actions to Diane.lloyd@halton.gov.uk. You will see that the action plan has been broken down into the following sections:

  • Socioeconomic
  • Built environment
  • Transport
  • Food Knowledge
  • Physical activity

They need to identify forums that can take the actions forward for these areas, this might be through established groups, e.g. active Halton for physical activity, or we established specific task and finish groups.  Please send suggestions of groups that could progress the workplans, or nominations of officers to led actions.

They will be organising a whole systems network meeting in late September, whereby they will assess progress against the action plans.

As part of the evaluation, Leeds Beckett Univesity are looking to gain your views on how integrated into the whole systems approach that you feel. In the survey below, there are a number of questions on leadership, collaboration, and governance. There are also some open ended questions which allow you to give more general anonymous feedback about your participation.  Please can all members of the working group complete the survey.

Survey link: https://leedsbeckettsport.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1HP4zfDahwZgY0R

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please feel free to give James an email (j.d.nobles@leedsbeckett.ac.uk).  

Any comments or queries regarding the action plan/approach in Halton please do not hesitate to contact Julia Rosser on the contact details below.

Julia Rosser FFPH, UKPHR Reg. No. FR0660
Consultant in Public Health
Halton Borough Council, Runcorn Town Hall,
Heath Road, Runcorn, WA7 5TD

email: Julia.Rosser@halton.gov.uk

Tel: 0151 511 6772
 

 

Join the Age UK Mid Mersey Team who have a job vacancy for an Information and Advice Worker in Halton.  This is a part-time post (30 hours per week), salary £14,226 per annum based in the Runcorn office and is an exciting opportunity for a professional and highly motivated individual to join the Information and Advice Team in Halton to deliver front-line information and advice to clients.

Experience/skills/attributes:

  • At least 2 years’ recent experience of Information and Advice work including welfare & benefits advice.
  • Understanding of the issues affecting the lives of older people and their carers.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills with the ability to relate to people from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication, listening and verbal skills.
  • Well-developed information-gathering and information management skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise workload.

Closing date 7th September 2018

How to apply 

Forward your CV. to hr@aukmm.org.uk or click on the link below to submit your CV

https://www.indeedjobs.com/age-uk-mid-mersey/jobs/5461ccefc6d3942d08e9

 

The Community Business Fund from independent trust, Power to Change, will open on Tuesday 11 September, offering grants between £50,000 and £300,000 to community businesses in England trading for the benefit of and accountable to their local communities. Organisations are encouraged to read the guidance for the fund before making an application.

A free webinar is being held on 13 September to give hopeful applicants an overview of the fund and its eligibility criteria. Register for the webinar here.

 

David Keane the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire is asking victims of hate crime in Cheshire to speak out about what support they’ve received from the police. You can share your views by filling-out the short survey below. http://socsi.in/KfX06 

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum has successfully secured funding from the Wellcome Trust/BEIS via the Inspiring Science Fund (ISF) to deliver transformational change, both in terms of physical infrastructure improvements and activities for existing and new audiences.
In order to deliver the project they have two exciting vacancies for dynamic, flexible and passionate people to join the fantastic team at Catalyst, in the roles of IS Project Manager and Community Engagement Officer.

Full job descriptions can be found attached below.

Please send a current CV and a letter of application to Meryl Jameson at meryl@catalyst.org.uk or by post to Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 0DF by Monday 27th August 2018.

Interviews will be held during the first two weeks of September.

VCSE sector meeting with the Chair of the One Halton Partnership Board, David Colin-Thome, St Marie’s, Widnes, 20th June 2018

VCA arranged a session to give an opportunity to Halton’s VCSE sector to meet the Chair of the One Halton Partnership Board and understand more about the work on the integration of health and care services in the Borough.  David gave some of the background to the work that was now underway in Halton and it was noted that the One Halton concept had been underway in the Borough for a number of years, but the creation of the One Halton Board and the appointment of the independent Chair in 2017 had given greater impetus. Notes from the meeting are attached and if you want to find out more contact Sally Yeoman on syeoman@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or phone 01928 592405.

At the St Helens Partnership Board meeting on the 13th September 2017 members agreed unanimously to adopt the Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) as the principle tool for the Partnership to use when measuring neglect across the partnership for St Helens.

The tool has a number of features:

  • The GCP 2 tool is evidence based and uses assessment and observation to measure risk.
  • The tool helps practitioners to recognise neglect.
  • GCP 2 – is an improved model on GCP 1.

For further information, please see information sheet attached below

The Board agreed to finance and lead on the implementation of GCP 2 and therefore have purchased the license.

Further to Board ratification it was agreed that a pool of trainers would be nominated; they would receive Train the Trainer training with a view to delivering single agency training on using the GCP 2 tool. In addition, it was agreed that each trainer would deliver one multi-agency training session. On completion of the training all agency representatives requested the delivery model be changed to multi-agency delivery with single agency awareness sessions. In essence this means that each representative would deliver 2 x multi-agency training session in Year 1, the dates of which are yet to be fully determined.

The full letter from Ann Dunne Assistant Director of St Helens Safeguarding Boad can also be found below.

 

It is with regret that Nightstop Communities Northwest CIC (NCNW) has now had to apply a small charge for their previously free mental health services, this is due to them being a non commissioned service and due to the significant increase in demand as they solely rely on their Big Lottery grant funding.  Please be aware that the changes which were introduced from 1st August 2018 mean that NCNW can no longer accept self-referrals and a charge of £5 per person, per session has been introduced.  This charge is payable at reception upon arrival. For more information and referral forms etc see attached.

As you may know, Halton Haven Hospice provides palliative care, completely free of charge to the people of Halton, Frodsham and surrounding areas. They rely heavily on fundraising, donations and shops to bring in a steady reliable income stream to support the hospice. They are currently looking for a temporary storage solution at a minimal/free charge for a maximum of 4-6 months. The size ideally would be 2-3000 sq ft, easily accessible to them daily and be in the Halton/Frodsham area. Please contact Leanne Mullan – Retail Manager 07759 53 6262 or Leanne.mullan@haltonhaven.co.uk.

Could you help in the Willowbrook Hospice shops? Volunteering a few hours can help to support patients, families and carers, they need support in the Donations Warehouse, Sutton Road, St Helens; and the shops based in Fingerpost, St Helens Town Centre; Four Acre, Thatto Heath and Rainford – contact the Volunteer Office on 0151 430 8736 or e-mail help @willowbrookhospice.org.uk

Learn new skills for your CV, if you have time after retirement they can use your skills or if you want to give something back let them know. In return they give full training and support and greatly value the time that you will donate to Willowbrook.

 

 

Dog Control Consultation

In October 2014, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced new powers for local authorities to help tackle Anti-Social Behaviour. In addition, the Act made changes to existing legislation and councils were required to review existing Dog Control Orders and replace them with Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). PSPOs can be used to regulate activities in particular public places that can have a detrimental effect on the local community. They can help by giving local councils and local police additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in specific locations.

There have been many changes and improvements to ‘green spaces’ since the original Dog Control Orders were introduced. There are now a number of new play areas and many examples where the landscape of an area has changed. Furthermore, in response to complaints and concerns raised by members of the public and continuing incidents of antisocial behaviour caused by irresponsible dog owners, the Council has taken the opportunity to review existing Orders and proposes to replace these Orders with a new PSPO, which will be in the form of a single Order that would include the current control measures and introduce a range of additional ones.  For any proposals that are approved and where a location becomes the subject of a PSPO, signs will be clearly displayed in sufficient numbers in the immediate area describing the restrictions and the consequences if restrictions are ignored. 

To participate in the consultation click on the link below, the consultation closes on the 28th September  

https://www3.halton.gov.uk/Pages/planning/dogcontrol.aspx      

The AGM of Halton Community Partnership Trust Ltd is to be held on Wednesday 26th September at 12noon at The Old Police Station, Mersey Road, Runcorn. Created in 1998, Halton Community Partnership Trust provides Halton residents, voluntary organisations, local charities and small businesses with affordable office space and function rooms. They currently have vacancies on the Board of Trustees, if anyone is interested in joining their Board you would be very welcome, for more information contact the office on 01928577404 or via email hcpt@btconnect.com.

For more information about HCP, please visit their website (link below):

http://www.haltoncpt.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

Closing date for bookings is midday on Friday 24th August.

One Halton Health and Wellbeing Board invites you to a Prevention Workshop 1.00 – 4.00 pm, Monday, 3rd September 2018.  The event is being held in Box 17 at Halton Stadium.  There is free car parking available at the Stadium.

They will be exploring how the voluntary sector and your organisation can work together with the health sector to deliver the new One Halton Prevention Framework and the 6 Transformational Health Programmes for Halton including:

  • Prevention in GP Hubs Programme,
  • Halton Gets Active Programme,
  • Social and Emotional Mental Health Programme for 16- 22 year olds,
  • Healthy Streets Programme,
  • Workplace Health Programme,
  • Making Every Patient Contact Count with the Hospitals. 

Places must be pre-booked so If you wish to attend please contact Lynne Woods (Lynne.Woods3@halton.gov.uk) and provide your name, organisation, contact email and contract telephone number. 

Save the date - Third Sector Engagement Group

The next meeting of the joint Third Sector Engagement Group between St Helens and Halton CCG will be taking place on Thursday 13 September 2018, 09.30 to 12.30 at Halton & St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB.

The agenda will include an update on engagement opportunities developments in health with a chance to focus on the work and support the community and third sector can offer in relation to:

  • Mental Health Services – This discussion will be supported by Tracey Fletcher from North West Boroughs
  • Engagement and developments for the new cancer hub
  • Focus and support opportunities

Agenda and list of speakers to follow.

For more information, please contact Des Chow on the details below:

Des Chow
Engagement and Involvement Manager
NHS Halton CCG
Runcorn Town Hall, Heath Road, Runcorn WA7 5TD

Tel no: 01928 593578

Email: des.chow@haltonccg.nhs.uk

 

 

Victim Support is a national charity offering support to victims of crime and trauma. The Merseyside team are looking for volunteers to enhance the service they deliver across the region. Many people face the effects of crime alone and confused. Your support will help individuals and their families to feel stronger, understood and able to move forward with their lives. You will be supporting people who have been victims of crime, either over the phone, at the victim’s home or another mutually agreed location. You will receive full induction, one-to-one support for the role and excellent training to develop new skills to enable you to become a knowledgeable, confident supporter. Victim Support encourage volunteers working with victims to be available for at least two hours a week for ideally a minimum of one year.

If you want to achieve a rewarding sense of having made a positive difference to people’s lives please apply for the Victim Services volunteer programme by e-mailing info.merseyside@victimsupport.org.uk to request an application pack. If you have any further questions feel free to ring the team on 0151 353 4003

Carers Strategy Group meeting

Sue Wallace-Bonner chaired a multi-agency “Carers Strategy” meeting on 23rd July 2018.  As well as officers from the public sector, in attendance were representatives from numerous voluntary sector groups (including Halton Carers Centre, Age UK Mid Mersey, Citizens Advice Halton, British Red Cross, Alzheimers Society).  The primary purpose of this forum is to look at refreshing the current 2016-19 Carers Strategy and see what progress has been made against the current 4 priority outcomes:

  • Supported to stay mentally and physically well (Outcome 1)
  • Supported to have a life of their own alongside caring (Outcome 2)
  • Recognised as expert partners, and will be supported in their caring role by integrated and personalised services (Outcome 3)
  • Provided with accessible advice and information that will assist them in making informed choices regarding their caring roles (Outcome 4)

Key points from the meeting for the wider “voluntary and community sector” to note and start preparing for include:

  • Need to develop more integrated working and link up services so that carers “don’t fall through the net”
  • How we can better support the employment and financial wellbeing of carers
  • How we can better support young carers (we discussed the challenged young carers aged 16-25 faced when transitioning from being a young carer to being an adult carer
  • Getting a better understanding of how funding for support services for carers is allocated and what impact it has

In you need more information please contact:

Carl Harris - Halton Carers Centre (tel: 01928 580 182)

Hitesh Patel – Citizens Advice Halton & trustee of Halton & St Helens VCA (tel: 0151 257 2443)

Background Information: 

The Alfred Shaw Trust Fund is managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside. The Trust was established in memory of Alfred Shaw and this fund has been created following the transfer of the Trust fund to the Community Foundation.

What is the focus of the fund:  The charitable objectives of the Trust are:

  • To help and support disabled children and young people
  • To increase the provision of diversionary activities and facilities to  help and support vulnerable children and young people
  • To support projects and initiatives that support vulnerable people through the winter months. 
  • To support the provision of amenities for the elderly helping to reduce social isolation
  • To support education initiatives that will help to raise the aspirations of children and young people living in Runcorn with particular interest in music and the arts
  • To support young people to undertake projects or activities, where assistance from public bodies is not usually available. Applications for funding assistance will be considered for the advancement of education and training of individuals under the age of 25yrs who are residents of Runcorn

How much is available: 

The maximum grant available is £1500 for groups and £250 for individuals. More may be awarded in exceptional circumstances.

Who can apply:  

Voluntary or community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name, which includes CICs and Social Enterprises and young people under the age of 25 residing in Runcorn. 

Which areas are covered: 

Runcorn (WA7 postcode) 

Any special criteria: The fund will not support core salaries or general running costs but will consider sessional worker costs and an element of full cost recovery as part of a specific project.
 

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

  •          Equipment for youth club
  •          Music workshops for young people
  •          Training for volunteers
  •          Equipment for luncheon club
  •          Activities for older person’s group
  •          Projects to reduce social isolation for vulnerable groups
  •          Play items for group working with children with disabilities
  •          Coaching qualification for young person 
  •          Costs of attending a training session that will help a young person develop their career

The closing date is Friday 10 August 2018 

For more information and how to apply, please click the link below:

http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/alfred-shaw-trust-fund

 

 

St Helens Council is pleased to confirm that a bid has been submitted for the borough to become a host venue at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

To be held in England in the October-November, organisers are aiming to draw in record crowds at the 2021 tournament, with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions staged in a single, celebratory event – making it the biggest Rugby League World Cup yet.

Earlier this year, St Helens Council and St Helens R.F.C were approached by the Rugby Football League (RFL) with a view for Saints’ 18,000 capacity Totally Wicked Stadium to bid to host group games at the men and women’s tournaments.

Initial discussions with tournament organisers also resulted in the possibility of the borough hosting a team throughout the duration of the World Cup, using Ruskin Drive Sports Village and Saints’ training base at Cowley Language College as training bases.

As part of the borough’s bid – which was officially announced during half-time of the Saints vs Warrington Wolves match, St Helens would relish the opportunity to host a nation like Tonga, a rising world rugby league powerhouse currently ranked the fourth best international rugby league side in the world.

Hosting the event in St Helens could have an economic benefit of between £2.4m-£4.5m and contribute to other strategic initiatives such as the St Helens town centre regeneration; raising the profile of St Helens; bring positive links to public health messages – and boost community engagement after 75 percent of local spectators felt that the World Cup enhanced community spirit when it was last in town in 2013.

Commenting on the prospect of such a prestigious event returning to the borough, St Helens Council Leader Derek Long said:

"Rugby League is in our DNA. That's why I made winning a host venue as a key priority in my first week as Council Leader.

“This is a great bid founded on a great partnership with Saints. We will now work hard to use this to build a great sporting legacy for our clubs and communities across the borough. "

Saints Chief Executive Mike Rush added: “To host a team and stage games here at The Totally Wicked Stadium would be a huge privilege for all connected with the club and town.

“A World Cup Tournament brings people together and embraces so many different cultures that to play a part as a venue and host town would be of great benefit from grass roots community rugby right through to the commercial benefits that such an event attracts.

“I am sure the whole of St Helens will get right behind our bid and we can all look forward to a fantastic Rugby League World Cup in 2021.”

Now’s the Time is the second programme from the Justice and Equality Fund managed by Rosa. The programme aims to amplify the voices of individuals and groups who are calling for an end to sexual harassment and abuse, in their workplaces and in their communities.

The Justice and Equality Fund aims to bring an end to the culture of harassment, abuse and impunity by resourcing an expert network of advice, support and advocacy organisations and projects.  Inspired by the phenomenal campaigners of #metoo, TIME’s UP, Ni Nunca Mas, the #lifeinleggings movements and others, a group of UK-based women from the entertainment industry have come together to challenge the culture that permits people in positions of power to sexually harass and abuse others.

They want to resource imaginative, collaborative and creative grassroots activism so are asking organisations to apply by answering the question: "What would you do towards ending sexual harassment (in work places and in communities)? "

Funding is available for:

  • Prevention work
  • Awareness raising activities
  • Imaginative and creative grassroots activism
  • Influencing work
  • Work with groups and communities who might face additional barriers to getting their voices heard, or might be at higher risk of sexual harassment and abuse to amplify those voices
  • Work that tries out new ideas
  • Work that replicates tried and tested approaches in new settings
  • Work that others can learn from

They are particularly keen to see cross-sector partnerships where the expertise of specialist voluntary sector organisations at the forefront of this work is shared with others to help drive broader change.

How to apply

It is important that you read the programme guidance and application guidance as both go into further detail about the criteria for applying along with the aims and deadlines for the programme.

They will be hosting a series of ‘How to Apply’ webinars which will introduce you to the Justice and Equality Fund and take you through the fund’s Now’s the Time (small grants) programme, offering guidance on making an application. Please register to attend by clicking on your preferred date:

You must then complete a short online application form and submit a three minute video answering the following questions :

  • What does your organisation do?
  • What does your organisation want to do, where and when?
  • How will this contribute to ending sexual harassment?
  • What difference will it make and why are you the best organisation to make it happen?
  • How will you spend your grant?

 

When will you hear the outcome: Early December 2018.

You help decide: They are going to use a process called participatory grantmaking to decide who is awarded funding.  Your video will be shared with other applicants who will rank your application according to the clarity and credibility of your plans. You can therefore expect to hear from them during October-November 2018 asking you and your group to look at some of the other videos they have received and voting for the ideas you like the best.

Still unsure? They’d like to talk to you! Please email to request a chat and one of the team will get back to you.

Contact them: info@rosauk.org       Web: www.rosauk.org

Community groups which work to divert young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour are being invited to bid for grants for projects running during the autumn half-term, thanks to Merseyside’s Police Commissioner.

Jane Kennedy has announced that she is once again releasing a round of funding from the Police Property Act Fund (PPA), which allows money raised from the sale of unclaimed stolen goods or property recovered by the police to be used for good causes.

It is the ninth time the Commissioner has asked community organisations, charities and groups to apply for a vital cash boost of up to £5,000 grants for grassroots initiatives which are working to help young people to make the right choices. A total of £45,000 is available from the fund for one-off grants for organisations which are committed to improving community safety, reducing crime or supporting victims.

Jane has already awarded nearly £333,000 through the PPA to organisations that are making a difference in their communities. Since July 2015, the fund has been used to concentrate on youth engagement initiatives.

The Commissioner said: "I am pleased to once again open up the Police Property Act Fund for bids of up to £5,000 to organisations which are working to make their communities safer and better places to live by engaging with young people.

“Many communities across Merseyside traditionally see a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during the autumn half-term, particularly around Bonfire and Mischief Night. Historically, it is also a particularly busy time for the police and the fire service. Through these grants, I want to help alleviate these issues and prevent local young people from making mistakes they may regret in the future.

“Once a young person gets a criminal record it can blight their future prospects. If we can prevent them from making mistakes at a young age we can look forward to their positive contribution to their neighbourhoods.

“I want to see these grants used to support projects that complement the excellent diversionary work carried out by Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, ensuring that young people can enjoy the autumn festivities in a safe and enjoyable way which is properly supervised.”

Last year, more than 11,300 young people benefitted from 26 youth initiatives which kept them away from dangerous activities, thanks to funding raised by the police from the sale of stolen goods.

Jane added: “Local people know their communities best. They know what works when engaging with their young people and I am looking forward to reviewing their ideas and initiatives for ensuring everyone can have a safe and fun Halloween.”

The PPA fund is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside, (CFM) on behalf of the Commissioner. CFM holds funds from individuals and organisations as donors who wish to support deserving causes in Merseyside.”

All applications must be submitted online via the Community Foundation for Merseyside by 5pm on Monday 14th September. Please visit their website for further details and to apply for the funding:

http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund

 

Posts: One Halton Healthy New Town Project Support Officer (band 7afc) &  One Halton Healthy New Town Team Administrator (band 4 afc)    

Hours: 37.5 (12 months fixed term) 

Base: Halton CCG Head Quarters (Runcorn Town Hall)

 

NHS Halton CCG have an established Place Based, Integrated, One Halton Healthy New Town Transformation Programme and are currently recruiting a fixed term (12 months) dedicated team to support this work.  They are looking for two individuals who are highly motivated, innovative and experienced in project/programme management, administration, governance, operations, analytics and transformation to work with us to deliver a challenging but exciting programme of change.

They are currently working with a wide range of stakeholders to identify the opportunities and focus of the transformation schemes for the next 2 - 5 years.  They are also working in partnership with a range of organisations across our local health economy to develop the Strategic Transformation Plan.

Both post holders will be required to work closely with key stakeholders to facilitate the changes required, building strong working relationships and using these to ensure ownership, understanding and delivery of the overall programme.

You may be new to Place based Care, but if you are self-motivated, organised, innovative then you should consider joining the team.  They are looking for two individuals who have exceptional organisational skills, with attention to detail and who has good communication skills and can challenge in a supportive way.

Are you looking for an exciting post in an innovative place based environment which offers challenge and opportunities for development?  If so, this could be the post for you.

Eligible staff who currently work within the following organisations are invited to apply for the available positions:

  • NHS Halton CCG
  • NHS Warrington CCG
  • Halton Borough Council
  • St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust
  • Warrington and Halton Hospitals FT
  • Bridgewater Community FT
  • North West Boroughs FT
  • Halton GP Federations
  • Halton Housing Trust
  • Halton & St Helens VCA

 

Project Support Officer Band 7 Advert:  http://healthjobsuk.com/job/v1219327  Interviews are scheduled to take place on 30th and 31st August 2018

Project Administrator Band 4 Advert:  http://healthjobsuk.com/job/v1223087  Interviews are scheduled to take place on 3rd September 2018

Applications will close on 19th August 2018, however in the event of exceptionally high levels of response, they reserve the right to close the post before the date stated in order to prevent the number of applications received being unmanageable.  You are advised to submit your completed application form as soon as possible to have the best chance of being considered.

For informal discussions, please contact Carl Mackie on 01925 662 230 / Mob: 07961 683 745 / Email: carlmackie@nhs.net

 

On the 25th July, VCA’s Chief Officer attended the People’s board on behalf of members.

The key items of discussion were:

  • Changes to the Governance of the Board refreshing what Boards report into the People’s board and how work plan is developed
  • An update on the Suicide Prevention Partnership Action Plan – a report was provided by the DPH and an update on the work to tackle the rise in suicide in St Helens
  • Merseyside Police gave an update on the work across Merseyside on tackling knife crime and the development of a strategy for reducing knife related incidents across the city region
  • A presentation from Pause St Helens, a charity delivering a new service in the Borough, whose aim is to prevent the damaging consequences of thousands more children being taken into care
  • An update on St Helens Cares and the progress towards implementing the integrated local care system.  In particular the update on a Lead Provider Model and the locality teams
  • The Board received the Children’s Safeguarding Board’s Annual report.  There was also an update on the new Working Together arrangements. 

For more information on the People’s Board or any of the items of the agenda please get in touch with us by email syeoman@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or phone 01744 457100

Helen Fitzgerald, Chief Officer at the Deafness Resource Centre is the 2nd VCSE sector representative for the People’s Board and can also be contacted if you want to know more about the work of the Board.

Event - World Suicide Prevention Day

Date - 8th September 2018

Time - 11-4pm

Location - Taylor Park, St Helens

World Suicide Prevention day (WSPD) is held each year on the 10th of September. It’s an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). St Helens Healthy Living Team will be hosting this years annual event, themed as a "Picnic in the Park" at Taylor Park alongside the St Helens 150 Years celebrations.

The event will be held on Saturday 8th September and will be open to the public from 11-4pm. All partners should arrive by 9am to set up in the marquee and services will be requested to stay around for the debrief at the end of the event, catch up with partners and return tally sheets.

The themed family "Picnic In the Park" will offer a variety of activities aimed at keeping our communities well. There will be opportunities for partners to run an activity usually offered by their service and spaces to have conversations around mental health and keeping yourself well. The aim of the day is to encourage people to think about their mental health alongside their physical health, encouraging them to take part in activities and hobbies which help them to feel good and cope especially in tough times.

Currently the following activity sessions have been confirmed:

  • Community Food Team;
  • Life Style Advisors;
  • Mental Health Team;
  • Health Living Team;
  • Bus tours will be offered with booking essential;

More sessions will be added over the coming weeks, with final preparation briefings and flyers sent out nearer the date.

Suicide prevention is the responsibility of us all, your continued support is essential as we work towards the Zero Suicide agenda.

Please email  lynnsaunders@sthelens.gov.uk or Robertalcock@sthelens.gov.uk to confirm your support, attendance, if you want to offer an activity session or want a stall space.

 

Homeless Link offer flexible unsecured loan/grant packages from £25,000 to £150,000 together with dedicated advice and support to help homelessness sector organisations to increase their social impact. They focus on the potential that such blended finance can have on creating change. They are looking to increase the homelessness sector's knowledge and experience of social investment, develop new models for income generation and funding and improve their long-term sustainability.

For more information please see the link below for the pdf leaflet, visit www.homelesslink.org.uk/social-investment-fund or call their Investment Manager, Jaishree Mistry, for a chat on 07507 506378.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/sites/sthelenscvs.org.uk/files/webform/HL%20Social%20Investment%20Fund.pdf

 

 

The Troubled Families programme in St Helens has been re-branded and is now known as Families First St Helens. 

What is the Families First St Helens Programme about?

Family life can be a challenge for any parent; but when you’re faced with many problems at once, it can be hard to know where to turn. The Families First Programme is an exciting new programme, funded by government and local organisations, to work with St Helens families to:

• Improve school attendance and behaviour
• Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
• Help adults and young people get into work or training
• Improve family life, making sure children are safe and well
• Prevent domestic violence
• Promote good health
• Reduce the harm caused by drugs and alcohol

Who is the Programme for?

It is for families where two or more of these things are happening:

• Adults are on out-of-work benefits and finding it hard to get work
• Children are not attending school regularly or have been excluded repeatedly
• Families are getting into trouble with the police because of their behaviour
• Children are vulnerable and need help
• Families are affected by domestic violence
• Parents or children have problems with mental health or drugs/alcohol

How does it work?

Families will get support to help everyone in the family overcome difficulties and make positive changes. They will work with you to solve problems and make sure you get the right help, from the right people, at the right time. The Programme can help support you in a number of ways, ranging from advice and guidance to intensive family support in your home. Other professionals you may already know will always be involved, working with you to achieve the goals you set for yourself and your family.
 

For more information and how to refer families / be referred to the programme, please see the attached documents below.

 

 

One Halton Health and Wellbeing Board invites you to a Prevention Workshop 1.00 – 4.00 pm, Monday, 3rd September 2018.  The event is being held in the Karalius Suite at Halton Stadium.  There is free car parking available at the Stadium.

They will be exploring how the voluntary sector and your organisation can work together with the health sector to deliver the new One Halton Prevention Framework and the 6 Transformational Health Programmes for Halton including:

  • Prevention in GP Hubs Programme,
  • Halton Gets Active Programme,
  • Social and Emotional Mental Health Programme for 16- 22 year olds,
  • Healthy Streets Programme,
  • Workplace Health Programme,
  • Making Every Patient Contact Count with the Hospitals. 

Places must be pre-booked so If you wish to attend please contact Lynne Woods (Lynne.Woods3@halton.gov.uk) and provide your name, organisation, contact email and contract telephone number.  Closing date for bookings is Friday 24th August.

 

 

Halton Disability Partnership (HDP) is a charity, founded in 2010, which provides information, advice and support for disabled people, and their families, in the Borough of Halton. HDP is a Disabled People User Led Organisation (DPULO).  A majority of their Trustees are disabled people.  

They currently have the following vacancy:

Job Title: Safeguarding Officer                                                                                                       

21.5 per week

£  20,411-£ 23,557 PER ANNUM PRO RATA

Job Purpose:

  • To contribute to the development of an adult safeguarding resource within Halton Disability Partnership.
  • To work with Direct Payment workers and CEO to ensure clients have real choice in their care combined with security/safety, so they can access full citizenship.
  • To collect data for reports to Funders.
  • To audit all current clients involved with Halton Disability Partnership to assess adult safety status.

Full job description is attached below.  For more information and an application form for the above vacancies please contact HDP on 01928 248937. 

Closing date is 14th September 2018 at 12 noon

 

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:

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 August, Willowbrook Hospice in Prescot will once again be opening its beautiful award winning gardens to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS).

The Willowbrook gardens are one of only ten hospice gardens chosen to participate in the NGS.

The gardens, which are spead over 5 acres, include 3 Japanese gardens, water features, a kitchen garden and formal gardens.

Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook said: “We’re really proud of our beautiful gardens which have been designed to provide patients and visitors with a picturesque and tranquil place to unwind and relax. Last year the gardens attracted over 500 visitors and we’re thrilled that we’re able to open them up to the public again. Our gardeners and all our garden volunteers work so hard to maintain and develop the gardens and it’s wonderful that we’re able to invite people who wouldn’t normally see them to come along and enjoy them.” 

The hospice gardens will be open 11am-4pm and entry is £3 for adults and free for children with profits going towards the NGS fund for nursing and caring charities.  

For more information about the National Garden Scheme at Willowbrook Hospice visit https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/34063/

 

Unfortunately we currently have an issue with our mailing service that means we can’t send any of our mailings out including the ebulletin which is due out today. Our technical guys are working on it and will hopefully have a fix soon, but regrettably we don’t know how long this will be. Apologise for any inconvenience this causes. However you’ll be pleased to know that our ebulletin is ready to go and you can have the first read of it here...

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/mailing/view?reset=1&id=2789

 

The NEW Pride of St Helens Business Awards in association with Invest in St Helens, is an evening of celebration and glamour for the leading organisations who invest in St Helens 2018. Halton And St Helens Voluntary And Community Action are proud to be the Sponsor Of The Community Impact Award!

The Pride of St Helens Business Awards honour, support and celebrate the impact businesses, social enterprises and educational facilities have on the local economy. Raising the profile of St Helens as a place to invest, live, learn, visit and work, these businesses ensure they raise aspirations, inspire pride and create jobs. From schools to social enterprises, private to voluntary sector, we welcome your FREE entry. By simply putting your hat in the ring you are gaining a valuable opportunity to showcase your achievements and highlight how you make a difference to our town! Make this your year!

Make your nomination now...

https://www.investinsthelens.com/business-awards/

 

 

Public Health England would like to invite you to the Fifth Annual North of England Inequalities Conference on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November 2018 in Liverpool.

This year’s theme is 'what can devolution mean for the health and wellbeing of people and places across the North?’ The conference is an opportunity to bring together individuals from across the North to discuss, share and learn how we can all live long and prosper, closing the health gap between and within our communities. 

Speakers include Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor, Liverpool City Region, Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England and Professor Dame Margaret Whitehead, WH Duncan Chair of Public Health, University of Liverpool.

Registration and coffee will be from 12:00 to 12:55 on Thursday 1 November, and the afternoon will run from 13:00 to 16:30. On Friday 2 November, registration will be from 09:00 to 09:25 and the conference will run from 09:30 to 15:30. The conference will take place at Liverpool Football Club, Anfield Road, Liverpool L4 0TH. To see details about the programme and to book your place, please visit the conference website

 If you have any questions about the conference, please send an email to events@phe.gov.uk.

Background Information:

The fund aims to work with voluntary bodies and community groups in Merseyside to support community safety, crime prevention and security initiatives in their locality.

What is the focus of the fund: 

All applications must meet the following objectives of the fund: 
- To promote a safer and increased quality of life through the prevention of crime and the protection of people and property from criminal acts for the benefit of the public in and around Merseyside.
- To secure the advancement of education for the public benefit in all matters relating to community safety.
- To increase provision of diversionary activities and facilities that target young people to reduce crime and anti social behaviour.

How much is available: 

Grants will normally range from £500 to £2500 and may be less than the figure applied for. In exceptional circumstances, grants of higher value may be 
considered.

Which areas are covered: 

Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral 

Any special criteria: 

Groups should have been constituted for at least 12 months before seeking funding. The panel is unlikely to fund salaries and staff costs. Priority will be given to projects that focus on the advancement of education and increasing the provision of diversionary activities and facilities for young people. In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to other types of funding. NB The panel is unlikely to fund CCTV systems, security measures or similar pieces of equipment. 

In addition to the completed application applicants should provide a letter of support for the project, ideally from a PCSO (Police Community Support Officer), traffic community support officer or similar referee. 

NB: The donor has discretion to also commission applications.

The next closing date is Friday 27 July 2018 but due to a limited budget the fund may close earlier when sufficient applications are received.

For more informaition and to make an application please click the link below:

http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/high-sheriff-and-merseyside-police-charitable-fund

 

Liverpool City Council have a number of vacancies that have gone "live" this week.  They include Refugee Programme Support Officer, Analyst and Performance Team Leader, Community Development Team Leader, Grants Officer, Community Development Officer. More information about each role and how to apply can be found by clicking the links below:

LCC01815 Refugee Programme Support Officer:

http://lccjobs.liverpool.gov.uk/details.aspx?id=P1LFK026203F3VBQBV77VF6FT&nPostingID=5120&nPostingTargetID=21383&mask=lccext&lg=UK

LCC01816 Analyst and Performance Team Leader:

http://lccjobs.liverpool.gov.uk/details.aspx?id=P1LFK026203F3VBQBV77VF6FT&nPostingID=5123&nPostingTargetID=21405&mask=lccext&lg=UK

LCC01817 Community Development Team Leader:

http://lccjobs.liverpool.gov.uk/details.aspx?id=P1LFK026203F3VBQBV77VF6FT&nPostingID=5124&nPostingTargetID=21443&mask=lccext&lg=UK

LCC01818 Grants Officer:

http://lccjobs.liverpool.gov.uk/details.aspx?id=P1LFK026203F3VBQBV77VF6FT&nPostingID=5125&nPostingTargetID=21503&mask=lccext&lg=UK

LCC01819 Community Development Officer:

http://lccjobs.liverpool.gov.uk/details.aspx?id=P1LFK026203F3VBQBV77VF6FT&nPostingID=5126&nPostingTargetID=21523&mask=lccext&lg=UK

 

 

The Community Foundation for Merseyside is pleased to announce the launch of the second round of the Liverpool ONE Foundations Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Well-being funding programme.

The Liverpool ONE Foundation’s aspiration is to achieve a decrease in the number of children and young people up to 25 years of age suffering with mental health problems in Merseyside and they will be looking to support projects that decrease the number of children and young people suffering with mental health problems, raise awareness of mental health issues or remove the stigma currently associated with mental health problems.

What is the focus of the fund:

The primary focus of all projects should be on improving children and young people’s mental health and well-being and preventing the development of mental health problems.

Fund priorities:

Applications are encouraged for projects that concentrate on the prevention of mental health problems and the Foundation is keen to fund projects that help support families and young children to develop methods to equip them with the skills necessary to prevent mental health issues occurring. They also wish to support projects that can be scaled up based on proven results, or projects to pilot and test new approaches and ideas to build evidence to use to further develop and scale up future initiatives.

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

  • Projects developing children’s resilience, e.g. teaching children and young people methods and techniques to equip them with the skills necessary to prevent mental health issues and focus on their mental wellbeing
  • Family support such as projects aimed at parents to help prevent the development or escalation of mental health problems in children and young people
  • Peer mentoring projects with a focus on mental health and wellbeing 
  • Projects that look to achieve a positive mind-set change around mental health, e.g. awareness raising projects
  • Applications from community and voluntary sector organisations for projects taking place within schools as long as they are additional to national curriculum

How much is available:

  • Applications are welcome for grants of all sizes for project related costs up to £20,000 over a 12 month period. The Foundation encourages applications for smaller-sized grants as well as larger applications.

Which areas are covered: 

  • Liverpool City Region (Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral)

Any special criteria: 

  • The programme is targeted at local grassroots groups and is aimed at those with an income of under £500k (larger local charities may still be considered depending on the strength of the project against the fund criteria, but priority will be given to those with an income of under £500k)
  • Community Foundation for Merseyside will continually assess the overall impact and success of your project and the overall impact the Foundation is achieving. Applicants will be expected to work with them to determine the impact and outcomes of their projects.
  • As part of their wider strategy, the Liverpool ONE Foundation has developed a Community and Statutory forum consisting of experts working on the front line with children and young people. The forums purpose is to provide opportunities to share best practice, identify gaps or duplication in provision and set some key aspirations for mental health and mental wellbeing. Successful applicants may be invited to participate in the forum, which will take place approx. 4 times per year.
  • Training opportunities will also be made available for applicants covering topics such as Mental Health 1st Aid and Resilience  

The closing date for applications is 14th September 2018. The total budget available is £100k and the panel will be held at the beginning of November 2018. It is recommend that you apply as soon as possible as if they are significantly oversubscribed they will have to close the fund early and don’t disappoint too many applicants, however they will publicise this via social media channels and on their website to let you know.

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside’s website - www.cfmerseyside.org.uk and complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below. If relevant documents are not submitted within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.  Please attach your documents to your online application or email them to applications@cflm.email

Documents which need to be included with your application:

  1. A signed and dated copy of the group’s rules or constitution
  2. A copy of the group’s latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document
  3. A copy of a recent bank statement for your group
  4. A signed and dated copy of the group’s current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as DBS checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity.

For further information please contact:

Tina Kennedy
Community Philanthropy Manager
Community Foundations for Lancashire & Merseyside
Third Floor, Stanley Building, 43 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DN

T: 0151 294 4756 Email: tina@cflm.email

The full guidlines can be found in the attached document below.

FTW, Asset and Dovewell Training have amalgamated and are wanting to promote what services and training is available to St Helens Residents who are wanting to undergo training, employment or utilise some of the fantastic support services that are out there. The event is going to be held on 1st August starting at 10am- 2pm at the Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens, on entry everyone will receive a raffle ticket and throughout the day various spot prizes will be given out through the donations of local businesses. The aim is for residents to have a chat to various partners to see what is on offer in their community.

If you would like to have a stall to represent your organisation, please contact Nikki McCarthy-Obey http://nikki@ftwtraining.com

 

Thatto Heath Crusaders Rugby Club  are looking for a small team of volunteers (about 3 or 4 people) to manage car parking duties on a Sunday morning, 0930-1200, throughout the junior rugby league season and on event days.  Volunteers would be asked to assist the safe parking of around 200 cars over a 3 hr period and manage safe access and egress.

Free refreshments, walkie talkie and hi viz jacket will be provided.

 

For more information about this opportunity and others at Thatto Heath Crusaders contact Volunteer Centre St Helens on 01744 751759 or email volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Citizens Advice Halton is urging local people who are struggling paying the bills or who are in debt to get help from their accredited Money Advice Team. 

Often when a life changing event happens (you lose your job, you have a child, you experience a relationship breakdown) it is so easy to get into a downward spiral of debt. If you've missed even just one important payment like your rent, your council tax, your credit card, Citizens Advice Halton can help. Their advisers can help you review your household budgets and also what rights you have to get some breathing space to get your finances back on an even keel.

Please don't ignore the bills or borrow yet more money to pay off your debts or arrears... get advice. Citizens Advice Halton have a call-back service (tel: 0151 257 2449) so all you need to do is leave your name and number and a Money Adviser will call you back, usually that day. Alternatively people can Email: advice@citizensadvicehalton.org.uk

Benefit Mythbuster (https://benefitmythbuster.net) is a new online web tool designed to help address commonly held myths and misconceptions about universal credit.

People can choose from three options – ‘Starting a New Claim’, ‘Managing your Claim’, and ‘Solving Problems’ to find out more about their rights, including information on job search, the claimant commitment, in-work conditionality, sanctions, and more.

People can also get in touch to add a myth that needs busting. Or help to bust a myth!

Benefit Mythbuster is one of a range of web tools from the advice and technology charity Lasa, who also deliver rightsnet – the social welfare law information & advice site for advisers. Find out more at: https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/resources/webtools 

UC Crew visited Stuttgart for "Twin Towns in Action Day" during 29th June - 2nd July by performing across the city at dance schools, local festivals and the international twin town events to celebrate culture, partnership and unity between St Helens and Stuttgart.

UC Crew have been working with Stuttgart Council and local Break Dancers for over 10 years and are regular guests at each others Break Dancing events including the  international events 'Northern Hordes' and 'Break It' which featured annually in Church Square and at Sherdley Park as part of the St Helens festival.

Tom Glynn said "Our visit to Stuttgart has strengthened our links and talks are underway for regular partnership projects to happen with Stuttgart Break Dancers to celebrate town twinning and the St Helens 150th Anniversary"

 

UC Crew are an award winning youth organisation in St Helens specialising in encouraging the local community to become active citizens using Break Dancing, Graffiti and DJing as a platform to change the community.

Their aim is to use their knowledge and experience to help children, young people and adults to become more positively engaged with the local community, increase their confidence, become healthier, more employable, have fun and have life aspirations.

Their main activities are events, performances, lessons, Break Dancing youth club, organised projects, volunteering, educational visits and understanding different cultures.

UC Crew are available for performances, youth exchanges, competitions, talks, event management, project leadership, teaching regular classes and workshops.

For further information on workshops, shows and practices sessions email: hello@uccrew.co.uk or check out their facebook page for all their news https://www.facebook.com/uccrewsth/

Newton Boys and Girls Club (NBGC) are looking for dedicated people to join their volunteer team. NBGC is a youth provision based in Newton-Le-Willows town centre; they engage with children and young people aged 8-18 and through their sessions they encourage inclusion, development and communication. This opportunity will involve being a positive role model, being supportive and being a good listener. All they ask is that you are reliable, committed and have a willingness to learn as opportunities will come up for you to develop your own skills.

 

Contact Volunteer Centre St Helens for more details: Volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Phone 01744 751759

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:

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

The Friends of Taylor Park, in partnership with the park rangers, are staging the Taylor Park Festival between 1.00pm and 5.00pm on Sunday 22nd July 2018 in Taylor Park, St Helens.

Entry to the festival is free and attractions will include fairground rides, children’s entertainer, barbeque and games & stalls to test your skills (as well as seeing how lucky you are).

Prices for the activities have been kept at last year’s discounted rate, most of the games will cost only 20p.

Come along to St Helens’ finest park for an afternoon of fun for all the family, it’s one not to be missed!

The park (post code WA10 3HX) is located just off Prescot Road, the main route between St Helens Town Centre and Prescot. It is well served by buses and public car parking (free but limited) is available in the park by the Grosvenor Road and the Holme Road entrances. There is some on-street parking but

The Friends of Taylor Park urge visitors who have to drive to be considerate and avoid causing inconvenience to residents in the area.

 

 

 

Suicide is preventable. We can all make a difference to someone. Free suicide prevention training from @Zer0Suicide, takes just 20 minutes and could save someone’s life: www.zerosuicidealliance.com support is available: www.sthelens.gov.uk/mentalhealthsupport #Talk2Me #itsokaytotalk #SaveALife

It is safe to talk about suicide. If you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling, start a conversation today. 

There’s a new catchy anthem for the summer! #Talk2Me written and performed by mental health worker Zorro Rundasumbwa, promoting free suicide prevention training that gives people confidence to help those in need, check it out below. 

 

St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK are a friendly group offering information and support to people living with diabetes, and to anyone who wants to find out more about the condition.  Their meetings are free to attend and they have a good selection of information on diabetes available. Attached is the new programme of meetings for the group.  The programme will commence on Wed 5th September 2018 at 7.30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King Street, St Helens, WA10 2JZ.  All meetings will be held in this venue.

For further information, please contact Cherry Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821 or visit their website at www.st-helens-and-district.diabetesukgroup.org

 

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Halton Borough Council.

The consultation is the first part of an electoral review which will re-draw ward boundaries across the borough.

The Commission has also announced that Halton Borough Council should have 54 councillors in future: two fewer than the current arrangements.

In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Halton.

  • Do you have suggestions about where your ward boundaries should be?
  • Where do people in your area go to access local facilities, such as shops and leisure activities?
  • Which areas do you identify as your local community?

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for Halton. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.

“If you have a view about which communities or neighbourhoods should be part of the same council ward, then we want to hear from you. And if you think a road, river or railway makes for a strong boundary between communities in your part of Halton, then this consultation is for you.

“If you’re interested in the way the borough is run, just log on to our website to explore our interactive maps and have your say.

“Your views will make a difference.

“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review, whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Halton or just a small part of the borough.

“Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in November.

Your opinion matters

For more information and interactive maps, visit:
consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk.
Write to: Review Officer (Halton), LGBCE, 1st Floor, Windsor House, 50 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0TL
Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk.
Twitter: @LGBCE

Local people have until 3 September 2018 to submit their views in this consultation. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/ and www.lgbce.org.uk.

 

 

 

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities

Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work

Health: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

The offer will reopen on Monday 25th June 2018 and all the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:

http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/division-missing/coalfields-community-investment-programme-ccip-funding-support/

 

Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.

Enjoy a taste of Spain at Willowbrook-The Living Well’s Spanish Cheese & Wine Evening on 5 July.

The evening starts at 7pm and you’ll be treated to a range of delicious cheeses alongside some of Spain’s finest wines, with commentary provided by a local expert.

Tickets are just £10 and are available from the Living Well on Borough Road, St Helens - call in, give the team a ring on 01744 453798 or email: events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy in Runcorn is seeking to recruit governors with a knowledge of the local economic, skills and labour markets.

They are very keen to hear from people who have expertise in the following fields:

  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • IT Systems and IT Security
  • Education – Pedagogy and Curriculum
  • School Admissions

NB: This is not a call for Parent Governors – opportunities for Parent Governors will be shared with all parents when they become available – however, if a parent feels they can offer the above, please do get in touch as it may be possible to be co-opted to the Board of Trustees in another capacity.

Anybody interested in an informal conversation about these voluntary roles (reasonable expenses may be payable) should contact the School Principal, Mr Emlyn Wright, via email; recruitment@ob-ac.co.uk

 

What They Can Offer:

A chance to develop professionally as a trustee/governor of a school as part of the wider Ormiston Academies Trust Governor Support Package.

An opportunity to support and improve the life chances of children in the community.

To be part of a strong team that makes a difference to its local community.
 

What They Are Looking For:

Full attendance at three Full Governors’ Meetings per year (5.00 – 7.00pm).

A willingness to join one or more sub-committees (Finance and General Purpose, Curriculum and Standards, Policy, and Enrichment) each of which meet up to three afternoons per year.

To be available two or three time per year (2-3 hours each time) to visit the Academy during the school day to take part in their Governor Link Programme.

To support other events at the Academy and be a strong advocate for the Academy in the community.

To be available one day per year for their Annual Governors’ Away Day (usually towards the end of September).

 

Help make a difference to our City Region.

With effect from July 2018 there are 2 opportunities to join the LEP Board and expressions of interest are invited from individuals who can complement the skills and capabilities of the current Board members, can contribute to the work of the Board and through it the growth of the City Region.

They are seeking individuals who share their passion, commitment and belief in the City Region from all sections of the Liverpool City Region community (and beyond given proven links to Liverpool City Region) and representing the diverse culture, attributes and values.

They are seeking individuals with specific expertise, experience and knowledge at a senior operational and strategic level in the following 2 key areas:

  • Education and Skills for Business (Provider)
  • Enterprise and Business Growth (Small Business)

The individuals appointed will be expected to apply themselves to developing or challenging strategies designed to deliver growth in each of these areas.

LEP Chair and Board positions are not financially remunerated, but reward comes in being engaged in driving this important agenda forward for the benefit of current and future generations. It also comes with significant commitments including:

  • Attend 6 meetings per year equating to 4 days including reading of papers.
  • Attend 3 strategy development sessions of 1.5 days commitment per annum.
  • If required, act as a Champion for one of the above sectors or themes which requires attendance at those sub-boards, a commitment of approximately 1.5 days per annum.
  • Represent the LEP on appropriate external bodies or task and finish groups that may exist at city-region, region, national or international level. Where necessary, represent the LEP and City Region in meetings with Government or any of its departments and agencies.
  • Be prepared to make statements to, or be interviewed by, the media to promote economic strategy or policy or respond to enquiries.

To read the full invitation for Expressions of Interest click here.

How to register your Interest

If you are interested in being considered to join the LEP Board and believe you have the passion, knowledge, experience and expertise to assist the City Region’s growth, and can meet the commitments set out above, then please write to info@liverpoollep.org with a subject of LEP Board EOI, outlining your suitability and interest in your appropriate role.

 

 

Less than 4 weeks to apply for the next round of the Cheshire Youth Commission! 

Cheshire Youth Commission are currently recruiting young people to join the Cheshire Youth Commission on Police and Crime – an exciting initiative partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Keane.

Following 2 very successful years on this project, Cheshire Youth Commission will be developed and expanded over the coming year in order to allow young people across the communities in Cheshire to inform decisions about policing and crime prevention in the region. 

The Cheshire Youth Commission allows young people to support, challenge and inform the work of the Police & Crime Commissioner and Cheshire.  The Youth Commission will explore urgent issues affecting young people in Cheshire,  such as reducing offending and re-offending, improving the relationship with the police, and anti-social behaviour. 

The Youth Commission is aimed at young people aged 14-25 years who want to make a difference to their community.  They are looking for a diverse group of young people from different backgrounds and life experiences to take part, including those who have direct experience of the criminal justice system.

This is a brilliant opportunity for young people to gain new knowledge, skills and experiences, as well as a huge enhancement to their CV and uni applications. Members of the Youth Commission will play an important role in helping to run consultation events and gather the opinions of other young people about police and crime. 

All documents needed to apply for this opportunity are attached. They have tried to make this simple and accessible for everyone, please encourage any young person who you feel would benefit from this experience to apply, and support them to fill out the application if needed.

You can also download the application documents from the link below:

https://www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk/what-im-doing/get-involved/cheshire-youth-commission/

Please note: Application deadline is 20th July 2018

If you have any questions about The Youth Commission, please feel free to contact Ali Roberts, Programme Coordinator by email on ali@leaders-unlocked.org or phone 07769251595 working days are Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 

On the 5th July at Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EW there will be a NHS 70 Symposium including a social prescribing network meeting where it will launch the draft concordat (see attached).

A celebration of the NHS at 70. The Social Prescribing Network want to write history by marking out a pathway for a sustainable NHS based on a commitment to health creation and a reduction in health inequalities. They want to start by transforming Women’s and Children’s Services to ensure a ‘best start’ for all.

Their vision is to develop the NHS in ways which encourage and support cross sector working and with this commitment provide fuel for innovation. They want to build active public engagement at both an individual and community level. In order to do this they need to transform the workforce and work with the public to articulate what a ‘more than medicine agenda actually means. They believe this can be best achieved through a commitment to social prescribing and an exploration of a Creative Health agenda.

With this in mind they have pulled a team of speakers together to help explore:

 

  • What does best care look like when defined in a wellness not illness context?
  • What can cultural partners (et al) bring to the table in terms of assets to build wellbeing?
  • How can partnership working increase the perception of birth as a normal physiological process in which low clinical intervention rates are valued and parents are enabled?

The intended audience is: healthcare professionals and commissioners, cultural agents and agencies, local authorities and those with a belief in the value of a Creative Health agenda articulated in a social prescribing context from both the voluntary and private sector.

Click the link below to book a place 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-nhs-70-symposium-tickets-46578109379

Attached is a paper on ACEs in the hole from one of the academics contributing on the day.

Reeve Court Village, Elton Head Road, Rainhill, WA9 5ST have daily classes open to the public.  They have many qualified tutors teaching dance, ceramics, personal training, Art & much more…

They have classes to suit all at excellent prices

Want to run your own class/activity from Reeve Court?  They hire out their hall/activity rooms to teachers (at very competitive rates), then you can invite the public to attend your class generating your own income

If you want to find out more contact Josh Boardman, Village Activity Facilitator at the ExtraCare Charitable Trust on 0151 430 4000 or email josh.boardman@extracare.org.uk

Details of current activities below

Save the Date

Celebrate the NHS at 70 with Singing in the City.

It is all about wellbeing. Join in!

Sunday 8 July 11-4.30pm FREE
The Whitworth University of Manchester Oxford Road M15 6ER

The North West social prescribing network, the Whitworth-the University of Manchester and their partners and sponsors present:

  • Fabulous, fun and infectious choir performances all day, every 15 minutes
  • The NHS at 70: The Story of Our Lives Team
  • The Museum of Homelessness
  • Q and A with Paul McKenna –a very special Speech and Language Therapist
  • Breathing Well with Natasha Garswood
  • The Innovation Agency Ambassadors
  • WEA pop up family bite-size workshops: fun, informal and interactive.

For more information about singing in the city click here 

For further information on the North West Social Prescribing Network visit VSNW
Or contact Jo Ward Tel: 07708 428096

A message from the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner:

Modern slavery is hidden in plain sight on our high streets. The National Crime Agency thinks there are tens of thousands of people being exploited in the UK, forced to work long hours, for little or no pay, and under threat of violence.

Some of those people are being exploited in hand car washes, which in recent years have sprung up across the country in their thousands. Many of those hand car washes are legitimate businesses, but some of them are not. Police raids in hand car washes in towns and cities up and down the country have unearthed victims living in horrendous conditions.

The SAFE CAR WASH APP

The Safe Car Wash app has been developed to allow the general public to engage with the problem, it is a new tool that will enable the largest community intelligence gathering exercise ever attempted in the United Kingdom.

Download the free app onto your smartphone and then when you are using a hand car wash, simply open the app and complete a short survey about the working conditions of the car wash.

https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/safecarwash/

Invitation 

Your local NHS, Health and Social Care together with Healthwatch St Helens & Halton and St Helens VCA would like to invite you to the launch of
“Community Talkfest”

A workshop to get involved and help shape a new approach to engaging with our local community about health and social care.

Following the Community Talkfest, NHS St Helens CCG will be holding their Annual General Meeting.

This will include a special afternoon tea to celebrate the NHS 70th Birthday!
Date: Friday 6th July
Time:11am - 3.30pm
Location: Mansion House, Victoria Park, Saint Helens. WA10 2UE

Free Parking on site

RSVP: Let us know if you are coming by emailing engagement@sthelensccg.nhs.uk, phone us on 01744 624 269 or register online here.  Poster attached.

We look forward to building a new future for our local health and social care with you.
 

 

Exciting opportunity to join the Halton OPEN Committee!

Halton OPEN is the voice for older people living in Halton.

They are seeking to appoint volunteers to join their friendly and dynamic Committee and are looking for people who have an opinion about how they can improve the lives of older people in our community .

You must be over 50 and be a resident of Halton.

For further information about what we do please visit their website at www.haltonopen.co.uk
or telephone them on 01928 242034 / 07711 048933

Please feel free to display the attached flyer

A sponsored walk has been organised in Warrington to raise awareness of spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Shine, a national charity supporting people across the area has organised the walk at Walton Hall and Gardens on August 8 at 11am.

The event, named Sunshine Wheel and Walk, is open to everyone and event organiser and local Support and Development Worker, Angela Lansley, said she hopes the event will raise awareness of the conditions and funds for Shine.

She added: “We are really looking forward to the day and hope the event will bring people together to have fun whilst supporting Shine.”

The event will see participants walk or wheel around the picturesque Hall and Gardens.

There is no registration fee for the event but participants are asked to register in advance and if possible raise sponsorship money for Shine.

To register for the event or to find out more, email rachel.thomas@shinecharity.org.uk 

What are the ingredients for living a good life?

Join Positive You at The Brindley for a series of creative workshops where they will be making art for the exhibition entitled 'Recipe for a Good Life?'

Workshops are free to attend and inclusive to all ages and abilities at The Brindley, High Street, Runcorn, WA7 1BG

For more information contact Leah by email on positiveyouwithleah@gmail.com

Workshops

  • Monday 9th July 12.30-3.30pm
  • Wednesday 22nd Agust 12.30-3.30pm
  • Wednesday 29th August 11am-2pm
  • Friday 28th September 12.30-3.30pm
  • Sunday 28th October 12.30-3.30pm
  • Monday 19th November 12.30-3.30pm
  • Wednesday 12th December 12.30-3.30pm
  • Friday 25th January 12.30-3.30pm
  • Monday 18th February 12.30-3.30pm 

Opening dates for Recipe for a Good Life?: 14th April - 17th May 2019

New welcome pack for charity trustees

The Charity Commission have designed a welcome pack for new charity trustees. This pack can also be used by existing trustees to refresh knowledge and skills.

new welcome pack is available for charity trustees which focuses on the main duties of the role.

It provides essential information to help trustees to understand governance basics, financial filing requirements and how the Charity Commission can offer support. It also suggests practical steps that can be taken to carry out trustee duties effectively.

They tested the content of the welcome pack with many stakeholders from across the charity sector. The feedback told them the content would be useful for existing trustees, so they have made it publically available on their website to use as refresher training:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/charity-trustee-welcome-pack

Community Wellbeing Project Lead – Children and Young People

Wellbeing Enterprises CIC are looking for a passionate and empathic individual with qualifications and/or experience in youth and/or community-led work to play a crucial role in the delivery of a Children in Need three year funded project that will support children and young people to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Key responsibilities:

•Building young people’s emotional health & resilience.
• To support children and young people to co-design and delivery a range of creative and educational projects using asset based community approaches.
• To support children and young people to hold community resilience events to showcase their talents, skills and experience. Building young people’s life skills and promoting self-efficacy
• Deliver a rolling programme of psycheducation and social inclusion programmes designed to reduce symptoms of mental illness and promote wellbeing to young people across Halton.
• To train young people to co-deliver life skill courses to other young people.
•Developing young people’s transferable skills
• To recruit, induct, train and support young people as peer mentors to support the delivery of the project.
• To deliver a community navigation service which entails developing personalised wellbeing plans with children and young people and connecting them to a raft of community based support to help them get their needs met.

Supporting project delivery:

• To liaise with a broad array of stakeholders from the statutory, community and VCSE sector in Halton and to form partnerships that support the delivery of the project.
• To ensure the collation of all monitoring and evaluation data to demonstrate to funders the impact of health and wellbeing activities using a range of validated qualitative and quantitative methods.
• To assist with the monitoring and reporting of progress against key milestones and targets specified in plans.
• To assist with the monitoring of expenditure and to work within specified budgets to achieve key targets.

General Responsibilities:

• To act as a Wellbeing Champion and to use all available opportunities to promote health and wellbeing principles across a broad array of sectors.
• Display a commitment to equality of opportunity and to develop an in depth knowledge of the way in which broader determinants impact upon the health and wellbeing of local communities.
• To undertake all training related to Child Protection and Safeguarding and commit to abiding by all Wellbeing Enterprises CIC policies and procedures to protect the welfare of young people and volunteers.
• Uphold Wellbeing Enterprise’s CIC’s core values: People, Place, Productivity and Partnerships.

Closing date is Wednesday 11th July 2018 at 5PM

To download an application pack please go to: http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/community-wellbeing-project-lead-cyp/

 

The Association of Chairs (AoC) support Chairs of charities and non-profit organisations to lead your boards effectively and ensure delivery of your organisation’s mission. They have produced a programe to support chairs of small organisations. Their resources are designed specifically to support you in your skilled and demanding role. They provide practical guidance and governance support tailored to the needs of Chairs. 

 

About the Programme

The programme has been developed by the Association of Chairs.

Who is the programme for?

Chairs and Vice Chairs of charities and non-profit organisations in England with an annual income of under £1 million.

Why get involved?

You will:

  • Meet, learn and exchange ideas with other Chairs who face similar challenges
  • Be part of a unique programme tailored to meet the needs of Chairs of smaller organisations
  • Know where to get support to be effective in your role
  • Hear the views of other Chairs of smaller charities and sector experts on topics that concern you
  • Access a wide range of FREE practical written resources to meet your needs

What will the programme include?

  • Affordable and engaging workshops in locations all over England starting with: London, Birmingham, Leeds, Taunton, Brighton and Bournemouth
  • Free, interactive and downloadable webinars covering and complementing our workshop content. Varying in length, you will easily be able to make time for these in your busy schedule, from the comfort of your own home
  • Topics of interest to you such as being a 'hands-on' Chair, clarifying your legal responsibilities, recruiting trustees and many more
  • Keep up to date with our e-bulletin helping you know what we are doing and when. Be the first to know about new resources and hear the views of other Chairs on important topics.  Join other Chairs and sign up below
  • Online platforms to meet and learn with other Chairs.  Chairing can be lonely, so we will be finding other ways to help you meet and network with others

Cost

Thanks to a generous grant from the Big Lottery Fund our online and written resources are free and workshops will only cost £20. A travel bursary will be available to support organisations with an income of under £100k with the cost of travel.

Interested?

Be first to hear about upcoming news, events and resources for the Beacon Programme. Click on the link to sign up Beacon Programme

 

The St Helens Carers Centre is a local voluntary organisation, passionate about supporting family and unpaid carers in our area. They offer a free and confidential service.

A Carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, illness, mental health problem or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Caring will touch each and every one of us in our lifetime, whether we become a carer or need care ourselves.

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign which takes place to celebrate and recognise the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers.

This year, Carers Week runs from 11 to 17 June 2018 and events will be taking place across the UK.

The St Helens Carers Centre invites local Carers to contact them and access their support.

Carers can contact them between 9.30am and 4pm, Monday to Friday, or until 8pm on Wednesdays (reduced hours will apply in Carers Week).

During Carers Week they will be celebrating all registered Carers, hosting special events for them. They will also be out and about in the community, looking to speak with new and hidden Carers. They will have an information stand in the Hardshaw Centre, St Helens on Friday 15 June from 10am to 3pm.

 

Swimming and mixed sporting activities for young people with Additional Needs at Beechwood Community Centre, Beechwood Avenue, Runcorn, WA7 3HB
Saturdays 4.30pm – 6.30pm

This is a Short Breaks programme supported by Halton Borough Council. Sport Works will run weekly swimming and sporting activities, the sessions will provide fun and safe activities which will also allow young people (4-18 year olds) with additional needs the opportunity to increase their health, coordination skills and water confidence. The sessions also seek to achieve broader objectives around improving personal confidence and levels of socialisation, if appropriate.
For more information about the work that Sports Work do please go to www.sportworksltd.co.uk/mcrandcheshire.

Session content.
Between 4.30pm and 5.30pm will be based indoors and the hour will consist of fun based sports and multi skills activities, modified appropriately to maximise inclusion.
Then between 5.30pm and 6.30pm, following a clothing change, will have exclusive access to the pool and the emphasis of this hour will be fun, play and water confidence. Staff will join the young people in the pool in addition to the supervision of the Centre’s Lifeguard.
At 6.30pm the session will end.

What do I need to bring?
Sports activities, your child(ren) will need trainers/sports shoes, but in terms of clothing this can be casual or activity clothes, whatever is their preference. 
Swimming, your child(ren) will need usual swimming attire, floats/armbands etc are optional

Do I need to stay?
Yes. In the short term we are asking all parents/carers to stay in the activity area or in the café near the pool area, whilst staff get to know your child(ren) and to ensure a smooth start. As soon as possible staff will advise when you are free to take advantage of other facilities at the centre, however will ask that you remain contactable and on site at all times. Sport Works staff are not permitted to take any young people to the toilet nor assist with any changing before or after swimming.

Costs and how to pay.
To allow flexibility for as many people as possible Spprts Work offer 2 options, advance payment and ‘pay on the door’.

Advance payment (8 sessions)
£32 (£4 per 2 hour session)
£24 swim only (£3 per 1 hour session)

 

Pay ‘on the door’
£5 per 2 hour session
Swim only - £4 per 1 hour session

Sport Works are happy to offer a taster session in advance of any upfront payment if it helps and to make sure you and your child are happy at the sessions.

Are non-disabled siblings welcome?
Subject to available places yes, where possible they like to encourage a family outing.

How do I attend?
Please fill in an Additional Needs Form and send it by email or post to jon@sportworksltd.co.uk , upon receipt your place will be confirmed. If you require this form please email Jon at Sport Works and he will email you one out.

If you have any questions about this programe please feel free to contact Jon Uttley at Sport Works at any time. jon@sportworksltd.co.uk or 07539 851326

Disability Awareness Day ("DAD") is the world's largest 'not for profit' voluntary-led disability exhibition, held annually in a huge tented village within the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington.

Visitors to the show can expect to find around 250 exhibitors, equipment suppliers, transport, holidays, leisure, employment, support groups and services. PLUS a Sports Zone including Scuba diving, an Arts Marquee, Centre Arena and family entertainment. The show opens at 10am and finishes at 5pm, and entry is FREE with a FREE programme.

The Aims of DAD

Disability Awareness Day is a pan disability event which promotes a can do culture focussing on what disabled people can do throughout life and work. The show has three main aims:

  • To highlight what statutory, private or voluntary services are available to enable disabled people to stay independent.
  • To promote equipment and aids that could maintain or improve independence, not just what is offered by statutory service providers, we want everyone to see the best and/or latest designs
  • To provide an opportunity to showcase what disabled people can do, in the field of Sport, Arts and Entertainment

As well as fulfilling all these aims every year the show also gives everyone who comes a really good day out filled with interest, fun and entertainment!

Disability Awareness Day 2018 will take place on Sunday 15th July at Walton Hall and Gardens.

Halton Play Council a Children's Charity is looking to recruit an experienced Finance/Administrative Assistant to support the Manager and Staff in the day to day operation at it's Runcorn Office. Part Time 23 hours per week £8.65 per hour - Fixed Term Contract

Responsible for:

  • Invoicing, Payroll & Pensions (SAGE)
  • Daily cashing up
  • Maintenance of budgets and financial records
  • General Office and administration duties

Application forms and more information can be obtained from Halton Play Council:

Telephone 01928 574087 or email haltonplaycouncil@gmail.com

Closing Date is Friday 22nd June 2018

Child Bereavement UK is establishing a Cheshire Bereavement Advisory Group to bring together representatives from Education, Health, Social Care, Voluntary Organisations and bereaved families so that they can develop and coordinate support services across the local area. Their experience across other regions has demonstrated the value of multi-agency collaboration for the benefit of bereaved children and families. Child Bereavement UK not only serves bereaved children and families but is also instrumental in developing and training the workforce. 

They have just held an inaugural meeting of the Bereavement Advisory Group at which they considered who they would extend a wider invitation to. 

You – or your representative – would be very welcome to join them at their next meeting as they endeavour to enhance the services across Cheshire and its surroundings.

Meeting date: Monday 2nd July
Time: 11.00 – 12.30
Venue: Child Bereavement UK offices, Victoria Building, High Street, Runcorn WA7 1QS

For further information contact clare.bullen@childbereavementuk.org (Bereavement Service Team Lead, Cheshire)

Or call the Runcorn office - Tel: 01928 577164

http://www.childbereavementuk.org

Chain Lane Community Centre are offering this great opportunity to work in a friendly, fun, summer playscheme setting for children of primary school age 4/5 - 11 years. The Playscheme is entirely volunteer-run. It operates on 4 Wednesday afternoons in August and provides a range of activities for the children e.g. crafts, indoor and outdoor sports and games, baking, quiet table - puzzles, jigsaws, reading books etc. Volunteers will be involved in general supervision of and involvement with the children and activities and if you have a special interest, they would look to accommodate that. The sessions are 2 hours long for the children with staff arriving at least 1/2 hour before the session starts and staying 1/2 hour after closing for debriefing and tidying away. For those who require it for CV purposes, our volunteers receive a Certificate at the end of the scheme and a brief Testimonial, otherwise a 'thank you letter'.

This opportunity is ideal for anyone currently working with children or who is looking to work in school settings or childcare. Experience is an advantage but not required. Enjoyment of working with children is a must!

Volunteers receive a full induction to the Playscheme and are supported by the Playscheme Manager. An enhanced DBS check will be required. Expenses will be paid.

Chain Lane Community Centre is based in Blackbrook, St Helens.

If you are interested in this opportunity contact Volunteer Centre St Helens with your contact details and we will pass them to Chain Lane Community Centre.  Email: volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk 

Do you:

  • Care for someone with a mental health condition?
  • Somtimes feel excluded by services?
  • Want more support?
  • Want to reduce the stigma of mental illness?

Halton Mental Health Carers Support Group

If you care for someone with depression, bi polar, anxiety, psychosis, panic attacks, schizophrenia, OCD etc.  Halton Carers Centre and North West Borough Healthcare are here to support you at a new group.  It offers peer support, activities and guest speakers ina friendly environment where you can meet others in similar situations.

The group meet at 1-3pm on the last Wednesday of the month at Mencap Acorn Centre, Laburnum Grove, Runcorn, WA7 5EX.  

  • Wed 27 June
  • Wed 25 Jul
  • Wed 29 Aug
  • Wed 26 Sep
  • Wed 31 Oct
  • Wed 28 Nov
  • Wed 19 Dec 

For more information call 01928 580182

Your local Fibromyalgia Support Group serves Runcorn, Widnes, Warrington and St Helens  Their objective is to provide members with opportunities to help themselves and support each other. Meetings are informal, informative, relaxed, and friendly.

Tuesday is the day you can talk with someone who knows exactly how you feel:

  • 1st Tuesday of each month Widnes at Kingsway library 1100hrs-1300hrs
  • 3rd Tuesday of each month Warrington at the Life Time Centre 1100hrs-1300hrs
  • 4th Tuesday of each month Runcorn at Halton Hospitals dining room 1200hrs-1400hrs

You can also find them here:

Facebook: Halton Fibromyalgia Support Groups' Forum Page
Email: emfibrogroup@outlook.com
 

 

 

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Child Bereavement UK provides free support and information to bereaved children and young people up to the age of 25 and parents bereaved of a baby or child within Cheshire and the surrounding areas. For more information about the service, please see the attached leaflet.

Or use the contact details below

Phone Number: 01928 577164

Email: cheshiresupport@childbereavementuk.org

This session aims to provide delegates with a knowledge and basic awareness of Safeguarding vulnerable groups and the action that should be taken if there is a cause for concern.
Promoting a safeguarding culture within the organisation and an increased awareness of the local authority policies and procedures relating to safeguarding vulnerable groups both children, young people and adults at risk.
 

When

3rd July, 2018 9:30 AM   to   4:00 PM

Location

Halton & St Helens VCA
St Marie's
Lugsdale Road
Widnes, WA8 6DB

 
This course is FREE for VCA Members so take adavantage of our low cost membership (£10 per year) by CLICKING HERE
 
Already a member?  BOOK NOW..

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:

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

Working in an Inter-agency and Multi Agency way requires training that supports people to work effectively with practitioners from a wide range of agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Halton Safeguarding Children Board provides a range of courses for staff working with children, young people and families, or with adults who may be parents or carers.

Halton Safeguarding Children Board’s Multi-Agency Training Strategy outlines the Board’s strategic vision and priorities around training.

 

CLICK HERE to view Training Offer...

Liverpool Pride are looking for volunteers to help with this years Liverpool Pride festival. They are especially looking for young people aged 18-25, but older groups are also more than welcome to volunteer too!

You don't have to be LGBT to volunteer, they are also looking for allies or people who want to gain some experience. There will be a number of roles with lots of experience for you to gain as well as having fun!

Please visit: https://liverpoolpride.co.uk/volunteer or contact: volunteer@liverpoolpride.co.uk for more information.

 

 

Invitation to a Heseltine Institute and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority seminar: Skills and the digital economy in the Liverpool City Region

As part of the programme of events for the International Business Festival, Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Liverpool City Region Combined Authority would like to invite you to a seminar on skills and the digital economy on Thursday 14th June, 10.00am - 12.00pm in the Level 2 Lounge in the Exhibition Centre, Kings Dock.

The impact of technological changes have been identified as one of the ‘Grand Challenges’ in the Government’s national Industrial Strategy. Locally, there is a growing debate about the impact that future digital developments will have on the skills that will be needed in the Liverpool City Region (LCR) and the impact on the economy more broadly. The Centre for Cities 2018 Outlook recognises that while technological change will bring significant opportunities to increase prosperity and jobs in cities, it found that 1 in 5 existing jobs in British cities are likely to be displaced by 2030.

In the light of the growing importance of this debate locally, this seminar, run jointly by the Liverpool City Region's Combined Authority and the University of Liverpool’s Heseltine Institute, will discuss:

  • The digital revolution in the LCR and why it is important;
  • Which skills are needed in the digital economy and whether the LCR has those skills?;
  • If there are digital skills gaps, what they are and how can they be filled?; and
  • What developments in the digital economy will drive demand for different skills in the future?

Confirmed panellists:

  • Cllr. Ian Maher, Combined Authority portfolio lead for Skills and Apprentices
  • Paul Corcoran, Skills Commissioner and Co-Chair of the LEP’s Digital and Creative Board
  • Lee Omar, CEO, Red Ninja and Co-Chair of the LEP’s Digital and Creative Board
  • Professor Simeon Yates, Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences and Dean of the School of the Arts, University of Liverpool
  • Martin Simpson, Director of the Centre for the Digital Built Environment, University of Liverpool

Each panellist will make a five minute opening statement followed by discussion and Q&A session.

To find out more and to book your free place please click here

 

Sight Loss?

Vision Support may be able to help with

  • Independent living
  • IT Training (computer lessons)
  • Low vision and daily living aids
  • Home visiting
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Welfare and benefits advice
  • Social clubs and activities

To find out more contact Halton Independent Living Centre, Collier Street, Runcorn, WA7 1HB or phone 01928 582 946

The Vision Support Mobile Information Unit will be visiting on Tuesday 11th September at the Select Security Stadium, Lowerhouse Lane Widnes at 10am to 12pm and also at the Co-operative Food, Runcorn Old Town at 1pm to 3pm. they will also be at Widnes Market (by Morrisons) on Thursday 20th September, 10am to 3pm so you can call in to see what support they can offer. 

 

This is a part-time post (3 days per week initially) for a lay project team member for patient and public involvement in a large-scale research project which will develop and test an intervention aimed at urgent dental care service users. You will join a core project team of 5, including researchers and administrative staff. The project is funded by NIHR Programme for Applied Research. You will lead on championing patient and public involvement activities in the research project, and in particular will assist a researcher in leading a Community Advisory Group consisting of patients and dentists in the development of intervention materials aimed at addressing inequalities in urgent dental care uptake. More generally, you will provide input into the research activities and dissemination from the patient and public perspective.

This role would suit an organised and motivated person who is passionate about their local community and ideally has an interest in dental care. While previous experience of patient and public involvement in research is not essential as training will be provided, experience of leadership, for example in a voluntary capacity, is needed. The post is available on a part-time basis 21 hours per week for 2 years, with the possibility of an extension for a further 3 years, working 14 hours per week.

For more informaitn and how to apply, please click the link below:

https://recruit.liverpool.ac.uk/pls/corehrrecruit/erq_jobspec_version_4.display_form?p_company=1&p_internal_external=E&p_display_in_irish=N&p_process_type=&p_applicant_no=&p_form_profile_detail=&p_display_apply_ind=Y&p_refresh_search=Y&p_recruitment_id=009345

Closing date: 5 June 2018

Charities in England and Wales can bid for a share of a £1 million Home Office fund to help steer young people away from gangs and violent crime.

The fund has been set up to support community projects which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people at risk of carrying a knife and committing crime. The first round of the fund was launched in October 2017 and they are now making available up to £1 million to be spent by end of March 2019.

The fund is open to voluntary and community sector groups and we are inviting bids for funding for projects of up to £30,000 although bids will be considered for greater funding for projects with collaboration between partners.

Bids will be assessed on the extent to which they demonstrate:

  • delivery of outcomes to stop knife crime
  • proven track record of delivering local interventions
  • proven track record of ability to work with children and young people
  • proven track record of ability to work in partnership with other organisations and services
  • evidence of value for money

For more information and how to apply please click the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/knife-crime-community-fund

 

The deadline for submission of bids is 15 June 2018

One Halton would like to invite you to the launch of Halton’s All-Age Autism Strategy. The Strategy and accompanying Delivery Plan set out what they hope to achieve over the next three years and beyond to ensure that people with autism have the same opportunities as everyone else.

The Delivery Plan reflects priority areas for action as identified by young people and adults with autism who, along with their carers, families and key providers of services, have been closely involved in developing the Strategy and Delivery Plan through a series of events.

The launch event is taking place on Wednesday 13th June 2018 at Halton Suite, Select Security Stadium, Widnes and will be an opportunity to find out more about how the Strategy will be implemented and how you can play a part in improving the experiences of those living with autism in Halton.

There will also be information about the services that are available to support people with autism and their families in Halton.

The event is open to all – professionals, people with autism, parents/families/carers of someone with autism.

Please email natalie.johnson@halton.gov.uk to book your place by Friday 1st June

Date: Wednesday 13th June 2018
Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm
Venue: Halton Suite, Select Security Stadium, Widnes

Willowbrook Hospice has been recognised with a special award for their contribution to the local community at the St Helens Chamber Business Awards. 

Hosted by Peter Emmett with special guests Paul Wellens and Jon Wilkin, the glittering award ceremony was held at the Totally Wicked Stadium in St Helens with over 260 guests enjoying a three course meal before the winners of were announced.

The hospice fundraising team received the Special Award for their contribution to the local community, with particular recognition given to their work with local primary schools in the Enterprise 250 project.

Now in its second year, the project sees local primary schools bidding for a grant of up to £250 to work with the hospice in developing fundraising ideas to help generate additional income to re-invest in the care and support provided by Willowbrook. The initial investment for Enterprise 250 has been provided by a local businessman and hospice supporter.

On receiving the award Diane Swann, Senior Fundraiser at Willowbrook said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to receive this special award from St Helens Chamber. I’d like to thank all the primary schools which have taken part in the project over the past two years – all of whom have done a brilliant job in raising funds for Willowbrook.  We’d also like to add our special thanks to our business supporter who helped us to set up the project and to Natalie Armstrong from St Helens Chamber who has worked tirelessly to support the schools involved.”  

For more information on how to get involved in raising money for Willowbrook, please visit: www.willowbrook.org.uk

 

WASPI Women Against State Pension Inequality to campaign against the rise in state pension age.

Are you a Woman born in the 1950's and interested in joining Halton, Widnes Runcorn Supporters Group?.

WASPI will be having their next meeting Tuesday 5th June at 7:30pm.

The meeting will be held at;

United Services Club,
Prescot Road,
Widnes,
WA7 7PD.

You will be part of the national WASPI campaign asking for fair transitional arrangements for all women born in the 1950's affected by the 1995 pension act raising a woman's pension age from 60. 

The subsequent 2011 act accelerating this rise.

Please come along and add to the swarm, you will get a buzz.

DATA PROTECTION FEES 

Following legislative changes arising from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data controllers are, from today (25 May 2018), no longer required to register with ("notify") the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), provide detailed information about their data processing to the ICO, and pay an annual registration fee. Instead they must maintain their own internal data processing records and, unless they are exempt from doing so, must pay an annual data protection fee to the ICO. The level of the new fee is intended to ensure the ICO is adequately funded, and to reflect the relative risk to data processed by the organisation.

 For organisations which are not exempt from paying the new fee, the three fee tiers are:

  • Tier 1, for "micro organisations" with a maximum turnover of £632,000 or no more than average 10 members of staff over the financial year; and small occupational pension fees and charities regardless of turnover or number of staff: fee £40, or £35 if paid by direct debit.
  • Tier 2, for SMEs (small and medium organisations) with maximum turnover of £36 million or no more than average 250 members of staff: fee £60, or £55 by direct debit.
  • Tier 3, for large organisations not meeting the tier 1 or 2 criteria: fee £2,900. This fee is much higher than the £500 most of these organisations have been paying, because the ICO considers these organisations are likely to hold and process the largest amount of data, and therefore represent a greater level of risk.

The fee for public authorities, as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, is based only on number of staff – not turnover.

Exemption

Any organisation, regardless of size, is fully exempt from paying the fee if it is processing personal data only for one or more of the following activities. If personal data is being processed for any other purpose(s), the exemption does not apply.

  • Staff administration.
  • Advertising, marketing and public relations.
  • Accounts and records.
  • Not-for-profit purposes.
  • Personal, family or household affairs.
  • Maintaining a public register.
  • Judicial functions.
  • Processing personal information without a computer or other automated system.

Organisations have to comply with GDPR and other data protection legislation even if they are exempt from paying the fee.

 

Registration and payment

For organisations currently registered with the ICO, the new fee is payable from when their current ICO registration ends. Prior to the renewal date the ICO will make an initial decision about the organisation's tier, based on information it holds, and will notify the organisation. The organisation can, if it believes the decision is wrong, explain why it should be altered. Unless the ICO is likely to know, from information it holds, that the organisation is a charity and/or that meets the tier 1 or tier 2 criteria, it will be classed as tier 3 – so currently registered organisations should contact the ICO to ensure they are not incorrectly treated as tier 3 at any time, and should challenge immediately if the ICO says at the time of renewal that the organisation is (incorrectly) tier 3.

 

New organisations which are not exempt from the fee, or existing organisations which are not exempt and have not previously registered with the ICO and paid a fee, will need to register. This can be done via the ICO's website, and only includes the data controller's name, address and other trading names; number of staff; turnover for the financial year; and contact details for the person completing the registration process, the person responsible for regulatory issues and renewal of the registration fee if different, and the data protection officer if there is one. Details of types of personal data held and how it is used no longer need to be provided as part of the registration process.

The maximum penalty for not paying, or for not paying the correct fee, is £4,350 (150% of the tier 3 fee). This is a civil monetary penalty, rather than a criminal sanction as in the past.

 

Resources

  • The data protection fee: A guide for controllers, ICO, 17pp: http://tinyurl.com/y993szos (the full URL is ridiculously long). This includes, for example, how to calculate members of staff, a series of questions to determine whether the organisation is exempt from registering to pay the fee, and a glossary defining terms in the legislation or the guide, such as charity, member of staff, turnover etc.
  • Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/480/contents/made.

 

This information is reproduced from Sandy Adirondack’s FREE legal update emails for voluntary organisations. 

To sign up for the legal updates email list or change contact details, contact Sandy on legalupdate@sandy-a.co.uk.

 

This information in this email is for general information only. It is not a complete statement of the law and is in no way intended as a substitute for proper legal advice. It is intended only for charities and other voluntary/community organisations. For commercial bodies or public authorities, some aspects of law may apply differently, there may be additional legal requirements, or the law may not apply at all (for example, charity law does not apply to organisations which are not legally charities, except in a very few situations such as public collections). 

 

 

On Saturday 30th June, Heart of Glass will host very special people’s parade, celebrating the everyday heroes who make St Helens the special place it is! St Helens Day is part of a year long programme of events which celebrate the St Helens 150 Anniversary, and an opportunity for us to celebrate our town and all it's citizens - past, present and future.

Performance artists Eggs Collective will lead a colourful procession through the town centre, featuring local community groups, voluntary organisations, the Mayor, musical performances and vintage vehicles from the North West Museum of Road Transport.

Join Heart of Glass as they honour the noble neighbours, the lionhearted landladies and the gallant grandads of this borough: The Unsung Heroes of St Helens!

They are recruiting a very special team of volunteers who will help them make St Helens Day Parade possible in a variety of ways.

They are looking for people who can:

  • help community groups get ready for the parade - getting in to costume, preparing props etc
  • help steward the parade along it's path through the town centre
  • walk in the parade with community groups
  • help hand out flyers, banners, flags and brochures to the audience
  • help close down the route and tidy up after the celebrations

They will be asking you to help a core team of staff who will be working alongside you to make this a really special day.

Travel and expenses will be covered - refreshments provided (and lunch where applicable).

The details:

Date: Saturday 30th June 2018

Location: St Helens Town Centre

Time: Between 10am - 3pm

If you are interested in this opportunity contact Volunteer Centre St Helens with your contact details and we will pass them to Heart of Glass.  Email: volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk 

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 may have now ended but local charity Citizens Advice Halton is still urging people who are worried and feeling stressed about their finances and paying their bills to get in touch for support and advice.

Last year they helped over 1,600 local people who were struggling to pay their bills and falling into debt. Over 50% of whom had Council Tax arrears or rent arrears, both classed as priority debts because you risk being imprisoned or losing your home through eviction.

Hitesh Patel, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Halton, said:
“53% of our service users told us they were disabled or suffered from a long term health condition. We all know that debt and money worries can take a massive toll on people’s health and wellbeing but the good news is that 3 in 5 people said that they felt better able to manage their mental health after getting advice. So our message is clear, don’t wait until your feel you’re drowning in debt, get advice now.”

Andy O’Neill, Specialist Advice Co-ordinator, added:
“We have a team of qualified Money Advice caseworkers who can offer a fast-track service to help local people get their finances and household budgets back on an even keel. 

“And thanks to funding from the European Social Fund and Big Lottery, we also have a team of Financial Capability workers and through our 'Better Off Finance' project we can support people to learn money saving tips like how to switch utility suppliers, which just on its own often saves households £300 a year. That project also offers employability support for people wanting to enter the job market and bespoke confidence building courses to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing.”

Anyone needing help from Citizens Advice Halton should either email: advice@citizensadvicehalton.org.uk or ring 0151 257 2449 and leave a message. The charity aims to respond to all debt enquiries within 24 working hours.

A deeply moving choral homage to a terrible local colliery disaster is set to feature at Haydock Library 140 years on, as part of the award-winning Cultural Hubs, arts-in-libraries programme.

The concert, led by the Haydock Male Voice Choir will commemorate the tragic disaster that occurred at the Wood Pit in Haydock on 7 June 1878, which took the lives of 204 men and boys, and left 93 widows and 282 orphans.

In the wake of the tragedy, the grieving community showed great strength under very difficult circumstances to come together in support of each other. A fund was set up by Lord Derby which raised about £25,000 – roughly £2 million in today’s money.

Alan Gaskell, of the Haydock Male Voice Choir said: “This concert is really important to us as our choir was formed by miners from Haydock in 1923 and many of the members worked in the pit before it was closed. The concert provides us with an opportunity to pay our respects in song to all the men, families and friends who were affected by the disaster.”

There are two performances on Saturday 2 June, Haydock Library at 5pm and 7pm. A special commemorative service will take place at Haydock Library on the 140th anniversary of the disaster on Thursday 7 June. 

Cultural Hubs, the nationally-renowned arts-in-libraries programme, is delivered by St Helens Council’s Library Service which is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Due to the retirement of longstanding trustees, the PH Holt Foundation is looking to recruit three new trustees to its board and welcomes applications from individuals who share our values and commitment to making a positive difference in communities across Merseyside. We are particularly keen to strengthen our board’s expertise and skill base with professionals from the private, public and charity worlds with experience in one or more of the following areas:

·       Financial management and accountancy

·       Governance and risk management

·       Legal expertise in relation to the voluntary sector

·       Investment management

·       Marketing and digital communications

·       Experience and knowledge from working in the field of education, the arts or community programmes

 

The role of trustee is a voluntary position and reasonable expenses are reimbursed for board related work. Board meetings are held four times a year in Liverpool during business hours. Trustees also participate in one or more of the delegated sub-committees which meet as required on Grants, Investments, Finance and Risk Management. Occasional visits to Merseyside charities funded by the Foundation are also part of the role.

If you would like to apply, please send a brief covering letter outlining why you would like to be a PH Holt Foundation Board Member and the skills you would bring to the role [maximum two sides of A4] together with a current CV providing details of two referees who could be contacted following interview to: Ian Bakewell, Chair at: chair@phholtfoundation.org.uk

Deadline: 9am on Friday 15th June 2018.

Interviews will be held during weeks commencing 2nd and 9th July 2018 for a start date in September 2018

Our colleagues from Halton Borough Council’s External Funding Team have asked us to circulate the following information:

Please find below the details on the next series of Basic Bid-Writing Training and Monitoring & Evaluation Courses run by Halton Borough Council’s External Funding Team. If you wish to attend please complete and return the attached booking form or complete it online.

The training is free for groups in Halton. Groups from St Helens can attend but they will have to pay a nominal charge of £40.

Basic Bid Writing Training:

-        Tuesday 12th June 2018: 9am-1pm, Castlefields Community Centre

-        Thursday 6th September 2018: 9am-1pm, Upton Community Centre

-        Tuesday 4th December 2018: 9am-1pm, Castlefields Community Centre

Subjects covered in the course include: Essential requirements of a strong bid (‘Top-Tips’); Basic bid-writing skills to meet the funder’s essential requirements; Common reasons for bid failure.

Monitoring and Evaluation Training

-        Wednesday 25th July 2018: 9.30am-12.15pm, Murdishaw Community Centre

-        Tuesday 4th October 2018: 9am-1pm, Upton Community Centre

Subjects covered in the course include: To understand what Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) involves; To learn why it is necessary; To understand where and how Monitoring &Evaluation should be used in grant-funded projects; To learn best practice (‘top tips’) for producing good quality and effective data and reports.

We also have available to purchase a Bid Writing Reference Manual which is an excellent resource for bid writing. More details on the attached flyer.

If you require any more information, wish to purchase a Manual or book on a course please get in touch.

Please contact Jonathan Patten via (0151) 511 7214 or jonathan.patten@halton.gov.uk

St Helens Senior Voice AGM

St Helens Senior Voice AGM will be on Friday 15th June at 11am at The Hope Centre, Atherton Street, St Helens, WA10 2DT.  The Trustees have reluctantly decided to bring Senior Voice to an end and will provide more information at the AGM, they hope you will be able to join them.  Tea and coffee will be provided. 

In many respects GLOW is a youth club much like any other, offering a safe space for young people to socialise and take part in a range of positive activities. They also offer a range of support and information including work to help young people understand issues around sexuality, gender and identity. They meet every Tuesday 7pm - 9pm at CRMZ, Kingsway, Widnes and offer:

  • A friendly, safe space and a chance for you to meet other young people.
  • Access to information and advice.
  • Youth worker and peer support.
  • Interactive education and awareness raising sessions.
  • Activities including arts and crafts, sports, film nights, music and more
  • Trips out
  • Access to events, activities and other LGBT groups from across the North West

If you have any concerns or worries about attending the group or would like to speak with one of the youth workers about attending for the first time or you simply want some more information, please contact them on 0151 257 2530 or HaltonAdmin@addaction.org.uk. You can also see their current plans and additional information on Facebook at GLOW Halton Youth LGBT.

On 21st May the Play Resource centre will have been open at 10 Mersey Road for 21 years and they are planning a special day to celebrate!!

They would like to invite businesses, groups and individuals to celebrate with them by remembering their own special event in the last 21 years.... A wedding? A new business? New house? A personal achievement? A birth? Or even in memory of a loved one.

They are inviting people to 'sponsor a year' and will display a timeline on their building with each year, the sponsors and their memory.

There will be a minimum donation of £5 per year chosen.... As always higher donations would be more than welcome. Please call 01928 574087 or email hpcoffice10@gmail.com to register or ask for further details.

They will also be holding a belated birthday celebration for their beloved volunteer Bill's 101st Birthday that day between 12pm and 3pm and  invite you to go along and join in the festivities!

If so, please get in touch with NYAS St Helens who are looking for male and female volunteers to become Independent Visitors for children and young people who are Looked After from St Helens. It is a long term committment of meeting a young person once a month to do an activity. Full training & support and reinbursement of expenses given.

To find out more, please contact Diane Watmough on 0151 649 8700 or email diane.watmough@nyas.net

 

 

You should start preparing now for changes that GDPR will require to your current policies and procedures. GDPR is not just a tick box exercise and it needs all staff and volunteers to embrace new procedures.

To help you prepare for GDPR, NCVO and the ICO has a range of services that can offer direct and through partners to support you on your journey – Click on to the link below and scroll down to access their FREE Webinar to help you on your way...

see all of NCVO's GDPR support on this page.

A FREE PDF Guide for Charites and Voluntary Organisations available from NCVO​

Information Commissioners Office (ICO) Advice Service for Small Organisations - CLICK HERE

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 Asset Training will be holding an open day at;

 Helena Central,
 4 Corporation Street,
 St Helens Merseyside
 WA9 1LD 

on the 25th May at 13:30pm.

Training Courses include, Werehouse and forklift training, Business Amin skills and also first steps to IT.

Please note for the warehousing they offer this is held 2 days a week for 4 weeks (In S Helens ).

Eligibility- You must be 19+ and be receiving JCA, UC or ESA WRAG.

For anymore information please contact Asset Training on 0151 706 0586 or 01704 566 956.

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 Asset Training will be holding an open day at;

 Helena Central,
 4 Corporation Street,
 St Helens Merseyside
 WA9 1LD 

on the 25th May at 13:30pm.

Training Courses include, Werehouse and forklift training, Business Amin skills and also first steps to IT.

Please note for the warehousing they offer this is held 2 days a week for 4 weeks (In S Helens ).

Eligibility- You must be 19+ and be receiving JCA, UC or ESA WRAG.

For anymore information please contact Asset Training on 0151 706 0586 or 01704 566 956.

Healthwatch St Helens are holding a Making The Right Choices For Your Healthcare Needs which will take place on 5th June 2018 at  The Totally Wicked Stadium, McManus Drive, St Helens, WA9 3AL

This will be your chance to find out about all the healthcare services that you can use across St Helens and where you should go to get the best treatment for your needs.

There will be a marketplace where you can find out about other support services on offer in St Helens.

Your speakers for the afternoon will be talking about:

  • Calling for an ambulance
  • Visiting your GP 
  • Going to the walk-in Centre 
  • Using A&E 
  • Waste medications 
  • When you need to take antibiotics 
  • Out of hours service (Rota) 
  • Using your pharmacy 
  • NHS 111

Saints RLFC Player, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook will be making a special appearance and you will have the opportunity to have your photograph taken with him. By booking a place you will be entered into a prize draw to win 2 tickets to a Saints RLFC game (match to be agreed).

Where and When 

Tuesday 5th June at the Totally Wicked Stadium, McManus Drive, Saint Helens, WA9 3AL

Start Time:

Arrival at 12.30pm for registration and lunch.

Finish Time:

4pm. 

How To Book:

To book your place email: info@healthwatchsthelens.co.uk or telephone 0300 111 0007.

 

Gift Aid is one way that registered charities can generate further income on the public donations they already recieve but can be difficult to navigate and understand. Experts from HMRC will be providing delegates with up to date information to help in making the most of levering extra funding through Gift Aid along with covering Corporation Tax and demistfyng VAT.

To book your place click HERE and register today..

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside has opened this funding opportunity for charities, community groups and social enterprises who deliver projects that stop problems before they occur, by reducing the opportunities for crime and by deterring people away from becoming involved in anti-social and criminal behaviour.

Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available. The expectation is that most projects will be delivered over 12 months however, projects over a longer period may be considered. Consortia bids are encouraged and priority will be given to projects that tackle serious and organised crime. Projects must contribute to at least one of the following PCC Police and Crime Plan priorities:

  • Prevent crime and Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Tackling serious and organised crime
  • Support victims, protect vulnerable people and maintain public safety
  • Working in partnership to improve road safety

Closing date for applications: 11th June 2018 by 5pm

Decisions: July 2018

You can get further details and apply at the link below

http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/crime-prevention-fund

Power to Change, is the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, they have a £5 million Community Business Fund and it’s reopening for applications on 24 April and closes on 22 May. Successful applicants will receive grants between £50,000 and £300,000 and they have a free webinar coming up to take people through the criteria, application process and what they've funded in other rounds.

For more information contact Collette Harvey by email on coletteh@powertochange.org.uk  or telephone number 0114 312 2260.

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:

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

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Please find attached the schedule of events, workshops and drop ins available hosted by the Deafness Resource Centre during Deaf Awareness Week (14th-18th May 2018) across both Halton & St Helens.

All Deafness Resource Centre events are free and open to everyone, please be aware that workshops such as the British Sign Language taster session and Songs in Sign must be reserved in advance.

They are also holding a poster competition and a raffle for more information on these and any of the events please contact Alison Wallace or Amie Johnson at the Deafness Resource Centre (contact details are at the bottom of this email).

Please note the first Halton deaf families group will take place Wednesday 23rd May 4pm-6pm in Hope Corner Church, Runcorn, further details will be released shortly.

Deafness Resource Centre Ltd
32-40 Dentons Green Lane
St Helens
Merseyside
WA10 2QB

Email: alison.wallace@deafnessresourcecentre.org

Website: www.deafnessresourcecentre.org

Telephone: 01744 23887

Skype (BSL): alison.jayne.wallace

One Halton VCSE sector event

Wednesday 20th June, 10am to 12 noon at Halton and St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB

Halton and St Helens VCA are hosting a morning network meeting with a chance to hear from David Colin-Thome, Independent Chair of One Halton Programme Board on Halton’s progress towards integrating health and care services, the ambitions of the Board for a new way of working in Halton and the opportunities for VCSE sector groups to play a greater role in that work.

There will also be a chance to highlight your organisations work and influence VCA’s work as a member of the Programme board.

To book a place click on the link

Wednesday 30th May 10am to 12 noon at Halton & St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB

Halton’s Prevention Model Event working together to improve health for our local population is taking place on Wednesday 30th May, 10am to 12 noon at Halton and St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB.

As part of the One Halton approach, Eileen O’Meara, Halton’s Director of Public Health has been developing initial thoughts on a prevention framework and model for Halton.

VCA are hosting a network event to enable groups to hear directly from Eileen about the work so far and to have a chance to influence this and shape the model to ensure the VCSE sector is at the heart of it.

To book a place click on this link

St Helens Town Hall will play host to a Big Band Night charity evening on Saturday 2nd June from 8pm, in aid of Willowbrook Hospice.

Guests will be treated to a selection of ballads and up tempo toe tappers from the likes of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Benny Goodman which will be performed by 18-piece band ‘Easystreet Big Band’ with accompaniment from vocalists Kim Birkett and Phil Heyes.

Diane Swann, Senior Fundraiser for Willowbrook Hospice said:

 “The Big Band Night promises to be a great evening out whilst at the same time helping to raise funds to maintain the care and support services Willowbrook Hospice provides to people across the communities of St Helens and Knowsley.”

Tickets are priced at £10 per person and available from Willowbrook – The Living Well, (Borough Road, St Helens, tel: 01744 453798), Willowbrook St Mary’s charity shop (Church Square Shopping Centre, St Helens) and Frank Mernaugh on 01744 345073.

Letter from Dr Andrew Davies, Interim Clinical Chief Officer, NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group explaining the new interim arrangements between Halton CCG and Warrington CCG.

Re: Interim Integrated Working Arrangements Update

Further to my recent communication with regards to the interim arrangements in respect of my role as Clinical Chief Officer for NHS Warrington CCG and this extending to cover the interim accountable role at NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for an initial interim period of 12 months, I am writing to provide you with an update. NHS Halton CCG and NHS Warrington CCG have shared a Chief Finance Officer since April 2017 and more recently have agreed to share the role of Chief Nurse following the retirement of the Chief Nurse at NHS Warrington CCG. 

Given this and the fact that Halton and Warrington CCGs already have a long established working relationship and that we share the same main acute provider Trust, community and mental health providers and a number of clinical pathways it made sense to explore the potential for a single interim integrated Management Team function serving both individual CCGs.

Since March 1st 2018 both CCG senior management teams have been meeting together to discuss where we do things twice that could practically be done once, for example elements of contract management, data analysis and communication and PR. 

The outcome of these discussions and a review of the roles and portfolios of the two Senior Management Teams have concluded with a proposal and agreement in principle that we will start to work as a single interim integrated management team function. 

I would like to reassure you that this is about working collaboratively with the sharing of roles to support both individual CCGs to deliver on their strategic objectives.  We also believe that this provides a real opportunity to build upon the work both boroughs already do together and make best use of the expertise, knowledge and skills across both CCGs. 

This proposal has the support of each individual CCG Audit Committee, which is the Governance Committee that oversees and seeks assurance regarding the discharge of statutory duties. In terms of next steps, following formal approval from both individual Governing Bodies, the single interim integrated management team arrangements will take effect from 1st June 2018.

Whilst roles such as Corporate, IT, Estates and Finance will be shared we will be retaining two separate Chief Commissioner roles, that will focus solely on the individual boroughs in line with the population based needs.

We fully acknowledge that there are distinct differences between both Halton and Warrington and the developments in each borough around place based commissioning will remain to be a key focus of the individual Chief Commissioner roles.

It is not unusual for CCGs to share management and functional roles and a number of CCGs in the Cheshire and Merseyside area have shared single management functions since they were authorised and established.

The new interim integrated management team will be larger than both the former individual management teams and a lot of work has been done to understand the portfolios and ensure that each role has the capacity to manage across both individual CCGs.

We are confident that these interim joint working arrangements will have a positive impact and that the working relationships across both boroughs will benefit local people as we bring together our expertise, knowledge and skills.

Members of the management team from both CCGs are looking forward to working together more closely to address the challenges, and make best use of the opportunities as collective and individual health and social care systems.

Finally, as always if you have any questions please let me know and I am more than happy to answer them.

Yours sincerely

Dr Andrew Davies

Interim Clinical Chief Officer

NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group

 

Age UK Mid Mersey is now taking referrals in the borough of Halton for the Call in Time service, a telephone friendship service for the over-60s. The service is staffed by trained volunteers and offers lonely older people a weekly chat. 

Any person aged 60 years of age or over can be referred to the service if all the following criteria apply:

  • they are living alone or are a full-time carer for someone els
  • they feel lonely
  • they lack a local social support network
  • they have access to a landline and are comfortable having conversations on the phone

Please note that the service may not meet the needs of people: 

  • diagnosed with major depression or anxiety, short term memory loss or dementia
  • with hearing impairment

A leaflet about the service can found by clicking the link below:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/sites/sthelenscvs.org.uk/files/webform/Age%20UK%20Mid%20Mersey%20Call%20In%20Time%20Leaflet.pdf 

If you require printed copies of the leaflet or have any questions about the service please feel free to contact: Joseph Lavelle, Projects & Campaigns Officer, Age UK Mid Mersey, 44 Church Street, Runcorn, WA7 1LR. Tel: 01928575400. Email: josephlavelle@aukmm.org.uk

The Co-op Foundation is seeking projects addressing youth loneliness through social action.

Successful applicants will receive up to £70,000 over two years, for projects that:

  • create high-quality youth social action opportunities, which can be sustainably embedded into local provision
  • overcome barriers to young people talking about loneliness, and help them to develop effective forms of mutual peer support.

Applications are now open, and will close on the 22nd June.

All the application guidance and how to apply can be found by clicking the link below:

https://blog.coopfoundation.org.uk/index.php/2018/04/26/iwillapplications/

 

Building a Fairer Financial System in Liverpool City Region Summit - A Stakeholder Workshop facilitated by the Just Finance Foundation

AIMS 
To map financial exclusion, identify who is affected and consider priority groups; To define what inclusion for these groups entails, what improvements could be made – over 3, 5 and 10yrs; To consider the causes and how they could be addressed, what’s already being done; To identify key actors, partnerships and who’s missing, also assets and barriers and how these could be addressed to make progress over the first three years.

WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?

Financial service providers, from banks and the Post Office, to community finance organisations, the rent to own sector, pay day lenders, ATM providers; Money advice and support agencies; Other essential service providers whose clients are excluded or at risk of exclusion eg health, housing, family etc in the private, public or third sectors Community change agents – churches and faith groups, resident and community interest groups; Intermediaries who influence the conditions for financial services and their access eg local authorities, town planners, regulators, investors, politicians, financial inclusion teams/strategy officers in banks, policy makers and parliamentary groups.

Individuals and families affected by financial exclusion will be consulted in parallel

WHAT WILL BE DONE WITH THE FINDINGS?

Notes of participants’ contributions will be recorded, written up and distributed so interested parties can use them to inform their own planning;

JFF will use the insight to develop a three year programme of development, working with partners to act on systemic change.

DATE AND TIME

Mon 4 June 2018

09:00 – 16:55 BST

LOCATION

The Quaker Meeting House
22 School Lane
Liverpool
L1 3BT

For more information and to register your place, please click the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/building-a-fairer-financial-system-in-liverpool-city-region-summit-tickets-45194555131

 

 

St Helens Foodbank's stock of food is getting quite low.  They would be grateful for any donations - especially of the following items.  

  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Juice
  • Coffee
  • Tomatoes
  • Tinned Vegetables
  • Cereal
  • Tinned Potatoes
  • Fish
  • Tinned Fruit
  • Long Grain Rice
  • Rice Pudding
  • Instant Mash
  • Biscuits
  • Toiletries

Items can be dropped of at:

Hope Centre
Atherton St
St Helens
WA10 2DT

9.30am-4pm Monday to Thursday
9.30am-1pm Friday

 

Volunteers Week 2018 (1st - 7th June) is an opportunity to recognise the contribution made by volunteers across the UK and raise awareness of the value and impact their volunteering can have on people’s lives. The annual campaign, established in 1984, seeks to recognise the contribution millions of volunteers make to our communities every week. More than 15m people volunteer in the UK every month. They lend their time and talents to causes as varied as food banks, libraries and hospitals. Volunteers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to recognise volunteers who give their time, energy and enthusiasm to helping other. Volunteering is a way to give something back.  It is also an opportunity for volunteers to benefit from new experiences, make friends, gain skills and have fun.

As part of this volunteer celebration, Halton Volunteer Centre are holding a number of events/days out that any volunteer from either Halton, St Helens or the wider area is welcome to attend / join:

 

Quiz Night - Monday 4th June 7.30-10pm. Cost: FREE (Sandwiches provided, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For teams of upto 6 people - at least one must be a volunteer. Need help raising a full team? We can help you partner with another organisation.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/volunteer-quiz-night


Widnes Promotion Event - Wednesday 6th June 10-1pm FREE, Widnes indoor market. Book your group a slot or come and chat with Volunteer Centre staff who will be promoting the latest volunteering opportunities from across Halton and beyond.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/widnes-promotion-event


Llandudno Trip - Thursday 7th June 9.15-5pm Cost £13, payable on booking, non-refundable. Pick ups at St Marie's & The Brindley, Runcorn. Sights, sea air or shops! The choice is yours on our day to trip to Llandudno. Limited availability

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/llandudno-trip


Canal Boat Trip - Monday 11th June 10-4pm Cost £5, payable on booking, non-refundable. (optional pub lunch extra charge) Pick up at The Brindley. Sit back, relax and float along on a canal boat to Stockton Heath for a pub lunch.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/canal-boat-trip


Salsa Party- Friday 15th June 7.30-10.30pm Cost £7.50 payable on booking, non-refundable (hot supper included, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's. Payment can be made in cash or by cheque (made payable to Halton & St Helens VCA) at our office based in St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. 

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/salsa-party

 

Wellbeing Enterpieses are  looking for an experienced and highly organised Administration Officer to ensure the smooth running of a community wellbeing service working in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

The successful candidate will provide administrative support to the project delivery team and will be responsible for developing and implementing efficient and effective administrative processes and procedures.

Key responsibilities:

  • To receive and validate referrals from a wide range of sources and contact the patient to arrange a convenient appointment
  • To provide comprehensive administrative support to the Macmillan Community Wellbeing Officers
  • Book venues and prepare equipment and materials for wellbeing one to one appointments and group activities
  • To assist in the production of a range of marketing and promotional materials
  • To assist with the social media duties for the organisation including maintaining Twitter and Facebook
  • Develop and implement robust administrative processes and procedures to ensure the efficient delivery and monitoring of the service
  • Organise and coordinate meetings using online calendars and monitor uptake of group activities using online and telephone systems
  • Take minutes and prepare agendas and papers for internal and external meetings
  • Maintain paper and electronic records in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act
  • General administration duties including: filing, photocopying, answering telephone calls, taking messages and data inputting
  • To coordinate the work of any administrative apprenticeships or assistants in the organisation
  • To carry out volunteer induction sessions and liaise with volunteers, patients, partners and the wider public

Closing date:

Thursday 3rd May (5.00pm)

For more information and how to apply:

http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/macmillan-community-wellbeing-administrator-vacancy/

 

My Turn is a 2-day programme open to women and men living in the Liverpool City Region who are currently not in paid employment. This positive programme will invite participants to build confidence and to explore what they really want for themselves and their future. My Turn offers a flexible approach where they can opt in to day one, day two or both days of the programme depending on their individual needs. 

Day one of the programme has a focus on personal development including:

• Focusing on The Positives
• Putting Yourself First
• Making The Change 

Day two will take a gentle approach to exploring next steps and will invite participants to think about:

• What Motivates You
• Setting Your Goals
• Your Next Step 

In addition to the two day programme, participants can progress their next steps with the ongoing support of a key worker. The key workers on this programme are experts in financial capability and can provide a tailored service depending on the individual needs. 

Day 1

Halton St Helens
Runcorn Citizens Advice
Runcorn Office, Ground Floor Grosvenor House, WA7 2HF

Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Tuesday 24th July 2018

Millenium Centre; Corporation Street; St Helens. WA 10 1HJ

Thursday 10th May 2018
Monday 9th July 2018

Day 2:

Halton St Helens

Runcorn Citizens Advice
Runcorn Office, Ground Floor Grosvenor House, WA7 2HF

Tuesday 29th May 2018
Tuesday 31st July 2018

Millenium Centre; Corporation Street; St Helens, WA10 1HJ

Thursday 17th May 2018
Monday 16th July 2018

Please note that there are wider dates across all areas and participants can attend any of these.

For bookings or queries please don't hesitate to contact the team via 0151 706 8111 or hello@thewo.org.uk

My Turn is free to attend, and funded by European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund. 

Salary: Salary: £18,500 – £20,000 (6 month probationary period) 16 month fixed term contract

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Place of work: Liverpool City Region

Purpose of post:

Working in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support this two year project aims to revolutionise the care provided to people living with a cancer diagnosis and their carers in the Liverpool area.

The project will connect patients with community based support that will complement the care provided by clinicians. The aim of the project is to help patients to identify and address any needs that may be impacting on health and wellbeing. Moreover, the project will help patients to rediscover and reconnect with their strengths and talents to help make friendships, learn new skills, build confidence and get the best out of life.

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide one to one community based support to patients living with a diagnosis of cancer and their carers. Focusing specifically on the social dimensions of health and supporting patients to make positive lifestyle changes.
  • Provide group based educational and hobby and interest activities and programmes that enable people to learn new skills, make friends, build resilience and have fun.
  • To act as a ‘navigator’ and connect patients to a range of support services to address issues that may be impacting on patient and carer wellbeing.
  • To work with patients and carers to ensure the service is meeting the needs of this group. Recognising patients and carers as ‘assets’ who have a vital role to play in designing and delivering the service.
  • Collaborate with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver community based initiatives that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.
  • To monitor and record patient outcome data to determine the impact of the service. This will include telephone consultations with patients.
  • To recruit, train and support a team of volunteers who will support the delivery of the service and help to kick start a social movement for health in Liverpool

Closing date: Thursday 3rd May (5.00pm)

For more information and how to apply:

http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/community-wellbeing-officer-vacancy-liverpool-region/

 

 

Ladies social badminton every Tuesday, 10am-12pm at Broadway Badminton Centre, Broadway, Grange Park, St Helens, WA10 3RY

Fun and friendly badminton sessions, no experience needed. Beginners very welcome! All equipment provided. Stay for an hour or stay for 2, it's up to you! £3/£6 respectively, including tea/coffee, contact Linda if you're interested at lindapilkington7@gmail.com or just turn up on the day.

The Fun Day will be held on Saturday 5th May 2018, 12pm-4pm, at Haresfinch Rugby and Community Club.

Attractions on the day include children's entertainer, bouncy castle, climbing wall, classic cars, pony rides, exotic animal demonstration, Irish dancers, brass band, hook-a-duck, tombola, lots of stalls - toys, books, sweets, plants, cakes, jewellery, and much more.

All funds raised will go towards helping the HoneyRose Foundation to grant more wishes to adults (and their families) aged 40+ suffering with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.

Widnes Promotion Event - Wednesday 6th June 10-1pm FREE, Widnes indoor market. Book your group a slot or come and chat with Volunteer Centre staff who will be promoting the latest volunteering opportunities from across Halton and beyond.

To book on or for more information contact Volunteer Centre Halton by phone: 01928 593112 or email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Salsa Party- Friday 15th June 7.30-10.30pm Cost £7.50 payable on booking, non-refundable (hot supper included, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's. Join in the dancing or just enjoy the music. Demonstrations and help for beginners.

Payment can be made in cash or by cheque (made payable to Halton & St Helens VCA) at our office based in St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For more information contact Volunteer Centre Halton tel: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Canal Boat Trip - Monday 11th June 10-4pm Cost £5, payable on booking, non-refundable. (optional pub lunch extra charge) Pick up at The Brindley. Sit back, relax and float along on a canal boat to Stockton Heath for a pub lunch.

Payment can be made either in cash or by cheque (made payable to: Halton & St Helens VCA) at our office based in St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For more information contact Volunteer Centre Halton on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Llandudno Trip - Thursday 7th June 9.15-5pm Cost £13, payable on booking, non-refundable. Pick ups at St Marie's & The Brindley, Runcorn. Sights, sea air or shops! The choice is yours on our day to trip to Llandudno. Limited availability

Payment can be made in cash or by cheque (made payable to Halton & St Helens VCA) at our office based in St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For more informaiton contact Volunteer Centre Halton on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonvsthelensvca.org.uk

Quiz Night - Monday 4th June 7.30-10pm. Cost: FREE (Sandwiches provided, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For teams of upto 6 people - at least one must be a volunteer. Need help raising a full team? We can help you partner with another organisation.

To book your team or for more information contact Volunteer Centre Halton on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Wat Phra Singh UK Buddhist Temple and Meditation Centre in Runcorn will be celebrating the Thai New Year, or Songkran, on Sunday 29 April 2018 from 09:00 to 15:00, and everyone is welcome. The monks will be chanting in the marquee on the temple car park from 10:00 to 11:00 following which they will offer lunch to the monks.

In the afternoon there will be Thai and Laos cultural events on the stage in the marquee. They hope very much that you can join them on this auspicious occasion.

Venue:

Wat Phra Singh UK,
88 High Street,
Runcorn, WA7 1JH

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities

Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work

Health: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

Their offer is now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:

http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/division-missing/coalfields-community-investment-programme-ccip-funding-support/

 

 

The award winning UC Crew has received recognition from the High Sherriff of Merseyside Police, Stephen Burrows for their commitment and dedication to reducing youth anti-social behaviour at the Merseyside Crimebeat awards, part of the National Crimebeat awards at Merseyside Police HQ in Liverpool.

UC Crew was the only St Helens project to make it to the Merseyside Crime Beat round, they did this through primary and secondary school engagement projects and hosting a free regular free Parkour and Break Dancing session at Sutton Leisure Centre for 11 - 24 year olds. The 'Off the street project' was funded by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.

For more information about projects, break dancing and parkour contact hello@uccrew.co.uk

 

Saturday 12th May 2018. 2pm till 4pm.

The St Marie's Heritage Group are delighted to invite you to attend the next of our Heritage Events at St Marie's on Lugsdale Road, Widnes.

“Millions Like Us” is a wonderful, funny and moving book about growing up in our community. It was written by the late Chris Delooze and first published in 1994. If like Chris, you grew up in the districts of West Bank, Marabone, Moss Bank, Lugsdale or Newtown there will be an awful lot of the book that you recognised from your own life. As John Walsh wrote in the book’s forward; “her memory is our history”.

At the event on Saturday 12th May, we’ll be reading passages from the book before discussing our own memories.  It should be a lovely afternoon with the chance to see old friends & familiar faces and as always, there will be hot drinks and biscuits to enjoy.

To book your free place at this event, please contact Matthew Roberts via (01928) 592 405 or mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Please note that places are limited so please book your place quickly if you’d like to attend.

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:

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

Haydock Male Voice Choir will be having their next concert with the ladies choir The Chanterelles and also soloist Ellie Hull. 

The concert will be taking place on Saturday 28th April 2018 commencing at 7:30 pm.

It will be taking place at; 

St Helens United Reformed Church,
Ormskirk Street,
St Helens,
WA10 2TD.

Tickets are priced at £10 and can be obtained by ringing Ray Christian on 0161 288 9918 or Alan Gaskell on 01744 734176 and from any choir member. 

Registration is now open for Willowbrook Hospice’s 5th annual sponsored cycle challenge on Sunday 15 July!

Starting and finishing at Rainford High School, Ride 45 is an amazing 45 mile cycle challenge through some of the most scenic countryside in Merseyside, Wigan and West Lancashire.

Whether you’re a keen cyclist, an amateur rider or just looking to get fit for summer, Ride 45 is the challenge for you!

Entry is £20 per person and cyclists must be over 14 (with those under 16 being accompanied by an adult over the age of 18).

For more information or to register please visit http://www.willowbrook.org.uk/event/ride45/

 

 

Citizens Advice Halton has a number of volunteering opportunities for local people. No prior experience is needed as they have a really good training and support program for each role.

Some of the roles available are:

  • Giving advice
  • Receptionist
  • Information assistants
  • Telephone assessors

Different people get different things out of volunteering. However, volunteering for Citizens Advice is very different to many other volunteer roles. There is a great sense of achievement and satisfaction when you help someone and there is a real need for understanding of the things that will affect nearly everyone at some point in their lives. Citizens Advice Halton ensure that there are opportunities to build skills and develop yourself. There is also an emphasis on empowerment, equality and anti-discriminatory practices.

Volunteering helps some people improve their job prospects, gain experiences or support their studies. It can also help people to get to know their community or give something back to the area they know.

If you are interested and want more information, you can contact them via their website, citizensadvicehalton.org.uk or by telephone on 0151 257 2449 to leave a message and they will get back to you.

Merseytravel is interested in the views of people from across the region. They will be holding a series of focus groups to help test new products and services and gather feedback on the services they provide. They would like to hear from you if you can spare two hours, up to five times between April and December 2018. Participants will receive vouchers for each session attended.

How To Get Involved:

Complete the online survey at: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/focusgroupslcr

emailFocus.Groups.LCR@wsp.com

telephone: 0151 5580882

Twitter: @FocusGroupLCR #HaveYourSayMerseyside

 

From 1st April 2018, Healthwatch services in Halton will be provided by a new contract holder, Engaging Communities Staffordshire CIC (ECS). For a bit of background information on ECS http://www.ecstaffs.co.uk/

The change of provider has led to a restructuring of the support team for Healthwatch Halton.

Sadly they are losing their admin officer, Julie Doyle, who has been a member of the team for almost five years.  Matthew Roberts who has very ably led the team for the past 18 months, will be returning to Halton & St Helens VCA in a full-time role.

From 1st April the Healthwatch Halton team will be:

Dave Wilson – Manager
dwilson@healthwatchhalton.co.uk

Irene Bramwell – Community Outreach Lead  
ibramwell@healthwatchhalton.co.uk

Jude Burrows – Engagement & Information Lead
jburrows@healthwatchhalton.co.uk
 

Contact details will remain exactly the same:

Healthwatch Halton, St Marie’s, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB
Tel: 0300 777 6543
General Email – enquiries@healthwatchhalton.co.uk

 

Everyone at Halton & St Helens VCA would like thank to our former colleagues with Healthwatch Halton for all their hard work with VCA and wish them continued success with the project. We look forward to working alongside them in the future.

Concern for the Community - The Co-op Foundation is working with UK Youth to find out how they can help local youth services do more to tackle loneliness. Their blog explains more, including a link to their youth worker survey. 

https://blog.coopfoundation.org.uk/index.php/2018/03/20/youth-workers-what-would-help-you-do-more-to-tackle-loneliness/

Anyone who works with young people, in either a paid or voluntary capacity, can contribute to the research. 

Sefton CVS are seeking to enhance how they deliver support to the voluntary, community and faith (VCF) sector across Sefton.  Moving to a locality based model of delivery they are looking to appoint three Area Leads to join them to deliver on this ambition. 

Leading a small staff team within a defined locality, post holders will enhance volunteering and access to funding for local groups and organisations supporting them to respond to the needs of local residents.  The roles also include taking responsibility for one of the following thematic areas: Equalities and Mental Wellbeing; Children, Young People and Families; and Older Citizens. 

If you are committed to making a difference for local people through the voluntary, community and faith sector and have the experience, drive and ambition then this could be a role for you. 

Job Title: Area Lead
Salary: £34,538 per annum
Location: To be assigned to one of the following areas: South, Central or North Sefton
Hours: 35 hours (Full Time)
Accountable to: Senior Management team (SMT) in the first instance
Responsible for: Locality Team frontline staff

Downloads:
Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF)
Application Form (Word PDF)
Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

Closing Date: 10 am on Monday 16th April 2018.

Interviews: Thursday 19th April 2018.  

Please note: candidates must be available to attend interview. 

All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Do you know of a local cause that could benefit from funding?  

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports causes that bring people together and make a difference. 

Have you applied before and been unsuccessful? They've now changed some of their criteria and can support a wider variety of causes, so please apply again, you might be eligible this time around.

Applications close Sunday 8th April 2018.  

Find out more and apply coop.co.uk/causes  

If you or someone you know struggles with sight loss, Vision Support may be able to help you with things like; 

  • Independent living 
  • IT Training (computer lessons) 
  • Low vision and daily living aids
  • Volunteering opportunities 
  • Home Visiting 
  • Social clubs and activites 
  • Welfare and benefits Advice 

Their mobile information unit will be visiting Halton on the following date 

Wednesday 4th April

Select Security Stadium,
Lowerhouse Lane,
Widnes 

at 10.00am-12.00pm 

And also 

Co-operative Food,
Old town,
Runcorn 

at 1:00pm-3:00pm 

For anymore information you can contact Vision Support at- 

ILC,
Collier St,
Runcorn,
Cheshire, 
WA7 1HB.

Or call them on 01928 582946. 

Are you a Woman born in the 1950's who would like to join a group of women against state pension inequality to campaign against the rise in the state pension age. 

You will be part of the National WASPI campaign asking for fair transitional arrangements for all women affected by the 1995 pensions act raising womens pension age from 60, and the subsequent 2011 act accelerating this rise. 

WASPI are meeting on Wednesday 10th April 2018. at 7:30pm. 

They are meeting at: 

United Service Club,
Prescot Road,
Widnes,
WA8 7PD

Come along and add to the swarm, you will get a buzz.

Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Group
Tel: 0151 423 5730

VACANCY - Outreach and Engagement Worker

Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Group has a vacancy for an Outreach and Engagement Worker to be based at their Widnes Centre but working across Halton.

The vacancy is for 17.5 hours per week.

In the first instance this role is offered for one year.

The opportunity offers pro rata remuneration at NJC Grade 3 spine point 16, £17,419 (Pro rata yearly salary is £8,709.5)

The role offers the equivalent to four weeks paid annual leave plus a pro rata share of eight days bank holidays.

The closing date for receipt of applications has been extended to 5pm Thursday 12th April. 

Interviews will be held week commencing 16th April 2018.

For more information (including details of how to apply for this role) please click on the attached PDF

 

Training Strategies Ltd, are based in Liverpool but work across the North West.

Training Strategies Ltd are in a very fortunate position to have 90% Government Funded training, this means you would only pay 10% of the total cost (non –levy payers).

As part of the service for levy payers they can support you to ensure that you are meeting the requirements set by the government in the Apprenticeship Levy.   Working with businesses to align their learning and development needs so that, where possible, these qualifications are funded by the Levy .

About Training Strategies Ltd:

  • High quality “local” Independent Training Provider, currently working with over 200 satisfied employers, over 1,000 learners into employment as a result of our training programmes.
  • Approved on the Government Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. Matrix and Investor in People Accredited.
  • Graded “Good by Ofsted”. March 2015
  • Exceptional Success and Achievement Rates. Apprenticeship success rates of 82% compared to national average of 67.0%
  • FE Choices, nationally published Learner feedback fantastic at 97.6% – placing us with the top 10% of providers nationally 

Courses offered

Care

  • Adult’s Health & Social Care (level 2, 3)
  • Children’s Health & Social Care (level 2, 3)
  • Leadership in Health & Social Care (level 5)

Facilities

  • Facilities Management (level 3)
  • Facilities Services (level 2)

Business

  • Team Leading (level 2)
  • ILM Management (level 3, 4, 5)
  • Business Admin (level 2, 3, 4)
  • Sales (level 2, 3)
  • Customer Service (level 2, 3)
  • Contact Centre (level 2, 3)

General

  • Learning and Development (level 3)
  • Warehousing (level 2)
  • Performing Manufacturing Operations (level 2)
  • Cleaning and Support Services (level 2)
  • Hospitality Services (level 2, 3)

All training is delivered at your premises and there is no limit to the number of staff you can place on a course.

The main benefit of the training is to ensure all employees have been trained in the same way, to the same high standard covering key competency areas.

For more information please contact

 

Sharon Blaney
Account Manager

Tel    0151 523 9655
Mob  07590 880 494

sharonblaney@trainingstrategies.co.uk

 

Training Strategies Ltd
22 Oriel Road, Bootle
Liverpool, L20 7AD

 

The St. Helens Group of Advanced Motorists has recently secured funding through the St Helens Council from the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership for the Group to discount the Advanced Driver Course by £89 from £149 for drivers in the age range 17 to 35 incl. they will only pay £60! The group can give this discount to 45 young drivers over the next three years. They also offer a generous discount for the over 60’s reducing the course fee to £99. Free driving assessments are available to drivers of all ages, if you feel that they can help with improving your driving skills please contact M: Kay at 07849 674939 (after 6pm only) or Email: contact@shgam.org.uk and view their website at www.shgam.org.uk. 2018 courses start in May and September.

 

The completion of Inpatient Unit refurbishment at Halton Haven Hospice is on hold whilst the Hospice seek out additional funding.

The majority of work on the refurbishment has been completed but a few setbacks have led to unexpected and unwanted additional expenditure, meaning the Hospice requires a further £9,000 to finish the project.

Since work began on at the Runcorn-based adult hospice, all twelve patient bedrooms have been decorated and fitted with new beds, furniture, televisions and music systems. Three of the rooms were also relocated to provide views of the Hospice gardens. The Inpatient Unit now also has improved shower and bathing facilities for all patients, a more secure drug room, and a calmer better-located Quiet Room, an area for patients’ families and visitors to have some time to themselves.

To date, over £80,000 has been raised for the refurbishment, thanks to the generosity of local people, companies and organisations, and a donation of £42,000 from the Morrisons Foundation.

However, costs increased dramatically when several issues became apparent during the refurbishment, due mainly to the age and fabrication of the building; the floor of the bathroom and surrounding areas had to be dug out and resurfaced to ensure it would remain strong enough for future use, some support rods for plastering work had to be replaced, and a hole in a different floor had to be fixed after it gave way during ongoing works.

This unexpected increase in costs means the Hospice now requires a further £9,000 just to complete the essential aspects of the refurbishment which have already begun. This includes providing furniture and soft furnishings for visitors in patient rooms.

Viv Culleton, Director of Care and Operational Services at Halton Haven Hospice, said “The issues with the building that we discovered during the works have hit us hard. Sadly, instead of spending people’s generous donations on beds, paint and other furniture, we’ve had to put the money towards ensuring the building is safe for our patients, visitors and staff.

“The local community have been so generous in getting us this far in the refurbishment and we didn’t want to be in a situation where we find ourselves asking for further support. But sadly we need to find another £9,000 to complete what has been started.”

Donations can be made at www.tinyurl.com/hhhrefurb or www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/haltonhavenhospice/inpatientunitrefurb, or contact the Hospice on 01928 712 728 or info@haltonhaven.co.uk.

 

 

 

​After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 - at which time those organisations in non-compliance may face heavy fines. 

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy. 

ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) have produced a guide to GDPR to help organisations prepare for the new regulations.  The Guide to the GDPR explains the provisions of the GDPR to help organisations comply with its requirements. It is for those who have day-to-day responsibility for data protection.

This is a living document and they are working to expand it in key areas. It includes links to relevant sections of the GDPR itself, to other ICO guidance and to guidance produced by the EU’s Article 29 Working Party. The Working Party includes representatives of the data protection authorities from each EU member state, and the ICO is the UK’s representative.

Alongside the Guide to the GDPR, they have produced a number of tools to help organisations to prepare for the GDPR, including "12 steps to take now" and "Getting ready for GDPR Checklist":

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/

The ICO are also issuing guidance for not-for-profit organisations, which aims to answer questions regularly raised by charities and voluntary organisations. You can access the information using the link below:

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/charity/

 

 

 

St Helens Bereavement Service have moved to the Deafness Resource Centre, 32-40 Dentons Green Lane, St Helens, WA10 2QB.  The have retained their phone number which is 01744 451793, you can contact them on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 10am to 1pm or email sthelensberserv@gmail.com.

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:

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

 

Carmel College are offering you the chance to come along to try some free workshops aimed at gardening. The workshops will consist of home composting, gardening in containers and gardening for enterprise. They see this as a great opportunity for the local community and entrepreneurs to expand their knowledge and skills around this subject. These workshops will be run by experts in this field with support and guidance being offered along the way.

When:

14th March - Home Composting 1:15-3:15                                                                                                                                           

19th March – Gardening in Containers 10:30-12:00                                                                                                                                      

28th March – Gardening for Enterprise 10:30-12:00 

Where:

Carmel College, Prescot Road, St Helens, WA10 3AG. The workshops will be located in the foundation learning centre in Carmel College.

Book your place on these workshops by emailing foundationlearning@carmel.ac.uk

On Wednesday 28th March at 7.30pm at the St Helens RFC Totally Wicked Stadium there will be a St Helens Memorial Service for anyone who has been affected by suicide.

If you would like to attend the memorial service simply turn up, or to secure your seat please visit www.listening-ear.co.uk or call 0330 0889255

Come and celebrate the first birthday of Parents in Mind Halton at a fun, informative, child friendly event on Monday 12th March, 10am to 1pm at Ditton Community Centre. 

FREE

  • Buffet
  • Kids craft
  • Soft play
  • Musical entertainment
  • Beauty therapies
  • Samples
  • FREE entry

Find our more about their mental health peer support service designed to support pregnant ladies and new mums across Halton.  For more information call Catherine on 07702 900894 or email parentsinmind.halton@nct.org.uk

10th May 2018 - Beacon Building, College Street, St Helens:- We will use the time to explore topics such as: Why do applications fail? Policies and Procedures  - why do they matter? Telling funders about your organisation - the Do's and Don'ts. The workshop will be delivered by Annie Lawrenson and will include group work, discussion and case studies.

It is FREE for VCA Members and a charge of £60 for Non VCA Members... NOT SURE if your organisation are members? then contact Lynne Daffern on ldaffern@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Or to register for the workshop CLICK HERE

Saints Community Development Foundation got in touch with Halton & St Helens VCA in April 2017 asking for support in moving thier organisation forward and alongside registering them with the Charity Commission VCA have also worked with the Foundation in stregnthening their Board of Directors, governance and finances.

Steve Leonard said "The Saints Foundation cannot thank you enough for all your hard work getting us our Charity status" We believe that we can go on to achieve bigger and better outcomes within our community on the back of your hard work and cannot wait to work alongside Halton and St Helens VCA again. Club Captain James Roby said “Our Foundation does a lot of hard work within our community and quite rightly we as players are proud to support them whenever we can. So It is good to see other such organisations who are Community focussed like St Helens VCA helping out to make a bigger difference.

Steve Leonard Foundation Director said “ from day 1 the staff have been been brilliant, they made every step easy for us and nothing was too much trouble. Such a fantastic organisation in Halton and St Helens VCA and we very much like to thank them for all their hard work”

 

Babies born with HIV in Africa tend to be sent home wrapped in newspaper as they do not have any clothing, so the project involves following a pattern to make either a beanie style hat or a vest. 

If you can crochet these items they would also be very welcome, however there isn't a crocheting pattern.

If you would like to participate please contact Sarah Challands for a copy of the pattern, and please pass this on to as many people as you can, as the project needs all the help it can get!

Sarah.Challands@sthelensymca.org.uk

01744 455030

Facilitated by HMRC the workshop will be an opportuntiy to ask the experts in all things Gift Aid, Corporation Tax and VAT...Gift Aid is one way that registered charities can generate further income on the public donations they already recieve but can be difficult to navigate and understand. Experts from HMRC will be providing delegates with up to date information to help in making the most of levering extra funding through Gift Aid along with covering Corporation Tax and demistfyng VAT.

MORE INFORMATION and Booking

Sahir House are recruiting a Macmillan LGBT Cancer Programme Co-ordinator (full time £25,951-27,6680) for the Liverpool City Region (for one year initially)

After a successful pilot project run between Macmillan Cancer Support and the LGBT Foundation in Manchester, Macmillan are now funding this post based in central Liverpool. The post holder will work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people affected by cancer, their families, supporters, carers and clinicians. They will ensure the needs of LGBT are acknowledged and addressed in provision of services, information and support across the Liverpool City Region.

Applicants should send a short CV (up to two pages) and a covering letter demonstrating both: how they meet each of the criteria in the person specification (another two pages max) to Sahir House.

Sahir House is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We especially welcome applications from groups which reflect Sahir House service user groups – HIV positive people (and other disabled people), people from Black and Minority Ethnic groups, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and refugee communities.

The post is offered on a fixed term basis of one year initially with the possibility of extension funding beyond this. Appointment is subject to a 6 month probationary period, satisfactory references and DBS check.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Thursday 15th March 2018

Full job description and person specification can be downloaded from their website here

 

Full time permanent position (Circa £34,000 plus competitive benefits package)

The role of Grant Manager requires an individual with at least 3 years’ experience of providing support for charities through business development as well as previous experience in undertaking grant assessment and grant management work, with established networks across the voluntary sector and with a good understanding of the environment that small and medium charities are operating in.

Applications for the position close on Thursday 8th March 2018.

For more information and how to apply please visit their website: Working for us | Lloyds Bank Foundation

Purpose of Post:

Wellbeing Enterprises are looking for an experienced and highly organised Administration Officer to ensure the smooth running of a community wellbeing service working in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

The successful candidate will provide administrative support to the project delivery team and will be responsible for developing and implementing efficient and effective administrative processes and procedures.

Key responsibilities:

  • To receive and validate referrals from a wide range of sources and contact the patient to arrange a convenient appointment
  • To provide comprehensive administrative support to the Macmillan Community Wellbeing Officers
  • Book venues and prepare equipment and materials for wellbeing one to one appointments and group activities
  • To assist in the production of a range of marketing and promotional materials
  • To assist with the social media duties for the organisation including maintaining Twitter and Facebook
  • Develop and implement robust administrative processes and procedures to ensure the efficient delivery and monitoring of the service
  • Organise and coordinate meetings using online calendars and monitor uptake of group activities using online and telephone systems
  • Take minutes and prepare agendas and papers for internal and external meetings
  • Maintain paper and electronic records in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act
  • General administration duties including: filing, photocopying, answering telephone calls, taking messages and data inputting
  • To coordinate the work of any administrative apprenticeships or assistants in the organisation
  • To carry out volunteer induction sessions and liaise with volunteers, patients, partners and the wider public
  • Uphold Wellbeing Enterprises CIC’s core values: People Power, Positive Places and Productive Partnerships 

Closing date: Tuesday 20th March at 1pm

For more information or to apply please go to: http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/macmillan-community-wellbeing-administrator-vacancy/

 

The St Helens Group of Advanced Motorists has recently secured funding through St Helens Council from the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, for the Group to discount the Advanced Driver Course for drivers in the age range 17 to 35 by £89 from £149, they only pay £60!  The group can give this discount to 45 young drivers over the next three years.

They also offer a generous discount for the over 60’s reducing the course fee to £99. Free driving assessments are available to drivers of all ages and if you feel that they can help with improving your driving skills. 

For more information please contact M: Kay on 07849 674939 (after 6pm only) or Email: contact@shgam.org.uk and view their website at https://www.iamroadsmart.com/groups/sthelensam.

2018 courses start in May and September.

 

 

The Merseyside Community Investment Fund aims to bring together businesses, organisations and individuals to address urgent social issues whilst making a modest financial commitment to collectively have a greater impact in the improvement of our communities.

The fund aims to support projects that may struggle to access funding from other sources.  As funding for this programme is unrestricted grants awarded from this fund can be used to respond to local issues of concern to the community or pro-actively tackle an urgent social need. The panel is also keen to fund projects that fit in with the social themes identified in the recent "Vital Signs" report, which can be viewed at http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/knowledge/vital-signs-2016

How much is available: up to £1000 (or more in exceptional circumstances). The total budget available is £15k so the fund will be closed when an oversubscription ration of 3:1 has been received.

Which areas are covered: Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Wirral and Halton

Any special criteria: Download full criteria here

NB: Priority will be given to the following:

  • Projects that target disadvantage and or deprivation
  • Projects that encourage the community to take a pro-active approach to make a difference in their communities
  • Ongoing activities rather than one off events
  • Groups with small reserves as long as they are viable
  • Innovative projects that would not be normally considered for funding by corporate driven criteria

The closing date is 26 March 2018 – this may be earlier depending on the number of applications received (as mentioned above)

Click here to apply

 

Footsteps 2000 Ltd have a new website and email addresses. The website and email addresses have changed due to some IT problems they were having.  Everything is as it was with .uk added at the end.  Please will you update your information on Footsteps 2000 Ltd as follows:

Websitewww.footstepsforfamilies.org.uk

Email address:  info@footstepsforfamilies.org.uk

Email addresses for staff:  Tony Murphy – murphyt@footstepsforfamilies.org.uk Pauline Pointon – pointonp@footstepsforfamilies.org.uk

 

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has reopened the enquiry survey for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme providing funding up to £10,000. They also offer practical help to organisations/groups operating in the former coalfield areas in England.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Funding Support is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. Funding of up to £10,000 is available for projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities

Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work

Health: Supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and wellbeing of people in former coalfield communities.

The offer is now reopened and all the information on registering an enquiry and applying for funding relating to a project is on the following page:

http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/division-missing/coalfields-community-investment-programme-ccip-funding-support/

Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Practical Help is a range of free services and resources available to registered/incorporated organisations such as registered charities, companies limited by guarantee, community interest companies and charitable incorporated organisations operating in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities.

For more information please see the link below:

http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/division-missing/coalfields-community-investment-programme-ccip-practical-support/

The deadline is looming for organisations who want a share of £115,000 to help make Merseyside a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19.

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is Wednesday 28th February 2018.

The impact of last year’s Fund saw 10 projects deliver 23 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 136 volunteers, 25,970 people directly engaged, 1345 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £134,500 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “We’ve made this money available for new and existing projects which can have an impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.”

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

  • creating a sensory learning garden from re-used materials in St Helens
  • the development of a shop in Wirral to sell used clothes
  • the repair and re-use of unused furniture for redistribution to the local community in Halton
  • cookery skills clubs to help reduce food waste across Merseyside and Halton
  • sewing classes in Knowsley
  • timber waste re-use at a local community farm in Liverpool
  • improving online retail skills for a charity shop in Sefton

 

This year bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA. If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry. Projects will have ten months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started by June.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST:  28th February 2018

With support from Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the FSI is delivering a heavily subsidised training event in Liverpool on 25th April offering small and local charities and community groups four courses on key fundraising topics. Training courses on offer include Developing Your Fundraising Strategy, Fundraising from Trusts & Foundations, GDPR Essentials, Budgets, Management Accounts and Cash Flow Forecasting. 

Places fill up fast, so book your place today to access this fantastic training opportunity: http://bit.ly/2BSTAy1 

Volunteer Coordinator

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in West Bank, Widnes

 

Hours of Work: Fixed term contract for 6 months. P/T – 2 days equivalent per week (based on 8hr day)

Place of Work: Based in Catalyst Science Discovery Centre, Widnes

Remuneration: £150.00 per day (inc all expenses)

Responsible to: Friends of Catalyst

Purpose of post: They are looking for a passionate and empathetic individual with qualifications and/or experience in Volunteer Coordination to play a crucial role in the delivery of the project to bring more volunteers into Catalyst and support them with their training needs and to enhance their experience of volunteering.

Catalyst is the only Centre in the UK which explores the science and technology behind the chemical industry and its impact on our lives through a host of hands-on exhibits, activities and demonstrations - for further details, see http://www.catalyst.org.uk .

Catalyst is a Registered Charity and is funded by entrance fees, grants, sponsorship & donations. Friends of Catalyst is a registered charity and provides support via donations and expertise. They are funding this post through a grant from Big Lottery Awards for All.

For an Application Form, Job Description and Person Spec please email: funding@halton.gov.uk or call: 0151 511 7960

The closing date is Mon 5th March 2018 and interviews will be held on Thursday 15th March 2018

The post is funded by the National Lottery Big Lottery Fund.

St Helens CDP (Coaltion of Disabled People) are proud to be working in partnership with Merseyside Police and the Liverpool Commonwealth Association to Service cycles and make them ready for shipment over to the Caribbean. In 2017 several small Caribbean islands were left devastated in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Due to the reduction in motorised transportation the urgent need for the population was to have delivered cycles. A shipment is due to leave in July of this year. The cargo will be loaded in the Merseyside area and shipped to the Port of Road Town which is located on Tortola, British Virgin Island. 

CDP members are proud to be involved in such a worthwhile project and are currently working on bikes donated by several police forces. 

If you feel that you could support this project in any way then please contact them on the details below:

Email: info@sthelenscdp.co.uk

Telephone: 01744 453343

Address: Nuttall House, Clifton Street, St Helens. WA10 1EX

MSP (Merseyside Sports Partnership) are supporting social enterprise Oomph! to offer out a sustainable proposal to encourage community organisations across the Liverpool City Region to improve physical activity levels of older adults aged 65+.

Oomph! is an award winning social enterprise on a mission to ensure that older and vulnerable adults across the UK live life to the full. They believe that physical activity should be a habit to be enjoyed by older adults living in the community, delivered in familiar venues by familiar people.

Oomph have received £914,000 from Sport England, as the largest recipient of their new ‘Active Ageing’ fund. Through this funding they will get 27,000 inactive older adults active for at least 30 minutes a week through partnering with organisations who are experts in older adults, providing accredited training and support to these organisations to maximise their resources to enable older people to enjoy fun, accessible and sustainable activity.

Here's an example of what an Oomph! session training looks like: 

 

 

Organisations in the Liverpool City Region can take up a heavily subsidised and sustainable package of support from Oomph in order to increase activity levels and outcomes for older adults. This opportunity is open to organisations who support groups of older adults in the Liverpool City Region (including Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and on the Wirral), and could include:

  • Extra care schemes
  • Retirement living operators
  • Sheltered housing schemes
  • Day Care Centres
  • Community Centres
  • Libraries
  • Church groups

n.b.: Care homes are not eligible for this subsidised offer, but can access the Oomph programme separately.

Click here  to access further information about the proposal, and for any questions or to register your interest please contact d.woodworth@merseysidesport.com or call 077300 28773.

Sahir House has been offering HIV support, information and training across Merseyside since 1985. It offers a wide range of services to people living with or affected by HIV; HIV training; HIV information; prevention and testing; and opportunities to volunteer.

After a successful tenure securing existing, and sourcing new funding, their current CEO is moving to another role. The organisation has recently improved governance, recruited new trustees, gained ISO9001 registration and won the 2017 GSK IMPACT Award as one of the best small health charities in the UK.

Chief Executive Officer – full time c£45k per annum

They are recruiting a suitably experienced CEO to guide the charity through its next stage of development. In particular they are looking for someone who can demonstrate:

  • Significant senior management experience in the voluntary sector (or closely related field)
  • The ability to work with stakeholders including: service users, volunteers, politicians, clinicians, commissioners, staff and supporters
  • Strategic awareness and the ability to lead change in the organisation and in the sector
  • Good core senior management skills, including strategic management of finance, marketing and human resources

Applicants should send a short CV (up to two pages) and a covering letter demonstrating both: how they meet the criteria in the person specification and their vision for how they would take the charity forward (another two pages max). Call Sahir House at the number below if you would like a call back from their Chair for an informal chat about the role.

Sahir House is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. They especially welcome applications from groups which reflect Sahir House service user groups – HIV positive people (and other disabled people), people from Black and Minority Ethnic groups, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people and refugee communities.

The post is subject to a 6 month probationary period, satisfactory references and DBS check.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon Tuesday 6th March 2018

Shortlisting: Later that week

Interviews: Wednesday 14th March 2018

Ideal start date: April 2018 however we understand candidates may have longer notice periods and will accommodate this

Full job description and person specification can be downloaded from their website here

Date: Tuesday 20th February 2018 - 10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Karalius Suite, Select Security Stadium, Lowerhouse Lane, Widnes. WA8 7DZ

Are you looking for training, qualifications, work or work experience and live in Halton?

The Ways to Work team and Halton Employment Partnership are holding an event focussing on the opportunities available linked to the Mersey Gateway and Silver
Jubilee bridges, which include the following fields:

  • Customer Service
  • Contact Centre Operations
  • Construction
  • Highway Maintenance
  • Volunteering

A range of opportunities are available for people living in Halton and the Liverpool City Region:

  • Training to develop skills the employers are looking for
  • Training leading to relevant qualifications
  • Vacancies for jobs linked to both bridges
  • Work experience opportunities for adults
  • Volunteering opportunities

Places are limited so DON’T MISS OUT – please come along to the stadium and register to access these opportunities. (Bring ID and Right to Work in the UK evidence documents)

Enquiries: telephone 0151 511 7555 or email: w2wreferrals@halton.gov.uk

Cycling or walking can offer a free/low cost and practical solution, especially where shifts or location rule public transport out. St Helens Council's Sustainable Transport Team can help you get to a new job through cycling or walking support. 1-2-1 support and advice is available through the 6 Community Bike Hubs across the Borough, or to groups within a community setting.

If you’re a job-seeker they can show you how to look after your bike and ride safely and with confidence. Eligible applicants could also receive £100 Halfords voucher towards a new bike or walking equipment (numbers are limited and eligibility rules apply). Support is available to job seekers or those within the first 6 months of employment. You could also volunteer and learn new skills that could lead to employment.

For further information please contact the Cycling and Walking to Work Hubs Initiative via email sustainabletransport@sthelens.gov.uk,

This project is wholly funded from the Department for Transport Cycling and Walking to Work Fund.

Attached is the latest edition of the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Hub newsletter, outlining all Apprenticeships Hub activity in Halton since the project started in May 2017.  

This is a new format, due to the vast amount of activity delivered to date by the LCR Apprenticeship Hub, they felt it would be useful for stakeholders in each of the LCR Authorities to receive information specifically relating to their own area.  However, if you would also like to receive the editions from any of the other Local Authority areas, please contact debi.shackley@halton.gov.uk

 

Have you thought about making the most of your organisational capacity and increasing your fundability?

Becoming a member of St Helens Third Sector Consortium could help you!

St Helens Third Sector Consortium has been running for 2 years and in this short time has already been successful in several funding opportunities, including a large public sector contract, giving VCSE organisations the opportunity to work together to deliver services and access support from each other.

For more details and an up to date prospectus please contact Catherine Cahalin at ccahalin@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or call 01744 457112 for a chat

 

Autism & Asperger Society are organizing an awareness walk at Taylor Park, St Helens to celebrate World Autism Day on the 8th April 2018.

The walk will be taking place on Sunday 8th April starting at 1:50pm.  

There will be many things to do such as a children's fairgroud, information, awareness and funding, starting at 12pm-5pm.  

For anymore information contact the  Autism & Asperger Society by email- contact@theautismark.org

Or call them on- 01744 362260.

For sponsor forms please see attachment 

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.

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

Come along to Healthwatch St Helens Listening Event to find out about Community Nursing Services in St Helens and share your own experiences and views. 

They  want to know what works well and what could be improved. Professor Sarah O’Brien, Intrim Chief Accountable Officer for St Helens CCG will give a brief overview, and a representative from the Community Nursing service will be on hand to answer your questions. 

To book your place please contact Debbie on: 0300 111 0007 or email: deast@healthwatchsthelens.co.uk

Date: 20 Feb 2018 - 10:00 to 12:00 
Location: Beacon Building, College Street, St Helens. WA10 1TF

Registration is now open for this year’s Willowbrook Hospice Moonlight Colour Walk with a limited Early Bird offer of £10 per adult for those who sign up before midnight on 14 February.

The walk, which is on Saturday 9 June, is the charity’s most colourful fundraising event with people of all ages and abilities encouraged to join in the fun as they take on either a 6.5k or 10k route with the option of being showered by rainbow coloured powder paint.

Entry for children under 16 is £5 and will be £15 for adults who sign up after the 14 February. All walkers will receive a T shirt, a medal and a well-earned bacon butty (or alternative) at the end of walk.

Diane Swann, Senior Fundraiser at Willowbrook says: “Last year was the first time we offered walkers the option of getting ‘colour splashed’ and everyone seemed to really enjoy it! This year we’re hoping that even more people will come along to join in the fun. Although there’s no minimum sponsorship, every penny raised by our walkers will go towards the £4.5 million that it costs every year to maintain our care services to people across St Helens and Knowsley.”

To register, either go online at https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/MLW, ring Willowbrook’s Fundraising team  on 01744 453798 or pop into The Living Well on Borough Road, St Helens.

 

 

Disabled Childrens Services at Halton Borough Council in partnership with Everton in the Community have arranged activities for disabled children aged 12+ during the February Half Term.

These activities are being funded from short breaks for disabled children age 12+ who would not usually be able to access activities provided by universal services. Some indicators as to whether a child would meet the criteria to attend the activities are children who may not have a definite diagnosis, attend special school such as Cavendish, Chestnut Lodge, Ashley, have an EHC plan or receive 15 hour+ individual support in school because of learning needs.

To Book families will need to contact Steve or Mark on Tel: 0151- 530-5254 or email- mark.dolan@evertonfc.com or steve.johnson@evertonfc.com.

Places still available for more details about the activities please see attached flyer.

 

Are you a Woman born in the 1950's who would like to join a local group of women agaist state pension inequality. 

To complain and campaign agaist the rise in their state pension age. 

WASPI Halton, Widnes and Runcorn supporters group. 

You will be part of the National WASPI campaign asking for fair transitional arrangements for all women affected by the 1995 pensions act raising womens pension age from 60, and the subsequent 2011 act accelerating this rise. 

WASPI are meeting on Tuesday 6th February at 7:30pm. 

The meeting wil be at; 

United Service Club,
Prescot Road,
Widnes,
WA7 7PD

Come along and add to the swarm, you will get a buzz.

A service of reflection will be held at Saints’ Totally Wicked Stadium this March for people affected by suicide.

The event, which will run from 7:30pm - 9:00pm on Wednesday 28 March 2018, is being hosted by Listening Ear's AMPARO service, which provides support following suicide, and is supported by St Helens Council, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBs), State of Mind (a charity that promotes positive mental health for sportsmen and women) and St Helens College.

Bringing people affected by suicide together from across Merseyside and Cheshire, the evening aims to provide a space for thought and reflection in supportive surroundings. In attendance will be Danny Sculthorpe and Ian Smith from the world of Rugby League who have both been personally affected by suicide.

Richard Brown, CEO of Listening Ear said: "We have been delivering our post suicide support service, AMPARO, in Cheshire & Merseyside for nearly three years. AMPARO aims to reduce stigma, support bereaved families, and bring local services together to provide cohesive care and support when a suicide has occurred within a community.”

Cllr Gill Neal, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing said: “I would just like to thank all those involved for organising this memorial service. It will give people a chance to remember their loved ones and come together with others who have also been affected by suicide. It’s also an opportunity to let people know that there is support available to help them through this tough time in their lives.”

Derek Hall and Anne Cunliffe, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBs) said: “SOBs gives us a chance to talk and listen to others who, like ourselves have lost someone to suicide and understand the devastation for those left behind.”

Malcolm Rae, State of Mind Chair said: "State of Mind Sport are pleased to support this important event as we recognise that family members and friends can be supported and strengthened in their distress by remembering their loved ones in this way."

Suicide is an individual tragedy, life-altering for those bereaved and a traumatic event for the community and local services involved. It is also a major public health issue and a leading cause of years of life lost.

To continue this community support, AMPARO would like to invite all affected by suicide to attend the reflection at Saints’ stadium in March, with an opportunity to meet others who have had similar experiences.

The evening will seek to continue the work of AMPARO and other partners, ensuring all who have been affected by suicide are fully supported and are able to feel connected to their community.

If you would like to attend the memorial service, visit https://www.listening-ear.co.uk/Event/st-helens-memorial-service to book your place.

For further information:

Richard Brown CEO Listening Ear (Merseyside)

07850 476 360 Richard.brown@listening-ear.co.uk

amparo.service@listening-ear.co.uk

£5m fund launched to support local charities

The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a new £5m fund to celebrate its 60th anniversary year, with a view to help local charities provide new or improve existing community facilities.

Up to £150,000 is available to projects that successfully apply. The Foundation is using this anniversary year to acknowledge the vulnerable position that many small and local charities are in, and by offering capital funding it hopes to invest in much needed facilities that will enable them to continue providing support.

Applications are open now until 30 June, find out more here.

The Homeless Halton Concert is coming to The Studio in Widnes.

The Voice UK's Mo Adeniran, Max Vickers & local artist Kerry Sheree will be performing.

Get your tickets for Monday 12th Feb, priced at only £4.

The event has been organised by NCS - National Citizen Service graduates to raise awareness for homeless people in Widnes and Runcorn.

 

 

Free DJ Workshop at Mossbank Library with DMC Finalist 'DJ Pnutz' on Monday 12th February 2018 from 2:00-4:00.

Children and young people can learn the essential DMC DJ skills of beat matching, scratching, mixing and turn table tricks.

DJ PNutz competed in Scratch DJing competitions across the world and performs regularly across the UK.

Check out his video below:

Please contact Mossbank Library to book your place:
01744 677988 

NHS Cheshire & Merseyside Partnership (STP) are planning the next 3 sector meeting.  It is planned that reps from regional planning in health will be present to support their understanding of the value of the third sector to the health outcomes detailed in the STP plans.

To help focus the event they will plan the agenda for a dragon’s den style event to demonstrate the value of the community and voluntary sector to health goals such as prevention, supporting and developing out of hospital care and mental health and wellbeing.

Can you please save the date in your diary - Wednesday 28 February 09.30 for 10.00 start until 13.00 at Halton & St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB

If you would like to present it will be 20 minutes maximum with some time for questions, focusing on

  • Your work
  • How you deliver on out of hospital care – what difference this makes to use of statutory health services
  • How you support health prevention and self-care
  • How you support people with long term conditions in relation to their mental health and wellbeing

                   (You don’t all need to cover each point but some ideas to help)

Let them know if any of you have an individual story / case study demonstrating the range of support and benefit third sector groups bring to an individual as discussed in the last meeting.  If anyone has a volunteer or individual who can present the benefit the service brings that would complement it so well.

 This format for the meeting is building on the main discussion points in the last meeting held in October 2017, summary below:

  • There is a need to know how the changes in the NHS across Merseyside and Cheshire / NHS Cheshire and Merseyside will work with and value the role the third sector can play in delivering on the STP goals.
  • What is the plan for developing engagement (as opposed to consultation) with people who use the services and the community and voluntary sector.
  • A dragons den style event with representatives from overseeing the NHS changes at a Cheshire and Merseyside level to present and discuss the value the third sector brings to STP objectives

If you want to present at this event please contact Des des.chow@haltonccg.nhs.uk Paul  Paul.Steele@sthelensccg.nhs.uk  or Ruth  Ruth.Austen-Vincent@mssociety.org.uk  for more information. 

Nick Mott (Deputy Head of Guidance & Practice) talks about the automatic disqualification rules coming into force on the 1 August 2018, and how you can prepare.

Almost anyone can run a charity, but restrictions mean some people are automatically prevented (disqualified) from being able to do this unless they have clearance from the Charity Commission.

Read the full article HERE...

Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group support anyone who has been touched by cancer. One of the services offered is a confidential counselling service within a safe and comfortable environment where you can feel relaxed and able to discuss your concerns freely.

This service is for adults aged 18+.  Appointments are available Monday to Friday. If you would like to know more or make a referral please feel free to drop in to The Centre on Alforde Street, Widnes or give them a call on 0151 423 5730.

www.widnesandruncorncancersupport.org.uk 

 

Are you helping to support someone who has a Mental Health diagnosis, this can be someone with depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD etc if so Halton Carers' centre have some great training which is available at their Runcorn Centre. There are 2 different courses which can be accessed the first is basic Mental Health Training which covers all mental health and is covered over 2 sessions, the 2nd course is specifically around Personality Disorders and again is 2 sessions.  You can choose which course is more suited to yourself or you can access both courses.  To book a place please contact the centre on 01928 580182, a refundable £5 deposit is needed to secure your place.

The dates for the MH training are:

  • Basic Mental Health Training - Thursday, 1st & 8th March 2018 from 10:00 to 12:30pm
  • Personality Disorder Training - Thursday 15th & 29th March 2018 from 10:00 to 12:30pm

All sessions are held at their Runcorn Office and you will receive a certificate at the end of the sessions..

They also have a Mental Health Carers Support Group which meets monthly in Runcorn, It offers peer support, activities and guest speakers in a friendly environment where carers can meet others in similar situations. The group meet the last wed of every month 1pm – 3pm in the Mencap Building, Laburnum Grove. The groups next dates are: 31st Jan, 28th Feb, 28th Mar,25th April.  For more information on the group please give them a call on 01928 580 182.

 

 

Community Action Wirral is recruiting for a Head of Service. This is a full time position based in The Lauries in Birkenhead with a salary of £30-35k dependent upon experience.  The post holder will deliver the newly acquired not for profit infrastructure contract for the Borough.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 5pm.

All applications and queries relating to the role should be sent to Karen.livesey@communityactionwirral.org.uk

For more information, please see the attached job description and application form.

 

Apex Charitable Trust Ltd provides information, advice and guidance to offenders/ex-offenders, supporting them into employment, training, education and voluntary work by assisting them in breaking down the barriers they face when moving forward with a conviction. Based in St Helens with outreach across the Liverpool City Region, ACT 4 Women is a peer support project. Beneficiaries are unemployed women ex-offenders. They currently have a vacancy for a Information, Advice and Guidance Officer (17 ½ hrs per week) and for a Volunteer Coordinator / Assessor (28 hrs per week). 

Information, Advice and Guidance Officer – 17 ½ hrs per week
Based in St Helens – delivering outreach across Liverpool, works with unemployed women offenders / ex-offenders (ACT 4 Women project). This project addresses barriers to education, training and employment faced by women with a criminal record residing in Merseyside. 17.5 hrs p/week (between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday–Friday) – salary £24,168 p/a (pro rata)

The IAG (information, advice & guidance) Officer will recruit women offenders to engage in the project, working with them on a 1-1 basis, supporting them in achieving their goals, offering advice and guidance to them in securing employment, training, education or voluntary work. Delivery is in Liverpool.

Time limited contract – fixed term to 31st December 2018.

Volunteer Coordinator / Assessor – 28 hrs per week
The Volunteer Coordinator will recruit, train and support volunteers in volunteering as peer mentors with Apex Trust to enable service delivery and expansion. As Assessor you will deliver accredited training through Open Awards to appropriate level, working alongside Internal Quality Assurance to ensure high standards of deliver set out by the awarding body.

28 hrs p/week (between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday–Friday) – salary £24,168 p/a (pro rata)

The project is funded through a number of grants and donations from valued supporters.

Due to the attendance at ‘women only’ establishments, the posts advertised require female only applicants (These posts are restricted to women only as a genuine occupational requirement under Schedule 9 paragraph Equality Act 2010). As this role is across Merseyside delivering on an outreach basis, it is essential for a car owner applicant.

Appointments are subject to satisfactory references and enhanced DBS check

Closing Date for both Vacancies: Friday 16th February 2018 - midday
Interview Date - to be confirmed

Application packs can be requested by request emailing sthelens@apextrust.com
 

Halton Peoples Health Forum has 2 events taking place on:

  • Tuesday 27th February 2018, St Maries, Widnes, WA8 6DB from 1pm to 3.30pm
  • Thursday 1st March 2018, Halton Lead LIbrary, Runcorn Shopping City, WA7 2PF from 1pm to 3.30pm

Topics to be discussed

  • Cancer awareness
  • GP/Care home alignment - feedback
  • Access to primary care

This is a free event and you can meet local GP's and Health professionals 

Presenters

Dr David Lyons (GP Castlefields/Chair of Halton CCG) Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Centre Primary Care Commissioners

HIT- Health Improvement Team

Representatives from Macmillan and Delamere Centre to be confirmed

For more information:  Email communications@haltonccg.nhs.uk or telephone 01928 593479

 

Listening Ear, a Knowsley-based social enterprise delivering counselling and therapy services, has been approved as a learning provider for the Skills for Growth Service. Skills for Growth supports businesses in the Liverpool City Region to invest in improving the skills and productivity of their workforce. 

Listening Ear has been approved as a training provider with Skills for Growth and as a result can offer subsidised training to companies within the Liverpool City Region, which includes Liverpool, Knowsley, St.Helens, Sefton, Wirral and Halton.

The funding is subject to the company being eligible, but in theory an SME could receive 80% funding, which is a huge saving for smaller organisations.

Listening Ear can offer the following training for your employees:

  • Bereavement
  • Suicide and Self-harm awareness
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Mindfulness

Listening Ear’s training courses are flexible and bespoke to the employer and we can combine some of the modules above to create a bespoke package for your employees and their needs. For example, they have a 1 day course, which covers mindfulness, stress and
anxiety.

Training courses can be held at Listening Ear’s newly refurbished building in Whiston or at your business premises and each course will last 1 day, although employers can receive funding for more than 1 course per learner.

For more information about this funding and the training delivered by Listening Ear, please contact:
Amanda McTomney
Project Manager
amanda.mctomney@listening-ear.co.uk

Do you care for someone who is currently in hospital, or do you care for someone and are going into hospital yourself for a planned admission? Lucia Urquhart who is a hospital liaison support worker at Halton Carers’  Centre can assist you with any questions you may have around hospitals / admissions / discharge / care at home and liaise with hospital staff and social services on your behalf. It can be a very stressful and confusing time not knowing what happens following a hospital stay. Lucia can attend discharge meetings with you to make sure you are fully aware what is going to happen when a patient is discharged.             

Some people do not consider themselves as a carer instead they are just looking after someone close to them. A carer is someone who provides help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without their help.

Halton Carers' Centre offer information and advice, advocacy and support, emotional support, relaxation therapies, carer break funding, training courses, support groups, trips, newsletters and much more.

Contact details: Halton Carers’ Centre: 62 Church Street, Runcorn, WA7 1LD. Tel: 01928 580182. Peelhouse Family Centre, Peelhouse Lane, Widnes, WA8 6TJ. Tel: 0151 257 9673. Email help@haltoncarers.co.uk

 

Shopmobility St Helens which provides electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters and a range of transit wheelchairs for hire both short and long term, has now moved to the Independent Living Store based at St Mary's Arcade:

Independent Living Store
St Mary's Arcade
Church Square Shopping Centre
St Helens
WA10 1AR

Telephone 01744 613388 remains the same.

 

The Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) programme is a Home Office funding opportunity, which supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender. The programme allows organisations that share these aims to bid for in-kind support and grant funding for specific programmes that deliver goals set out in the Counter Extremism Strategy. 

The call for grant funding is open from Monday 15th January 2018 at 3pm until Friday 16th February 2018 at 5pm.

You can still apply for funding if your previous application was unsuccessful.

If you applied for funding in rounds 1 and 2, you may apply for funding in round 3. You can also apply for funding if you have been or are in receipt of in-kind communications support.

For more information and to apply for the fund please click the link below which will take you to the Gov.uk site:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/building-a-stronger-britain-together

Liverpool City Council is holding an event with the BSBT Team on Monday 29 January 2018, 1-3pm, at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane, Liverpool L1 3BT. 

This is an opportunity to meet the team and find out more about the programme. If you are thinking of applying it would be useful to start to plan your application prior to the event so you have plenty of time to submit it before the deadline. 

For more information about the event, or to book a place, please contact, Joanne Matthews, Community Coordinator (Counter Extremism Strategy) at Joanne.matthews@liverpool.gov.uk or telephone 0151 233 7019.

 

St Helens is set to be the first area in the City Region to trial a digital approach to accessing travel information after Liverpool City Region Transport Committee members agreed to a six month pilot earlier this week.

Over the last five years the number of outlets receiving paper timetables and other information has reduced and increasingly more people are accessing travel information online. 

It means that during the pilot period, bus paper timetables, area map leaflets and general ticketing booklets will be removed from the St Helen’s Merseytravel Centre and 16 other outlets, such as health centres and libraries. If successful, the pilot could be rolled out across the Liverpool City Region, contributing to savings of up to £140k a year.

Starting 15th January 2018, the pilot includes plans for a number of roadshows, taking place across St Helens and run by digital champions. The aim of the roadshows will be to help customers who don’t traditionally use online tools, get used to ‘going digital’. Digital champions will show customers how to access ticket information, check and plan journeys using an online journey planner. During the Pilot the Merseytravel website ticketing pages will also be being updated and a new, improved Merseytravel ticket finder will also be developed to come online around February.

Those customers who are unable to use online tools or need additional support to plan their journeys, will be able to request personalised journey plans, including paper timetables, at St Helen’s Merseytravel centre, which will also display improved travel information.

Cllr Liam Robinson chair of The Combined Authority Transport Committee, which oversees the work of Merseytravel, said:

 “As digital journey planning tools become more popular with customers in the Liverpool City Region and with the financial challenges Merseytravel faces, it is important that information distribution channels are reviewed and cost efficiently strategies deployed. 

Removing paper leaflets from key distribution outlets will enable Merseytravel to understand the impact in a controlled manner and evaluate the success of the pilot based on customer feedback, before any decision is rolled out across the rest of Merseyside.

To find out more about Advice and Digital Training click on the link below

http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travelling-around/key-destinations/Pages/Digital-Roadshows.aspx

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is embarking on its search for exceptional individuals with the passion to deliver on their vision and help to create a truly global and competitive City Region at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse. If you have the skills and ambition for this City Region and thrive on tough challenges and getting results, then they want to hear from you. They currently a vacancy for a Senior Officer (Data Analysis) and also for a Programme Support Officer.

Senior Officer (Data Analysis)​:

Reporting to the Programme Manager, you will provide policy and data analysis support for all aspects of the Households into Work Programme. You will support colleagues, helping to ensure the programme’s aims and objectives are met, that targets and outcomes are achieved and that quality standards are adhered to.

You will hold a minimum of a Level 3 qualification (3 A levels or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate a commitment to continuous personal development.

Salary: £27,852 to £33,562
 

Programme Support Officer​

Reporting to the Programme Manager, you will provide programme support for the innovative Households into Work Programme. You will monitor and report on programme delivery, helping to ensure performance standards are being met and that suitable process and systems which aid management and delivery of the programme are in place.

You will hold a minimum of a Level 2 qualification (5 good GCSEs or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate a commitment to continuous personal development.

Salary: £24,764 to £26,783

Closing date for both vacancies is 1st February 2018

For more information and how to apply please click the link below:

http://liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/vacancies

 

 

Cheshire Police is warning residents across the county not to fall foul of Courier Fraud following reports in Crewe, Nantwich and Chester.

Courier fraud is when the offender cold calls the victim posing as an official such as a police officer or a member of a banks fraud team.

They will instruct the victim to go to their bank and withdraw money. The offender will claim that they are investigating staff at the bank that they need the victim's help in some kind of undercover operation, for example they may claim that bank staff are handing out counterfeit bank notes and they need the victim to withdraw money so that it can be examined.

The offender will then send a courier to collect the money from the victim.

There are many variations of this scam, which may involve the victim handing over bank cards or high value items.

In one recent incident, a Crewe elderly couple were contacted by an offender posing as a Greater Manchester Police Officer. He told the victims that people had been accessing their bank account using blank cards and instructed them to withdraw money which was to be handed to a courier using a password system.

DC Liz Rankin said: "Over 5,000 pounds sterling and 2,000 euros was handed over to a man who called at their home. The victims described the offender as about 5'2"-5'3" with dark skin and straight black hair. He was of slim build and aged around 20-years-old."

If you have any information please contact DC Liz Rankin from Crewe CID on 101 quoting incident number 516 of 4 January 2018. Alternatively information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Here's some advice on how to avoid the scam:

  • The police will never ask you to become part of an undercover investigation or for you to withdraw cash and hand it to them for safe-keeping.
     
  • Be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money
     
  • If you are approached, or feel something is suspicious, hang up the phone and don't reply.
     
  • Then report it to police on 101, Action Fraud and your bank on their advertised number.

Visit www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk for more advice on how to stay safe from scams

 

St Helens Council would be very grateful if you could complete their online survey and let them know your views on the proposed changes to the way they maintain our parks and the future of the Ranger Service as well as any ideas you have about how they can deliver services collaboratively in the future.

You can complete the survey here https://applications02.sthelens.gov.uk/ConsultationSuite/SurveyIntroduction.aspx?id=502

The deadline for submissions is 11th February.

 

Time to Change Information Event 

22nd February 10am to 12 noon at The Studio, Lacey Street, Widnes, WA8 7SG

The event is being run in partnership with Time to change. They are hoping to engage people from all backgrounds to join them in tackling mental health stigma. 

Want to help tackle mental health stigma in Halton?

For further information phone  0300 029 0029 or email HIT@halton.gov.uk

Please feel free to share the attached poster with your partners and beneficiaries.  Any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Kate Bazley, Mental Health and Wellbeing lead, Halton Health Improvement Team.

 

Want to improve your general wellbeing and learn how to manage your stress level more effectively? Why not try Yoga at Willowbrook-The Living Well, Borough Rd, St Helens?

Focusing on strength, flexibility and breathing, yoga is a safe and effective way to improve your physical health, especially strength, flexibility and balance as well as being beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.

There are 3 sessions every week:

Tuesday 6-7pm with Steve Thomas. Fee £5 (with £1 from every participant being donated to Willowbrook Hospice)

Wednesday 9.30am-10.30am with Steve Thomas. Fee £6

Saturday 10.30-11.30am with Shirley Horrocks. Fee £5

For more information, contact Steve on 07802367 669 or Shirley on 07515 336 367.

 

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE POLICE COMMISSIONER FOR MERSEYSIDE

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is asking local people if they would be willing to pay a little extra to help protect police officer numbers and recruit new armed officers after the government sidestepped its responsibility to invest in the police service.

After seven years of austerity, the Government announced in December that the police would, once again, receive no more new money from the Home Office to tackle crime in Merseyside.

Instead, Policing Minister Nick Hurd MP announced Police and Crime Commissioners would be expected to ask local taxpayers to pay up to  £1 a month extra towards their police service through their council tax.

Since 2010, Merseyside Police has had to make cuts of £103m, with an estimated £18m still to make by 2021/22.

If the Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, does not win the support of local people, Merseyside Police will be left facing a further shortfall of more than £3.17m – the equivalent of 64 police officer posts.

Jane said: “The sad truth is that this government has once again left police forces around the country facing a funding black hole. They have washed their hands of their responsibility and instead are shifting the burden of paying for the police on to the shoulders of local council taxpayers.

“By freezing the grant provided by central government at the 2017/18 rate - a reduction on the previous two years - the Policing Minister has imposed a real terms cut on the police budget as we contend with pay and inflationary pressures. His proposal is that I make up this shortfall by asking local taxpayers to pay more.

“This is a step which I am reluctant to take, however, if I don’t raise the policing element of local council tax then Merseyside Police will be penalised and our communities adversely affected.

“This money will be used to save police officer jobs and help us to recruit 20 new armed officers who are needed to help tackling the scourge of serious and organised crime on Merseyside and to protect our communities.

“The Government did not bother to ask people if they would be willing to contribute more for policing before they made this announcement – instead they arrogantly assumed that local residents could stump up the cash.

“I know finances are tight for a lot of people on Merseyside at the moment so I don’t ask for this tax rise lightly.”

The Commissioner is now holding a region-wide consultation asking people if they would be willing to contribute the extra funding expected by central government to make up for the shortfall and help her to limit the impact of the ongoing cuts.

The increase equates to approximately 15p a week or £8 a year for a Band A household - the lowest Council Tax category and the amount paid by the majority of tax payers on Merseyside.  This would increase the police element of tax payers’ bills from £110.65 to £118.65 a year.

Even with this increase, the Commissioner and Chief Constable will still be forced to make savings of £7m over the next 12 months.

Jane said: “Since 2015 the Government have assumed that Police and Crime Commissioners like myself will put up the council tax precept to minimise the impact of their cuts to funding. It is a move which comes from a government who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

““Any additional funding we can raise from the precept will not replace the 1,000 officers we have lost over the last seven years. However, it will mean that we will have 64 officers more by March 2019 than we would otherwise.

“In a climate of growing demands, rising crime and increasing calls for help from the public, I do not believe we can afford to lose any more officers.

“I am therefore forced to ask people on Merseyside if they would be willing to contribute that extra 15p a week to help protect vital frontline police services.”

People are invited to have their say through a short online survey at www.merseysidepcc.info by Sunday 4th February. The Commissioner will also be holding a series of road shows throughout Merseyside to ask people for their views. 

Please find details of the community consultation events below:

Time and Date

 

Location

 

Area

2pm – 4pm

Monday 22nd January

Sainsbury’s,

Rice Lane,

Walton, L9 1NL.

North Liverpool
10am – 12noon
Tuesday 23rd January
Tesco Extra Store
Park Road,
Liverpool, L8 4XF
South Liverpool
2pm– 4pm
Tuesday 23rd January
Asda Aintree,
Ormskirk Rd, 
Liverpool L10 3LN
Sefton
10am – 12noon
Wednesday 24th January
Asda
Central 12 Shopping Park,
Derby Road, 
Southport, PR9 0TY
Sefton

10am – 12 noon

Friday 26th January

Asda 
Huyton Lane, 
Liverpool, L36 7TX
Knowsley
2pm – 4pm
Friday 26th January
ASDA, 
Kirkland Street, 
St Helens, WA10 2EF
St Helens
2pm – 4pm
Monday 29th January
Asda Birkenhead
222 Grange Road, 
Birkenhead, CH41 6EB
Wirral

 

The Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), in partnership with the Anna Freud Learning Network, has developed its first ever online eLearning module: ‘Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people’

This eLearning aims to increase the awareness, understanding and confidence of non-specialist and school staff who support the wellbeing and mental health of children or young people to access the benefits associated with measuring mental wellbeing. This free interactive short course aims to demystify and simplify the whole process of using outcomes and feedback measures to monitor mental wellbeing and is laid out in six easy to follow parts:

  1. Understanding mental wellbeing
  2. Introduction to outcome measures
  3. The benefits of measuring mental wellbeing
  4. Selecting and using measures
  5. Best practice using measures
  6. Using and interpreting data

Outcome measurement has become a focus of funders, commissioners and policy makers, as a tangible and reliable way in which to assess the welfare of children and young people in the care of wellbeing services and schools. The process can also have important benefits for the children and young people themselves as well as for associated professionals, projects, interventions and services.

This course features engaging activities and quizzes to illustrate how staff can choose and use measures to monitor wellbeing and how to analyse wellbeing information to drive improvement and demonstrate effectiveness.

To access the eLearning module please go to http://www.corc.uk.net/elearning/ for more information.

The third round of Rosa’s Woman to Woman fund is now open. With grants of up to £25,000, local grassroots women’s organisations across the UK will be supported using funds from the ‘Tampon Tax.’ In celebration of the centenary of the women’s vote, this round of the Woman to Woman fund will have a renewed focus on leadership and representation and they are particularly interested in funding work that increases women’s representation, skills building and civic engagement.

Grants are available for groups with an income of under £100,000 per year, to support a wide range of charitable work that benefits women: from building confidence and leadership skills, tackling harassment and violence, to training in financial literacy and increasing engagement in decision-making – and much more besides.

Rosa is also interested in increasing the impact and sustainability of women’s groups. Therefore, grants can pay for core costs such as financial management, business planning, staff salaries, office rent, leadership development and staff training; as well as project costs such as drop-in support services, mobilising volunteers and outreach. They especially want to support groups that work with disadvantaged communities or in disadvantaged areas.

As well as grants, Rosa will provide additional support that women’s groups tell them they need, including mentoring, training and networking opportunities.

Who can apply?

If you meet the following requirements you can apply for a grant:

  • You are a women’s sector organisation
  • You are a charitable organisation – your organisation need not be a registered charity, but your activities must be charitable and legal
  • You are a local organisation, which is not part of a national enterprise
  • You have an annual income less than £100k or you employ less than two full-time paid members of staff
  • You have a written governing document, such as a constitution or set of rules
  • You have a governing body with at least 3 unrelated members
  • You have a UK-based bank or building society account in the name of your organisation, with at least two unrelated signatories

What size grants are available?

Grants of between £5,000 and up to and including £25,000 are available. Any grant awarded must be spent within 12 months of receipt.

How will organisations be shortlisted?

Applicants will be shortlisted according to the fund criteria, the clarity and credibility of their plans, and to ensure a diversity of applications including across geography, Rosa’s four pillars, new and innovative or tried and tested approaches.
When to apply 

Round 3 of the Woman to Woman fund opens for applications on Tuesday 12th December at midday. There are two stages to submitting an application to the Woman to Woman fund. To apply for a grant you will first need to complete the stage 1 application. The deadline for stage 1 applications is Thursday 25th January 2018 at 5pm and no applications will be accepted after this date.

To find out more and to submit an application, please click the link below:

http://www.rosauk.org/resources/blog/woman-to-woman/

 

 

NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reaching out to local residents to talk about winter pressures on the NHS including misuse of antibiotics, knowing the right place to go to when you need care quickly and knowing how to best stay well over the winter period.

The NHS faces some of its biggest pressures in the winter time and they want to talk to you about how we can all best tackle issues with;

  • Antibiotics - Bugs are becoming more resistant to antibiotics because of misuse. Did you know that St Helens has the highest number of prescriptions for antibiotics in the country?
     
  • Emergency and Urgent Care - How do we make sure that everyone knows how to use urgent care in the right way?
     
  • Pharmacy - Did you know you can use your pharmacy for advice on lots of health issues?
     
  • Caring For Yourself - Most illnesses which are common in winter like cold and flu are best cared for by yourself at home, but do we all know how best to do this?

​Whilst the CCG's role at the NHS is to work on tackling these key issues, they want to talk to you to hear your ideas and questions about how we can all work together to help these pressures.

Join in the conversation at the Talkfest  debate event

What: they will be holding a live question time style debate to discuss the winter issues facing St Helens. There will be expert panellists from urgent care, pharmacy, GPs and the voluntary sector. 

When: 25th of January 2018

Time: 5.00-6.30 (5-5.30 registration, debate goes live at 5.30-6.30pm) 

Where: St Helens College, Water Street, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 1PP

Attendees will also have the chance to sign up to be an Antibiotic Guardian to help support the fight against antibiotic resistance.

Registration for the event is through Eventbrite, or you can register on arrival on the day.

If you can't make the event, but would still like to pose a question to the panel, you can do this by emailing them on engagement@sthelensccg.nhs.uk, call on 01744 627 596, or post your question on social media via Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

 

Introduction

Youth social action has huge potential to create enjoyable opportunities and skills development for young people, benefitting local people and places.

The aim of this grant is to raise the level and quality of youth social action. The programme aim is to increase youth social action by 50% by 2020 taking the percentage of young people that volunteer from 40% to 60%. 

Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities.

Social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for.

The definition of young people is between 10 and 20, and up to 25 for disabled young people.

Big Lottery Fund and the Office for Civil Society have invested £2million this year to fund groups delivering local youth social action opportunities. Local fundraising is also a key part of the Youth Social Action programme.   

Areas Covered
All Merseyside boroughs including Halton. 

How much can groups bid for?
The Youth Social Action Fund will provide funding of between £1000 and £5000 for each project.

Criteria

Please note, a key focus of this fund is young people tackling a social issue which also involves/educates the wider community.  
Important - Before applying for funding, all applicants must read the full criteria before applying. 

Criteria attached 

Deadline: 
There is very limited funding for this next round, therefore the fund will close when they receive 6 COMPLETE & ELGIBLE applications on a first come , first serve basis.They are aiming to have decisions by the end of February 2018 and would encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Click below to apply

Youth Social Action Fund Application

Do you have a spare room in your home? Would you like to become a host, accommodating a local young person?

SHAP are a specialist housing organisation, existing to enable young and vulnerable people to have their housing needs appropriately met. The organisation provides high quality accommodation with support for young and vulnerable people who are homeless, in housing need or experiencing disruption and difficulty in their life.

To expand on the work they are doing in St Helens and recognising that hostel or group living is not always the best option for some young people, they are working with St Helens Council to develop a Supported Lodging service and we would like to recruit suitable householders from the St Helens area. 

Supported Lodgings provide young people with safe, supportive places to live in the homes of local people. If you have a furnished spare room in your home and an interest in helping a young person become independent, they would like to hear from you.

You will need to: 
• live full time in the property but can have your own routine including perhaps attending work, holidays and weekends away
• provide a home-like environment and domestic routine which will support a young person engaging in education, training or work, including the provision of some meals 
• be able to establish an appropriate and consistent personal relationship with a young person, including nonintrusive practical help and advice

SHAP will:
• provide general skills development and training for you and the young person
• assess the needs of young people referred for living in Supported Lodgings, and match them to individual hosts/carers 
• regularly meet and work with you ,the host, in delivering a package of support to the young person 
• provide regular and out of hours support

For this you will receive a host’s payment in the form of rent for your room, a support fee and a housekeeping payment for any meals that you provide of up to £140 per week.

SHAP are committed to safeguarding the welfare and safety of young people and they will require references and DBS checks to be carried out. If you share the passion that SHAP have for helping young people and would like some more information please get in touch with Rhona O’Brien on 07471 035 386 or Andy Lee-McGurk at our head office on 01744 454056 

SHAP was started by a group of people who were concerned about the rising number of young homeless people in St Helen’s in the late 1970s. After some temporary solutions in a shared maisonette where young people were supported by volunteers, the first hostel, The 162 Project, opened its doors in early 1981. They have grown since then and much has changed but young people are still becoming homeless and still need shelter, food, warmth, support and respect. 

 

Did you know that by choosing Co-op branded products and services, members of the Co-op have helped raise an amazing £20 million for local causes across the country since September 2016?  That means they've been able to help fund thousands of local projects that benefit communities across the UK. The Local Community Fund is the Co-op’s way of giving back to local communities.

As a member, every time you purchase selected ‘own-brand’ products and services at the Co-op, 1% of what you spend goes into the Local Community Fund.  In addition, 5% will also go into your own Co-op Membership account, for you to spend on your next visit to the store. The money raised by all the members in your community, together with money from shopping bag sales, helps to fund local projects in the area where you live.  You can choose which local cause you want your own 1% to go to by visiting the Co-op website or using the Freephone number below.

On Saturday 25th November 2017, Co-ops across the country celebrated their own local causes by presenting cheques to community leaders. 

At the Elton Head Road Store, Managers Mike and Karen, were delighted to welcome representatives from the local causes allowing them to thank members for their support. Assistant Scout Leader Andy and members of the 8th Scouts Group braved the weather to be presented with a cheque for £1,225.69. The much needed funds will go towards the maintenance of the Scouts’ Meeting Room.

 

 

 

Jay, Treasurer of the St Helens Cancer Support Group joined them in the afternoon and was presented with a cheque for £1,436.90. These funds will be used to assist local people who are living with cancer by providing a support network as well as a counselling and therapy service.

To find out more about becoming a member of the Co-op, go online to coop.co.uk/membership or phone for more information on Freephone 0800 023 4708.

Elton Head Road Co-op Round 3 Local Causes  who will receive funding in 2018 are:

  • The Lilac Centre – funding to provide complementary therapy and counselling services for cancer patients.
  • The James Nicholas Foundation – funding to reduce the frequency of young sudden cardiac death through free ECG screening in the local area
  • Sam’s Diamonds – funding to take their ladies on a respite weekend away where they can participate in workshops to help support them on their cancer journey.

These local charities will be supported by the 1% contributions from our members across the Elton Head Road area of Rainhill and St Helens.  It is really important to get the message out to family and friends that the more members who shop at the Co-op, for selected ‘own-brand’ products and services, the more money they will have to support these local causes. So it’s over to you.  You can support one of our Local Causes by simply becoming a member of the Co-op.  You can find out about Co-op membership in your local store or online at www.coop.co.uk/membership.

If you need any information about the Membership Pioneer and supporting members and staff at Elton Head Road Co-op store please contact Sandra on Sandra.roscoe@cooopmembers.co.uk

CLG (Change, Grow, Live) would like to invite you to their Information Afternoon and to learn about the fantastic recovery model called A.C.T (Acceptance Commitment Therapy).

CLG have had A.C.T Peer Recovery in their service at CGL St Helens for the past 6 months and it has been extremely successful. ACT are keen to expand this into other services in St Helens as it can be utilised in any form of wellbeing.

Charity Black Tie Event in aid of Age Uk Mid Mersey on Friday 18th May at 7.30pm till late at The Mansion House, Victoria Park, City Road, St Helens, WA10 2UE.

  • Live Entertainment
  • Raffle Prizes
  • Auction
  • Drinks Reception and a hot buffet

Tickets cost £20 and can be purchased by calling 01744 752644, email laurawalton@aukmm.org.uk or by visiting reception at The Mansion House

 

Are you a Woman born in the 1950's who would like to join a Halton group of women against state pension inequality, to complain and campaign against the rise in their state pension age. 

Then come along to WASPI Widnes and Runcorn supporters group. 

You will be part of a national WASPI campaign, asking for fair transitional arrangements for all woman affected by the 1995 pensions act raising womans pension age from 60. As well as the subsequent 2011 act accelerating this rise.

WASPI are having a meeting on Wednesday, January 10th at 7:30pm at:

Royal British Legion Club,
Halton Village,
Runcon,
WA7 2BE

Please go along and add to their swarm, you will get a buzz.

  

What are the Charity Awards?

The Charity Awards is a civil society media’s annual awards programme held to identify, recognise and reward those organisations doing exceptional work in all areas of charity activity. The awards provide a perfect opportunity for you to propel your charity’s work into the spotlight. Submitting an entry is free, and you can support your organisation’s efforts to influence policy-makers and funders and boost the morale of your staff and stakeholders. You may enter any type of project or campaign and it will be judged by a distinguished panel of sector leaders against entries from other organisations in your own sector. 

How are the awards judged?  

The independent judging panel will take a range of attributes into account when reviewing the entry forms - these are called the ‘Hallmarks of Excellence’. The project or initiative you are putting forward should be able to demonstrate achievement in most, if not all, of these Hallmarks. 

The entry form invites you to explain how your project demonstrates these attributes:

  • Outcomes and effectiveness
  • Value for money 
  • Innovation 
  • Sustainability 
  • Replicability and scalability 
  • Best practice. 

Categories  

Awards are given out in the categories below and an overall winner is chosen from the winners of each category. 

  • Arts, culture and heritage 
  • Campaigning and advocacy 
  • Children and youth 
  • Disability
  • Education and training 
  • Environment and conservation 
  • Grant making and Funding 
  • Healthcare and medical research 
  • International Aid and Development 
  • Social care, advice and support. 

How to enter the Charity Awards? 

  1. Visit charityawards.co.uk to download your entry form 
  2. Complete your form (guidance notes are available online to help you to complete the form).
  3. Submit your form by Friday 23rd February (you can submit your entry by email or through the website). 

The form is designed to help you describe how your initiative or project has improved the delivery of your charity’s mission. 

Key Dates 

  • • Entries close 23rd February
  • • Judging April 
  • • Shortlist announced 9th May 
  • • Gala presentation 7th June 

Merseyside’s Deputy Police Commissioner is inviting anyone looking for a new challenge for 2018 to consider becoming an independent custody visitor.

Cllr Emily Spurrell is looking to recruit more volunteers to be part of an important scheme which sees members of the community check on the welfare of people detained in police custody.

The Independent Custody Visiting programme was established following the investigation into the Brixton riots in 1981 and is now the responsibility of Police and Crime Commissioners to operate in their respective areas across the country.

The scheme sees volunteers undertake random, unannounced visits of police cells to check on the conditions and make sure those being held are being cared for appropriately.

There is currently a committed team of 23 volunteers who dedicate their time to the scheme, but the Deputy Commissioner is now looking to get up to 10 more people involved.

The volunteers visit the region’s custody suites in pairs, at varied times of the night and day, throughout the year. Once on site, they check on the welfare of those detained and the conditions within the suite and produce a report for the Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, and her Deputy. They can then raise any issues directly with Merseyside Police.

Emily said: “Independent Custody Visitors (ICVs) carry out an important public duty which provides reassurance to the public, the police and to me that we are detaining men and women here on Merseyside properly and caring for them appropriately.

“Detainees are potentially vulnerable and visits by our ICV volunteers are a key protection for them and a vital part of our criminal justice system, ensuring their legal entitlements and rights are respected.

“This is an interesting and rewarding role where volunteers can make a real difference within their community and get an insight into how our police system operates. By volunteering for this scheme, people can play their part in promoting the highest standards of policing. This is a fantastic opportunity for people who are looking for a new challenge for the New Year.”

The ICV scheme in Merseyside has been in operation since April 1984, when 20 members of the public were trained as visitors.

Last year, Merseyside’s ICV volunteers made a total of 265 impromptu trips to custody suites in the region, offering to see more than 2,300 detainees.

ICVs must have good observational and thinking skills, strong ethical principles and be able to maintain confidentiality. They should also be comfortable challenging authority if required. Ideally the volunteers will also come from a range of backgrounds, ages and experience.

Volunteers must be over 18 years old and live or work in the Merseyside area. Full training will be given. It is expected that volunteers make one visit a month.

If you are interested in applying, please find a full recruitment pack and all the documents on the PCC’s website at www.merseysidepcc.info

The deadline for applications is Friday, 2nd February 2018.

You can also find out more about the ICV scheme here

The fine people of Mind Halton are conducting a survey with the aim to hear from as many men as possible living in Halton about their perception, attitudes and understanding of Mental Health.

They have put together a short survey using Survey Monkey, the questions are not intrusive and it are completely anonymous.

You can access the survey by clicking on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JK2SPLB

Their aim is to get a better insight into men’s perception and understanding of mental health so as to inform service delivery and support men appropriately.

For more information on Mind Halton, please visit www.mindhalton.org.uk

 

A warm invitation from the Management Committee to join them for their Annual General Meeting at Chain Lane Community Centre, 6.00 pm on Tuesday 30th January.

You can find out what has been happening over the last year at the Centre, how it's run, the community of users and the Centre's future.

They are keen to recruit more Trustees too!

For further information or to let them know if you're attending the AGM, please contact Pam on 07586 842 161 or email ccchainlane@gmail.com

 

Christmas can be stressful

Although Christmas is meant to be a happy and joyful time, this isn't how everyone feels at this time of the year. Christmas can be a stressful time for many people.  Some people find that the Christmas spirit can be spoilt by:

  • Money worries
  • Feelings of being alone
  • Family arguments
  • Separation and divorce
  • Bereavement
  • Becoming a step-family
  • Health worries

Some people find Christmas time difficult because of marital break-up, or being separated from their family and children. The emphasis on family, friends and shared good times during the 'festive season' can make people feel sad.

The attached a leaflet from CAHMS, "Family Christmas Survival Guide 2017", could help to give you some ideas to ease the stress and contact details of various organisations that could provide some support.

Runcorn Food Bank:

Runcorn District Foodbank
Holy Spirit Church
Fernhurst
Halton Brook
Runcorn
WA7 2NJ

Email: info@runcorndistrict.foodbank.org.uk           

Phone: 07922 072906

The Christmas opening hours for Runcorn District Food Bank are: 

23rd December- 10am til 12pm
26th December-2pm til 4pm 

To get help, more infomation and how to get foodbank vouchers click here 

To donate food or money click here 


 

Widnes Foodbank:

CHRISTMAS OPENING TIMES

Centres Open    Office Open    Warehouse Open

Thursday, 21st December    St Mary’s Church, 11am – 1pm    

Friday, 22nd December    St Paul's 1pm-3pm 
Crossing point 10am-1pm     

Saturday, 24th December    CLOSED    

Sunday, 25th December    CLOSED    

Monday, 26th December    CLOSED    

Tuesday, 27th December    CLOSED    

Wednesday, 27th December    Crossing pointy 11am – 2pm       

Thursday, 28th December    St Mary’s Church, 11am – 1pm        

Friday, 29th December    Crossing Point 10am – 1pm

St Paul’s Church, 1pm – 3pm     

Saturday, 31st December    CLOSED        

Sunday, 1st January    CLOSED    

Monday, 2nd January    CLOSED    

Tuesday, 3rd January    CLOSED    

To access help and find out how to get vouchers please click here

email address: http://info@widnes.foodbank.org.uk

Phone: 0151 422 0031


St Helens Foodbank

Atherton St , 
St Helens ,
Merseyside, 
WA10 2DT

Email: info@sthelens.foodbank.org.uk
Phone:01744 26414

Friday 22nd December 2017                          Atherton Street, St Helens                                 11am-2:30pm
                                                                        
 Saturday 23rd December 2017                     Hall Street, St Helens                                         11am – 2.00pm

 Sunday 24th December 2017                                    Closed                               

Monday 25th December 2017                                    Closed

Tuesday 26th December 2017                                   Closed

Wednesday 27th December 2017            St John the Baptist Church, Earlestown                  11.30am – 1.30pm                

Thursday 28th December 2017                        Atherton Street, St Helens                               11am-2pm      

Friday 30th December 2016                              Atherton Street, St Helens                               11am-2:30pm

Saturday 31st December 2017                                    Closed

Monday 1st  January 2017                                           Closed                                                 

Tuesday 2nd January 2017                                Atherton Street, St Helens                              11am-2:30pm                                                               

ALL DISTRIBUTION CENTRES OPEN AS NORMAL FROM TUESDAY 2ND JANUARY 2017

PLEASE NOTE: FROM TUESDAY 26TH DECEMBER TO FRIDAY 29TH DECEMBER EMERGENCY FOOD PARCELS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM HOPE HOUSE, 103 CHURCH STREET, ST. HELENS.  OPENING HOURS ARE 10 AM – 2 PM.

To get help, more infomation and how to get foodbank vouchers click here 

To donate food or money click here 

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.

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

Let Willowbrook Hospice collect your real Christmas tree from your door...and they will take it to be recycled into garden mulch.

Why Your donations Are Needed:

All the support during the Christmas Tree collection is provided free of charge and any donation goes directly to fund the vital work of Willowbrook Hospice.

If you can donate £5 (or more if you wish) you will be helping to provide the specialist care to somebody’s loved ones now and in the future. Thank you for helping them to care.

How To book A Collection:

Ring them on 01744 453798 or register online at https://charityxmastreecollection.com/who-we-support/willowbrook-hospice/

Volunteers needed - Week commencing Monday 8th January 2018 between 10am and 4pm.

If you are interested in volunteering to help collect Christmas trees please call Ian Turnbull on 0151 430 8736 or send an email to: iant@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

This e-bulletin aims to provide a synthesis of national and regional developments in mental health; highlight newly available data and policies, support collaboration and share best practice.  

 In This Issue You’ll Find:

  • Community Mental Health Survey 2017
  • Mental Health Act 1983: Implementing Changes to Police Powers
  • Establishment of New Mental Health Policy Research Unit
  • Youth Mental Health Mixtape
  • National Mental Health Intelligence Network Profiling Tools
  • National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Signals
  • NICE Consultations and Shared Learning
  • Mental Health Reports, Resources and Research
  • Mental Health Statistics

The purpose of this event is to provide a forum to disseminate the current challenges and opportunities for Halton’s faith sector specifically in terms of external funding, to share best-practice from the experience of successful local projects and seasoned bid-writing practitioners, and to learn from all parties actively involved in the sector about future strategy and direction for taking the sector forward and maximising its collective external funding potential.                

For more information and to book your place CLICK HERE NOW

The Next Volunteer Managers/Co-ordinators Forum will be onTuesday 23 January 2018 - 11.30am-2pm, at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB

Thr Forum meets six monthly to share information, discuss issues, monitoring and anything else to do with volunteering.

The meetings are informal and enjoyable. We hope you will feel able to participate.

Should you feel it would be helpful or appropriate for your role as a Volunteer Manager/Co-ordinator, please come along on the above date.

Lunch is not provided, so please bring along your own. Tea and coffee will be provided.

If you would like to attend please confirm your attendance to Linda Goodier either by phone: 01928 593112 or email: lgoodier@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk If you would like any items adding to the agenda please let Linda know on: lgoodier@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

We look forward to seeing you at the forum.

Regards Linda & Alison

Volunteer Centre Halton Development Officers

A local Runcorn man with his friends and family are taking on a day-long physical challenge to raise funds for his local Hospice.

Nick Vaughan, aged 56 and from Windmill Hill in Runcorn, along with his friends, will be on static bikes, rowing machines, skipping ropes and a treadmill for six hours on Sunday 17th December in Tesco in Widnes. During this time, one of the group – Bob Lewy, a former soldier who recently completed a 54 mile running challenge in memory of a former colleague who died aged 54 – will be completing a full 26.2 mile marathon on the treadmill. They aim to raise £4,000 for Halton Haven Hospice from the challenge which will take place between 11am and 5pm.

Nick and his friends raised £4,400 from doing a similar challenge in Tesco in October, which led to Nick being shortlisted for volunteer of the year at Trinity Mirror‘s Your Champion awards last month.

Nick’s wife Roslyn was cared for at Halton Haven before she passed away in September 2014. Nick has now raised over £20,000 for the Hospice, from two skipathons, two bikeathons and personal donations.

In addition to all his fundraising efforts, after Roslyn passed away, Nick trained to become a bereavement listener within the Family Support department at Halton Haven, on hand to listen to people who have lost loved ones at the Hospice. Of his listening volunteering, Nick said “I became a bereavement listener for men at the Family Support unit after Roslyn passed away. I felt I had something to offer dealing with bereavement as I have sadly been widowed twice now. It is something that I am passionate about; if I can possibly help someone then I’ll try my best to help and support”

As well as the cycling, rowing and skipping at Tesco on the 17th, there is scheduled to be an appearance from The Voice contestant Charlotte Olivia Shepherd, an army bugler, carol singers, acoustic bands and singers to keep shoppers (and Nick!) entertained.

Nick said, “The Hospice is close to my heart as sadly my wife passed away there. She asked me to raise funds and I’m a man of my word! This is the fifth time we’ve done a fundraising challenge like this and we would love the help of the Halton public to ensure we raise plenty of money for the Hospice! I would like to thank Tesco for their support in this and previous fundraising efforts.”

Chris Andrews, Community Fundraising Manager at Halton Haven Hospice, said “We’re blown away by what Nick has done for the Hospice. He raised over £4,000 two months ago and now he’s back at it! Without Nick and others like him, the Hospice wouldn't exist, so we are incredibly grateful for his hard work and support.

“I urge anyone who is going to be near Tesco on 17th December to pop in between 11am and 5pm to give Nick a bit of encouragement and show your support. It will mean a great deal to Nick and to the Hospice.”

To sponsor Nick, please visit www.justgiving.com/n-vaughan.

  • Two thirds of Liverpool’s small charities expect to provide services to more locals in need next year.
  • But local charities are forced to do more with less – three in five Liverpool charity leaders surveyed by the Weston Charity Awards say charity income is unlikely to rise in 2018.
  • CEO of Apex Charitable Trust, who won a Weston Charity Award in 2016, calls on supporters and staff of the area’s local charities to take advantage of the year-long package of free strategy coaching delivered by Pilotlight and funding provided by the Garfield Weston Foundation.

New research by the Weston Charity Awards among leaders of small and medium sized charities highlights that Liverpool charities expect to do more with less next year. Around three in five (61%) Liverpool charities surveyed feel their income will stagnate or decline over the next year. Yet it is remarkable that in spite of financial pressures two thirds (67%) of these charities said they expect to help more local people in 2018.

The research¹ is being released in December to mark the start of the application period for the Weston Charity Awards. The Awards offer twenty small to medium sized charities a one year programme of intensive leadership and strategy coaching from a hand-picked team of business leaders along with funding.

When it comes to planning ahead, two thirds (65%) of Liverpool charity leaders admitted they had spent only a few days over the past year on forward planning. The vast majority (83%) say that the pressure of tackling day to day operational matters is preventing them from taking a long-term view and 78% don’t have the budget to bring in specialist expertise in this area.

Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation which established the Weston Charity Awards said:

“Small charities are the lifeblood of the Liverpool area, helping people of all ages overcome a range of issues.  Charities tell us they urgently require leadership and strategy support to ensure they are able to keep doing what they do well. That’s why we are asking people in Liverpool to tell charities that mean a lot to them about the Weston Charity Awards. We’re offering charities a helping hand so they can continue to help your community in the years to come.”

Each of the twenty winning charities will benefit from a year of intensive leadership coaching through the Pilotlight Programme along with £6500 in funding.  Charities with income under £5million that provide frontline services in the fields of Community, Welfare and Youth are eligible to apply.

The Awards were first established in the North East of England in 2014 and then extended to the North West the following year. Among the 2016 winners was the Apex Trust which provides opportunities for unemployed people with a criminal record living in Merseyside. Apex Trust’s CEO Kim Hughes said:

“Through the Weston Charity Awards, we have made huge strides in changing our way of thinking. I urge supporters and staff of charities across Liverpool and Merseyside to consider how the Weston Charity Awards could help them face the future with confidence.”

Gillian Murray, Chief Executive of Pilotlight which manages the coaching and mentoring component of the Weston Charity Awards said:

We’ve worked with some fantastic charities in Liverpool and Merseyside - including the Apex Trust - and we expect to identify more ambitious local charities to help next year. The benefits of focussing on leadership development and organisational strategy are overwhelming. Charities report that within two years of completing the Pilotlight Programme they are, on average, reaching 53% more people and achieving 28% income growth.”

Applications for the Weston Charity Awards open on 1st December 2017. Charities can find out more about the Awards on the Weston Charity Awards website. https://westoncharityawards.org/

Charity In The North West – Generous Givers And Government Cuts

  • According to online directory Charitychoice.co.uk, there are 15,768 charities operating in the North West.
  • Two out of three (64%) of people in the North West donated to charity in the last three months. This is above the national average of 61%. Insights into Charity Fundraising 2017, Institute of Fundraising                                                                     
  • Highlighting the importance of well-run charities in the region, over a third (38%) of North West respondents would be encouraged to give more if they knew more how their money would be spent, and just under a third (30%) if they knew more about the charity’s effectiveness. Insights into Charity Fundraising 2017, Institute of Fundraising                                                    
  • The typical monthly amount donated by people in the North West to charity in 2016, was £18. CAF Charitable Giving Report 2017
  • Third sector organisations based in the North West, alongside those in London and the North East, saw the largest proportional falls in income from government in 2011/12 and 2012/13 – the North West experiencing a 7.2% drop in funding. UK Civil Society Almanac 2015

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.

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

The Salvation Army and the Hope Centre invite you to celebrate with them on Monday 18th December 11.00 am - 12.00 noon at St Helens Parish Church. 

To book your place and mince pie, please contact Sarah McDonagh, Funding Officer, The Hope Centre 01744 26414 sarahmcd@hopecentre.org.uk by Friday 15th December.

 

Sahir House are holding its yearly World AIDS Day activities and are collecting at various locations, they are keen to to get some extra helpers with this task.

Raising money for the charity is a life saver for many of Sahir House service users, as all funds raised are unrestricted and they can direct them straight to what is needed and where they are short on funds to help. It often helps service users with bus tickets to get in and receive the vital support service they need such as counselling and benefits advice. All support is greatly appreciated.

It is on Friday 1st December, city centre train stations for 2 hour collection shifts with a Sahir house representative so no one is on their own. They can supply an event ID badge and certificate of thanks.

Shifts are from 8am – 10am, 12 – 2pm and 4pm – 6pm, one or as many is welcome

If you are intested in volunteering, please contact Cathy Turner or Serena Cavanagh at Sahir House:

Sahir House, 151 Dale Street, Liverpool, L2 2AH

Telephone: 0151 237 3989

email: Cath@sahir.uk.com

http://www.sahir.org.uk/

 

Whats on at The Studio during December 

  • Fri 1st  Dec 7.30pm Stand Up at The Studio
  • Sat 2nd Dec 7pm Los Pacaminos ft Paul Young
  • Tues 5th Dec 6pm Cronton College Music Night
  • Wed 6th Dec 7.30pm A-VOID Mooncup Theatre FREE
  • Sat 9th Dec 11-2pm  Christmas Bazaar Free stalls and live music & Father Christmas
  • Sun 10th Dec 10 am Record Fair and Rock n Bowl Cafe
  • Fri 15th Dec 7.30pm Authentic Acoustic with Alex Darley, Greg Oldfield, Clive Little, You Can 2 & James Swift

They look forward to seeing everyone at the events.

The Studio now have a monthly Radio Show 'Loose at The Studio' with guests, live music, cultural chat, reviews and previews of what's happening at The Studio.  Next Show on Halton Community Radio 92.3fm Sat 16 Dec 6-8pm.

There is also an exhibition of artwork from Hunter Tyghe (two time winner of our under 18s Open Art and Artspace awards) running in the gallery until the end of January 2018.

And finally they are collecting Festive Food and gifts for Halton Families in Need and are helping to distribute them with Trinity Kings Cross. Donations can be dropped off on Sat 9th & Sun 10th Dec 10am - 3pm

To find out more contact Louise Nulty, The Studio Project Manager on 0151 420 8997 / 07930388844 or email nultylouise@gmail.com or visit the website www.thestudiowidnes.org.uk

This winter, don’t forget to claim your £140 off your electricity bill through the Government’s Warm Home Discount Scheme. This is in addition to the Winter Fuel Allowance you may receive.

Each energy supplier taking part in the scheme has its own criteria for who qualifies. Examples of who may qualify include:

  • If you are a pensioner in receipt of Pension Credit Savings Credit; or
  • You receive Employment and Support Allowance; Disability benefit or
  • Your household’s gross annual income is less than £16,190.

Funds are limited, so the discount is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. You therefore need to get your application in as soon as possible.

To find out if you qualify for the discount and to apply please contact your electricity supplier IMMEDIATELY

Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Don’t delay – apply today!

The local NHS is encouraging people in St Helens to get prepared for winter.  

The Stay Well this Winter campaign aims to get people, especially those with long-term conditions and those over 65, prepared for winter in a bid to ward off common winter illnesses. 

Cold weather can be very harmful, especially for people age 65 or older: it weakens the immune system, increases blood pressure, thickens the blood and lowers body temperature, increasing risks of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and chest infections. For those with COPD; bronchitis, emphysema; diabetes or heart and kidney, cold weather, and winter illnesses such as flu, can make health problems like these far worse. 

There are a number of things which can help people prepare against the cold weather:

At the first sign of a cough or a cold get help from your pharmacist before it gets more serious and make sure you speak to your pharmacist about medicines you should have in stock to help get you and your family through the winter season

  • If you do need help out of hours when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk who will be able to provide advice or arrange for you to see the on call out of hours doctor
  • It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors as it can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems, such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F), if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer.

Professor Sarah O’Brien, Interim Clinical Accountable Officer said: "We are asking everyone to get ready for winter and visit their local pharmacist at the first sign of illness. Pharmacies can offer a wide range of services to help you get better quicker when common illnesses such as coughs and colds or stomach bugs strike.

"Also, remember the needs of friends, relatives and neighbours who could be at risk. Many people who are particularly vulnerable to the cold, older people, those with underlying health conditions, pregnant women and those with young children, are not aware that by not keeping warm they may be putting themselves in danger."

Top advice to keep warm and well this winter:

  • Keep warm and healthy by keeping rooms heated to at least 18C
  • Don't put off getting the flu vaccination. If you're eligible get it now. It's free because you need it
  • Look out for friends, relatives and neighbours who may be vulnerable to the cold
  • Stay tuned to the weather forecast and plan ahead with supplies
  • If you meet the criteria register for priority service with your energy and water suppliers
  • Have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day and keep active to help you stay warm
  • Get financial support to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating or help with bills
  • Have your heating and cooking appliances checked regularly
  • Wear a few layers of thin clothing rather than one thick layer, and when you need to go outside wear shoes with slip resistant, good grip soles

 

Widnes Rotary Club are looking for Volunteers to help with The Christmas Float which tours the streets of Widnes and this year runs from 4 December to 21 December they are particularly looking for volunteers, either individuals or a group of volunteers from an organisation, for the following dates:

  • Friday, 8th December - Upton Rocks West/Norlands Lane  -  5.45 until approx 8.30 pm.
  • Thursday, 21st December - Stewards Avenue / Milton Road  -   approx 7.15 pm - 8.30 pm  -  note this is a shorter route as the first half of the route is covered.

If you are unable to help on these dates then there may be other opportunities to help on other evenings (see attached).

To find out more contact Linda Ord on widnesrotaryclub1937@gmail.com 

 

Healthwatch Halton are holding an event to let local people know about fun activities they can join in their community. You could join a dance class, art club or get involved in your local community centre. The first event at Widnes market, in November, was a great success with 15 organisations meeting with the public to share information about their great work and how to get involved. The second event will take place on Tuesday 5th December at Runcorn Shopping Centre, 10am-3pm. Getting out and about whilst trying something new is a great way to meet people, stay active and improve your wellbeing. Please drop along and chat with a variety of brilliant, local organisations.

New Youth Work Projects In Runcorn Run by ‘Four Estates Ltd’ for Children and Young People who have parents who have been in the military or are currently serving or who are particularly vulnerable online. Approximate age range 10-18.

Social action projects, film clubs, open mic nights, film making, dance, drama, art and music sessions.

The Service aims to allow these young people to:

  • Make New Friends           
  • Get Their Voice Heard
  • Learn New Skills
  • Be Themselves 
  • Run Their Own Projects 

To be held in the Community Centres in Halton Brook and Palace Fields in Runcorn on Mondays and Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons.

If you would like to know any more about this please contact Rob on:

office@fourestates.co.uk or 01928 568 536.

Funded By Children in Need

The Sanctuary in Widnes has extended its hours and now runs from 10:30-2:30 serving cakes and hot soup and crusty bread all free. Credit savvy course continues and concludes 29th November 12-2. Beautician offering Indian head massage, hands and nails etc will be present 13th Dec. Usual crafts available, games and 1-1 chats if wanted with MIND support worker and Laura. All welcome every Wednesday at St Ambrose Church, Halton View Road, Widnes .  Open to all ages and can cater for children.

For more information, please contact:

Rev. Laura Leatherbarrow
Acting Team Rector
07780448274
revlauraleatherbarrow@gmail.com

 

Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation are excited to announce that applications for the Weston Charity Awards will be open from Friday 1st December 2017 to Friday 12th January 2018. 

Established to celebrate and support ambitious charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community, they are looking for charities who would like mentoring and coaching support to get their organisation to the next stage in its development. This year the Awards are expanding to support 20 charities across the North East, the North West, Yorkshire, the Midlands and, for the first time, Wales.

Winners will receive £6,500 unrestricted grant funding alongside business mentoring support from award-winning charity Pilotlight. 

For more information or to apply visit the Weston Charity Awards website: https:/westoncharityawards.org/

 

Although Christmas is a time for celebration, for many people it can be a time for reflection and to think about the family and friends who are no longer with them.

Willowbrook Hospice’s Light Up A Life appeal gives people an opportunity to commemorate the lives of their loved ones by making a donation in their honour.

Everyone who makes a donation to the appeal receives a personalised Light Up a Life card and a token for a Light Up A Life badge which can be redeemed at the hospice, The Living Well building on Borough Road, St Helens or at any of the Willowbrook charity shops. The names of their loved ones will also be recorded in the Book of Honour which can be viewed at the Lights of Love ceremonies in December and at the hospice and The Living Well building from Monday 18 December until Friday 5 January.

Light Up A Life organiser, Diane Humphreys said: “Christmas is a chance to spend time with loved ones. Sometimes our loved ones are many miles away, or perhaps no longer with us, but one of the most important things we can do for them is to remember. At Willowbrook Hospice we help people honour the memory of their loved ones through our Light Up A Life appeal. Every dedication and donation helps Willowbrook Hospice raise the £4.5 million needed to ensure that we can continue to keep caring for local people and their families.”

The Light Up A Life church services include carols, readings and the lighting of the Light Up A Life tree and are: 11 December at Prescot Parish Church, 12 December at Church of the Holy Spirit in Dovecot and 13 December at St Mary’s Lowe House in St Helens – all services start at 7pm.

To remember your loved one this Christmas you can donate online at: https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/LUAL, call into the Fundraising office at Willowbrook-The Living Well, Borough Road, St Helens. WA10 3RN or ring 01744 453798.

Kick start your Christmas by coming along to the Willowbrook Hospice Christmas Market on 2 December!  For those looking to indulge in a bit of festive retail therapy there will be 30 stalls on site offering everything from unique and handmade gifts and crafts to hot and cold food and drinks.  Or if you want to get the kids in the festive mood there’ll be a fabulous Winter Wonderland and Santa’s grotto as well as donkey rides and children’s fair rides. There’s literally something for everyone!

The event  will run from 11am-3pm at The Living Well building on Borough Road, St Helens. Entry is free with the exception of the Santa’s Grotto which is £5 per child.

 

Do you want to make a difference to your community in Halton? Do you like stories, meeting new people and sharing your thoughts and ideas? The Reader would really like to meet you!

The Reader will be hosting free, Volunteer Christmas Coffee Mornings:

Fri 24th November 2017 11 am – 1pm The Box, Shopping City

Tue 28 November 2017 11 am - 1pm  Norton Priory

Drop in to find out more about volunteering opportunities with The Reader over a hot drink and a mince pie. 

For more information contact volunteer@thereader.org.uk 

 

Innovative Operations Director for careers/employment support services for adults and young people

Liverpool/Manchester Base £70k pa

Established since 2001, Career Connect are a North West charity with an innovative track record in delivering high quality independent advice, guidance and support that enhances access to learning and employment for adults and young people. In recent years, they have increased their presence across Merseyside, Manchester and the North West delivering services in a diverse range of settings including Schools, Colleges, Jobcentres, Business, Prisons etc

Innovation has been at the heart of their success, they have lead the way in winning social investment for contracts that deliver change. With the early retirement of their current Director they now seek an innovative and determined leader to head up a range of multi site/agency services delivery teams.

As a member of the Executive and Board teams, you will play a key role in:

• Developing client and market presence
• Driving excellence in delivery
• Continuously improving performance management framework and associated systems
• Building capacity in teams of professionals to grow and achieve

Specific knowledge of the careers sector is not essential and they seek candidates who are:

• Experienced in leading targeted services delivery such as careers guidance, employment/skills, social services, housing support etc
• Experienced in successfully managing and overseeing a diverse range of contract types, including PBR
• Innovative, able to shape our strategy and identify novel services approaches
• Bright and inquisitive, highly data/IT literate
• Customer and business development oriented and experienced in focused networking

In return they offer a competitive salary and benefits package, the opportunity to grow your skills and make a difference for the people they serve.

To request a candidate pack please contact the recruitment adviser at bmcpaul@brophy-mcpaul.com, or contact Bryan McPaul on 01244 675 132 to arrange an informal discussion.

Closing Date for applications: Nov 30 2017.

Interviews are planned for Dec 7/8 2017.

Salary: Salary: £18,500 – £20,000 (6 month probationary period) 16 month fixed term contract

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Place of work: Liverpool City Region

Closing date is Tuesday 12th December 5.00pm and interviews to take place Monday 18th December

Purpose of post:

Working in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support this two year project aims to revolutionise the care provided to people living with a cancer diagnosis and their carers in the Liverpool area.

The project will connect patients with community based support that will complement the care provided by clinicians. The aim of the project is to help patients to identify and address any needs that may be impacting on health and wellbeing. Moreover, the project will help patients to rediscover and reconnect with their strengths and talents to help make friendships, learn new skills, build confidence and get the best out of life.

Wellbeing Enterprises are looking for four passionate Community Wellbeing Officers to join the organisation and help to bring about this extraordinary opportunity working with the Liverpool community. If you are a positive, energised and entrepreneurially minded person then they want you to apply today. If you are passionate about helping people to get the best out of life and if you can help someone to stay strong during difficult times then this is right job for you.

For more information and how to apply please click the link below:

http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/macmillan-community-wellbeing-officer/

Amparo will be holding a memorial and reflection service for all those who have been affected by suicide on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 7-8pm. It will be held at the Lady Chapel in Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh St, Chester CH1 2DY.  

All will be welcome to come and remember their loved ones in a safe and supportive environment, staff from Amparo and other services will be available for people to talk to on the night. Light refreshments will be available afterwards.

St Helens Public Health will provide a 16 seater minibus to the memorial and reflective service in Chester Cathedral for family, friends and staff affected by suicide.

If you would like to attend please contact nattaliekennedy@sthelens.gov.uk or lynnsaunders@sthelens.gov.uk to book your place.

 

 

Crownway Community Centre in Earlestown is looking for a responsible, committed and skilled person to join the staff team in the New Year. They will require a part-time Evening Caretaker / General Assistant from February 2018 onwards to support in the smooth running of the community centre.

The main responsibility of the role will be to maintain a secure on-site presence, working flexibly Monday to Friday between the evening hours of 5.00pm – 9.30pm, with occasional Saturdays. The suitable candidate will possess good DIY skills, have knowledge of Health and Safety guidelines, good customer service skills as basic café duties will be required, and a willingness to learn new things.

The successful candidate must hold a full valid driving licence and have use of their own vehicle. Travel expenses will be paid.

For more information, please call Carol Bostock on 01925 222907 or email info@crownwaycommunitycentre.co.uk

Wellbeing Enterprises CIC are looking for an experienced and highly organised Administration Officer to ensure the smooth running of a community wellbeing service working in partnership with Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group and funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

The successful candidate will provide administrative support to the project delivery team and will be responsible for developing and implementing efficient and effective administrative processes and procedures.

Salary: £14,500 – £15,600 (6 month probationary period) 16 month fixed term contract

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Place of work: Liverpool City Region

Responsible to: Macmillan Community Wellbeing Project Manager

Closing date is Tuesday 12th December 5.00pm and interviews to take place Monday 18th December

For more information or to apply please go to: http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/macmillan-community-wellbeing-administrator/

Chorley Central Library is holding workshops at:

Chorley Central Library, 
Union Street, 
Chorley,
PR7 1EB

Each day costs £80 or book all 3 days for £225.

Workshop one involves Understanding Anger And Giving Children The Tools To Help Themselves.

 From this training you will explore: 

  • Knowledge of how anger works 
  • Different types of anger 
  • Strategies to manage an angry outburst  
  • Strategies enabling children to control their own anger 
  • Anger from a child and adult perspective

Workshop starts on January 26th 2018 at 9.30 to 3.30

Workshop two is Working Therapeutically With Children Who Have Special Needs

From this training you will explore:

  • What we mean by ‘Special Needs’
  • Using sensory and creative materials
  • Special needs and attachment
  • The importance of self-awareness
  • Explore effects of labeling

Workshop two is on February 23rd 2018 at 9.30 to 3.30

 Workshop three Working In Schools.

 From this training you will explore:

  • Creating a safe therapeutic space 
  • Safeguarding and Confidentiality 
  • Working with other professionals 
  • Working with parents 

Taking place on  March 23rd 2018 at 9.30 to 3.30

Bernadette Smith (www.wingsofgrowth.co.uk) and Diane Ball (dianeball11@talktalk.net) have had many years of experience working therapeutically with children as well as supervising training and have combined their knowledge to bring you these courses.

Diane Ball (Drama Therapist/Supervisor) – 07980348386

Bernadette Smith (Person Centred Counselor/Supervisor)-07805891582  email: bernadetteanddiane@hotmail.com

If you would like more information or how to book yourself onto any of these workshops please contact Diane Ball or Bernadette Smith via phone or email. 

Halton & St Helens VCA in conjunction with Probado would like to invite you to a Workshop on Cyber Security and General Data Protection (GDPR)

Cyber Security and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Workshop - Is your organisation prepared?

1st December 2017 - 1pm to 2pm

  • Just under half (46%) of all UK businesses identified at least one cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months.  This rises to two-thirds among medium firms (66%) and large firms (68%) according to Department for Culture Media and Sport (April 2017) - Cyber Security Breaches Survey
  • The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on the 25th May 2018 replacing the Data Protection Act.  The new regulation will impact how organisations store and manage their personal data.  Are you ready?

Who should attend? Any organisations – we are all targets of cyber attacks and must now be implementing GDPR 

Will it be technical? No, it is aimed at the lay person and will allow the audience to relate to and understand the subject matter

Is there a cost? None, it is free of charge

Agenda for the workshop

  • Introductions
  • Essentials of Cyber Security
  • GDPR and the 3rd Sector
  • Questions and Close of Workshop

To book a place click on the link below

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=263

The Federation’s vision is that the future health and social care system in Halton needs General Practice that puts the patient at the centre of everything they do and offers:

  • Accessible local care for everyone, when and where people need it the most;
  • Care continuity, because it’s proven that relationships between clinician and patient adds value and benefit to patients with long term conditions or on-going needs;
  • 24 hour services, with a single entry point regardless of the time of day or the day of the week;
  • Variable appointments lengths that meet the needs of every individual, because a standardised 10 minute rule doesn’t work for everyone;
  • The right staff seeing the right patients, utilising every staff member’s skills and knowledge;
  • Using alternative technology, embracing what’s available and delivering some services in new and innovative ways;
  • Community service developments delivered in partnership with our providers, ensuring patients get better access to services, in a more local setting;
  • A new workforce model, embracing, enhanced and sharing the skills, expertise and knowledge of a diverse workforce, developed alongside the new service delivery model; and
  • Well-developed integrated community teams, wrapped around a population, working together to provide the very best services and support to our patients.

This is the vision and the Federation now want to talk with the people of Halton to make sure this is what you want too.  

If you’re interested in getting involved, Healthwatch Halton are hosting an event for the Federation at 7pm on Thursday 30th November at The Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn

To book a place on the event, please contact Julie Doyle at Healthwatch Halton on 0300 777 6543 or register online using the button below.

Please note that spaces are very limited.

Eventbrite - GP Health Connect Event

Groundwork's Green Doctors are looking for community groups throughout Halton to speak too about Affordable Warmth. The Green Doctors have a wealth of knowledge around Smart Metering, switching energy suppliers, finding the best deals on electricity and gas and many other things, such as applying for Warm Home Discount, finding and applying for grants to help with upgrading central heating systems, loft and cavity wall insulation etc. If you are a group that would be interested in a session about Affordable Warmth please get in touch with Alison Beckett alison.beckett@groundwork.org.uk

Digital Champion Volunteers are helping residents, who are out of work, gain confidence using computers in Halton and St Helens.  They are part of a project called Include-IT Mersey which focuses on helping over 40’s get online and supporting them to become job ready.

Rachel Moxon, who volunteers at Kingsway Learning Centre in Widnes, said, “It’s all about giving people confidence and that’s what my role is all about.  Witnessing the transformation from fear of pressing the wrong key to sending emails is really rewarding.”

“Having the skills to use digital technology is essential in this day and age with many services being offered online such as doctor’s appointments, housing association queries and job applications” said Rachel. “It can save us time and money, make us feel better connected, less lonely and better informed”. 

Volunteer Coordinator, Sally Dobbing, is recruiting volunteers now.  “Digital Champion Volunteers can make a significant difference to people’s lives, they just need to be able to chat to people and be confident using a computer.  Volunteering is an excellent opportunity to help others, gain new skills, meet new people, gain work experience or improve your CV.”

Volunteers will be fully briefed before commencing there role and can volunteer at a time and venue convenient to them.

If you think you could spare a couple of hours a week then please contact Sally on 07860 846604 or email sally.dobbing@seftoncvs.org.uk or visit www.includeITmersey.org.uk.

Background Information: 

The Knights House Charity was originally established in February 1875.  In 1972 it was merged, with the permission of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales, with the Charity of Richard Garnett, to be administered as one scheme.

The Knights House fund is one of a number of funds which comes under the umbrella of the Halton Foundation. The Halton Foundation was launched in February 2016 and aims to forge links between local community groups who need help, with local businesses who may be able to provide it. The partnership is led by Halton Chamber of Commerce, Halton Borough Council and Halton and St Helen’s Voluntary and Community Action (VCA).  The Foundation’s grant making arm is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.

What is the focus of the fund:  The Knights House Fund aims to support people in the borough of Widnes who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.  The fund will fund both voluntary and community groups that are working in the Widnes area on a wide range of charitable projects and also individuals in need of additional help and support.

Voluntary and community groups need to be able to evidence the requirement for their project and show how it will reduce the need, hardship or distress of their beneficiaries.  The fund aims to support projects that are alleviating poverty, responding to a basic lack of provision and relieving emotional and physical suffering.

Individuals can apply for items such as white goods and furniture and need to evidence a need for their request and demonstrate that funding is not available from elsewhere ie government funding.  Applications from individuals should also be accompanied by a letter of support/reference from an appropriate organization/individual such as Citizens Advice Bureau, local Councillor, local charity or community group.  They should be aware of your situation and your need for the items requested.

How much is available: The maximum grant available is £1000 for groups and £250 for individuals. More may be awarded in exceptional circumstances.

Who can apply: Voluntary or community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name, which includes CICs and Social Enterprises and individuals.

Which areas are covered: Beneficiaries must come from the Widnes area

Any special criteria: The fund will not support core salaries or general running costs but will consider sessional worker costs and an element of full cost recovery as part of a specific project.

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded for groups:

  • Activities for people with disabilities
  • Foodbanks
  • Self-help groups
  • Luncheon clubs
  • Projects to reduce social isolation for vulnerable groups
  • Debt advice sessions
  • Domestic violence project
  • Mental health initiatives

Examples of the sorts of items that may be funded for individuals:

  • Equipment such as white goods, furniture, bedding
  • Clothes/winter wear
  • Specific equipment to help with disabilities such as mobility aids

The fund is willing to respond to emergency situations affecting both groups and individuals and is willing to consider an application for funding outside of the scheduled open rounds. Please contact Joan Ford if you wish to submit an emergency application – joan.ford@cflm.email

The closing date is Monday 20 November 2017

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s website - www.cfmerseyside.org.uk and complete an online application form. Once you have submitted the online application you will need to send the documents listed below. If you do not submit all the relevant documents within 7 days your application will be withdrawn.  You can now attach the documents to your online application, email them to applications@cflm.email or post them to the address below.  Individual applicants should follow the link to complete an electronic application form which can be saved and emailed back to us. Supporting documents can either be emailed to us or posted to us.

Documents which need to be included with your application:

Groups

  • A copy of your governing document or constitution
  • A copy of your latest annual accounts or income/expenditure document
  • A copy of a recent bank statement for your group
  • A copy of your current Safeguarding Policy. All applicants must ensure that they hold relevant policies and procedures in place to undertake activities, such as Criminal Records Bureau checks and/or a health and safety policy, depending on proposed activity. If unsure about what you need please contact the Community Foundation for help (details below)
  • NB: If you have received a grant from us in the last 12 months and have already submitted copies of the above documents, you do not need to send them in again. However, a bank statement is required with every application.

Individuals

  • Proof of residency in Widnes (a copy of a utility bill/ driving licence or other similar document stating your home address will suffice)
  • A copy of a recent bank statement
  • Letter of support/reference

The following items cannot be supported via the fund:

  • Statutory organisations or work that is their responsibility
  • National organizations that cannot demonstrate local governance and control of local finances
  • Commercial ventures
  • Purchase/maintenance of vehicles
  • Activities that will have already taken place before we offer you a grant
  • Politically connected or exclusively religious activities
  • Projects for personal profit
  • Organisations that are set up for the benefit of animals or plants: environmental groups that work with animals or the environment (such as city farms) are acceptable
  • Groups comprising of just members of the same family
  • Debts and other liabilities
  • Reclaimable VAT
  • Travel outside UK
  • Gifts or projects exclusively for the purpose of entertaining – social events can be funded where there is a clear community benefit

What happens next?

All completed applications are assessed by Community Foundation staff to confirm eligibility. You may be contacted for more information after applying and a decision making panel will make recommendations based on the fund’s criteria and the budget available.

You should expect to hear the outcome of your application within 6 weeks of the closing date.

For further information please contact Joan Ford, Community Philanthropy Manager at:

Community Foundation for Merseyside

Third Floor, Stanley Building,

43 Hanover Street,

Liverpool, L1 3DN

T: 0151 232 2444

Email: joan.ford@cflm.email

This year, volunteers from the area are planning an event on Christmas Day – Billinge and Senely Green Community Christmas - whereby local Billinge and Garswood residents will be invited to attend a traditional 3 course lunch, complete with carols, presents, entertainment, and all the cheer of the festive season. 

The event is being entirely run by volunteers, and St Aidans Primary School in Billinge have very kindly allowed them to use their kitchen and dining room facilities for the occasion. 

For the Billinge and Senely Green event, they are hoping to accommodate up to 50 guests, and the invitation is open to anyone who may find themselves alone on Christmas Day – be they elderly, living with a mental or physical health condition, socially isolated, or simply find themselves alone for whatever reason. As long as they are over the age of 18 they will be welcome to attend.

They will also require many more volunteers to help in the run up to the event and of course on the day itself – without this generous support, this event can’t happen. Volunteers can be any age but all children need to be accompanied by an adult – and the more people who come along to help, the merrier! Whatever amount of time you can contribute will be more than welcomed.

It is sure to be a fun and happy day and is a wonderful opportunity for all sections of the community to come together in a party atmosphere. Christmas can be a wonderful time, and in the run up to it we are frequently bombarded by adverts, programmes and images of large happy groups of people celebrating together. The reality is that for significant sections of any given community, this does not happen and they find themselves alone on the day, when they would really rather not be.

That is why the community is coming together this year to celebrate Christmas Day in the true spirit of the season. It is hoped that by attending this event, guests will also be able to access signposting advice on any concerns or issues they may have going forward (for example, by volunteers giving out some of the Council’s Winter Warmer packs on the day, this may assist some guests to access help in keeping warm throughout the Winter). It is also hoped that new friendships will be forged and this all combines to create a positive legacy which will last well beyond Christmas Day.

Anyone wishing to put themselves forward as a guest, or who knows someone who may wish to attend, should email Yulehelp@hotmail.com, or alternatively can telephone 07598 506871.

In addition, if anyone would like to volunteer, or make a donation towards the event, please also get in touch using the above contact details. Any help at all will greatly appreciated!

 

District Taxis are organising Christmas lunch with all the trimmings in December, for the older generation who live in the Halton area.

You might know a neighbour or a family relative who can do with cheering up. As you know Christmas can be a lonely time for some people.

Every week in December District Taxis are going to bring 15 lovely people together for a Christmas Lunch and maybe meet new friends. They will cover all the cost of the meal plus transport to and from the Evenwood pub, Runcorn.

For further details or to put someone’s name down email District Taxis: districttaxis@live.com

Volunteer Centre Halton are holding their Free Christmas Quiz for volunteers & volunteer co-ordinators on Monday 4 December, 7.30-10pm at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. Sandwich supper provided, bring your own tipple. Teams of 6 (at least one must be a volunteer), if you need help raising a full team, we can help to fill your team. For more information or to book a table contact Alison or Linda on: 01928 593112 or email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Age UK are having a Christmas Craft Fayre at:

The Mansion House,
Victoria Park,
City Road,
St Helens,
WA10 2UG

On Sunday 26th November at 10:30am-3.00pm. 

Activities include things like Local creative craft stalls/Tombola/Donkey rides and a Santa Grotto. 

Free entry (£5 to see Santa with a gift) 

For anymore information please contact 01744 752644. 

You can also email on enquiries@themansionhouse.org.uk 

Or check out their website by clicking here 

Calling all Volunteers...... Open every weekday, Hope House day centre in Church Street provides a cooked breakfast and warm drinks, hot showers, laundry facilities, clean clothing, as well as access to phones and the internet and help and advice about getting off the streets and into housing. 
The coming cold winter months and Christmas time can be especially difficult for St Helens’ homeless people. That’s why Hope House will be open from 9.15 to 3.30 every weekday and right through the festive period from 23rd to 31st December, providing a full Christmas dinner on Christmas Day, as well as making sure that everybody has a present to open.

If you would like to volunteer at Hope House at this difficult time of year contact Volunteer Centre St Helens on 01744 751759 or email volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk and we can put you in touch.

Save the Date: 20th November 2017, 4pm to 7pm at Halton Stadium

NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group are holding a FREE Winter Health Event at Halton Stadium.

Find out about everything that impacts the NHS during the Winter months. You will find out about Flu, how to save money and how to stay warm and healthy during the Winter.

There will also be a health debate with NHS Halton CCG's Chief Officer, Dave Sweeney.

More information will be posted on the website and twitter @haltonccg within the next few days

As of 25th October 2017 John Moores Foundation has moved premises to 1st Floor, 96 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4HY (above News from Nowhere bookshop).  The phone and email contacts remain 0151-707 6077 and info@johnmooresfoundation.com.

They are now accepting applications on a first come, first served basis; final funding decisions are normally made 3 to 5 months after receipt of application. John Moores Foundation fund a wide range of local organisations supporting their communities. For more information, please get in touch or visit www.jmf.org.uk

The Ways to Work project can offer grants for businesses that employ Halton residents that are registered Ways to Work customers for 6 months:

  • Funding covers salary costs at national minimum/living wage
  • Must not displace any existing roles
  • Minimum of 35 hrs per week (some part time placements available)

Eligibility:

  • SME (max 250 full time employees)
  • Annual turnover less than €50 million or balance sheet not exceeding €43 million
  • received less than €200,000 in State Aid over the last three years
  • Can demonstrate business growth and/or community benefit
  • Preferably based in Halton
  • Commitment to continue employment after initial ILM placement

For more information please email ILMS@halton.gov.uk

The Ways to Work project is supported by the European Social Fund and The Youth Employment Initiative 

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.

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

Halton Diabetes UK Group is a support group for people who live in Halton and have diabetes.

They are a small, friendly group of people who have regular meetings which alternate between Widnes and Runcorn where they have guest speakers from the healthcare profession who give lots of information about the various aspects of diabetes in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.
People attending the meetings are more than welcome to bring along family, friends or carers and they are always pleased to see any healthcare professionals who wish to come along! 

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 21st 7.30 – 9.00pm, at The Old Police Station, Mersey Road Runcorn WA7 1DF

Guest speaker will be Paul Swift who is a dietician at The Countess of Chester Hospital as well as part of the Halton Diabetes Essentials Education Programme. With Christmas is approaching - and all it's extra parties and family gatherings, it is easy to be tempted by all the festive food! Paul will be giving us some timely tips to follow so as to help reduce the impact on blood glucose levels.

Everyone is welcome.

There are no charge and light refreshments are included

For more information, please email on haltondiabetesgroup@yahoo.co.uk or call on 07708578257 

You can also contact them through the web site on halton.diabetesukgroup.org where you will find up-to-date information.

This will be the last meeting of this year and they will be busy organising our programme for 2018 so if anyone has any ideas about anything they would like to see them do as a Group to help you or any areas of special interest which you would like to be incorporated into next year's meetings then please do not hesitate to contact them!

It is important that voluntary, community and faith sector organisations are aware of their responsibilities when it comes to safeguarding children and young people and so this one day course will cover: 

  • Define key terms in safeguarding, including the categories of abuse
  • Explain how stereotyping and variations in attitudes and values can have an impact on the way abuse is identified and dealt with
  • Identify common indicators of possible abuse
  • Explain the correct and incorrect responses to disclosure
  • Demonstrate an increased awareness of action to take if there is cause for concern
  • Clarify the importance of operating within an arena of safety and adhering to relevant safeguarding policies and procedures

 

To book your places please contact Niccie Jones at the LSCB Training Dept on 01744 671709 or email on: NiccieJones@sthelens.gov.uk

Two members of staff at Halton Haven Hospice will be shaving their heads in a bid to raise money to fund the Hospice’s services.

On Friday 10th November, Sue Roberts and Kath Walker will both clip their hair down to a grade four to raise money to help fund the Hospice.

Sue, from The Uplands in Runcorn, is the Activities Co-ordinator within Day Hospice at the Haven and, having worked there since January 1990, is one of the longest-serving members of staff. Kath, also from Runcorn, is a Therapist in Day Hospice and has been with the Hospice since 2007. Both Sue and Kath interact with patients on a daily basis and understand the impact that the Hospice’s care can have on people.

“A friend of ours has been living with cancer and we’ve just seen her with short hair. That inspired me and Kath to raise money for the Haven by getting our hair cut short too. One of our patients has even said she’s going to do it as well! I’ve got bobble hats ready for us so we can cope with having no hair throughout the winter!” said Sue.

Kath, who gets married three days before the date of the head shave, wanted to wait until after the big day before braving the shave. “I want to get rid of the processed rubbish in my hair! But we were also inspired by our friend who has been battling cancer and this will be a nice way of showing her our support, all whilst raising money for the Hospice. And it will be good to see my natural hair colour again!”

Chris Andrews, Community Fundraising Manager, is impressed with their fundraising efforts. “I’m very proud of Sue and Kath! They’re doing a very selfless thing to raise money for the Hospice and the rest of the team here really appreciate it. Sue and Kath know from first-hand experience the important role the Hospice plays for local people and it’s fantastic they’ve chosen to raise money to ensure we can carry on doing the work we do.”

Since only half of the Hospice’s £2.5 million annual running costs is covered by government funding, they rely on the support of local people like Sue and Kath to help raise another £1.25 million every year.

The head shave is being done by Tanya Freeman (daughter-in-law of Jan Gray, the head of the Hospice’s Family Support Unit) who is a qualified hairdresser.

If anyone would like to sponsor Sue or Kath, they can visit their online fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/SueAndKathHeadShave or make a donation at the Hospice.

SPARC charity  is launching a new “Venture Club” for people with a learning disability living in Halton.

It  will run  every Monday during the day and is based at The Studio in Lacey Street, Widnes.

The Venture Club will host a range of different fun projects and  activities that will include the following :

  • making new friends
  • fitness
  • improving wellbeing
  • diet
  • personal safety
  • confidence building
  • and lots of other fun activities. 

The  cost to attend the new club can be funded  as part of  Direct Payments or by being self-funded.

Booking is essential and for more information please contact:

Cath Mannion: SPARC project manager:

Mobile: 0792-923-1090.

E Mail: sparc-charitycatherine@hotmail.co.uk

St Helens Cares is the new approach to delivering Health and Social Care in St Helens. It brings together a wide range of public service organisations united by one goal, to improve people’s lives in St Helens and to improve the place as a whole. Organisations involved with St Helens Cares will take joint responsibility for the quality of care and for managing the available funding to provide services.

Join in, to give your views on the future of Health and Social Care services in St Helens – you are invited to attend one of the following events:

  • Chain Lane Community Centre, Friday 3 November, 1.30-3.30pm
  • Newton Community Centre, Monday 6 November, 9.30-11.30am
  • Perth Community Centre, Monday 6 November, 1.30-3.30pm
  • Park Farm Community Centre, Friday 10 November, 1.30-3.30pm
  • Crownway Community Centre, Monday 13 November, 2-4pm
  • Town Hall Assembly Hall, Tuesday 14 November, 5.30-7.30pm
  • Eccleston Library, Monday 20 November, 2.30-4.30pm
  • Rainford Library, Thursday 23 November, 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Chester Lane Library, Monday 27 November, 11.30am-1.30pm
  • Rainhill Library, Tuesday 28 November, 2.30-4.30pm

Everyone welcome, no need to book – refreshments available (except in library venues).

 

 

Hope House is a charity that has been helping homeless and vulnerable people in St Helens for well over ten years. Open every weekday, the day centre in Church Street provides a cooked breakfast and warm drinks, hot showers, laundry facilities, clean clothing, as well as access to phones and the internet and help and advice about getting off the streets and into housing.

The coming cold winter months and Christmas time can be especially difficult for St Helens’ homeless people. That’s why Hope House will be open every day, right through the festive period from 23rd to 31st December, providing a full Christmas dinner on Christmas Day, as well as making sure that everybody has a present to open.

If you’d like to help people trying to survive on our streets throughout the winter, they are always looking for donations of warm clothes, gloves, socks, underwear and thermals as well as blankets and sleeping bags. You can find them at 103 Church Street (opposite B&M) and they are open from 9.15 to 3.30 every weekday.

If you’d like to find out more about Hope House and the work they do, follow this link to their website: https://www.hopecentre.org.uk/home/hope-house 

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are holding a series of Big Conversation Events to help them shape NHS community services in the area.  

During the summer the Big Conversation events brought staff, partners, commissioners and local people together to talk about how to develop services to keep people healthy and out of hospital.

The organisational strategy will be launched soon with plans tailored to the needs of the place you live or work in. If you would like to be involved in helping to create the plans you can join them at the next set of events. Drop in anytime during the sessions at:

  • Halton: Tue 21st Nov - 9.30 to 12.30pm Warrington Rd Children’s Centre, Widnes, WA8 0BS
  • Oldham​:  Wed 22nd Nov - 12.30 to 14.30pm Alexandra Children’s Centre Wildmoor Ave, OL4 5PU 
  • Warrington: Fri 24th Nov - 9.30 to 12.30pm The Gateway, WA1 1SR 
  • Wigan: Mon 27th Nov - 9.30 to 12.30pm St Peters Pavilion Hindley, WN2 3DN 
  • St Helens: Wed 29th Nov - 9.30 to 12.30pm Mansion House, WA10 2UE
  • Bolton: Fri 1st Dec - 10.00 to 12.30pm Bolton College Dean Rd Campus, BL3 5BG

To book a place or to find our more please contact Louise.Fairhurst@bridgewater.nhs.uk or telephone 01942 482676.

 

The Big Lottery Fund are changing the way they work in England by improving the grant making and moving closer to the communities they fund. They will work across six local hubs, covering the Midlands, south west, Yorkshire and the Humber, London and the south east, north west and north east regions. The teams in these areas will be the main point of contact for communities. They will work with people to develop their ideas, from application through to project completion, and they will create opportunities for groups to come together.

Roles Available

Funding Manager: You will coordinate the grant making across a broad geographical area and make sure that the funding responds to the local context.

Band: Starting salary £30k - £35k

Type of employment: Permanent Full Time

Hours per week: 37

Location: North West: Greater Manchester

Part time and job share will be considered. 
 

Funding OfficerYou will build long-term relationships with people and organisations, talk about their ideas and ambitions and assess funding requests, providing useful feedback and support.

Band: Starting salary £21k – £25k

Type of employment: Permanent Full Time

Hours per week: 37

Location: North West: Greater Manchester

Part time and job share will be considered. 

Executive OfficerYou will provide administrative support to the team, ensuring they can be effective and maximise time in communities.

Starting salary: £19k - £22k

Type of employment: Permanent Full Time

Hours per week: 37

Location: Manchester

Closing Date for all Roles: 

Closing date: 12 Nov 2017

Interviews will take place week commencing 27th November and 4th December 2017

For more information and how to apply, please click the link below:

https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/jobs

 

Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, Steve Rotheram will kick-start a programme of community question time events on Tuesday, 7 November at Langtree Park, McManus Drive, St Helens, WA9 3AL. Doors will open with refreshments available from 19.00 with the event starting at 7.30 prompt. Places are limited and tickets allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Those wishing to attend can register via Eventbrite or by calling 0151 330 1467. For those unable to attend the event, it will be filmed and streamed live across social media, with the chance to take part by using the hashtag #AskSteveLCR.

Steve Rotheram is honouring an election pledge to be accessible and available to communities across the City Region and will be holding similar question times in each of the six boroughs over the next few months. The next scheduled event will be in Wirral on 12 December (venue to be confirmed).

Steve Rotheram said:

“It’s really important that politicians listen and remain in touch. Over the last six months I have been out and about across the City Region meeting businesses, community groups and getting a picture of every area, its challenges and opportunities. The Question Time events are another really important way to stay connected and give people a chance to ask me about my priorities, and tell me the things that matter most to them.”

The session will be chaired by Sally Yeoman Chief Executive of Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action.

Sally Yeoman said:

“I’m looking forward to the event and would really encourage as many people as possible to come to ask the Metro Mayor questions and let him know what they think and want for the future. Devolution and the creation of a Combined Authority for our City Region will have a big impact on people’s lives and it’s great that Steve is so keen to meet, talk and listen to people in every borough. It’s democracy in action.”   

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Sign up to this two hour introduction to the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the Public and Social Sectors to find out more about the Global Goals, and how the Liverpool City Region can become a beacon for best practice and collaboration. They will explore...

  • What are the UN Sustainable Development Goals / Global Goals?
  • What do these look like in a Liverpool City Region context?
  • Why cities are the next big thing on the UN radar
  • What extra resources are available via the 2030hub and the United Nations through Local2030
  • Who are the local SDG early adopters and historic leaders
  • How to stimulate and create additional private sector collaboration

Sign up quick as places are limited for this workshop. (Free to attend for Community Groups and Charities). Tickets are available at the following link - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-thesdgs-for-public-social-sectors-tickets-38081355359?aff=es2 - Price = £1 per Global Goal

This paid workshop for the private and public sectors also offers rest of day access to a hot desk (including refreshments) at the 2030hub.

For more details on the event, contact david.connor@the2030hub.com or ring 0151 558 1066

The Alfred Shaw Trust Fund is managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside.

The Trust was established in memory of Alfred Shaw and this fund has been created following the transfer of the Trust fund to the Community Foundation.

Alfred Shaw Trust fund is now open for applications.

The fund supports groups working in the Runcorn (WA7 postcode) area on projects that help vulnerable adults and children and also it can fund young people for educational projects.

Closing date is Monday 11 December.

Who can apply?
Voluntary or community groups with a constitution or set of rules in the group’s name, which includes CICs and Social Enterprises and young people under the age of 25 residing in Runcorn.

Please see their website to complete the online application form or to find out more information http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/

Or see the attached guidelines for further information.

28th November 2018 at Barnton Memorial Hall 30A Townfield, Barnton CW8 4LH 10am-4pm

The Diocese of Chester Committee for Social Responsibility in partnership with Contact the Elderly would like to hear from those in partner organisations who are aware of the effects of Loneliness and Isolation upon their beneficiaries, service users, customers or members.

Are you in statutory, voluntary, community, faith or private sector organisations that have gained an insight into the causes and effects of loneliness and isolation upon individuals and communities? If so then they would be delighted if you joined them for this one day seminar!

The aim of the day is to provide an opportunity for those who have developed responses to this crucial issue to share their approach and learning.  As a result of the seminar they hope to set up a loneliness and isolation partnership or network, which they are happy to host or facilitate, to drive strategic and operational responses shaped in part by the outcomes of the day.

The Diocesan Committee for Social Responsibility wants to co-ordinate and collaborate more effectively on this issue in the future so that individual church communities can become  more visible and engaged partners in this shared response. The information and signposting gained from the seminar will be a resource in itself and should provide an immediate benefit to those who attend.

If you would like give a brief presentation on your insight or experience your contribution would be most welcome. It is envisaged that the day will be organised into five focussed sessions looking at loneliness and isolation amongst young people, older people, those in rural areas, those facing financial challenge and generic issues relating to loneliness and isolation.

A series of pre-prepared presentations of between five and ten minutes under the headings outlined above, followed by round table discussion and planning should give plenty of opportunity for all present to participate.

If you wish to attend and/ or present please follow the Eventbrite link below to book. For further information regarding the format and content of the day please contact Debbie Dalby or Hannah Jones for more detail. Telephone: 01928 718834 or email: Debbie.dalby@chester.anglican.org or Hannah.jones@chester.anglican.org

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tackling-loneliness-and-isolation-in-cheshire-and-beyond-tickets-39005274827

A hotpot lunch will be provided giving space for lunchtime networking under the theme of hospitality!

NHS St Helens CCG is currently working to fill the lay member role for engagement on the CCG board. You may have already sat or attended board meetings for a local or national charity and would be familiar with a lot of the practices used in the CCG.

If you are passionate about health care services, know St Helens and would like to be involved in shaping the delivery of health care services in St Helens, when admittedly these services are under pressure then please consider this role. There is a commitment in St Helens CCG as in the health care system as a whole, that the voice of people who use the services is developed to influence the changes taking place in recognition of the fact that without this the services will not be as effective. This is why it is important that the CCG has this role in place.

Attached is a pdf letter from Ruth Austen-Vincent, who explains more about the role of being a Patient Engagement Lay Member with the CCG.

If you are not sure whether the role is right for you and would like to have a chat to Ruth about it, then please email Angela Delea, Associate Director for Corporate Governance at the CCG, and Angela will sort out a time for a phone call angela.delea2@sthelensccg.nhs.uk

St Helens College, Prince's Trust team programme, Team 86's community project.

As part of the twelve week employability and personal development course for ages 16 to 25 the team have to research and contact organisations from around the St Helens area enquiring about the possibility of doing a community project that would take two weeks to complete, no more or less. 

The project can be indoors or outdoors depending on weather conditions that requires painting and decorating, gardening to even making a sensory area.

 This team’s community project, after being chosen by the team is at the Autism & Asperger’s Society located in Hall Street, St Helens were they will be painting and decorating the ground floor rooms and hallway. 

The team has purchased all equipment and paint after raising £590 from a bag pack at Marks and Spencer, St Helens.

The team would like to thank members of the public for their generosity.

In week six of the course, they will hand over the project back over to the Autism & Asperger’s Society 

The Mayer of St Helens, potential employers, family and friends will all be attending a presentation planned by the team on 1st November 2017 at 1:45pm at the society in Hall Street.

 If you would like to attend the presentation please contact Prince’s Trust staff, office on 01744 623358. 

Or email Khobson@sthelens.ac.uk or call the Autism and Asperger Society on 01744 362260.

If you are interested in finding out more about the team programme please contact Prince’s Trust staff.

 The next team start dates are 29/01/18, 08/05/18 and 24/09/18.

Health Education England (North West) and Cheshire and Mersey Local Workforce Education Group have commissioned Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) and a research team from CLES and Leeds Beckett University to better understand carers, and the support and resources available to carers. As part of this, we are asking groups which support carers to complete this survey.

The results from this survey will be used to develop a map of assets for carers in Cheshire and Merseyside and will inform the work of the NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside. 

This work builds on the understanding that carers play an essential role for our friends and family, for our communities and for our health and social care system. This is at the heart of this research. 

The following survey takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. There are 16 rapid quickfire questions.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CandMcarers

 

WASPI Women Against State Pension Inequality to complain and campaign against the rise in state pension age.

Are you a Woman born in the 1950's and interested in joining Halton, Widnes Runcorn Supporters Group?.

WASPI will be having their next meeting on the 24th Oct at 7:30pm.

The meeting will be held at;

Royal British Legion Club, 
Halton Village 
Runcorn 
WA7 2BE

You will be part of the national WASPI campaign asking for fair transitional arrangements for all women born in the 1950's affected by the 1995 pension act raising a woman's pension age from 60. 

The subsequent 2011 act accelerating this rise.

For anymore information email- waspihalton@outlook.com or find them on facebook by searching WASPI Halton 

Knit and Natter Group based at Grangeway Community Centre Runcorn.

They knit dolls and twiddle toys for dementia suffers! 

The group are always looking for donation of dolls, wool, buttons, etc.

If you have anything that you would like to donate please either bring into Grangeway Community Centre or email/ring them to organise a pick up.

Also if you would like to join in their group do get in contact they have also set a group up at Ditton Community Centre so it doesn’t matter which side of the bridge you’re on!

For all information please can call Linda Watson on 0772 552 4410 or call Angela Kelly on 0744 358 3285.

You can also email on comfortdollsuk@gmail.com

Halton Haven Hospice have launched sales of their 2018 calendar, intended to raise money to fund care at the Hospice.

The theme of the 2018 calendar is local landmarks and sights. Each month features a different photo of a well-known or eye-catching location from within the Hospice’s catchment area of Halton, Frodsham, Daresbury, Moore and Hale.

The featured landmarks include the Silver Jubilee Bridge, Hale Point Lighthouse, Bridgewater Canal and the Dream. Local photographers have provided all the images, many of which were purpose-taken for the calendar. 

Chris Andrews, Community Fundraising Manager at Halton Haven, said “We opted for a local theme to highlight the fantastic landmarks and sights of Halton and surrounding areas, and the photographers who submitted photos have done a great job in capturing them. We are very proud of the finished product and we hope the people in our local communities feel the same. It makes a great Christmas present and every calendar sold means we can continue caring for the people who need us.”

The calendars are available to purchase now for just £1 each from the Hospice (Barnfield Avenue, Murdishaw, Runcorn, WA7 6EP) or any of their charity shops in Widnes (Widnes Road, WA8 6AZ), Runcorn (High Street, WA7 1AP) or Frodsham (Main Street, WA6 7AU).

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities. Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities

Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work

Health: Supporting activities that improve the health and wellbeing of all age groups

CRT offer is now re-opened and all the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project is on the following page:

http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/division-missing/coalfields-community-investment-programme-ccip-funding-support/

Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey. 

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is seeking to recruit two Employment and Skills opportunities.  Based on the iconic and historic Liverpool waterfront, these posts will support the Metro Mayor and Combined Authority in supporting people into work and helping employers access the skills they need for growth.

Principal Officer – Employment and Skills (£42,899 to £43,821 per annum)

You will support the implementation of the employment and skills aspects of the Liverpool City Region’s Devolution Agreement with Government. The successful candidate will have an excellent understanding of skills and employment funding policy along with a good track record of developing and implementing new skills and employment initiatives.

The successful applicant will be capable of delivering to deadlines and achieving challenging targets.  Applications are encouraged from applicants with an understanding of employment or skills policy and delivery.

Senior Employment and Skills Officer (£30,785 - £32,486)

You will provide policy and research support to the employment and skills team and will be responsible for analysing labour market information and producing detailed reports to inform both strategy development and commissioning plans. The successful candidate will have a good track record of labour market policy and analysis and experience of commissioning and managing external resources.

The successful applicant will be capable of delivering to deadlines and achieving challenging targets.  Applications are encouraged from applicants with an understanding of employment or skills policy and delivery.

For an informal discussion, please contact Rob Tabb on 0151 330 1250.

 

The closing date for both applications is Tuesday, 31 October 2017. 

Interviews are scheduled to take place week commencing 13 November 2017.

For further details and an application pack, please visit  http://www.knowsley.gov.uk/jobs/knowsley-council-vacancies.aspx

 

Healthwatch Halton are holding 2 events to let local people know about fun activities they can join in their community. You could join a dance class, art club or get involved in your local community centre. The first event will be at Widnes market on Wednesday 1st November 10am-3pm, with the second event taking place on Tuesday 5th December at Runcorn Shopping Centre 10am-3pm. Getting out and about whilst trying something new is a great way to meet people, stay active and improve your wellbeing. Please drop along and have chat with a variety of brilliant, local organsations. 

The Voice for Halton’s Older People are looking for people to join their panel.

They are a friendly consultation panel and have the opportunity to talk to decision makers and influence how services are designed.

For further information please contact them by;

Telephone: 01928 242034

Email: clarelightfoot@aukmm.org.uk

Or by website: http://haltonopen.co.uk/ 

 

 

 

 

The Spooky Welly Walk is a two mile interactive walk for families, the largest Halloween themed event in the city of Liverpool, organised and run by The Roy Castle Lung Foundation.

An incredible 8,700 people donned their wellies and best Halloween fancy dress in 2016, helping The Roy Castle Lung Foundation raise an astonishing £60,000 and making the Spooky Welly Walk the biggest Halloween family event in Merseyside.

Families visited over 20 separate attractions with a combination of free gifts, fairground rides and Halloween themed activities all designed to give an excellent family day out as well as raise vital funds for The Roy Castle Lung Foundation's cause as Liverpool's only national charity based here in the city.

In order to the make the event a huge success they are looking for volunteers to help man stalls such as Yucky Dip, Pumpkin Patch, Gruesome Graveyard to name a few!

 

They also need volunteers to help with stewarding, de-rigging and ticketing. They are expecting this year to be the biggest and spookiest yet!

 

If you would like to get involved please get in touch with Volunteer Centre St Helens by Tuesday 24th October 2017 and we will pass your on your details.

 

Call or email Volunteer Centre St Helens - 01744 751759 or volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

 

Are you a single parent? 

Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families, is running free courses for young mums and dads 19-24 in the Cheshire and Merseyside area. 

 The Cheshire Works and Merseyside Works programme, help young single parents to get back to work. 

You will meet other single parents, learn new skills including how to write a CV, interview preparation and work skills. 

After your training, every parent on the programme will have a work placement with Marks & Spencer. 

This programme is for you if you are:

  • Living in the Cheshire or Merseyside region
  • Not on the work proramme 
  • Aged 19-24
  • Interested in accredited training

On the programme you will also receive free childcare, free lunch and travel costs paid.

If you would like anymore information please contact Kelly Arrowsmith. 

Office: 0161 6367540

Mobile: 07538 576 561

Email: kelly.arrowsmith@gingerbread.org.uk

You can also find out more information on their website https://gingerbread.org.uk/content/2389/Merseyside-Works

 

At just after midnight on Saturday 14th October the Mersey Gateway Bridge will open to traffic for the first time.

The Mersey Gateway Bridge tolls start at just after midnight on Saturday 14th October…

As soon as it opens tolls will be enforced by dedicated cameras on the toll gantry scanning vehicle number plates and special merseyflow stickers. So far over 82,000 vehicles have been registered for discounts on tolls, and people can still register after the new bridge is open, or pay for one-off crossings in advance or by 11.59pm the day after they travel.

If you live in Halton and are eligible for the local user discount you need to pay a £10 annual fee and register with merseyflow to guarantee your unlimited personal crossings at no extra cost for a 12-month period.

Registering with merseyflow is the only way to get discounts on your trips, or if you’re eligible, free personal travel once you have paid your relevant administration fee.

The quickest way to register is online using www.merseyflow.co.uk, but you can also register in person at our Runcorn walk-in centre, or over the phone on 01928 878 878, both are open 8am - 8pm weekdays, and 9am - 6pm weekends and bank holidays.

A temporary walk-in centre is available at the Halton Direct Link, Brook Street, Widnes. This is open between 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Friday, and 9am – 1pm Saturday. This facility will close at 5.30pm on Friday 13th October.

If you don’t register with merseyflow and cross the new bridge, you will need to pay the full toll rate by 11:59pm the day after you travel, or face a penalty charge notice of up to £60.

The unregistered toll rates are: £2 per trip for cars, £6 per trip for light goods vehicles and £8 per trip for heavy goods vehicles. Motorbikes and local buses are not subject to tolls.

Last minute registration

If you have successfully registered with merseyflow but do not receive your sticker before the bridge opens, you will be able to use the bridge for up to 7 days before your sticker arrives.

The system will recognise you have registered and the fee for your crossing will be deducted from your account.

You will not be charged extra for any crossings made during this 7-day period.

Once you receive your sticker please attach it to your windscreen as soon as possible.

Anthony Alicastro, Chief Executive Officer of emovis operations (Mersey) Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of emovis, which runs the merseyflow operation, said: “I would urge anyone who has yet to sign up with merseyflow to register as soon as possible.

“Our records show that while thousands of eligible Halton residents have signed up for their local user discount, there are still some people who are eligible and live in Halton who have chosen not to.”

“It’s really important that eligible local residents remember that in order to qualify for your unlimited personal journeys across the bridge you will need to register with us and pay a £10 annual administration fee.”

David Parr, Chief Executive of Halton Borough Council and the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board, said: “After a lot of hard work the bridge is nearly ready to open.

“It will provide quicker and easier trips for people travelling through Halton and the wider north west region, getting commuters to work quicker, improving business reliability and allowing families to enjoy the area without facing unpredictable delays.

“Remember, if you live in Halton and are eligible for the local user discount, you must register with merseyflow before you cross the bridge.”

To register with merseyflow please visit www.merseyflow.co.uk, to find out more about the bridge project visit www.merseygateway.co.uk

How to register

There are various ways to sign up:

  • Online at www.merseyflow.co.uk, which is the quickest option
  • By phone on 01928 878 878, or
  • At the walk-in centre at 9 Howard Court, Manor Park, Runcorn, WA7 1SJ.

It will still be possible to cross the bridges without registering but, if you do, you will have to pay the full unregistered toll fee which is £2 per car per crossing, with additional charges for larger vehicles.

Once registered, you will receive a merseyflow sticker to place in your registered vehicle’s windscreen.

A guide outlining exactly where to place the sticker on your windscreen is also available. 

Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight would like to invite you to take part in this short survey of charity leaders for the Weston Charity Awards.

Your answers will help them to gauge and respond to attitudes in the sector towards leadership development and strategic planning.

 The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and all of your responses will be analysed anonymously.

As a small incentive, a donor has provided a £50 John Lewis voucher which will be won by one person picked at random from those who choose to enter.

Entries close on Monday 23rd October.

The survey might also help you to consider whether your charity could benefit from a free programme of intensive leadership coaching and mentoring which we will offer, along with funding, to up to 20 charities in 2018.

Please click on this link to take part.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GarfieldWestonCharitySurvey2017

 

St Helens Council Trading Standards Section are working with Wargrave Big Local, St Helens Citizens Advice and the Illegal Money Lending Team England (National Trading Standards) to deliver a project which is intended to assist residents in the Wargrave avoid falling prey to illegal money lenders, known as Loan Sharks. The project has been funded by Wargrave Big Local, with Trading Standards and Citizens Advice providing staff time to deliver the project.

They will be providing residents with a tool kit "Save Smart with Smiley", which they are hoping will help people to stay out of debt through budgeting, saving and making better choices when they do need to borrow. They are also encouraging residents to report loan shark activity.

Because of the funding element, the initial work will be in the Wargrave area, but they are hoping to roll the project out into all areas of St Helens, where there are reports suggesting that illegal money lending is an issue for residents.

Trading Standards will be present at Newton Community Centre, along with Citizens Advice, throughout the week of 16th - 20th October, speaking with residents and handing out free toolkits. There is also a money box to encourage saving. Residents who speak with them will be offered an opportunity to make an appointment with Citizens Advice for further advice and information around benefits, budgeting and debt.

They are also offering information sessions for councillors and those who work in the community, which will:

  • Describe the impact of illegal money lending activity on communities
  • Provide information about the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team
  • Explain how Loan Shark Activity can be reported
  • Help those working in the community recognise the signs of illegal money lending
  • Provide information about what help is available for those who are struggling financially.

Following the information session there will be an opportunity to speak with representatives of the Illegal Money Lending Team England, Trading Standards and Citizens advice.

These sessions will be held on Thursday 19th October, at 11.00 am and 12.00 noon - at Newton Community Centre, Park Road South, Newton le Willows, WA12 8EX.

If you would like to attend the session on Thursday, could you confirm attendance to Collette Rai on the email below:

If you would like further information, please contact Collette Rai on 01744 676488 or colletterai@sthelens.gov.uk

Following the appointment of Lynn Collins as Chair of the Mayoral Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board, work has now begun to establish the terms of reference of the board and its ways of working, which will be signed off by the Combined Authority in due course. The Mayor and the Chair met recently and agreed the following broad principles:-

  • The Board needs to be trusted and respected by both the Combined Authority and the communities of the Liverpool City Region
  • The Board would want to draw on the rich and diverse expertise of those within our communities to assist in its role, not just those at the top of organisations.
  • The Board would not duplicate or replace work already being done in Local Authorities or the Combined Authority. More so it would draw on existing work to ensure best practice is shared
  • The Board would provide a range of opportunities for organisations and individuals to input into areas of its work, though work groups and open sessions

In line with other similar Boards and Fairness Commissions, membership of the board will be by direct appointment of the Metro Mayor, however both the Chair and the Mayor are keen that as wide a pool of potential board members is sought as soon as possible. They are therefore inviting people to express interest in a range of areas of the Board's work, including expressing interest in becoming a member of the Board itself or one of its specific work groups which will be established over time.

Express Interest in Becoming a Member of the Board

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority want people to express interest if they think they can bring their skills and, as important, their lived experience to the work of the Board. Through the 12 to 14 members of the Board they want to try and ensure that as many aspects of our diverse city region are represented – both in terms of geography, protected characteristics, and real life experience, so are seeking people with a real drive and commitment to representing the voices of our communities.

Membership is voluntary and unpaid, although reasonable expenses will be paid to ensure board members can carry out their role. It's intended that the board would meet every two months .

Join one of the Working groups

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority also recognise that from time to time the Board will need to seek wider expertise and experiences to inform its work. That’s why they will use the option to establish smaller more focused working groups as and when needed to. Again, they would like to hear from you if you have a particular area of expertise that you would like to feed into the Board's work. You might be a representative of an organisation or campaign, or again might have the lived experience needed to inform the Board's work. Please get in touch if you would like to be included in some of the work of the Board.

Inform the Future Work of the Board

Finally, the Board's remit will allow for it to focus on particular areas of future policy development, to ensure social and economic justice are at the heart of policy formation. They would like to hear from you about the issues you see as important for our City Region going forward and would encourage you to get in touch.

For the Board to make a difference it has to be open and communicative to as wide an audience as possible, and be trusted and respected by policy makers. Both the Chair and the Mayor are committed to these aims and will work with the Board to ensure its standing and profile are established within the governance arrangements for the Liverpool City Region.

You can get in touch easily to express interest in any aspect of the board's work. A simple on line form is available by CLICKING HERE, or you can email your expression of interest by CLICKING HERE.

Expressions of interest in becoming a member of the board should reach the Mayor’s office by Friday 27th October. It’s hoped that the Board will be appointed in November and its first meeting will be towards the end of 2017.

This e-bulletin aims to provide a synthesis of national and regional developments in mental health; highlight newly available data and policies, support collaboration and share best practice.

In this issue, you'll find:

  • Prevention concordat for better Mental Health
  • Lancashire and South Cumbria suicide prevention logic model action plan consultation event
  • East riding Mental Health strategy consultation
  • National Mental Health intelligence network profiling tools
  • NICE consultations and shared learning

If you have any comments on this edition, ideas for improvements or suggestions for future editions, please get in touch, with Hannah Towler-Lord:

Hannah Towler-Lord
Quality Improvement Project Manager 
(CYP Mental Health, Adult Mental Health and Dementia)

Mobile Telephone Number: 07730 380791

Email: hannah.towlerlord@nhs.net

 

Hospice Care Week is an annual week of activity to raise the profile of hospice care across the UK, taking place this year from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th October.

This year Halton Haven will be publishing stories from their patients and patients’ families to highlight the valuable, and often unknown or misunderstood, work that takes place within the Hospice.

Linda Miller has been visiting the Hospice once a week for the past few months following the death of her husband in January this year. Linda, 67 years old, met her husband Alexander aged 17. After dating for a short while they went their separate ways, and made lives with other people. Linda and Alexander’s marriages both came to an end and they found each other again, promptly getting married and starting their life together. Linda, originally from Blackpool, and Alexander, from Dagenham in London, settled into life together in Runcorn with their son and Alexander’s two daughters. Sadly in August 2016, Alexander was diagnosed with lung cancer.

His ten day stay in Warrington Hospital was followed by a return home but with regular visits to Chester for further treatment. Alexander soon became fed up with the constant trips along the M56 to fit in all his treatment, until the doctor mentioned Halton Haven Hospice. The Hospice, according to the doctor, could be an option to have all the treatment done under one roof. The back-and-forth journeys from Runcorn to Chester to Runcorn to Warrington could be done away with. So, after meeting Dr Averil Fountain, Medical Director at Halton Haven, Alexander started visiting the Hospice once a week. When Alexander’s condition began to worsen, Dr Fountain assured them he would have a bed on the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit when the time came. That time did come in late January and Alexander was admitted to the Hospice as an inpatient. He arrived on a Friday and passed away the following Tuesday.

It was during Alexander’s time at the Hospice that Linda met Jan Gray who heads up the Family Support team at the Hospice, offering practical and emotional support to Hospice patients and their family members whenever it is needed. Linda was dealing with an incredibly difficult situation with Alexander’s illness, but it was made worse by the fact that he had had his benefit payments stopped having been deemed well enough to work. Thankfully for Linda, Jan was on hand to provide practical help and guidance to rectify this. After arranging for a benefits assessor to visit Linda at home and restart Alexander’s payments, Jan also helped Linda arrange the funeral and gave her a list of departments to get in touch with to process the administrative side of Alexander’s death. Jan even arranged a meeting with a solicitor when Linda was having some other personal concerns, and came along to the meeting with her to help her through it. Linda cannot emphasise enough the importance of Jan’s support at this difficult time. “Jan is so helpful and kind. She’s so understanding and nothing was too much trouble for her." She said to me ‘If there’s anything you need, I’ll help’ and I was so grateful to hear those words.” It was after this practical help that Jan suggest Linda may benefit from some emotional support too, and she suggested counselling. Linda’s response of "I don't know but I'll give it a go" was one of the first steps in her grieving process. Linda now goes into the Haven once a week to see Maxine, one of Jan’s colleagues in Family Support. “I have found it useful. It’s helped tremendously,” Linda says. “The sessions with Maxine have made me feel better. It takes time but I am getting there.I just need to get rid of this rubbish in my head.” Jan and the whole Family Support team have been a great help to Linda. “She’s brilliant. An absolute star. I don’t think I would be where I am now without them. I talk and they listen, and it helps me find my own solutions. They’ve helped no end and pulled me through some black times.”

There is a common misconception about hospices across the UK with many people believing they are ‘just a place where you go to die.’ Whilst Halton Haven does provide end of life care for many patients, there is so much more that happens at the Hospice.

Throughout Hospice Care Week, Halton Haven will be publishing stories and news every day on their facebook and twitter pages in a bid to eradicate these misconceptions and shine a light on what Hospice Care really means.

For more information, you can visit https://www.haltonhaven.org.uk/, Facebook search Halton Haven Hospice, or twitter.com/haltonhaven

You can contact Chris on 01928 712 728 or chris.andrews@haltonhaven.co.uk.

 

 

 

A Question Time-style panel debate focusing on the issue of obesity is coming to St Helens next week.

The F Word – How does St Helens tackle the rising tide of obesity? takes place at the Totally Wicked Stadium on World Obesity Day, Wednesday 11th October.

Hosted by the BBC’s Kevin Fitzpatrick, the event will feature health experts from the council, NHS, education sector and the food and drink industry.

Panellists confirmed are:

  • Laura Street, Nutrition Business Partner at Kellogg’s
  • Charlene Mulhern, Public Health England
  • Kate Anderson, Head of Service Development, ABL Health
  • Lisa Ellis, Chief Nurse, St Helens CCG
  • Kevin Hardy, Medical Director, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
  • Victoria Roberts, Deputy Principal, St Helens College

Organisations will also have the chance to sign up to the town’s Healthy Weight Declaration and help to shape St Helens’ vision to ‘grow the economy, not our waists’.

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about best practice in raising the issue of obesity and, for those who would like to get involved, to take part in a lively debate.

The event takes place from 6pm-8pm. Refreshments are provided.

If you’d like to attend, please contact Alison Klabacher at aklabacher@ablhealth.co.uk or register at Eventbrite:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-f-word-how-does-st-helens-tackle-the-rising-tide-of-obesity-tickets-37840493936?aff=es2

Last year 1.1 billion prescription items were dispensed in primary care at a cost of £9.2billion.

As the NHS has limited resources and this is a growing cost a number of areas of prescribing are being reviewed to ensure they are providing safe, high quality and cost effective treatments for patients.

NHS England is working with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to ensure its prescribing resources deliver the best possible value and health outcomes for local populations.

A national consultation on commissioning guidance for items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care has now opened, and will be running until 21st October 2017.

This consultation includes a total of 18 medicines/products which are either clinically ineffective, unsafe, not cost effective or where the NHS can offer a clinically-proven alternative for patients.

They are also seeking people's views on whether a wider list of 3,200 products that are available over-the-counter, without prescription, may be considered appropriate for future restriction.  

More information can be found by clicking here 

Why is this happening?

This consultation is about making the best use of NHS resources.

They are asking everyone who works in or uses the NHS to contribute to and support the consultation so the NHS can improve people's health, reduce waste and get better value from the £141 million currently spent on these 18 products and the significant amount of money spent on products for minor self-limiting illnesses.

Where can I find out more?

Consultation document – You can access the full consultation document and take part here

Survey - You can access the consultation survey here 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - NHS England have produced a series of FAQs which provide further information. 

Please visit their website for anymore information http://www.haltonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/items-which-should-not-be-routinely-prescribed-in-primary-care

If any groups are organising community bonfires, WSR Recycling are offering free wood and free delivery in the Halton area.

If you are interested please contact Lee on the details below

Lee Goodier

Transport Planner

WSR Recycling Limited

( +44 (0)151 4235928 – Ext. 241 | Ë+44 (0)7738131054 | 6+44 (0)151 4239353

* WSR Recycling Ltd, Ditton Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0PA

ü www.wsrrecycling.co.uk | 8 lgoodier@wsrrecycling.co.uk

 

Come and Join and Award Winning Street Dance Crew! 

Try Outs - Thursday 5th October, 6pm -- 8.30pm £5 at St Helens Parish Church Hall, Church Square, WA10 1BN. 

The Try Outs is open to ALL AGES from primary years right up to University Students and Adults. They have crews for all abilities and everyone is welcome to attend.

Learn Street Dance Styles such as Whacking, Hip Hop, Commercial & Krump plus many more. Have a chance to compete Locally, Nationally and Internationally. 

St Helens Mind urgently needs volunteers aged 18+ to help support people as befrienders for a couple of hours a week and to help the social groups run smoothly.  They particularly welcome men and people over 50 but people of all ages, interests and backgrounds are also required.

“People who are experiencing mental health difficulties can often feel lonely and isolated. They may not be alone as such but may feel they don’t want to burden their family or that they can’t be open about their feelings.” Says Gill Ellison, Manager

“When you’re lonely, it can feel like no one really understands you – and this can be a terrible place to be in.”

St Helens Mind Volunteer Befrienders can make a positive impact on the lives of people they support. Even seemingly small things, like arranging to meet for a coffee or a drink and a catch up, can make a big difference.

Ellen who is currently being supported by a volunteer said: “I have found the Befriending Service invaluable. It has helped me get out of the house but more importantly I have received unconditional acceptance and encouragement.”

There are people of all ages, with varied interests and from all walks of life waiting for someone who can support them for just a couple of hours a week to help them on their journey to playing a fuller part in community life.  Could that person be you?

The next Volunteer induction is on the 1st November, if you are interested in volunteering for St Helens Mind then now is the time to submit your Volunteer Application form - you can down load a form from sthelensmind.org.uk or you can ring the office on 01744 647089

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.

https://www4.halton.gov.uk/Pages/business/FinanceandGrants/finance.aspx

Halton Peoples Health Forum

Topics to be discussed at this event include:

  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Flu information
  • Halton Haven

Refreshments available

For more information and/or to book a place please email communications@haltonccg.nhs.uk or call 01928 593479 or visit the website www.haltonccg.nhs.uk

Third Sector Engagement event by NHS Halton CCG, NHS St Helens CCG and NHS Warrington CCG

Date and time: 17th October 2017, 1pm to 4pm

Venue:  Halton & St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB

 

The aim of the event is to bring together third sector groups across Halton and St Helens to find out more about the changes in Health Care / STP and the third sector and how we can work together going forward around the Local Delivery System and Sustainability Transformation Plan to support third sector involvement in all programmes of work.

This meeting will focus on

  • Follow up on the points raised in the first meeting
  • An update on STP structures
  • Discussion on work in care homes and how the third sector can build on what they are already doing, and develop their support of this.

Please pass this invite to other groups and community organisations you think might be interested.

If you would like to register a member of your organisation to attend please do so by clicking the following link using the password - Engagement1:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/third-sector-engagement-event-tickets-37689403019 

Feedback from previous event attached.

Staff, pupils and parents of Ditton Primary School in Widnes have come together to raise vital funds to purchase new syringe drivers for Halton Haven Hospice.

The school chose to support this worthy cause in memory of Lesley Hardman, a much-loved teaching assistant who died in February.

A total of £1,401 was raised by the school from their summer fun day and a raffle organised by Lesley’s seven year old niece Harriet, also a pupil at Ditton Primary.

Stella Hardman, Lesley’s sister and a teacher at the school, said “Lesley was a member of the school for four years. She always had a smile for everyone and was loved by all the children and staff at Ditton Primary. Lesley battled for two years with secondary cancer. The school now has an award in her memory that is given out at the end of the year to a pupil that has carried on and never given up, no matter what life has thrown at them.

“Staff at Ditton Primary decided to hold a fun family afternoon to raise money for Halton Haven. The staff and Lesley’s family were overwhelmed by the generosity of the community for all their donations and support”

In addition to the £1,400 raised by the school, several thousand pounds more has been raised by various friends and family of Lesley Hardman, as well as friends and family of Phyllis Plumpton, a good friend of Lesley’s.

Over the past six months, those who remember Phyllis and Lesley have organised live music nights, arranged corporate donations from employers, co-ordinated charity rugby matches and auctioned football shirts. The aim of their fundraising efforts is to raise enough money to purchase twelve new syringe drivers, one for each patient room in Halton Haven's Inpatient Unit. These important pieces of medical equipment, which help control pain and symptoms of terminal conditions, cost around £1,300 each, meaning the families set themselves a target of £15,600.

Chris Andrews, Community Fundraising Manager at Halton Haven, said “It is wonderful to see everyone coming together to do all these amazing activities in memory of Lesley and Phyllis. We are so incredibly grateful to the two families for deciding to fund the new syringe drivers and to Ditton Primary and everyone else who has really got stuck into the fundraising efforts. The syringe drivers we have in the patient rooms at the moment are functional but are getting old and won’t last forever. The twelve new drivers will be hugely appreciated and go a long way to helping our patients manage their pain.”

With the fundraising total steadily increasing, it won’t be long until the two families have raised enough money to see their plans come to fruition.

For more information about the Hospice and how you can support, please visit www.haltonhaven.org.uk or contact the fundraising team on 01928 712 728 or info@haltonhaven.co.uk.

 

On the 29th-30th September at 1-5pm the Wonky Garden will be creating a BIG Community Garden at Halton Farnworth Hornets Rugby Club, Wilmere Lane, Widnes WA8 5UP. 

They are holding a combined event to celebrate this new garden and raise funds for both the garden and Macmillan, a charity dear to their hearts.

 Come along, meet the team and chat about what you would like to see in this community garden and consider getting involved in this exciting project.

 Donations of cake/biscuits would be lovely!

About The Wonky Garden: They are 3 friends who met at a well-being event during cancer treatment. 

They come from very different business backgrounds and together have created The Wonky Garden.

It's not all about gardening, but it is definitely about new experiences, designing and growing together, physical/mental well-being, sharing knowledge, creating funky art and craft activities and having oodles of fun!

Anyone can attend, no matter how young or old, how much or little you know about gardening - they welcome visitors that simply want to enjoy the company and have a chat.

For more information please go to; 

Follow them on Facebook- The Wonky Garden

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