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We have very kindly been dontated a large collection of vintage knitting patterns and books, knitting kneedles and also a sewing / knitting box.  Are you a craft group / knitting group that could make use of them?  They are currenlty on display at our Widnes office and are free to anyone who would like them, they can be collected Monday to Friday 10 am to 4pm, no need to book.  There are some photo's below of the collection.

 

At the first VS6  meeting of 2020, the partnership discussed plans for a Liverpool City Region Assembly where representatives from the VCFSE sector would be introduced to the work of VS6 and invited to contribute to a Manifesto for the sector ahead of the Metro Mayor election in May 2020.

To assist with the Manifesto, the partnership agreed to undertake a survey of the VCFSE sector across the Liverpool City region, asking them about their priorities over the next four years and what values they feel are important.

This manifesto will be used as the basis for a Metro Mayoral Hustings event to take place in March which the partnership agreed to host. This will see the candidates from major parties questioned on issues relating the VCFSE sector and asked to sign up to our manifesto. Steve Rotheram has confirmed he will be attending.

Finally, the partnership discussed and reviewed the work undertaken in 2019 and agreed to plan further events and activities for 2020.

For More Information About VS6 and previous meetings, please click the link below:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vs6-working-together-build-stronger-liverpool-city-region

 

Offload is coming to St Helens with Rugby League Cares and Saints Community Development Foundation (SCDF).

The hugely successful men’s mental fitness programme run by the independent charity Rugby League Cares, will kick-off at the home of the Betfred Super League champions at 5.45pm on 4th March 2020.

Offload is a health initiative designed by RL Cares with input from State of Mind and is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund in Warrington, Widnes and Salford. It helps men tackle issues such as depression and anxiety and to develop coping strategies to successfully manage the crises we all face in everyday life.

Staged over 10 weekly ‘fixtures’, Offload is presented by former Rugby League players and officials who share their experiences of dealing with pressure, health problems and challenging situations.

Offload fixtures at St Helens will also feature input from OK TO ASK, a campaign which aims to break down the stigma of talking about suicide.

St Helens has one of the highest suicide rates in the UK – 75 people in the borough have taken their own lives in the last three years – and OK TO ASK focuses on the life-saving conversations anyone could have with someone thinking of suicide.

Liam Parker, Health Projects Manager at RL Cares, said: “Offload has a proven track-record of both changing and saving lives and we are delighted to have opportunity to deliver our programme to the people of St Helens.

“Over 1,000 men across the North West have already attended Offload fixtures and we know from the feedback they have given us what a positive difference it makes to the quality of not only their lives, but the lives of their families and the people around them.

“Working in partnership with Saints Community Development Foundation, St Helens Borough Council and the OK TO ASK campaign will enable us to continue that good work and empower more men to be able to cope, and talk comfortably, about important health issues.”

Chris Chamberlain, Project and Finance Manager at Saints Foundation, said: “After extensive consultation and understanding the local needs from across St Helens, it became evident that Offload would be great to support people within St Helens.

“Saints Foundation has been working hard behind the scenes with partners at the Local Authority and Rugby League Cares to bring Offload to St Helens. This is an extremely positive project which has worked well in other local areas and we are pleased to bring Offload to St Helens”.

Offload has already acquired national recognition for the successful way it has engaged men in what is traditionally a taboo health subject since it was launched in 2017.

Since then, Offload has made a positive impact on the lives of the men who have attended fixtures run at Salford Red Devils, Warrington Wolves and Widnes Vikings.

Earlier this month, Offload was nominated for a prestigious ‘Sport for Social Change Award’ at the 2019 British Journalist Sport Awards: the programme was also highly rated in an independent evaluation conducted by health experts at Edge Hill University.

That report found that men who have completed a set of Offload fixtures:

  • Have a better understanding of how to look after their mental and physical fitness;
  • Have more positive and effective strategies to cope in tough times;
  • Are more resilient and more able to handle setbacks;
  • Have a stronger and bigger support network;
  • Have better relationships at home;
  • Have increased aspirations about being in work and/or training;
  • Have started volunteering more.

Offload fixtures at St Helens are aimed at men aged 16 and over, are free to attend and will take place at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

For more information on Offload at St Helens, or to sign up to the programme, please contact Saints Community Development Foundation at OFFLOAD@SAINTSRLFC.COM.

For more information about Offload please visit www.rugbyleaguecares.org

The Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) have launched a campaign to recruit young people between the ages of 18-27 to join a new youth board for the organisation.

The youth board is being set up to give young people living in the sub-region the opportunity to express their values in order to influence the future of Cheshire and Warrington at an exciting and challenging time.

This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who fits into this demographic to build on their CV as well as having an influence on some of the positive changes that are being made to their home – Cheshire and Warrington. They will learn fantastic skills such as; teamworking, decision making, communicating, networking as well as having hands on experience in the corporate world.

For more information and to apply: http://www.cheshireandwarringtonyouthboard.com/

Closing Date: 13th March 2020 

 

This February and March come along to the Apex Women’s Hub at 13-15 North Road St Helens to experience some fantastic life coaching by Michelle Burrows of Get Inspired Coaching.

Michelle is a personal growth specialist who is a regular contributor to the Wednesday Women’s Hub delivering both active and mindful sessions which focus on health and wellbeing.

During February and March Michelle will be at the hub on Friday afternoons between 1 and 3pm coaching women to focus on how and when to achieve their aspirations.

Sessions are open to all women living in St Helens, are free of charge and include refreshments.

Call Elvira on 01744 612898 or 07587 228 142 for more details.

 

This April, nature enthusiasts are being asked to join international efforts to find and document the wildlife living in cities by taking part in the 5th international City Nature Challenge. Between the 24th and 27th April 2020, more than 250 cities will be competing in the Challenge to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species and get the most people involved.

Last year, our very own Liverpool City Region took part for the first time, both doing very well, and in 2020, Liverpool will be pitting itself against the likes of London, Panama, San Diego and Cape Town.

Recording wildlife is vital in efforts to protect nature. Observations show us where wildlife is thriving or struggling in an ever-changing landscape and this information helps policy makers, scientists, planners and conservationists to make informed decisions when it comes to protecting nature.

There will be lots of opportunities to join wildlife recording events across the weekend or alternatively, take yourself (and a group of friends) out and about to see what you can find!

If you would like to take part, please follow the links below for more details.

https://www.lancswt.org.uk/events/city-nature-challenge

http://citynaturechallenge.org/

Focus Employment Hub Limited are moving to new offices from 3rd March 2020. The new address is Centrix House, Crow Lane East, Newton Le Willows WA12 9UY.

The telephone, email and website will remain the same.

www.focusemployment.co.uk

Ashley High School in Widnes are seeking volunteering opportunities for a small group of 6th Form students with High Functioning Autism and Social Communication Difficulties. They are available on Wednesday mornings in June and July and looking forward to finding about any opportunities that they could become involved with. There will be 5 students and they will be supported by 2 members of staff. For more information please contact Nicola Lightfoot: nicola.lightfoot@ashley.halton.sch.uk.

 

Residents across St Helens and Knowsley are being encouraged to feel the benefits of being more active by trying a beginners course in bowls.  Taking part can give yourself a boost, feel more refreshed and is a great way to meet new people.

‘Bowl for Health’ is a six week programme designed for complete newcomers to bowls, providing an overview of the basics and how to play a match.  Run by welcoming coaches and club volunteers.

The programme is being led by MSP, after being successfully rolled out across Merseyside over the last two years.  The idea for Bowl for Health was developed and successfully piloted in 2017 by Formby Village Sports Club, and the programme has also had support from the National Lottery Community Fund.

One participant – Tom, 60, explained how taking part has helped him to feel less isolated, “Being on my own is very difficult – it’s hard to come to terms with the fact that you can’t turn around to speak to anyone.  I got a note through my door about the Bowl for Health course and I was really interested in joining.  My father was a great bowler in Liverpool and I used to go and watch him play, but I’ve never played before myself.  I’ve only been playing bowls for a short time, but I’ve found the activity very invigorating – both from a physical and mental side – so with this you get the best of both worlds!”

Danny Woodworth, from MSP, said, “Being active doesn’t need to mean joining a gym, it’s about finding an activity that you enjoy - people have told us that bowling is a great way to enjoy gentle exercise in a relaxed and sociable environment.  Bowl for Health is for anybody to join in with - it doesn’t matter what your age, experience or level of fitness is.”

A new Bowl for Health course is starting up at:

  • Rainhill Bowling Club (Victoria Terrace, L35 0LH) from 10.00am to 12.00pm Saturday 28th March 2020 (for 6 weeks).  For more information or to book your place please contact Eric Davies on 0151 426 5818 or email eric51davies@gmail.com

For further information about the programme please visit www.merseysidesport.com/bowlforhealth or call MSP on 0151 728 1811.

 

 

 

 

The Merseyside Police and Crime Panel is seeking a committed and enthusiastic person from the Merseyside area to serve as a co-opted independent member on the panel from July 2020 for a term to end in May 2024.

This role is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the arrangements for police governance and accountability, which would involve scrutinising and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 introduced significant changes in police governance and accountability; in particular, replacing Police Authorities by directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) from November 2012.

In summary, the public accountability for the delivery and performance of the police service within each force is now placed into the hands of the PCC on behalf of their electorate. The PCC draws on this electoral mandate to set and shape the strategic objectives of their force area in consultation with the Chief Constable. The PCC is accountable both to the electorate and the Police and Crime Panel; the Chief Constable is directly accountable to the PCC.

Each force area has a Police and Crime Panel to offer both support and challenge in relation to the PCC’s decision-making and actions. The PCC is required to consult with the Panel on the strategic plan for local policing, as well as the level of council tax needed to support the local policing budget, and the appointment of a Chief Constable. Independent members, through their knowledge and experience, are expected to enhance the Panel’s ability to play its role effectively.

The panel is made up of 10 local councillors in total from the five local authorities in the force area, plus two independent co-opted members.

The role of a panel member is an important and demanding one. The typical commitment required from a member of the panel is expected to average one day a month, including preparation time.

Applicants must live or work within the Merseyside area (Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton and Wirral). Experience in community safety, victim support, criminal justice and related issues would be helpful, but is not essential. There is no salary for the role, but reasonable travel expenses can be reclaimed.

Panel Meetings are generally held in the daytime with meetings ordinarily being held in Huyton, Knowsley.  All panel members receive induction and other appropriate training.

Please find below a link to the application pack, which will provide you with the relevant documents you will need to consider when applying for this position, including the application form:

Application Pack

Alternatively, please telephone 0151-443-3367 to request a copy of the application pack.

The closing date for completed applications is Monday 2nd March 2020.

All completed application forms need to be returned either:

  • by post to David Moran, Scrutiny and Partnership Manager, Knowsley Borough Council, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YU ; or
  • by email to david.moran@knowsley.gov.uk.

The panel wishes to reflect the breadth of communities in the Merseyside area and particularly welcomes applications from all eligible people irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability or any other factor.

The funding has been made available for community and voluntary groups, schools 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.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2020/21, which has been running annually since 2006.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £30,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and between £1000 and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “We know that there are a lot of communities concerned about climate change and sustainable living. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

"We've seen that previous projects have continued to deliver benefits beyond the first year, through their legacy and ongoing impact on behavioural change, and in many cases through new or continuing activities. We’re excited to see what projects come in."

The impact of the 2018/19 Fund saw 12 projects divert 673 tonnes of material from disposal, 26,643 people directly engaged, participation by 50,533 volunteers, and a 1419 tonne reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions.

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 the region 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.

Previous Community Fund projects have included local recycling guidebooks, cookery clubs to improve people’s diet and reduce food waste, restoring old furniture to sell for charity and refurbishing unwanted rugs for resale.   

One organisation to benefit from the Community Fund is Kirkby-based charity Centre 63 who last year received £8000 for the ‘Remake Yourself Hub’. This project received donations of unwanted furniture from the local community which was then refurbished and donated to young people, who have experienced homelessness and are starting out in their tenancies for the first time. Reuse, Repair and Upcycling workshops have been delivered to help give young people in Kirkby the skills needed to upcycle unwanted furniture.

Cheryl Roach, Centre 63 Business Development Manager, said: “The funding was crucial in allowing us to run the Remake Yourself Hub and has ensured that the young people taking part have the knowledge and skills to refurbish and repair rather than having to buy new.”

Interested groups can download the application form from the MRWA website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk. The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Sunday 15th March. If groups aren’t sure whether their project is appropriate for consideration then they can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via email to MRWA by Monday 2nd March. However, an EOI isn’t mandatory.

Successful projects should receive the funding in May 2020 and will have ten months to deliver their schemes.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS: Sunday 15th March 2020, 11.59pm. 

 

Young Carer Support Officer

As St Helens Young Carers service continues to grow and become well respected in supporting local Young Carers, they are inviting applications from candidates who have the passion, skills and commitment to drive forward their pllans for a Centre of excellence for Young Carers in St Helens by joining their young and committed team. 

  • 37 hours per week with a starting salary at £22,849 plus 3% pension rising to £23,573. A Car Owner/User is essential for this post.
  • Closing Date to apply for this post is 3pm Friday 21st February 2020

For more information and application for this role:

View/Download Information Pack Here

Download Application Form Here

Website; https://www.sthelensyoungcarers.org/vacancies

Tel: 01744677279

Join a free and friendly short health walk in Victoria Park, Widnes

Information:

  • Thursdays at 10am
  • The meeting point is the Bandstand in Victoria Park, Fairfield Rd, Widnes, WA8 6SQ
  • Approx 30 minutes

This is a pleasant walk on paths with qualified Walk Leaders from the British Red Cross. Everyone is welcome to join them on a short, friendly walk, a chat and maybe a cuppa at the end.

Additionally, feel fre to join the team after the walk at 10:30am for anybody who would like a chat with Red Cross or call your local Red Cross team on 01514247873.

Active Halton also carry out more walks across Runcorn and Widnes

The walks:

For information about other walks and physical activity in Widnes and Runcorn, pick up a full program or visit: www.activehalton.gov.uk

Contact:

Paula Parle: 0151 511 8550

paula.parle@halton.gov.uk

 

Teaming up with Citizens Advice and RAISE, My Turn is a programme of support designed to help unemployed men and women in the Liverpool City Region focus on building a brighter future. The programme will support particpants to improve their confidence whilst exploring ways to gain a positive mindset.

My Turn will be taking place at Halton Runcorn Citizens Advice running from 10am - 3pm.

Over the two sessions, you will cover:

Looking at your thought processes, feelings and behaviours
Identifying personal visions to help in your relationships
Positive thinking
What is confidence and how to improve yours
How to build your self-motivation
Techniques to tackle problem solving

Please note that there are wider dates across all areas and participants can attend any of these. If the event is sold out, please give us a call to discuss alternative dates in your area.

For bookings or queries please don't hesitate to contact our team via 0151 706 8111 or hello@thewo.org.uk

St Helens Ambassadors have willing and reliable Traineeship students who are looking for volunteering placements across the community

The benefits:

  • An extra pair of hands supporting your organisation.
  • You will act as a role model to some of the most vulnerable young people in St Helens and assist them in progressing with their future
  • Your organisation and investment to improving aspirations for St Helens young people will be recognised through the Invest St Helens platform.

Please note: DBS checks are funded if required for your organisation.

Want to find out more? Email info@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk with your contact details, organisation name and phone number.

Halton Play Council are looking to recruit enthusiastic and motivated people for their Summer Playscheme sites across the Runcorn and Widnes area.

They have vacancies for:

1:1 SEN Playworkers (experience is necessary)

  • 30hrs per week, £9.00/hr
  • This is a fixed term contract for 3 weeks commencing 3rd August 2020.
  • Requirement to attend training prior to commencement
  • Closing date for applications is Friday 21st March 2020
  • Interviews will be held (W/C) 6th April 2020

Play assistant roles for 16/17 year olds:

  • 25hrs per week, £4.55/hr
  • This is a fixed term contract for 3 weeks commencing 3rd August 2020.
  • Requirement to attend training prior to commencement
  • Closing date for applications is Friday 21st March 2020
  • Interviews will be held (W/C) 6th April 2020

Playworkers aged 18 and above:

  • 30hrs per week at NMW age appropriate rate
  • This is a fixed term contract for 3 weeks commencing 3rd August 2020.
  • Requirement to attend training prior to commencement
  • Closing date for applications is Friday 21st March 2020
  • Interviews will be held (W/C) 6th April 2020

If you would like an application form or further information on any of these roles, please contact:

Email - haltonplaycouncil@gmail.com

Phone - 01928 574087

Haydock Male Voice Choir are holding a joint concert with Rossendale Male Voice Choir on Saturday 4th April 2020, in St Helens Town Hall, commencing at 7:30 pm. Tickets are priced at £8 and are available by telephoning 01744 734176 (Alan Gaskell)or 01924 602856, (Graham Melling) or from any choir member.

Joint concert

Norton Priory Museum and Gardens need volunteers to help with their fantastic work . Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, share your skills and make an amazing contribution to Norton Priory Museum and Gardens. They have lots of opportunities available, indoors and outdoors. Listed below are the different volunteer roles – click on the links to download the full role description for each one. *

Please note, some of these roles are day dependent. These role descriptions are a guide. You may have other skills to offer, and we may have other tasks with which we would ask you to help.

If you are interested, please fill in the volunteer application form and email it to info@nortonpriory.org. Alternatively, you can pick up a copy of the form at our Museum reception and bring it back to the museum. To volunteer with Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, you must provide two references with email addresses on your application form.

Volunteer Application Form – click to download the form (Microsoft Word version)

Please email on info@nortonpriory.org if you would like information on any of the above

Exciting Volunteering Opportunities in Widnes (Town Centre or Queens Avenue locations), Runcorn and Frodsham.

Halton Haven Hospice have some amazing opportunities for people to join their volunteering team in a vital role sorting through donations and selecting the very best, varied items for their shops raising money for vital patient care.

They are looking for flexible, enthusiastic Volunteers to help serve customers in a polite and pleasant manner. You can display various items from clothing, electricals, toys and furniture in everyday or seasonal displays. Become part of their friendly team today, gain confidence, meet new people, and develop new skills

If you are interested in this Volunteer role at the above locations, please contact Halton Haven Hospice and ask to speak with Karen, Sue or Alison:

 01928 712728

Email: volunteering@haltonhaven.co.uk

Click the link to download an application form today https://tinyurl.com/ustg8yu

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/haltonhavenhospice/

Halton Haven Hospice is in need of volunteer drivers. Do you have a few hours each week to provide support to their retail teams collecting and delivering goods to raise funds for the Hospice? This role will involve heavy lifting.

If you would like to get involved and meet new people please contact their Volunteer Co-ordinators:

01928712728

Email: volunteering@haltonhaven.co.uk

Alternatively you can pop into any of their shops for an application form or message them through their social media accounts.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/haltonhavenhospice/

Working in partnership with further education colleges, Vision2Learn provide fully-funded and nationally accredited online training. Whether returning to work, looking for a change of career or progressing in their role, learners can achieve the qualifications, skills and confidence to get ahead.

Vision2Learn offer a range of courses fully accredited by NCFE and Innovate. These are funded by the Skills Funding Agency so eligible learners* can study for free.

Every course is delivered online, allowing learners to study when and where it suits them.

*Who can study for free?

Vision2Learn courses are funded by the skills funding agency. The SFA will provide funding for those who are:

  • Aged 19 or over
  • Live in an English postcode area
  • Have been resident in the UK or EU for 3 years or longer

Vision2Learn's Level 2 qualifications include:

  • Business and Administration                                                         
  • Essential IT skills
  • Customer Service
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Working in the Health Sector
  • Dementia Care
  • Diabetes Care
  • Dignity and Safeguarding
  • End of Life Care
  • Infection Control
  • Equality and Diversity

Dedicated support every step of the way

Courses take an average of 12-16 weeks to complete (based on 10 hours of study per week). Phone and online support is available throughout the duration of the course from a dedicated tutor and the Vision2Learn Learner Support Team.

Find out more:

For more information about vision2learn, please contact: 

Phil.Lambton@Knowledgepool.com

For FAQs please visit:

www.vision2learn.net/faqs

 

 

Training available to voluntary / community groups below: this is only free to voluntary / community groups based in Halton. Those outside of Halton there is a charge.

Please find below the details on the next series of Basic Bid-Writing Training, Monitoring & Evaluation Courses run by Halton Borough Council's External Funding Team. If you wish to attend please complete and return the booking form or complete it online.

Basic Bid Writing Training:

Tuesday 8th September 2020: 9am-1pm, Upton Community Centre, Hough Green Road, Widnes, WA8 4PF

Tuesday 19th May 2020: 9am-1pm, Murdishaw Community Centre, Barnfield Avenue, Runcorn, WA7 6EP

Thursday 3rd December 2020: 9am-1pm, Castlefields Community Centre, Castlefields,Runcorn, WA7 2ST

Subjects covered in the course include; Essential requirements of a strong bid ('Top-Tips'); basic bid-writing skills to meet the funders essential requirements; common reasons for bid failure.

Monitoring and Evaluaion Training

Tuesday 10th March 2020:  9am-1pm, Upton Community Centre, Hough Green Road, Widnes, WA8 4PF

Tuesday 10th November 2020: 9:30-1pm, Murdishaw Community Centre, Barnfield Avenue, Runcorn, WA7 6EP

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.

Now you have your grant course

Tuesday 14tth April 2020: 9:30am-1pm  Upton Community Centre, Hough Green Road, Widnes, WA8 4PF

Thiursday 24th September 2020, 9:30am-1pm, Castlefields Community Centre, Castlefields,Runcorn, WA7 2ST

This course will offer a basic introduction to the responsibiliies of managing grant funding for those of you who are new to this, or would like to improve your skills in this area.

If you require anymore information about the course please get in touch with:

Jonathan Patten 

Funding Support Officer

0151 511 7214

jonathan.patten@halton.gov.uk

 

 

In the UK, almost two million people are living with sight loss and around 180,000 rarely leave their home alone. My Guide Volunteering are trying to recruit volunteers in the Merseyside and Cheshire area, so if you feel like this is something you could help with please get in touch with .

Tony Axon
Mobile: 07500823976
Email: tony.axon@guidedogs.org.uk

 

  • The role of the volunteer My Guide. My Guide is a service that allows volunteers to become sighted guides. You will undergo training and learn to safely guide someone with sight loss, navigating environments and building self confidence - all whilst increasing social interaction with those who may not otherwise wish to leave their home.
  • You must be able to give - on average - a few hours a week, and be aged 18 years old or over. This role requires that you have an enhanced disclosure
  • Sighted Guide training and certificate upon completion of training
  • Guide dogs safeguarding training
  • Ongoing support from the My Guide team

What does sighted guiding involve?

  • Provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss - you will be matched with a suitable partner
  • Agree on when and where you will provide the sighted guide, as part of a mutually agreed activity plan
  • You must undertake all elements of My Guide training (approximately two days)
  • Always maintain professional boundaries and adhere to safeguarding procedures

How My Guide helps people living with sight loss.

As well as promoting mobility, the volunteer sighted guiding service can build confidence and improve peoples social interactions by:

  • improving independence, confidence and ability to get out and about
  • enabling them to participate in social,leisure and fitness activities of their choice
  • creating new friendships and connections in their community

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Website: www.guidedogs.org.uk

Join them on Facebook: https;//www.facebook.com/GDlpool/

The next meeting of the St Helens & Distict Group of Diabetes UK will be on Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 7:30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King Street WA10 2JZ. The church is next to Windle Pilkington hall and the speaker will be Dr Gill Hunt, who will talk on the following:

Looking after your emotional wellbeing with diabetes

Dr Hunt is a clinical psychologist from St Helens Hospital and has spoken before in February 2017. Anyone with an interest in diabetes is welcome to attend, admission is free and refreshments are avaialble 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. The St Helens & District group of Diabetes Uk are a very friendly group and you may be assured of a warm welcome, so come along and find out how we can all look after ourselves better.

For further details contact C Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821

Diabetes UK

'Know diabetes. Fight diabetes'

Diabetes UK is the leading charity that cares for, connects with, and campaigns alongside all people in the UK affected by and at risk of diabetes. They provide information, advice and support to help people who are living with diabetes. They are also working to make research breakthroughs, and ultimately find a cure. If you need to talk about diabetes, you can contact the Diabetes UK Helpline on 0345 123 2399 Monday to Friday, 9am - 6pm, or email helpline@diabetes.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 areas covered by their funding have recently changed and attached below is an updated ward list.  The image below shows the areas in St Helens that are high priority:

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/england_support/funding-support/

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

The deadline for the eligibility survey is 5pm on 28th February 2020 and the application deadline is 5pm on 13th March 2020.

 

Come and join Widnes and Runcorn cancer support groups pop up shop!

On Saturday 29th February 2020

At Widnes and Runcon Cancer Support Group

21-23 Alforde Street

11am-2pm

Come and browse the range of clothes, toys and bric-a-brac items that are available

RASASC (Cheshire & Merseyside) is a registered charity (1049826) committed to supporting people who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse. They have been providing support to people affected by sexual violence since 1995. RASAC work in partnership with local authorities and NHS England to ensure we provide services to people affected by rape/ and or sexual assault.

RASAC have offices in Chester,  Crewe, Ellesmere Port, Knowsley, Halton, Northwich, Maclesfield, St. Helens and Warrington as well as offering outreach support in locations across Cheshire and Merseyside.

They adopt a feminist perspective that recognises that sexual violence is a crime of violence and abuse of power, and that it is the cause and consequence of gender inequality. They are a member of Rape Crisis England and Wales and their therapeutic service is an accredited organisation with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.

RASAC values diversiy, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. They encourage and welcome applications from women of all backgrounds.

The board of trustees are collectively responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of charity. Day to day operation resposnsibility is delegated to the Operations Director and staff members.

Application procedure:

Aplication form -  Informal interview - References - Induction training - Trial period of being co-opted

Tel: 0330 3630063

Email: support@rapecentre.org.uk

The internet has revolutionised communication between businesses and consumers and has impacted on products, services, priorities, desires and expectations. From idea to management, production to marketing, selling and purchasing and accounts management to tax filing, businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on internet technology, with many struggling to keep up with new developments.

To help companies negotiate the minefield of internet technology, Willowbrook-The Living Well is holding a special business breakfast on Thursday 5 March (7am-9am) with presentations and demonstrations by local companies at the forefront of these new developments: BlueFish Digital, North West Computer Museum and BURPS Ltd - 3D Printing. Entrance fee is £10 and include a bacon butty and tea/coffee. Places are limited and delegates are encouraged to pre-book in advance on 01744 453798.

 

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

Save the date

Halton's Reading Strategy Launch

Help us with the mission to promote reading everyday, everywhere, for everyone.

Tuesday 3rd March, Halton Stadium

  • 9.30am to 11.30am
  • 1pm to 3pm
  • 5pm to 7pm

Agenda and booking details for each session to follow soon!! 

Poster attached 

Aviva believe charities that make the biggest impact are those that are given the opportunity to innovate and test new ideas without fear of risk. That’s why they have evolved the way the Aviva Community Fund works, so it works harder to back projects with forward-thinking ideas and provide even more causes with sustainable support and resources.

They're delighted to announce applications are now open for the newly refreshed Aviva Community Fund programme, that delivers quarterly funding and year-round support. They've also teamed up with Crowdfunder to give more opportunities to attract donations and develop fundraising capabilities.

So if you’ve got a forward-thinking idea that could make a big difference, apply before Tuesday 11 February 2020

https://acf.crowdfunder.co.uk/

 

The VS6 Partnership and Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW) would like to jointly invite you to the Liverpool City Region Assembly being held at our Widnes office (St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes) on Thursday 27th February. Discussions throughout this event will centre around how the sector engages with the Combined Authority, the Local Enterprise Partnership, and the emerging Health and Social Care structures within the city region. It additionally presents a chance to get to learn more about VS6 and VSNW, and the strategic work on behalf of the sector in our city region.

This event will give you the opportunity to share your views on the future of the sector and to co-produce a new VCFSE Manifesto for 2020 to 2024 in advance of the upcoming metro mayoral elections. Following this event, VS6 will be hosting a VCFSE sector metro mayoral hustings on 25th March at Liverpool Cathedral, where they are asking every metro mayoral candidate to commit to their manifesto – as they did in 2017. (More information on these hustings to follow soon.)

They would like your input for the manifesto, so together they can begin to articulate the kind of city region we’d like to see for our beneficiaries and communities. To this end, please complete this short survey here by Monday 17th February. The results of this survey will feed directly into the co-production process.

Start time: Arrive from 12:00 for a prompt 12:30 start

End time: 16:00

Lunch will be provided - please provide details of any dietary requirements on the booking form.

Venue: Halton & St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB

For more information and to book your place for the event, please click the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/liverpool-city-regions-vcfse-assembly-tickets-90802319181

 

TANGO are looking to appoint a new coordinator. TANGO is a furniture project with a clothes shop and café, which provides affordable furniture and goods to the local community and gives to those in need. TANGO stands for ‘Together As Neighbours Giving Out’

TANGO is part of the missional activity of St Mark’s Church, Haydock and as such has grown out of the love and care that they have for our community and beyond.

The TANGO coordinator’s main responsibility is to lead TANGO and implement the vision:

“The aim of TANGO. is to reach out, serve and help those in need in the community, by building trust and fellowship, mirroring Christian values”.

In order to stay true to TANGO’s Core Christian Values and fulfil the role, the new TANGO coordinator will preferably be a committed Christian willing to become a regular worshipper at St Mark’s.

The TANGO coordinator is to oversee the daily working activities of TANGO, including co-ordinating the work, supervising the team and being accountable for the running of the organisation, as well as the pastoral care of the whole team. At present they employ 8 people and have 29 volunteers in addition to the coordinator.

The Coordinator will be expected to work 16 site-based hours per week at the Real Living Wage + 15% (currently £10.70 inclusive per hour as of February 2020). You will have the option to join the workplace pension scheme.

The holiday allowance is 93 hours to spend over the year

If you would like to be part of reaching out to the community of Haydock and beyond with the love of Jesus then please download a job pack (Click here) and contact the office if you have any questions.

Phone: 01744 602641

Email: info@stmarkshaydock.org

Or call in to see them: Monday - Thursday - 10am - 2pm each day.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Saturday 29th February 2020

 

This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) criminal records check.

A £2.7 million programme to tackle unemployment launched in April 2019 with backing from the European Social Fund.

The funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to the Worker’s Educational Association (WEA), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion.

Over the next two years, the charity will help thousands of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment.

The WEA will distribute small grants of £20,000 across Merseyside and Halton to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between April 2019 and May 2021.

Funded activities will target those aged 19 and over, from the hardest to reach communities. The funding can help all who are out of work but especially those with:

  • disabilities and long term health conditions
  • single parents
  • women
  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people over 50
  • those planning to return to the workplace after a long period of absence

Round 3 of ESF Community Grants for Liverpool City Region is now OPEN and will close at noon 26th February.

Click here for information on how to apply.

For information on application scoring criteria and decision making please click here.

For any other queries please call the ESF Grants Team on 0151 243 5356 or email ESFgrantslcr@wea.org.uk.

Be sure to follow on Twitter for the latest updates and news. Click here.

They have some open days and drop in sessions on the below dates:

Wirral
Monday 3rd Feb, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Community Action Wirral
The Lauries, 142 Claughton Road 
Birkenhead 
CH41 6EY 
View Map

Please register your interest online here.
 
Sefton
Thursday 6th Feb, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sefton CVS
Burlington House, Crosby Rd N
Waterloo
L22 0PT

To book a place please email events@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Liverpool
Wednesday 12th Feb, 10:30am – 11:30pm
Liverpool CVS
151 Dale Street
Liverpool
L2 2AH

To book a place please email Lisa Smalley at WEA at lsmalley@wea.org.uk.

Click here for information on the projects that have been funded in Round 1.  

Citizens Advice Halton are seeking to recruit a Directions Project Keyworker and a Directions Training officer to work on the Directions Project from Halton’s two offices (in Runcorn and Widnes). The Directions project is a new multi-agency, Liverpool City Region wide partnership, funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) with the aim of increasing the employability of local people who are currently unemployed or economically inactive. Citizens Advice Halton will support eligible local people to: receive employability support; and gain sought after employment skills and experience through volunteering. 

Directions Project Keyworker

Working with the Directions project’s Training Officer to achieve the project’s overall aims and targets, the Directions Project Keyworker will also play a lead role on the provision of employability support to the project’s participants for Citizens Advice Halton, across Runcorn and Widnes.

You must be able to show that you have experience of delivering support through group work and 1-2-1 with participants, including the design and delivery of training and other support interventions, to increase the employability, confidence and goals of participants.

Please see the job pack for the post for further information.

Location:  Citizens Advice Halton – Widnes and Runcorn.

Salary: £21,589 – £23,836 [ + up to 4% pension]  (Starting salary dependent on skills and experience)

Hours:  35 hours per week (Full time)

Leave:  25 days holiday per annum + bank holidays

Closing date: Friday 21st February 2020 – 12 noon

Interview date:  Within 2 weeks of closing date

Directions Volunteer Training Officer

Working with the Directions Project Keyworker to achieve the project’s overall aims and targets, the Directions Training Officer will also play a lead role in the recruitment, training and support of volunteers within Citizens Advice Halton.

You must be able to show that you have experience of delivering support through group work and 1-2-1 with participants, including the design and delivery of training. You must also be able to show you have experience of the recruitment, training, development and ongoing support of volunteers.

Please see the job pack for the post for further information.

Location:  Citizens Advice Halton – Widnes and Runcorn.

Salary: £23,836 – £26,317 [ + up to 4% pension]  (Starting salary dependent on skills and experience)

Hours:  35 hours per week (Full time)

Leave:  25 days holiday per annum + bank holidays

Closing date:  Friday 21st February 2020 – 12 noon

Interview date:  Within 2 weeks of closing date

 

For more information and to download an application pack, please click the link below:

https://haltoncab.org.uk/join-the-team/job-vacancies/

 

 

Persona Insight are proposing to assist young people aged 16 - 19 in Widnes and Runcorn. They have a volunteer who has been so impressed by the improvement of her family member attending their Community Peer Support Drop In Sessions in Castlefields Community Centre, that she, who is a young person from Halton who lives with and is an expert in experience, looking after someone who has struggles with mental and or physical illness. Fully DBS this Halton Resident attends Liverpool John Mores University studying Fine Art, she really is everything Persona Insight CIC aims to help.

As well as this, Castlefields Health Centre and Persona Insight CIC have arranged a meeting to colaberate together. A member of Persona Insight CIC was asked by the GP what had contributed towards the positive changes their member had taken in their overall wellbeing. This is the reason they do what they do, building confidence, breaking barriers, they encourage engagement and create a safe space within Halton Communities where everyone can come along, have a free drink and not feel isolated, lonely or worst still judged.

Please get involved if you know someone who is struggling at the moment with a mental and or physical illness, you could be a Young Carer, needing a break from your role, you may just want to be around people you don't have to explain yourself to, it doesn't matter. All that matters is you and the communities of Runcorn & Widnes in Halton will have a safe haven if needed.

For more information:

Phone Number 0794 6065 703

Email bpdpersona01@gmail.com

 

 

The draft Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) sets out Cheshire Fire Authority’s plans between 2020-2024 to prevent and protect our communities from fire and other emergencies and their plans for providing emergency response.

This summary document is intended to provide an overview of the key proposals within the Authority’s plan for the next four years. They are consulting on these proposals so would like you to let them know what you think.

For more information about this consultation or the proposals please visit https://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/about-us/key-documents/irmp/irmp-202024-plan/irmp-202024-plan

 

Supported Lodgings

Who it’s for?

Supported Lodgings help young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by offering them lodgings with a host.

The help you will receive

  • Supporting a young person as a host offers a huge personal reward. An indepth induction programme and ongoing training.
  • A weekly payment which covers the cost of supporting and housing a young person. Weekly support from specialist Shap staff and a 24/7 telephone support service. 

Being a host

You can be a host whether you are single, a couple, a family, at work or retired. Being a host means that you are happy to offer a young person a room in your home for up to two years and support them whilst they build the skills needed for independent living. 

For more information

Please get in touch with a member of the SHAP team:

Garry Molyneux: garrymolyneux@shap.org.uk 07471035386

Margy Heath: margyheath@shap.org.uk  07471035375

About SHAP

Shap began as a small organisation aimed at addressing the needs of the rising number of young homeless people in St Helen's in the late 1970s. Over the years they developed to provide services for young and vulnerable people, those who have been homeless, poorly housed, escaping abusive situations or leaving care. They have housed many people at a point of crisis in their lives, given them a safe space within which they could catch up and provided them with individual support to help the to make and carry out decisions about their own lives.

They currently provide around a hundred bed spaces in specialist residential services and homeless centres and around one hundred and fifty self contained tenancies in flats and houses. They have a Community Development Scheme which aims to improve access to mainstream mental health and wellbeing services for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Another of their services provides welfare benefits advice and support services to help address unhelpful patterns of behaviour. The scheme provides an array of sessions that help individuals develop alternative coping strategies and also provides individual one-to-one support.

 

The Government has launched a new online portal that will strengthen its support to charities handling safeguarding concerns or allegations. The portal, based on Gov.uk, offers a step by step guide to help charities correctly manage their concerns, identify the right people to contact if needed and access helpful resources and advice.  

Following a combined £1.2 million DCMS and National Lottery Community Fund investment the portal will be promoted by six organisations across England. They have been appointed to champion the importance of good safeguarding and locally available sources of advice and support.

The funding for this work has been awarded to:

  • Voluntary Organisations Network North East (VONNE) £115,000: VONNE will partner with four local infrastructure organisations in the North East to deliver regular training sessions, develop local safeguarding networks where needed, and share the NCVO resources widely.
  • Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) £104,950: ACRE will use their network of 38 county based members to reach rural villages and community halls and share safeguarding materials and resources. They will promote the resources on their website, through newsletters and networking events supporting management committees and volunteers.
  • Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) £94,000: This project will be delivered in partnership with five infrastructure organisations in West Yorkshire and York - Community Action Bradford and District, Wakefield Young Lives Consortium, VSI Alliance Calderdale, Third Sector Leaders Kirklees and York CVS. Working as a partnership with locally tailored delivery, there will be a particular focus on volunteer-led groups and those working with BAME and new migrant communities. They will distribute resources via peer-to-peer support, signposting and strengthening of existing networks to enable local networking and mutual support.
  • Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) £100,000: SCIE will support small faith-based organisations to access materials via regional workshops across the country, webinars and bespoke training courses. They will also work with user-led organisations supporting people with disabilities to devise a checklist looking at safeguarding governance and accountability.
  • The Federation of London Youth Clubs - London Youth £76,641: London Youth will directly train and support youth workers, volunteers and trustees operating in grassroots community youth organisations across London. They will share materials with a wide cohort of organisations, through webinars and local peer safeguarding support groups.
  • National Association for Voluntary Community Action (NAVCA) £104,700: NAVCA will utilise its national membership base to share resources through communication materials, peer to peer learning within networks and awareness raising events.

The funding has also enabled the NCVO to bring together a partnership of organisations to develop a series of free, high-quality factsheets, practical tools, podcasts and videos to promote a good safeguarding culture in charities.

You can access the portal using the link below:

Safeguarding Portal

 

 

Wellbeing Enterprises are running a great selection of free Social Prescribing courses across Widnes, Runcorn, St Helens & Knowsley. Why not go along and try something new for this year?

Visit http://wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/whats-on/ for more information.

Book a place today and join the fun!

 

Interested in learning new IT skills?

Get more from your tablet, laptop or smart phone with help from a Digital Champion Volunteer

Computer access available or bring your own device

Our digital champion Volunteers can help you:

  • Open an email account & use emails
  • Creating documents
  • Get Online & Searching the Internet
  • Using social media
  • Job Searches
  • And much more

When?

Every Friday between 12 noon and 3pm

Where?

Halton & St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB.
(next to Tesco)

Call 01928 592405 for more information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you looking for a new adventure? Or would you like to donate some of your free time?  Maybe you're thinking about a career change? We're holding a Volunteer Recruitment Fayre on the 29th January, between 11am and 2pm, at our Widnes Office (St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB).. There will be more than 25 groups present, all looking to recruit volunteers from Halton, St Helens and the wider area, so anyone looking to volunteer is welcome to drop-in during those times and have a chat about volunteering and the volunteer opportunities available. 

 

 

'Run by the community for the community' is what Chain Lane Community Centre is all about, in maintaining a community asset for the community to use. 

It's their AGM on Tuesday 28th January at 6.00pm at the Centre. 

Interested in finding out how the Centre is run, what has been achieved over the last year and plans for the future? Then please come along. It's also an opportunity for people who are looking to get more involved in the sector as a trustee with a small charity.

They'd be delighted to see you! Please just get in touch if you'd like further information.

Chain Lane Community Centre:

Hinckley Road
St Helens
WA11 9HT
Phone Number: 07586 842 161
Email: ccchainlane@gmail.com

http://www.communitycentres.org.uk/community-centres/chain-lane-community-centre/

Stick 'n' Step are looking to recruit a Classroom Assistant Volunteer 

About the role:

Stick 'n' Step have an exciting opportunity for a Classroom Assistant Volunteer to join the Stick ‘n’ Step family. The post is based in their Runcorn centre, where a vibrant and diverse classroom team work support children and young people aged 0-25 years to learn through play and therapy.

Time: Flexible

Location: Runcorn Base, Tudor Hall, York Street, Runcorn, WA7 5BB

Reporting to: Lead Conductor

Main Tasks:

  • Get involved with individual sessions according to personalised programmes and individual aims.
  • Participate in creating and maintaining an appropriate, safe and attractive learning environment for children.
  • Assist with the management of children’s behaviour in line with principles of best practice.
  • Maintain appropriate records of the children and young adults’ development and progress.
  • Keeping confidential records and updating client information.
  • Building a relationship of trust and respect with children and young adults.
  • Listening to clients' concerns, empathising with them, and helping them to see things more clearly or in a different way.
  • Occasional admin project work
  • Working under pressure.
  • Adhere to all agreed policies, planning programmes and development plans.

Role Requirements

  • 16 years +
  • Able to make a time commitment of one half-day a week for 3 or 5 hours, dependent on session timetable.
  • Experience (and appropriate qualification) working with children and young people is desirable.
  • Committed to attending line-management/team meetings, training and professional development sessions when necessary.

Attributes and Competencies:

They’re looking for a personable, enthusiastic and flexible team player, able to work independently and demonstrate resilience. Prospective volunteers should have a commitment to personal and professional development, an understanding of strong professional boundaries. Experience working with children and young people would be hugely beneficial to the role.

What Stick ‘n’ Step offers in return:

  • Monthly individual support supervision
  • A thorough and welcoming induction process
  • Provision of further professional development training
  • All volunteers are required to complete Introduction to Safeguarding training
  • Being part of a friendly and experienced team
  • Reference (if requested)

How to Apply

Applicants are asked to fully complete an application form which you can request from Mark Lewis by email mark@sticknstep.org or telephone 01928 573777

They require two referees who can comment on your suitability for volunteering at Stick ‘n’ Step. If you are currently in training this should include a course tutor, and if you are applying with prior classroom experience your referees should include your current or previous line manager. Friends or family are not considered suitable referees.

Short listed applicants will be invited to an informal chat and references will be taken up for all successful candidates. New volunteers must complete a Disclosure & Barring Service check and will not begin volunteering until this is received by Stick ‘n’ Step. If you have any disclosures, this may not affect you volunteer with us but it is helpful to let us know at interview.

 

Chrysalis Centre for Change is holding an informal open afternoon on 31st January 1-4pm. Organisations are welcome to pop over any time during the afternoon so you can have a look round their new premises, meet the team and exchange information.

They will be providing tea/coffee/water and biscuits/cakes and they have two young women singing a couple of songs, one at 2pm and the other at 3pm if you want to time your visit around them. Emily writes her own songs and has a folk style using a guitar, and Abbie has a powerhouse voice and will be belting out a power ballad or two.

They will have plenty of flyers/referral forms for you to take and you are welcome to bring your information for their service users. 

1st Floor, The Beacon Building, 25 College Street, St Helens WA10 1TF

Tel: 01744 451309     Text: 07786 207743

www.chrysaliscentreforchange.co.uk

The next meeting of the St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK will be on Wednesday 5th February 2020 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 Jan Cardwell and Sue Michaels who will be leading us in an evening of  :-

Diabetes – Questions and Answers.

Jan is a Diabetes Nurse Consultant and Sue is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse, they are both from the Specialist Diabetes Unit in St Helens Hospital.

Anyone with an interest in diabetes is welcome to attend. So come along with your questions prepared. Admission is free and refreshments are available after the meeting. They also have a large selection of diabetes leaflets available and 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 visit their website at www.st-helens-and-district.diabetesukgroup.org 

Or contact C Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821.

 

Cheshire and Merseyside Advisory Committee are currently recruiting for volunteers for members of the Committee.  The Advisory Committees for Magistrates’ Courts deal with the recruitment and recommendation for appointment of Magistrates within their areas.  Cheshire-Merseyside currently have five vacancies for their Committee.  This role is voluntary although travel and subsistence can be claimed.

An advert has been placed on the Cabinet Office website, please click on the link below for further information about the role and how to apply:

https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/non-magistrate-members-of-the-cheshire-merseyside-advisory-committees-2/

The closing date is Friday 28 February 2020.

Information Session about Pause.Recover at Momo's Cafe, 64-68 Westfield Street, St Helens, WA10 1QJ on Friday 24th January 11am to 12 noon and 1pm to 2pm.

Free to attend and no referral needed

  • Come and find out how to live a life in recovery from addiction.  
  • Behaviour based training and support, led by peers for peers
  • Come for a hot drink, chat and meet others like yourself

The session will be led by Ann O'Brien, Senior Meeting Leader who can be contacted by mobile on 07305 446198 or email ann.o@pauserecover.org 

 

 

Persona Insight CIC Bespoke Peer Support have developed a community centre based Peer Support drop~in service, why?

Founder & Executive Director Helen Boyle was isolated and ashamed with her diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.
“I was literally cutting myself off from society. I was confused and very angry”.
“I didn’t understand the disorder and this really scared me; I had given up”.

Throughout her life she had to “think-on-her-feet”. Often sleeping rough rather than face the atmosphere at home, the fear, the violence, it was a way of life, “that’s just how it was in 1970’s”.

Grief in 2012 was the catalyst as Persona Insight CIC began to burn a light, only a flicker at this point; but a passion and desire for change was in her bloodstream.

Volunteering has always been the most satisfying role Helen has experienced. She was qualified as a Generalist Advisor for Halton Citizens Advice, she has always been a people’s person and enjoyed giving clients their options and helping people from her community.

Setting up Persona Insight CIC not only benefits it’s members, it’s helping their officers too who all live daily with a mental and or physical illness.

They are not professionals; they are experts in experience; 

Every Monday’ 2-4pm Pi Community Centre Drop-in;sponsored by The Plus Dane Group; A free weekly meet-up where members talk, relax and enjoy a little rest bite from their struggles. A free drink upon arrival and a warm non judgemental welcome is guaranteed.

Every Wednesday 10-12am The Boat Club Spike Island is the newest location. The first Pi Community Peer Support drop~in at Spike Island Widnes is on Wednesday 19th February 2020.

The manager of The Boat Club kindly donated Persona Insight CIC the free use of the community cafe; Pi Treasurer Linnie Devany will be leading, Linnie lives in Widnes and a respected Foster parent for Halton Borough Council. The Boat Club will mirror Castlefields Community Centre drop-in.

They will have activities that benefit everyone who lives in Halton, Cheshire as well as the wider communities and society of the United Kingdom.

They create an inclusive non-judgemental community support network for those suffering the effects of in-group and out-group divides, which results in social exclusion and poor mental and physical health.

They aim to break down the barriers, aid self-awareness, celebrate differences and encourage mindset growth.

https://www.facebook.com/PiBespokeServices/

 

 

Individuals are being sought for four city region sub-boards, namely: 

  • Liverpool City Region Clean Growth
  • Liverpool City Region Built Environment
  • Liverpool City Region Digital & Creative
  • Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills

To stimulate and support regional economic growth, the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) supports a number of regional boards in the growth sectors and disciplines that are pivotal to delivering inclusive growth in the city region.

These boards, made up of people from the private and public sectors, provide strategic insight, intelligence and guidance to the LEP board and the Combined Authority in the fulfilment of their strategic activities for the city region.

Widening participation to less represented groups is something the Liverpool City Region LEP is committed to through the establishment of a Diversity and Inclusion Task Group with the aim of increasing diversity and inclusion on all LEP Boards. The LEP actively welcomes and supports applications from people in our community with the expertise and ambition who can provide valuable insight into the sector / focus of the board.

The LEP strongly welcomes new and fresh thinking from those who have not been actively represented before.

For more information on each of these boards please click here.

As the New Year begins, many people will make an array of resolutions from joining a gym or giving up smoking to changing career.  Most of these revolve around actions which will be of benefit to our well-being but why not commit to a New Year’s resolution that benefits others and yourself at the same time?

Willowbrook Hospice is urging local people to think seriously about choosing volunteering as one of their New Year pledges.

Bev Neilson, Retail Volunteer Coordinator for Willowbrook Hospice said: “Many of us are full of possibilities and good intentions, but by the end of January some of those good intentions have faded away.  Volunteering offers a whole assortment of opportunities which can help meet your personal goals as well as making a difference.  If you want to be more active, why not get involved in one of our roles in a busy shop or assisting in moving and delivering furniture, or if you are thinking of pursuing a job in a particular area, what better way to see what it’s like than by volunteering in that area like admin or retail?  Volunteering is also an ideal opportunity for people who work part time, are having a career break or retired as it gives you the chance to meet new people, gain new skills and have new experiences.”

Willowbrook Hospice has 12 shops across the St Helens and Knowsley area that have volunteer opportunities, these shops vary in size and what they offer.  There’s a large shop in Sutton that also serves as a donation warehouse, a specialist children and baby shop in Bridge Street, a large superstore in Prescot, plus many more!

If you are interested in volunteering or want to find out more call Bev on 01744 766929, email help@willowbrookhospice.org.uk or visit www.willowbrookhopsice.org.uk

 

‘Paying the hospice back’ - Ann’s story

Ann Worrall who volunteers in three of Willowbrook Hospice’s shops, she says: “I originally began to volunteer at Willowbrook as my way of ‘paying the hospice back’ for the care they had given to my husband, Alan. Over the years, I’ve gained a real insight into the profound difference volunteers make to Willowbrook and the local community that the hospice serves.  Willowbrook Hospice cares for local people with life limiting illnesses, as well as their families. When I am volunteering in the shop I know I am raising vital funds for the hospice, while having a sense of accomplishment and giving back to my local community.’

‘Every little counts’ - Vicky’s story

Vicky Jackson, 32 from Huyton began volunteering with Willowbrook about 5 years ago, starting at the Page Moss shop before moving on this November to work in one of Willowbrook’s shops in St Helens. She recently successfully applied for a job as a Shop Manager and now works full time at the Bridge Street shop.

Vicky says: “I knew about Willowbrook from the wonderful care they had given to a member of my extended family. With my son at primary school, I decided that I wanted to update my skills and gain more experience in retail and admin so volunteering at one of the Willowbrook charity shops seemed a ‘natural progression’ for me.  I immediately felt so welcome by all the other volunteers and loved chatting to the customers – it felt like a real family atmosphere and I got such a ‘buzz’ from knowing that I was helping the hospice to raise funds so that they could continue to care and support people in our local community.

“I know that everyone’s circumstances are different and that people have different pulls on their time but whether you can give a few hours, half a day or more…every little counts and I would recommend volunteering for Willowbrook to anyone.”

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 Friday 28 February 2020

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 download  

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 294 4756 (direct line) 0330 4404900 (switchboard)

Email: joan.ford@cflm.email

Age UK Mid Mersey are holding a coffee morining between 10am - 12pm on Wednesday 5th February 2020 for coffee and cake and find out more about how you can be involved. They have lots of different volunteering opportunities available…

  • Befriending
  • Coffee Shop
  • Reception
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing & Administration…

They would love you to join their team - what are you waiting for!

The Mansion House Bistro, Victoria Park, City Lane, St Helens, WA10 2UE

For more information and to let them know you'll be attending please email: hr@aukmm.org.uk

 

Kim Hughes, from Merseyside is to be recognised at the Palace of Westminster with a British Citizen Award in recognition of her extraordinary endeavours. The British Citizen Award, in partnership with One Stop, is now in its fifth year and recognises exceptional individuals who positively impact their communities throughout the country.

Kim will be honoured for her services to volunteering and charitable giving with a BCAv, at an official medal presentation being held on 23rd January 2020.

Kim has been a volunteer for Apex Charitable Trust since 1998.  She works with and supports ex-offenders helping them to turn their lives around. Kim shows kindness and compassion believing everyone deserves a second chance. She knows that education and opportunities not only help reduce reoffending, but strengthen communities by giving people a sense of purpose and worth.

For 20 years Kim’s dedication has seen her take on more responsibility and since 2006 she has been leader of the Trust.  Whilst pursuing her duties as charity CEO and passionately supporting clients, Kim also battled her own personal health conditions, being diagnosed with MS and undergoing various medical treatments, but upholding her charity commitment throughout.

Over the 20 years Kim has supported numerous ex-offenders, helping them achieve meaningful paid employment and she has secured over £1 million to keep the charity running. At the same time Kim has provided support and encouragement to her entire team of staff. Kim has provided and continues to provide empathetic support and advice to ex-offenders without judgement, including a lady convicted of fraud and deception, who through Kim’s guidance and mentoring has gone on to achieve a degree in criminology and a PHD. 

The Medal presentation will be hosted at the House of Lord’s by TV’s Michael Underwood who, together with Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, is a patron of the British Citizen Award, which was established in 2015, to recognise exceptional individuals who work tirelessly and selflessly to make a positive impact on society. The BCA recognises true community heroes who would otherwise likely be overlooked. Dubbed the People’s Honours, many recipients have subsequently been selected to receive a Queen’s Honour after their endeavours have been recognised with a BCA.

Each medalist has a day to remember befitting their achievements. At the Palace of Westminster each will receive a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’. Medals will be presented by Senior Representatives from official partner One Stop, Places for People, Specsavers, Experian and Objective HR who all support these awards. Following this, medalists are treated to an Open Top Lap of Honour tour before attending a Certificate presentation at the prestigious Church House.  

The British Citizen Award is widely viewed as the nation’s way of recognising extraordinary, everyday people for exceptional endeavor and are truly representative of today’s multicultural Britain.

 

Book on via Eventbrite HERE

It is really important this information is shared to all organisations including the voluntary sector so that as many people as possible have access to this training.

  • Safeguarding Adults - awareness & responsibilities - Monday 20th January OR Tuesday 18th February - 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • Dmestic Abuse Awareness - Wednesday 29th January - 5pm - 8pm OR Wednesday 11th March - 1.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Self-neglect Awareness - Thursday 30th January OR Thursday 25th February - 1.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Modern Day Slavery - Wednesday 18th March - 5pm - 8pm

 

Sefton CVS are seeking to recruit a Citizenship & Volunteering Worker to support individuals and VCF organisations in accessing and developing informal and formal volunteering opportunities. 

Salary: £20,661 per annum
Location: Sefton-wide
Hours: 35 hours (Full-time)
Accountable to: Localities Partnership Manager

Job Purpose:

  1. To support individuals and VCF organisations in developing informal and formal volunteering opportunities developing community resilience, responding to the needs of local areas and residents within a designated locality.
  2. To provide a range of support and development interventions to capacity build voluntary, community and faith organisations in recruiting, deploying and retaining volunteers working to national best practice standards as an accredited Volunteer Centre through NCVO’s quality mark.
  3. To promote and generate (money, time, resources) in supporting the Sefton 4 Good philanthropy initiative amongst community, businesses and partners to generate resources and in kind support for local good causes and initiatives.
  4. To work as part of the locality team to  co-ordinate the sector in providing early prevention and intervention support focused on volunteering and citizenship to address the needs of Sefton residents, leading to improved outcomes, showcasing the contribution volunteering and the sector makes.

The closing date for completed applications is 12noon on Friday 10th January 2020.

Interviews are scheduled for week commencing Monday 13th January 2020 

All completed applications and any enquiries to be sent to recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk

For more information and to download an application form, please see the link below:

https://seftoncvs.org.uk/2019/12/13/job-vacancy-sefton-cvs-citizenship-volunteering-worker-closing-12noon-friday-10th-january-2020/

 

Age UK and its network of local Age UK’s has featured quite a lot on TV recently around the continued work to highlight loneliness of older people -  we’re sure you’ve seen the recent publicity around Age UK Oldham’s volunteer Terrence who has been on TV with BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker.

Over the last couple of weeks the Mansion House team have been liaising with Age UK’s National Team and ITV on a Coronation Street story line about older people’s experience of loneliness. (It’s the Rita storyline if anyone is a Corrie fan).

Three older people were selected from the Age UK network to go down to London to film an advert; this will take place during the Coronation Street break on selected dates in the run up to Christmas. One of the people selected was one of our very own Age Uk Mid Mersey volunteers; this lady volunteers her time here at Age UK Mid Mersey helping out at luncheon club events and sharing her ideas on the St Helens Older Peoples panel. this volunteer often says that spending time here at Age UK Mid Mersey has given her a sense of purpose and something to look forward to during the week. Her key worker here at Age UK Mid Mersey is Sarah Lloyd; Sarah accompanied this amazing lady during filming and has been liaising with her on further media interest.

Below are the likely timings for the adverts;

Wednesday 18th December – 2nd episode end break (approx. 20.57)

Friday 20th December – one hour episode currently scheduled at 19.30-20.30 – 2nd centre break (approx. 20.00)

Monday 23rd December – 1st episode end break (approx. 19.57)

Monday 23rd December – 2nd episode end break (approx. 20.57)     

If you would like more information about this campaign or would like to access some support, please click the link below:

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/no-one/behind-the-adverts/

The festive season can be a joyous time for most, celebrated with friends and loves ones. However, many people can be gripped by stress, anxiety and loneliness. To help people cope with loneliness, Northwest Boroughs Healthcare have produced a short animation, with handy tips and advice on how to maintain good mental health and wellbeing:

 

For anyone struggling over the festive period with stress, anxiety or feeling they can’t cope with day-to-day life, including thoughts of suicide or self-harm, please visit the help in a crisis page on the Trust’s website for support and advice: www.nwbh.nhs.uk/help-in-a-crisis 
 

They also have mental health assessment teams in Halton, Knowsley, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan. These are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. If you feel you are experiencing a mental health crisis, you can contact your local assessment team directly on the numbers below:

Halton: 01925 664 000
Knowsley: 0151 676 5263
St Helens: 01744 621 688
Warrington: 01925 666 647
Wigan and Leigh: 01942 482 239
Sefton: 0151 525 5980

Guidance for children and young people up to age 18

Children and young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis can contact the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Response Team. The team is available 9am to 9pm seven days a week, covering Halton, Knowsley, St Helens and Warrington.

If you need urgent support or advice you can call the team on 01744 627 618. If nobody is available straight away, please leave a message and a member of the team will call you back as soon as they can.

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency after 9pm and need immediate help, please visit your nearest accident and emergency department  or call 999.

 

Teresa Mercer, the Community and Business Health Promotions Officer for St Helens Council has developed a number of recipes using Christmas recipes that you may be able to use.

One is fancy version. Two are printer friendly versions. There is also a supermarket price list on how to make a 3 course Christmas dinner for a family 4. And finally there is a recipe card based on the items that you would get in a food bank parcel.

For information on how to access local foodbanks please see the links below:

https://sthelens.foodbank.org.uk/locations/ st helens

https://widnes.foodbank.org.uk/locations/ - widnes

https://runcorndistrict.foodbank.org.uk/locations/ - Runcorn

LAAF is looking to appoint a creative and experienced Cultural Education Producer to lead on the development of their arts and cultural projects in schools.

The successful candidate, who will be experienced in collaborating with and overseeing freelance artists, will devise, plan and deliver these creative projects from scratch. They will implement robust monitoring and evaluation processes throughout.

This experience will enable them to shape and deliver project targets while fulfilling reporting criteria. As an excellent team player and communicator, they will also be able to engage with a diverse range of people; from cultivating partnerships to working closely with young people.

Ideally, they will have knowledge and understanding of Arab arts and culture and have experience of Arts Awards Accreditation.

Annual Salary: £12,155
Working hours: 17 hours per week.
Contract duration: The post is initially funded for 12 months by Qatar Foundation International.

Download the full job description: LAAF Cultural Education Producer

How to apply:

Please submit your CV along with a covering letter (maximum 2 sides of A4) demonstrating your suitability to the role in relation to the stated Knowledge, Skills and Experience criteria.

LAAF is committed to widening access in the arts. We particularly welcome applications from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community as this group is currently under-represented in the arts.

Please email your CV and covering letter to admin@arabicartsfestival.co.uk with the subject line ‘Cultural Education Producer application’.

Closing date: 9am, Monday 13 January 2020.

Interviews will be held late January in Liverpool – dates to be confirmed.

After a hugely successful Christmas tree collection in 2019, the Willowbrook Hospice Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme is back for January 2020.

The last Christmas tree collection in St Helens and Knowsley raised just over £2, 785 for Willowbrook Hospice.  So why not go green, get your tree recycled and help raise money so that they can continue to care and support patients and their families.

All you need to do to register for your real tree to be collected is donate a minimum of £5 and call the Willowbrook Fundraising Team on 01744 453798, email events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk or go online at: https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/christmastreerecycling#!/

They are collecting from Monday 6 January to Friday 17 January 2020 (weekdays only) and are able to collect from postcodes: L14, L28, L34, L35, L36, WA9. WA10, WA11, WA12 and WN5 (not Orrell). Unfortunately, they are unable to collect from other postcodes.

You don't need to be in on the day! Simply leave your tree outside your house and you can even specify where during registration.

By registering for the Willowbrook Christmas Tree Collection you are helping to ensure that the hospice can continue to support patients and their families across St Helens and Knowsley.

 

The Weston Charity Awards were created by the Garfield Weston Foundation to celebrate and support great front-line charities working in the fields of Community, Welfare and Youth.

In 2020 they aim to select 20 winners who will receive a fantastic package of benefits:

  • A year of support from Pilotlight.
  • Unrestricted cash contribution of £6,500 to support the work with Pilotlight, this includes travel expenses to meetings.
  • Access to a network of local charities working with Pilotlight.
  • 3 ‘connect’ sessions with other Award Winners across the year.

The application deadline is 5pm on 10 January. Apply here: https://westoncharityawards.org/about-the-awards/how-to-apply/

You can also read about a new report launched by Pilotlight to coincide with the launch here: https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/smaller-charities-feeling-optimistic-coming-year-research-indicates/management/article/1667369

Opportunity for charities looking for additional space to use on a RENT & BUSINESS RATES FREE basis.

Avire UK are able to offer Retail spaces for charities which can be used for Retailing, Drop in Centre, Training or even just for storage.

Sizes range from 1,171 - 14,428 sq ft approx

The only costs you will incur for using this property will be utility bills. 

If any Charity is looking for additional space to use, they can offer a 1-3 year lease with a 28 day rolling break clause.

Avire UK currently have over 200+ charities in various properties they have sourced for them and some of the charities have been in their premises for over 3 years now. They have numerous testimonials of charities they have helped in the past and any further questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact them on the details below.

Phone Number  01295 256338
Email  leanneavery@avire.co.uk

Caring Connections suicide bereavement team have recently become accredited to deliver the globally recognised Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course. At present there are only approx. 150 individuals across the UK accredited to deliver this training and 2 are within their charity.

The course runs for 2 consecutive days in which individuals will be trained in the skills to intervene when encountering a suicidal individual. The course is intense and has a number of role plays etc all developing key skills and competences to develop individuals into accredited ASIST practitioners.

The course dates have now been confirmed:

Date: 18th / 19th January 2020
Times: 9am – 17pm both days
Venue: Everton’s Blue Base, Salop Street, Liverpool, L4 4BZ

• The cost per person is £165.00
• 10% Deposit is required on booking
• Full payment is required 14 days to course commencement
• Cancellation notice: 14 days

If you would like to book your place,  email Paul Gowner on the email address below, confirming name(s) of participants and email addresses. 
Paul.growney@caringconnections.org.uk

For more information on course content please visit their dedicated website www.suicideaware.co.uk 

Focus Employment Hub Limited providing support for the whole community.

Free drop in for disabled people, migrants and the whole community providing 1-2-1 emotional and practical support around employment and benefits. Offering counselling/life coaching.

Starting on 17th January 2020 11am-3pm every week.

Call John Perry for more details on 01744 453696.

The recent meeting of the VS6 partners was attended by VCFSE sector representatives from across the Liverpool City Region, including Sefton CVS, Halton & St Helens VCA, Community Action Wirral and Merseyside Youth Association.

At the meeting, Christian Stannard, Relationship Manager at Social Investment Business introduced the Liverpool City Region Impact Fund (LCRIF) which provides repayable finance to charities and social enterprises in the Liverpool City Region to help them to increase their economic and social impact.  The Fund has over £600,000 in total to invest by 2021.

Also at the meeting, individual members of the partnership provided updates on recent & upcoming events where they represent VS6, including a Power to Change Event on the Wirral; VS6’s first Housing Assembly, and the Global Social Economy Forum.

Finally, it was also agreed that VS6 would host several events in 2020 in the run-up to the Mayoral election, including an Assembly event in the New Year for the Sector to consider what might be included in a new manifesto and a Mayoral Hustings event in March/April.

For More Information About VS6 and previous meetings, please click the link below:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vs6-working-together-build-stronger-liverpool-city-region

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

Willowbrook Hospice has teamed up with Hospice UK and fashion retailer New Look this winter to offer St Helens shoppers an extra big thank you for helping the charity.

Piloted earlier this year in several locations around the country, the scheme which encourages more people to donate goods to local hospice shops has now gone countrywide.

The high street store will be offering a 20% discount voucher to anyone who drops in a full bag of donations at the Willowbrook Hospice shop in St Mary’s Arcade, St Helens.

Under the scheme, running in partnership with national charity Hospice UK, donors will receive a voucher which they will be able to spend at New Look’s store in Church Street, which is only a short walk from the hospice shop.

Carol Pilkington, Willowbrook’s Retail Manager said: “We are delighted to have the support of New Look and are very excited to take part in the scheme. 

“One bag of donated goods makes a significant contribution to Willowbrook Hospice, so by taking part you’ll not only be supporting the hospice but bagging yourself a 20% discount from New Look as well.”

Every item bought in one of Willowbrook’s shops helps the Hospice to provide care and support for local people and their families living with a life-limiting illness. The shop in St Mary’s Arcade sells furniture, clothing, accessories, bric-a-brac and books. There are 12 more Willowbrook shops across St Helens and Knowsley, the Bridge Street shop is also in St Helens town centre and specialises in the sale of baby and children’s items. For more information about Willowbrook Hospice and the care it provides, please visit www.willowbrook.org.uk

John Perry of Focus Employment Hub Limited a social enterprise based in St Helen’s has obtained funding to provide support for migrants living in the St Helen’s Borough. To provide emotional and practical support with the focus being on employment. The aim will be to provide tailored support to a small group of individuals on a 1-2-1 or in a group setting to realise their potential and to help them to achieve their personal and professional goals. John is a qualified personal and vocational counsellor, and an experienced trainer on equality and diversity issues. Throughout his personal and professional life John has advocated for disabled people, their families and the wider community to promote social and economic inclusion.
St Helen’s is an area which currently faces high levels of social deprivation including high unemployment levels, greater prevalence of mental health issues and lower life expectancy rates than the national average.

Refugees and asylum seekers have an overall increase in psychological ill-health, which is not an inevitable consequence of conflict and trauma but which also reflects the socio-political condition faced by host countries. Improving these conditions improves mental health outcomes. Migrants are at a high risk of homelessness and may be suffering from Ptsd which impacts detrimentally on mental health and part of this project is to assist migrants to find counselling and life coaching were appropriate. Many stated that they are seen only through their ethnicity and cultural background rather than what they can do and increasingly struggle with lack of self-worth, perceived loss of skills, and social anxiety and isolation. They are not able to navigate the services and system they will need to access in order to gain fulfilling lives

The project will deliver the following:
• Emotional and practical support
• Providing a listening ear in a confidential and non-threatening environment
• Help with college/job applications/volunteering
• CV writing
• Signposting to other services 
• Counselling/Advocacy/Life-coaching
• Job seeking
• Holistic – Reiki/Reflexology

The project will commence on Wednesday 15th January 2020 at The Oxford Room, The Hope Centre, Atherton Street, St Helens, WA10 2DT at 12.30-3.30 pm. Tea and coffee will be provided. 

To find out more about the project call John Perry on 01744 453696 Tuesday-Friday between 10am -2pm or leave a message. Focusemploymenthub@gmail.com

Halton Speak Out are looking for someone who has the skills, knowledge and experience required to fulfil the role of a Community Engagement Officer

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills. They will need to have a desire to support and develop community groups and develop new and exciting community initiatives. This role represents a great opportunity within a friendly, positive and professional environment.

The role will include all aspects of project management including the need to be able to use and monitor social media and web-based activities, along with general administration duties.

This is role will enable you to work with a team who are passionate about making a difference.

Location: Halton – Brookvale and Sutton Park Runcorn

Hours of work: 12hrs a week (including evening and weekends). 12 month fixed term contract commencing January 2020

Salary: £12 per hour

Closing date for application: Friday 6th December 2019

Interviews:   Friday 13th December 2019

For further information and application pack please contact Halton Speak Out on 01928 713877

Some of Merseyside’s best-known landmarks are set to be bathed in red light over the weekend of 30th November and 1st December to mark World AIDS Day.

By lighting the city and surrounding boroughs red we are joining together to raise awareness.  Red symbolising the Red Ribbon, a symbol of compassion and support for people living with HIV.   We are sending out a positive message that as a community we can challenge and remove the stigma that still surrounds HIV and acknowledge the progress around treatment and prevention.

Cabinet member for adult social care and health, Councillor Paul Brant, said:

We are proud and pleased to be hosting this year’s vigil at the Cunard Building and lighting up some of our buildings red to mark World AIDS Day.

“The medication that is available to treat HIV means that people with HIV can now lead long and healthy lives.  We need more people to get tested to ensure access to treatment.   We also need to end the stigma attached to HIV and testing – it is a virus that can affect many different communities in society”

Sahir House service user who has been living with HIV for 7 years commented: 

“I feel by seeing the city lit up RED it is sending out a very positive message about how we, as a community can challenge and remove the stigma that still surrounds HIV, acknowledge the progress around treatment and prevention and not to forget all those we have lost to the virus”

Among the buildings taking part are….

  • St Georges Hall
  • The Cunard building
  • Liverpool Town Hall
  • Liverpool Central Library
  • Liverpool University Active Learning Lab
  • St Brides Church
  • Liverpool Community College
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Knowsley Bridge over M62 / Greystone Road
  • M & S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • Liverpool One
  • World Museum, Liverpool
  • Merseyside Police HQ
  • Bootle Town Hall
  • Radio City Tower

On Sunday December 1st Sahir House World AIDS Day Vigil will be held in the Cunard Building on the Strand, Liverpool from 2.30pm.  A selection of the UK AIDS memorial quilts are being exhibited along with art work from Sahir House Many Hands One hear network created in partnership with Homotopia.  Guest speakers will commence at 3.30pm with performance from the Rainbow Chorus Choir.  The event closes with the remembrance list being accompanied by the talented violinist Peter Morgan.  This is a FREE event.

World AIDS Day is on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.

Over the past 3 decades award winning charity Sahir House have been providing care, support and practical assistance to people living with HIV, their partners, carers, dependants and improving public education in connection with the effects of HIV in the Merseyside area. 

For more information, contact

Serena Cavanagh, Health Promotion Lead

Sahir House 2nd floor, 151 Dale Street, L2 2AH, 0151 237 3989

www.sahir.org.uk       info@sahir.uk.com      @sahirhouse    #WADMerseyside

Charities, especially small- and medium-sized ones, want to measure what matters. Funding bodies are increasingly asking for measures that capture real impact, beyond traditional outcomes. Wellbeing is now widely recognised as an evidence-informed, established approach to understanding how your service, project or programme makes a difference.

But what does wellbeing look like in your context? And where do you start when it comes to measuring it? At the Centre we are committed to supporting voluntary sector organisations to understand, improve and measure wellbeing. 

Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, What Works Wellbeing are pleased to announce a programme of free workshops around the country designed specially for small to medium-sized charities, starting in February 2020. Please let them know on your registration form if you would like to find out how they can cover your travel expenses.

INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOPS: UNDERSTANDING, IMPROVING AND MEASURING WELLBEING 

These workshops will cover wellbeing concepts and evidence, how to use evidence to improve your activities, and recommended measures for wellbeing evaluations and is ideal for you if you:

  • work for a small or medium-sized charity or social enterprise 
  • want to understand if and how your activities affect the wellbeing of the people you support
  • are responsible for reporting, evaluation or impact
  • have not measured wellbeing very much or at all yet and need some guidance on how to get started.

For more information and to find a workshop, please click the link below:

https://whatworkswellbeing.org/blog/understanding-and-measuring-wellbeing-free-workshops-across-the-uk/

 

 

Salary:                     £12,809.16 per year/£11.73 per hour  

Working Hours:      21 hours per week

Location:                 Manchester  

Contract:                  Permanent

Closing date:           Wednesday 11th December 2019

Henshaws Community Services enable people of all ages living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities to make informed choices about their future. Independence and friendship are at the heart of what we do to help people find the confidence to go beyond their expectations.

The role will work under the guidance of the Business and Partnership Manager – Knowledge Village – to promote and deliver on our Henshaws Knowledge Village Accreditation and Training Programme for businesses which champions accessibility for people living with sight loss to thrive internally as an employee or externally as a customer.

A key responsibility is to deliver Visual Impairment Awareness Training (internal training provided) for organisations across the Greater Manchester Region (and wider) in varied and diverse market sectors including arts and culture, healthcare, and voluntary sector organisations.

A further key responsibility will be to act as the main point of liaison for any day to day contact with partners; particularly on the delivery of any training and accreditation implementation plans.

A proven track record of working effectively with different stakeholders, as well as excellent interpersonal skills, and able to develop good working relationships with colleagues, is essential. Overseeing and implementation of an accreditation framework, and a background in a training/support role, is preferred but full training will be given.

Closing date: 12 noon on Wednesday 11th December 2019

For further details and to apply please visit www.henshaws.org.uk/jobs.  For further information please contact recruitment@henshaws.org.uk

Henshaws aims to employ a diverse workforce and is committed to equality of employment and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.  

Heart of Glass and the artist/mental health activist James Leadbitter are delighted to invite you and your service users to an informal and creative gathering of St Helens-based service providers and care receivers to collectively discuss how we can work better together to improve mental health care in St Helens. 

This event is on Friday 29 November, 1- 4.30pm, the old Argos Store, Church Street, St Helens (lunch provided). The session will be facilitated by artist, activist and Madlove Take Over co-curator James Leadbitter and is for everyone affected by mental health in St Helens. Please reserve your place on Eventbrite here

PLEASE NOTE: There are also a few tickets remaining for The Stranger on the Bridge screening followed by Q&A with Jonny Benjamin and Angela Samata. 

Mental health campaigner and suicide survivor Jonny Benjamin MBE presents his documentary The Stranger on the Bridge, followed by a Q&A with Angela Samata, fellow mental health campaigner and BAFTA-nominee. 

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 5-7pm, the old Argos Store, Church Street, St Helens. Please reserve your place on Eventbrite here.

 

John Perry  of Focus Employment Hub Limited social enterprise based in St Helens has been awarded lottery funding to provide support for disabled people and people with long term health conditions.  To provide emotional and practical support with the focus being on employment. The aim will be to provide tailored support to a small group of individuals on a 1-2-1 or in a group setting to realise their potential and to help them to achieve their personal and professional goals.   John is a qualified personal and vocational counsellor, throughout his personal and professional life has advocated for disabled people, their families and the wider community.

The project will deliver the following:

  • Emotional and practical support
  • Providing a listening ear in a confidential and non-threatening environment
  • Help with college/job applications/volunteering
  • CV writing
  • Signposting to other services
  • Counselling/Advocacy/Life-coaching
  • Job seeking
  • Holistic – Reiki/Reflexology

The project will commence on Wednesday 8th January 2020 at The Oxford Room, The Hope Centre, Atherton Street, St Helens, WA10 2DT at 12.30-3.30 pm.Tea and coffee will be provided.

To find out more about the project call John Perry on 01744 453696 Tuesday-Friday between 10am -2pm or leave a message.Focusemploymenthub@gmail.com

Put on your dancing shoes for a wonderful afternoon of dancing to live music provided by organist John Kyffin (of Rushworth and Draper fame). In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, enjoy a range of ball-room and sequence dances, tea, coffee, a piece of cake, entry into the raffle and of course the wonderful company of others, all included in the price of £5 per person.  All ages and singles welcome. No-one sits down for long because there is also the guidance of experienced dancers on site too. Everyone is encouraged to have a go!

The group have high praise for the afternoon tea dances. Here are some of the things they say: 

“ It’s wonderful! With sequence dancing you soon learn the dance steps and by repeating them you’re soon part of the dance!”

“The function room is beautiful- nicely decorated, clean and warm. The dance floor is in great condition too- so important. ”

“ It’s fun! At first I came to the tea dances to get me out of the house but now I’m really keen. I’ve enjoyed learning a new skill and have even been able to have the confidence to join in sequence and ball-room dancing on cruise ships.”

“ The other dancers are very welcoming and positive. I look forward to coming because it’s a fun, social weekly event that helps to keeps my mind and muscles moving and challenged!”

“Requests for dances are always welcome. The organist is very experienced and cheerful. The tea and cake are always welcome too. It’s a great value day out.”

“ I’ve admired , ‘Strictly Come Dancing on TV for years and finally plucked up the courage to give it a go. I’m so pleased I did. I enjoy my weekly dancing but also enjoy watching ‘ Strictly’ even more now!"

“ You don’t even have to dance! There are people who come in wheel-chairs who come to soak up the wonderful atmosphere. Some of us also go to the Foodini Restaurant in the room next door beforehand– so handy and also great value and one of the highlights of the week!”

VENUE: The Heath, Business and Technical Park’s event hall. The Heath is a corporate campus with many facilities used by the local community in Runcorn, WA7 4QX England. ( Many years ago the site belonged to ICI)

DAY & TIME: Mondays, 1pm until 3pm

COST: £5.00

For further details contact Alan.
Email: alan@mckieassociates.co.uk
Tel: 07971 832467 or 01928 513365

Get into the festive spirit by coming along to the Willowbrook Hospice indoor Christmas Fayre on 7 December (11am-3pm) at The Living Well on Borough Road, St Helens. As well as a range of stalls selling festive goodies, there’ll be games, food and drink and the fabulous Winter Wonderland and of course…Santa’s Grotto.  For more information, ring 01744 453798.

All proceeds will go towards helping Willowbrook to care and support local people living with life limiting illnesses across St Helens and Knowsley.

For more information, please visit www.willowbrook.org.uk 

 

 

Charity annual returns: print before you submit!

The Charity Commission is no longer providing copies of annual returns once they have been submitted online.

Charities are being advised to print your return in draft form before submitting it, as you will not receive a PDF of the final version as you may have done in previous years. Once submitted, there is no way to retrieve the information so it is important that you remember to print your return in draft format before you have pressed ‘submit’.

This useful information was circulated by Sandy Adirondack in her free legal update email service for voluntary organisations, which you can sign up for by emailing legalupdate@sandy-a.co.uk with your contact details. You can find out more about this useful service here.

 

Halton & St Helens VCA would like to invite you to our Annual General Meeting which is being held on Tuesday 10th December, at St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB from 2pm to 3pm. 

If would like to attend, please click the link below to register:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=310

Join us for refreshments from 1.30pm, we look forward to meeting you. 

Can you please email dmorris@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk if you cannot attend the AGM and would like to give apologies.

Monday 27th January 2020, 10am at Beacon Building, St Helens 

Halton & St Helens VCA are pleased to share with you the date of the next St Helens VCSE Forum.  We are bringing key partners together to connect with the sector to provide and share key developments on St Helens Cares and we will update on key work and initiatives in St Helens, more details to follow.  To book a place click on the link below

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=308&reset=1

 

Thursday December 12th, 2pm at Beacon Building, St Helens 

We are bringing together colleagues with an interest in the St Helens work to develop a Domestic Abuse Strategy. The St Helens People’s Board have identified Domestic Abuse as a priority for the Borough and partners are coming together to work on how we develop new approaches. Following the Domestic Abuse Summit held in October, we will be hearing from Samantha Murray from St Helens Council about work to develop a strategy and the role the sector can play. Come along if your organisation has ideas about how we can support this work and are interested in co-producing the Borough’s approach.

To book a place click on the link below

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=312

The Emergencies Partnership hopes to breakdown the silos that have previously aected the charity sector's response to disasters in the UK. Jane Ide the Chief Executive of our National Association NAVCA is the Vice-Chair of the Partnership. They are working to engage the wider sector into the response to emergencies. More information on arrangements for Halton & St Helens will be included in future e-bulletins.

 

Local charity, Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust, is in the running for a national award in recognition of an inspiring film which takes viewers across the expanse of the Mersey Estuary revealing a host of delightful wildlife living right on our doorstep. The film takes a closer look at the Trust’s findings of how wildlife on the estuary has been affected by the construction of the Mersey Gateway Bridge, reflecting upon their choice to make room for nature.

Local people are being urged to view the video and support the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust by voting for their film “Making Room for Nature” at the Charity Film Awards website: https://charityfilmawards.com/videos/making-room-for-nature

Local wildlife filmmaker Alison Hitchens spent two weeks on the estuary, and with the environmental team, capturing wild footage including shell ducks, meadow pipits, lapwings and estuarine fish. 

David Colbourne, Chief Executive of the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust, commented:

“We hope that the film will champion our wonderful local wildlife right here in the Upper Mersey Estuary. Receiving public votes for this award will support our charity and promote our mission to increase the biodiversity of the Estuary.  If you love your wildlife then please vote for us!”

The Charity Film Awards champions effective story-telling and digital engagement among not-for-profits in the UK.  Since its launch in 2017 over 1000 charity films have entered and over ¼ million members of the public have voted.

Simon Burton, founder of the Charity Film Awards, commented: “All the charities that have entered deserve to be congratulated, but they need more than thanks, they need votes! It’s simple for the public to vote for their favourite charity film at www.charityfilmawards.com.”

The current public vote phase will determine the final shortlist, which will then be judged by a panel of experts.

Local people are being urged to view the video and support the Mersey Gateway Environmental Trust by voting for their film “Making Room for Nature” at the Charity Film Awards website: https://charityfilmawards.com/videos/making-room-for-nature.

Please Vote by the 1st December to help them reach the next stage. Please see their Twitter account https://twitter.com/mgenvtrust/status/1187731875533611009 or https://twitter.com/mgenvtrust/status/1192049972247748608

 

In December 2018, in line with St Helens Councils priority of raising aspiration and ambition for young people, a project was launched between Invest St Helens and Council Social Work teams to deliver Christmas for Care Leavers age 16-25 years, with plans to use the Ambassadors Programme as a platform to make this happen. The response to this was phenomenal – numerous businesses and individuals donated and the results spoke for themselves. Over £7,000 was raised, plus gifts and other items from over 40 different businesses, individuals, schools and groups.

It is the aim to make the 2019 campaign bigger and better and your help is needed to do that. Donations to the appeal can be made in the form of products, such as items from your business if appropriate, purchasing gifts to donate, providing goods or services free of charge in the form of a gift voucher or experience token, or financial contributions can also be received.

The letter from Invest St Helens Chairman Eamonn McManus is attached below.  To pledge your support to the Christmas for Care Leavers Appeal please contact Lucy Parker, Personal Assistant on 01744 671810 lucyparker@sthelens.gov.uk

As Eamonn says "Your support to the Care Leavers appeal has shown just how powerful we can be when working together".

 

Halton and St Helens VCA are once again a drop off point for the Halton Christmas Toy Appeal.  You can drop off your donations at Halton and St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

Halton Christmas Toy Appeal is in ugent need of your help, they need toys and gifts for this years appeal.  All toys and gifts are for the disadvantaged and less fortunate children living in this community, all donations get distributed within the community to children who wouldn't normally get a present on Chrismas day, they have over 200+ children to help this year. You can help by donating a new unopened toy or gift suitable for ages 0-18 boys and girls.

You can also donate monies by going on the go fund me site and searching for Halton Christmas toy appeal or their link on facebook page and twitter, if you need to make contact please ring 0778 3302506.  

 

Halton & St Helens VCA would like to invite you to the next Halton VCSE Forum taking place on Monday 16th December 2019 at 10am in Halton & St Helens VCA, St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB.  We are bringing key partners together to connect with the sector to provide and share key developments on One Halton and we will update on key work and initiatives in Halton, agenda to follow.  To book a place click on the register now button.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=311

NAVCA  are the national membership body specifically for local sector support and development organisations (also known as local infrastructure) in England. They are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to conduct some research into partnerships between NHS Trusts and organisations within the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.

More specifically, the research aims to understand examples of these partnerships, how they come about, what supports them and the impact that they achieve. This is all with a view to making practical recommendations for how people can be supported in both the voluntary and public sectors and improve partnerships.

This survey forms an important part of this research and will be vital to creating recommendations in the final report. The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and your time in completing this will be greatly appreciated.

Survey Link

This survey is for those working within VCSE- https://forms.gle/WUWSDd899dtTUUXF8

The Deadline for completion of this survey is Monday 2nd December

Workshop

The survey, along with other research will be presented and discussed at a workshop in Birmingham on Wednesday January 15th. The workshop will be a mixture of people from the public and voluntary sector and will help to inform recommendations in the final report in March 2020. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please let them know with an email to navca@navca.org.uk with subject Partnership Scoping Workshop, or complete your name and email at the end of the survey.

If you have any problems completing the survey or wish to discuss this or the wider research further, please contact Tom.Watson@navca.org.uk

Please note: this study excludes partnerships where the main purpose is the provision of hospital based volunteer services. This study will include those partnerships where volunteer services are linked to clinical pathways either through external referrals or signposting, services supporting hospital discharge etc, those using volunteers in their delivery, as well as services directly operating on NHS premises.

 

Halton Borough Council, working in Partnership with the Our Liverpool Programme, wishes to offer the opportunity for voluntary and community organisations to apply for one or two year funding grants.  Organisations will need to demonstrate that they can help achieve the agreed aims, objectives and outcomes of the programm, with the focus being on working with asylum seekers and refugees.  

 

GRANT DETAILS

Grants will run for either a 12 month period with a maximum grant amount of £5,000, or 24 month period with a maximum grant of up to £10,000.

Sizes of grant will vary and will be at the discretion of the Council.  The closing date for the first round of applications will be Friday 3rd January 2020, with an expected start date within 6-8 weeks of award being given.

Depending on the amount of funding remaining after the first round – there may be a second round, but this is yet to be determined.

All applicants must:

  • Be an organisation that runs on a not for profit basis with a management committee and constitution in place.
  • Have effective financial management arrangements.
  • Be based and operating in Halton.
  • Compliment or support relevant Council policy.
  • Be non-party political.
  • Have a commitment to safeguarding children (if appropriate) and ensure that any adult, engaged in the supervision of children and young people have been cleared by the DBS.
  • Have a commitment to equal opportunities.
  • Be working towards a more sustainable funding environment for the organisation’s work with the specific client groups.

 

Generally funding is NOT available for the following purposes:

  • To reimburse money already spent.
  • Counselling services.
  • Building funds or building repairs.
  • General rent, rates or leasing of buildings.
  • Purchase or repair of vehicles.
  • Routine overheads or running expenses for established groups.
  • Personal items or personal expenditure on visits or trips.
  • Projects or activities which may be funded by other existing funding streams better

suited to that project.

  • To pay club/organisation honoraria.
  • Certain disposable items of equipment.

 

HOW TO MAKE AN APPLICATION

Completed application forms should be returned, electronically, to Shelah Semoff, Partnership Officer, Halton Borough Council (shelah.semoff@halton.gov.uk).  Please ensure that all relevant paperwork and all of your supporting documents are included (scanned copies are acceptable).

 

CONSIDERATION OF APPLICATIONS

Applications will be considered by a sub-group of Halton’s Multi Agency Forum for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, with a decision made within 6-8 weeks of receipt.

Applicants will generally be notified of the decision within this timeframe and are urged to consider this timescale if planning events etc.

A copy of the application may be sent to relevant individuals/groups as appropriate for comments.

CONDITIONS OF GRANT

When a grant is awarded, recipients will be required to confirm that they will agree to the terms and conditions set out within the application form.

As part of the Council’s scrutiny responsibilities, if requested, groups should be willing to attend the relevant Policy and Performance Board.

The Council reserves the right to reclaim any grant not used for the specified activity within the grant application form or should the group cease.

FURTHER HELP & SUPPORT

If you have any further questions regarding the grant process please contact:-

Shelah Semoff, HBC Partnership Officer

0151 511 8677

shelah.semoff@halton.gov.uk

To apply for the grant, please complete the attached application form.

 

 

Talent Match funded by Big Lottery and European Social Fund offering support to 15 – 29  year olds.

Talent Match has a team of mentors throughout Wirral who will work closely with each referral, providing intensive support to move young people towards training/education or sustainable employment using their SELF model.

They have access to various type of support and opportunities including:

• SKILLS – Access to training and accredited qualifications e.g. Health and Safety, First Aid, Paediatric First Aid, Food Hygiene…etc
• EMPLOYMENT - Access to an Employment Mentor who can provide guidance re: traineeships, apprenticeships, work and volunteering placements in order to gain new skills and enhance your CV; Business start up support
• LIFE - Therapeutic support and access to counselling; Personal and social development opportunities to work upon confidence and motivation; Access to breaking down barriers fund, funding for travel, interview clothes, support with childcare etc.
• FUTURE – Support to help you build a better future; post employment advice

For more information contact Youth Fed on the details below:

Phone Number 0151 357 1971

Email support@youthfed.org

 

 

Your Payroll is an award-winning payroll bureau service serving approximately 1,000 satisfied clients, chiefly based in Merseyside. With ambitious plans to increase their customer base by exploiting opportunities within the social care, public and private sector markets across the UK, this is a great opportunity to join a fast paced, growing organisation.

Job Purpose

Reporting to the Payroll Team Leader, the main purpose of this role is to work as part a team to administer payrolls for multiple companies to strict deadlines and deliver a high standard of customer service.

Requirements

Previous experience operating large scale payrolls and the ability to work in a fast paced environment to strict deadlines is essential. Familiarity with using FMP Payrite software is a distinct advantage.

Other requirements include:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Good organisation, self-motivation and time management skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • The successful applicant will have experience of operating large scale payrolls, including registering PAYE schemes with HMRC, pensions auto-enrolment administration and preparation of quarterly notices for tax and NI returns. Strong customer service skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail are essential. Familiarity with FMP Payrite software and strong Microsoft Excel skills would be beneficial

To apply send a covering letter setting out your experience and why you are suitable for the post together with your CV.

Part time also considered

Applicants with a disability matching the essential criteria will be guaranteed an interview under the Two Ticks scheme.

The full job description can be viewed online here https://www.kdc.org.uk/payroll-administrator/

The closing date is Tuesday 26 November 2019. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

Your Payroll is a Disability Confident Employer

St Helens & District Dyslexia Association meets at 7 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month to discuss any dyslexia related issues referring to children or adults. It is a free, informal environment where all can join in, privacy can be arranged on request. It is staffed by experienced volunteers who are either dyslexic themselves or teachers and educational psychologists trained to help dyslexic people. All are welcome.

Nominations have now opened to nominate a family for this year’s Christmas hamper and toy appeal.

If you are working with a family in need, who need that extra help over the Christmas period then nominate them now!

Please fill in the attached form and return the completed form to  Diane.Orme@halton.gov.uk    or HaltonBrookCCSensoryRoom@halton.gov.uk   closing date for referrals is  5th December 2019. Due to high demand in 2018 they cannot extend this deadline.

For Widnes families please contact Carolyn McAuley at Carolyn.McAuley@halton.gov.uk

 

The Community Development service supports community groups and initiatives to improve outcomes for Halton residents. The team works alongside community groups, other Council services, partner organisations and funders to realise activity and deliver projects that bring communities together building resilience.

Halton Borough Council are seeking a Community Development Officer who is a self-starter with experience of working with a range of partners and securing funding. You will need to work on your own, as part of a team, with a range of stakeholders and be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

Salary: £27,905 - £30,507 per annum
Hours: 37 hours per week
Closing Date: 24th November 2019 at 23:55 PM
Interviews: Thursday 12th December 2019.

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

https://ats-halton.jgp.co.uk/vacancies/view/112742?ga_client_id=06eeb798-2f49-a233-bb88-88cd3928be84

Time to Change is providing FREE training to staff who work with young people in Halton aged 11 plus about starting the conversation around mental health and tackling stigma.

Young people in Halton have told us mental health stigma stops them from speaking out about their worries and ultimately getting help.

This training is available as part of the Time to Change Halton hub work which aims to change how we all think and act about mental health eliminating mental health stigma in Halton

Details of the training can be found in the attachment below. 

They have 2 different dates available

  • Wednesday 27th of November, 2pm till 4pm- Hosted by Saints Peter and Paul Secondary School, Highfield Road, Widnes, WA8 7DW
  • Monday 2nd of December, 3.15pm till 5.15pm- Hosted by the Heath Secondary school, Clifton Road, Runcorn, WA7 4SY

Places can be booked by emailing Katie.bazley@halton.gov.uk and will be allocated on a first come first served basis
 

The Hope Centre in St Helens are looking for Christmas volunteers! If you'd like to help out in the homeless centre any day between 23rd December - 31st December please contact Beryl on 01744 26414 or email Beryl@hopecentre.org.uk

For more information about the Hope Centre and the work they do, please click the link below:

https://www.hopecentre.org.uk/

 

Do you have an outstanding customer service ethic, confident, with exceptional retail, sales, hospitality or customer service experience and a proven track record of driving profits and efficiency? Age Uk are looking for an experienced, committed and dedicated Business Transformation Manager to take ownership and lead on the growth development, delivery, promotion and marketing of their innovative capacity taking them beyond their expectations.

The Mansion House is a unique business based in St Helens, regionally incorporating events space, short term office lets, weddings, functions, banqueting and celebration events utilising a magnificent grade 2 listed Mansion House and Orangery, set in Victoria Park.

Full time.

Up to £32k per annum 

For more details and an application pack, visit: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/midmersey/ or email hr@aukmm.org.uk

Closing date: 29th November 2019

Interviews: 12th December 2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances the next meeting of the St Helens VCSE Forum on 25th November is cancelled apologies for any inconvenience.  The following meeting will be on 27th January 2020, 10am to 12 noon at the Beacon Building details to follow in the New Year.

To book a place on the January meeting click on the link below 

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?id=308&reset=1

 

Huyton Merseyside
Full Time 35 hours (Monday to Friday)
3-year Fixed-term contract
£24,000 per annum

'A Good Life' is an ambitious new project provided by Knowsley Disability Concern (KDC), in partnership with Knowsley Pensioners Advocacy & Information Service (KPAIS); Sight and Mind; and Tailored Advice Services in the Community (TASC). The project will provide wrap-around practical support for adults in Knowsley who are disadvantaged for any reason, be it poverty, disability, age or other circumstances which prevent them from having ‘a good life’. 

They are seeking to appoint a full time Project Coordinator to lead the delivery of the service, manage referrals and organise a small team of experienced project workers employed by the partners. 

The successful applicant will have experience in coordinating services, ideally in a health/social care setting, with strong leadership skills and the ability to deliver awareness-raising and promotional activities. Good IT skills and familiarity with the Outcomes Star model of measuring change when working with people will be a distinct advantage.
This is a pivotal role and an exciting opportunity to contribute to the early development and launch of a brand new initiative to help disadvantaged people in Knowsley. 

To request an application pack, please email recruitment@kdc.org.uk quoting 'AGLC11’ in the subject line. CV's will not be used during the shortlisting process.

The closing date for completed application forms is Monday 25th November 2019. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 3rd December 2019.

The Women’s Organisation are recruiting! They're on the lookout for:

  • Conference and Facilities Support Officer (permanent)
  • Temporary Engagement and Marketing Executive (3-month fixed term)

Further details are attached, and can also be accessed via their website here: https://www.thewomensorganisation.org.uk/about-us/work-with-us

Closing date for receipt of applications is 12pm Friday 29th November 2019. Interviews for short listed applicants will be held on Thursday 5th December 2019.

The Women’s Organisation is an equal opportunities employer, and welcome applications from all sections of the community particularly disabled women and women from black and minority ethnic communities.

 

Willowbrook Hospice has scooped two prestigious North West in Bloom awards for the high standards of its grounds and gardens.  As well as achieving the Outstanding in the Hospice category, the Prescot based hospice gardens were also presented with the Best Hospice Award 2019.

‘North West in Bloom’ is part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s national ‘Britain in Bloom Awards’. The awards encourage local communities to improve their environment through the imaginative use of trees, flowers and landscaping and also take into consideration the support of the local community.

Hospice Gardener Dee Newey said: “It’s a fantastic to win the Best Hospice Award this year in addition to achieving ‘Outstanding’ in our category. The awards are a testament to the hard work and dedication that the garden team put in all year round, most of which are volunteers. We’d also like to say a big thank you to members of our local community who have supported us with donations of plants which help ensure that there’s always something of interest to look at in our gardens, no matter what the season.

Alun Owen, Corporate Director at Willowbrook said “We are delighted to win the two awards from North West in Bloom. Dee and her team of volunteers work incredibly hard all year round to ensure that the grounds are colourful, welcoming and offer a tranquil open space for our staff, volunteers and all those who use our services.”

L-R – Mike Platt, Alan Chick (Chairman of Willowbrook Board of Trustees), Alun Owen (Corporate Director at Willowbrook) and Dee Newey (Head Gardener)

L-R – Mike Platt, Alan Chick (Chairman of Willowbrook Board of Trustees), Alun Owen (Corporate Director at Willowbrook) and Dee Newey (Head Gardener)

For more information on Willowbrook Hospice, please visit www.willowbrook.org.uk

St Helens Madlove are delighted to welcome mental health campaigner and suicide survivor Jonny Benjamin MBE to St Helens for a special screening of his documentary The Stranger on the Bridge on  Thursday 28th November 5pm. Part of A Madlove Take Over, an arts festival for mental health.

Jonny will be joined by fellow mental health campaigner Angela Samata for a Q&A after the film screening.

The Stranger on the Bridge tells Jonny’s moving story. Having been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder shortly beforehand, he stood on London’s Waterloo Bridge in January 2008 and prepared to take his own life. That was until a stranger walking across the bridge saw him and talked Jonny down from the edge. Jonny was taken to hospital and didn’t see the stranger again but was determined to find him and thank him for what he did.

Jonny launched the #FindMike campaign with the support of Rethink Mental Illness, which became a social media sensation, eventually reaching over 300 million people worldwide. Emotional, heartwarming and thought-provoking, this is a film about a simple human interaction and how one man’s kind gesture six years ago has had a huge butterfly effect beyond what anyone could ever have imagined.

The screening forms part of A ‘Madlove’ Take Over festival, produced by Merseyside-based social arts organisation Heart of Glass, artist the vacuum cleaner (James Leadbitter) and featuring the work of 13 local, national and international artists. The Madlove Take Over Space is based in the old Argos store, Unit 2, The Hardshaw Centre, Church Street, St Helens, WA10 1EB.  Find out more about A Madlove Take Over here.

The Madlove Take Over space is safe, welcoming and accessible. Please find more access information here and a map of the venue here.

When: Thursday 28th November 5:00 pm  —  7:00 pm

Where: The Madlove Take Over Space, The old Argos store, Unit 2, The Hardshaw Centre, Church Street, St Helens, WA10 1EB.

Price: Free

The St Helens & District Group of Advanced Drivers welcomes all qualified car drivers to the Introduction meeting for the January 2020 course at the Ibis Hotel, Haydock. This is on Sunday morning, 12th January commencing at 10:00am and will include a presentation outlining the ideals of the Group to enhance driving skills and further promote road safety. Free driving assessments will be available and also substantial discounts to certain age groups ie. 35years and under pay £60 instead of the £149 IAM course fee and 60 years and over pay only £99.

The Group is a registered charity with all members and driver 'mentors' being volunteers, the latter being highly qualified drivers. All are welcome even if only for a chat or for driving advice. Tel: 07849 674 939 (after 6pm) Email: contact@shgam.org.uk Web: www.shgam.org.uk

The Shopping City is hosting an event this year to mark Purple Tuesday.

They will be setting up a space for ‘stalls’ to promote Halton Services to the local public. 

If you are interested in setting up a stall please could you get in touch with Jackie Coulthard via jackiecoulthard@shopping-city.co.uk or 01928 716363.

Here’s what Jackie has to say about the event:

“Purple Tuesday 2019 is an international call to action, focused on changing the customer experience for disabled people. It will involve organisations of all sizes and from all sectors taking decisive, practical actions to meet the needs of disabled customers.

I would like to invite all Partners and Providers to join us on the 12th November in the Community Square 12pm to 2pm in support of Purple Tuesday, it will be an opportunity for services to offer and promote any services and/or information that might be required by our customers and general public.”

For more information please visit:

https://purpletuesday.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Purple-Tuesday-Brochure-Digital.pdf

Please note: Groups wishing to host a stall must contact Jackie before 8th November.

Now that the election has been confirmed for 12 December 2019, the Charity Commission are issuing a reminder to all charities of their particular responsibilities in the weeks ahead.

The Commission is aware that the political context for this election is very different from that which people may have experienced in the past, which makes it all the more important that trustees read both guidance on campaigning and political activity and the particular guidance that applies during an election (PDF, 606KB). They've also published lessons learned during the last election in 2017.

It is legitimate and healthy for charities to speak up for the causes they serve. But appearing to take a political position on either side could risk undermining public confidence in charity as something special, an issue which their chief executive made clear in her recent blog.

As well as your responsibilities under charity law, you need to be aware of the rules on what is called 'third party campaigning' under electoral law, which may affect your charity. The Electoral Commission has worked closely with charities to produce 'Non-party campaigners: where to start', using real-life case studies to provide advice to charity campaigners.

Skills Up CIC is a new support service for clients with disabilities. Clients in the group can work on life skills, improving knowledge, developing skills and increasing independence in a range of active, creative and fun activities. They have been running sessions at Brookvale Community Centre in Runcorn, for a number of weeks now and have been able to see progress in clients' abilities and good levels of enjoyment - find them on Facebook to see what they have been doing. If you are interested in joining the sessions on a Monday or Friday (charged at the Direct Payment Agency Rate), or think they could help you, then get in touch 07538483760 or enquiries@skills-up.co.uk.

 

For more information about Skills Up and the work they do, click here to vist it their website

ESOL TUTOR REQUIRED.

An ESOL tutor is required to deliver English lessons to Asylum Seekers in Runcorn on  Thursday mornings between 10.00AM and 12.00 PM. The venue is Trinity Methodist Church, Main Street, Halton Village, Runcorn, WA7 4AT, rate of pay is £25 per hour.

Should you be interested in this position please contact Mrs Sheila Parhizgar by text/telephone on 07874 32 11 33 alternatively email to umbrellahalton@outlook.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

The Hill Dickinson Foundation is a fund administered and managed by the Community Foundation for Merseyside. Hill Dickinson is an international law firm which has been headquartered in Liverpool for over 200 years.

The Hill Dickinson Foundation aims to make a positive contribution to the communities in which the firm operates by supporting local grassroots organisations and projects.

Applicants should ensure they demonstrate how their proposed project meets the Hill Dickinson Foundation priorities below and beneficiaries should be from the Merseyside area.  

Fund priorities:

Fund priorities: Homelessness, mental health, resilience and confidence (particularly among women)

They are looking to support projects that:

  • tackle the issues of homelessness (cause or effect)
  • encourage positive mental wellbeing
  • assist those suffering from ill mental health
  • encourage resilience and support self-confidence (particularly amongst women)
     

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

  • Projects that offer advice and guidance to people at risk of homelessness
  • Peer mentoring projects that focus on improving mental health and wellbeing
  • Confidence building and education sessions to homeless people to help them move on and gain employment
  • Confidence building projects and workshops that assist girls and women to unlock their potential personally or professionally
  • Drop-in centres for homeless people
  • Support groups and helpline/counselling services for people with mental health issues
  • Projects tackling the issue of bullying with young people
  • Projects that look to achieve a positive mind-set change around mental health, e.g. awareness raising projects
  • Moving in packs for young people moving into their own home
  • Activities to support women suffering from domestic violence

How much is available:  The maximum amount you can apply for is £3000.  The total budget available for Merseyside is £20,000

Which areas are covered: All boroughs of Merseyside including Halton

Any special criteria: The programme is aimed at small grassroots groups with an income level of under £200,000.

The closing date is Friday 15 November 2019, however due to a limited budget, the fund may close earlier when sufficient applications are received.

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

https://cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/hill-dickinson-foundation-merseyside-

Self Care Week starts on Monday 18 November and runs through to 22 November. Halton CCG are providing CG staff/pharmacists, HIT/HBC colleagues to give information and support about the following:

  • Self care for minor ailments
  • Antibiotics
  • Flu
  • Ageing well & falls
  • Frailty
  • CVD
  • Respiratory
  • HIT team to do blood pressure checks or lung age checks

If you are holding any meetings or get togethers during Self Care week and would like someone from one of the teams above to attend please contact Des Chow on the details below:

Tel no: 01928 593578

Email:des.chow@nhs.net

 

Join Willowbrook Hospice on 1 November at Rainhill Ex Services Club for a spooky evening of bingo, fun, dancing and much more! Tickets are £15 and include bingo book, pen & accessories. To book ring 01744 453798 or go online at: Halloween Bananaz Bingo

Last week was World Menopause Day.  Those experiencing the menopause can find it has a negative impact on their working lives.   Acas has published new guidance to help employers and managers to support staff who are affected by menopause symptoms at work. 

To find out more click on the link below:

Menopause in the workplace

In light of the announcement that a General Election will be taking place on 12th December 2019 and that a period of purdah will apply and that the Children's Centre consultation process will involve elected members and portfolio leads across children's services a decision has been taken to suspend the consultation process until after the Election.

Further details will be circulated on Friday (1st November) about the revised arrangements.

Apologies for any inconvenience this will cause.

Kind regards

Jason

Jason Pickett
Assistant Director, Community & School Support Services
Atlas House
Corporation Street
St Helens
WA9 1LD


As part of the continuous journey of improvement within children's services and in light of additional financial investment into Children's Centres and Early Help provision St Helens Council plan to complete a process of consultation with children and families and key stakeholders.

The purpose of the consultation is to :

  • Ensure families most in need are receiving the right kind of support at the earliest opportunity
  • The services are tailored to meet local needs
  • Best use is made of buildings and staff time
  • To consider regulatory de-registration of each of the centres

For the consultation to have maximum impact, it is vital they have engagement from a wide range of children and families and key stakeholders in order to inform the success of future service delivery.

The consultation sessions will provide you with an opportunity to hear more about proposed plans and to have your say on the current offer and to shape the plans going forward in terms of the model of future service delivery.

It is intended a series of workshops will take place at each of the centres. In addition to the consultation sessions an opportunity will be provided to give written feedback in the form of a questionnaire with details to be sent out shortly.

 

 

St Helens Council in collaboration with State of Mind and Saints, will facilitate Boot Room sessions in both Thatto Heath Rugby Club and Bold Miners Rugby Club, they'll be showing match replays of classic games - come on down to experience the excitement of games gone by, join in, with former players.

State of Mind Sport is a charity that harnesses the power of sport to promote POSITIVE mental health among sportsmen and women, fans and wider communities.  It helps to raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health and well being.  Come along to the Boot room sessions in Thatto Heath Rugby Club and Bold Miners Rugby Club to find out more.  You can also find out more about State of Mind Sport by going to their website www.stateofmindsport.org

 

Are you aware that Acas' free Acas Learning OnLine modules provide a useful e-learning resource for anyone wanting to refresh their knowledge and improve their approach to employment relations issues. Through a series of online courses, you will have the opportunity to work through the theory, explore practical case studies, and test your knowledge through interactive questions and a test.

Click on the Acas Learning OnLine link below to find out more:

https://elearning.acas.org.uk/

New safeguarding resources on NCVO Knowhow

Last week saw the launch of new safeguarding resources on NCVO Knowhow. Over the past six months, NCVO has been working in partnership with some of the leading organisations in the sector to develop a range of briefings, guides, practical tools, podcasts and videos about good safeguarding practice and safe culture. Elizabeth Chamberlain wrote about these new resources and outlined what comes in the next phase of work of the Safeguarding Training Fund.

to find out more click on the links within the article.

If you want to register to receive NCVO updates click on the link below 

https://www.ncvo.org.uk/email-updates:

 

Take Over is the annual festival that reimagines public spaces through art projects made with, for and about people in St Helens. This year they've invited artist and mental health activist the vacuum cleaner (aka James Leadbitter) to take over a vast empty shop and create a space for art, conversation and care, titled A Madlove Take Over. The festival venue is Unit 2, Hardshaw Centre, St Helens (the old Argos store) and will be open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm throughout the month of November.

They're looking for people to support them in three different volunteer roles:

Hosting

  • Welcoming people into the space
  • Offering and making cups of tea
  • Introducing the space and what is available to experience that day
  • Sharing information about upcoming events
  • Having conversations and generally making people feel welcome
  • Signposting toilets, seating, access support

Caretaking

  • Maintaining the Madlove Take Over Space
  • Looking after the plants
  • Auditing the artworks – checking if there are any issues, making sure everything is working and looking good, reporting anything noted to the Lead Hosts
  • Topping up materials, printing workshop sheets, making the space tidy and ready to receive guests

Facilitating

  • Getting to know the space and the artworks in more detail
  • Assisting on tours
  • Assisting with workshop sessions and events
  • Assisting guest groups and individuals with the set-up of their community open sessions

Interested? Or want to find out more?  Contact us for more information:

 

Hitesh Patel (Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Halton and Trustee of Halton & St Helens VCA) is the voluntary sector's elected representative on the One Halton Provider Alliance and below is his feedback from the meeting on 9th October 2019.

a) There is a real concern that we will experience a severe “winter crisis” this winter. It would be great if voluntary sector partners could have a think about what we can do collectively to help the community stay warm, stay well, etc. (There is also the HBC Affordable Warmth multi-agency group people can link in with).

b) The Alliance is looking at investing in a leadership programme to help managers develop skills relating to partnership working, collaboration, etc. I asked if access to Leadership training could be opened up to leaders in the voluntary sector.

c) HBC’s Public Health team is delivering “Making Every Contact Count” training to NHS providers. I made the point that it would be good if that could be expanded in some form to the voluntary sector. We also need clearer referral pathways etc. Could you also add

d) A draft version of the One Halton plan has been produced and this will influence how services will work together to improve the health & wellbeing of local residents. This was due to be signed off on the 2nd October at the health and wellbeing board meeting however there were some further amendments suggested from the Cheshire and Merseyside Healthcare Partnership and it was agreed to include those and enhance the mental health and learning disability content. It is now expected that the final document will be signed off by 31st October. Sophie Bartsch will come to the December meeting to provide a brief overview of the plan, but in the meantime, if anyone wants to see the draft document they can. It’s on the HBC website, under October papers for the Health & Wellbeing Board. 

e) The Cheshire & Merseyside Health Partnership now have 4 “audacious goals” 

  • zero suicide
  • zero stroke
  • no harm from alcohol 
  • no harm from violence 

Previously suggested “zero falls” and “100% vaccinations” have been removed.



You can find this update and other updates from Halton Stratetic Meetings from the link below:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/updates-halton-strategic-meetings

If you attend a strategic meeting in Halton or St Helens and would like to share an update about it to the sector, please email a short paragraph about the meeting to ldaffern@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Do you want to be part of one of the largest and most ambitious Community Forest programmes in the UK?  Are you looking for a challenging and rewarding career that will help make a lasting difference to local communities, to the economy and to the environment? The Mersey Forest is the largest of England’s Community Forests covering over 500 square miles on Merseyside and North Cheshire.  Cheshire West and Chester Council are looking for an individual who can help to deliver the ambitious plans to fully engage local communities in The Mersey Forest, to connect people to nature and deliver the aspirations for communities set out in The Mersey Forest Plan. You will bring enthusiasm, inspiration, innovation and significant practical knowledge to help deliver The Forest vision.

Organisation: Cheshire West and Chester Council

Location: Cheshire

Job Category: Education, Environmental and Public Services

Grade: CWAC NJC - Grade 10

Salary Min: £33,799 per annum

Salary Max: £39,638 per annum

Hours per week: 37

Closing Date: 31/10/2019

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

https://jobs.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/vacancy/community-development-officer-398809.html

 

Community Foundation for Merseyside are pleased to announce the launch of a new round of the Daneway Foundation.

What is the focus of the fund:  The Daneway Foundation aims to improve the lives of young people aged between 11 and 25 years of age. It wishes to fund projects that support socially disadvantaged young people. It wishes to give them opportunities to improve their life chances and to become active and engaged citizens in their own communities.

Fund priorities

Particular support will be given to projects that support employability or encourage the physical health and well-being of young people, and the panel are keen to see projects that result in clear tangible outcomes such as qualifications. In addition, the panel would like applicants to be clear about any previous experience in delivering similar work and the achievements this work has resulted in. 

Examples of the sorts of projects that may be funded:

  • Training and skills development for young people, e.g. Duke of Edinburgh schemes
  • Mentoring schemes to improve the employability of young people
  • Training courses and qualifications for young people enabling them to volunteer within clubs and community groups

How much is available: Grants of up to £5,000

Which areas are covered: Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral and St Helens.

Any special criteria: 

  • The programme is aimed at small grassroots groups with an income level of under £250k
  • Please demonstrate how beneficiaries will utilise their new skills and qualifications to become more active and engaged in their local community

The closing date is Monday 4th November 2019 and the total budget available for this funding round is approx. £30,000. Due to the budget available, the fund may close earlier when sufficient applications are received.

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside’s website - www.cfmerseyside.org.uk and complete an online application form. 

The government are planning to host an online Brexit Business Readiness event on Wednesday 16 October at 11.30am.

This free webinar will offer practical tips and actions your business needs to take to prepare for Brexit. There will be the opportunity to submit questions and interact with presenters during the event.

For more information and to book your place, please click the link below:

https://registration.livegroup.co.uk/onlinebrexitbusinessreadinessevent/?utm_campaign=brexit-business-readiness-2019&utm_source=stakeholders&utm_medium=email&utm_content=bird-bulletin-onlineroadshows-1110

Here at Halton & St Helens VCA we're working alongside the Include-It Mersey Project to establish digital drop in sessions at the heart of our communities.  Following a successful pilot with St Helens Carers, we would like to roll out some more Tea, Tech and Toast drop-in sessions uilising the skills of our Volunteer Digital Champions in both Halton and St Helens. 

Establishing a drop-in session where people already meet has been really successful and has helped to develop good relationships - where confidence has grown in finding out more about how to use smartphones, tablets or laptops and if there is a need for more formal training, our volunteers can signpost to our partners.

For more information please contact Claire on 01928 592405 or 07860 846604 or emai claire.jones@seftoncvs.org.uk

Include-IT Mersey digital inclusion project is funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery as part of its 2014-2020 Building Better Opportunities Programme.  

       

Healthwatch St Helens is holding a series of listening events under the heading of: "Who can help me?" The first of the events is focuses on: "What services can I get from my Pharmacy?" and is being held on Thursday 24th October at the Beacon Building, 2pm to 4pm with light refreshments available. To book your place please contact Debbie East on: 0300 111 0007 or email: deast@healthwatchsthelens.co.uk

 


 

If you’re running a social enterprise or charity that makes an economic and social impact in the Liverpool City Region, the Liverpool City Region Impact Fund (LCRIF) may be a good fit for your organisation.

The fund offers:

  • Unsecured loans of between £150K- £250K
  • Repayment terms up to 10 years
  • Competitive interest rates, ranging from 3-8%, based on risk and affordability
  • No hidden fees

The fund is now looking to make its second wave of 2 or 3 local investments for 2019-2023: register your interest or find out more below.

Find out more:

https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/liverpool-city-region-impact-fund

MYA employs over 50 staff across a range of jobs within youth work, counselling, training, grounds maintenance and support services. They currently have 4 new job vacancies with closing dates varying between the 18th and 21st October:

ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT
Site Location of this Post will be Youth Federation, Ellesmere Port

Salary: £16,445 - £17,615 p.a. (Pro Rata) – MYA Grade 2 Pt. 5-8 

Hours: 17.5 Hours Per Week

Fixed Term Funded to 31st December 2021

Merseyside Youth Association Ltd is looking to recruit an experienced and highly effective Administration Assistant to support the Area Manager and ensure contract requirements are met.  The successful applicant will be required to collate the input information using CRM and Data Base Systems to meet deadlines on a monthly basis, and support the claims process in line with ESF/YEI contract requirements and MYA’s Policies and Procedures.

Candidates must hold a recognised CLAIT/ECDL qualification or above in a relevant field and have experience of Software Packages ie.e Word, Excel Database etc.

Merseyside Youth Association Limited Actively Promotes the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults, Young People and Children.

The above post will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure

Closing Date for Completed Applications: 5pm Friday 18th October 2019

APPRENTICE MENTOR 

Salary: Minimum Wage Applies 

Hours: 30 Per Week
(On a Flexible Basis May Include Some Evenings and Weekends)

Funded – 1 Year Initially with the Potential for a Further Year

Merseyside Youth Association Ltd is looking to recruit an Apprentice Mentor.  This is an exciting role where you will learn how to provide intensive mentoring to young people, including how to support the delivery of effective personalised pathways to employment.

No previous experience of working within this area of work is necessary as full training and support is provided.  This is an Apprenticeship job opportunity, so you will also be working towards an Apprenticeship Level 2 Qualification in Youth Work.  Applicants must hold GCSE’s in English and Maths grade C or above or hold Functional Skills Level 2.  You will need to be motivated, want to learn and work as part of a team.

Merseyside Youth Association Limited Actively Promotes the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults, Young People and Children.

The above post will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure

Closing Date for Completed Applications: 5pm Friday 18th October 2019

EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT MENTOR

Salary: £22,558 p.a. – £25,729 p.a. - MYA Scale 5 – Pt. 17-20

Hours: 35 
(May Include Some Evening and Weekend Work)

Fixed Term Funded to 31st December 2021

The successful candidate will be required to support and assist the pipeline of employment, education and training routes within Talent match Plus.  The postholder will deliver effective personalised pathway to employment for people who are not in education, training or work.

The successful candidate will hold a recognised qualification to at least NVQ Level 3 in a relevant subject.  They will also have substantive experience of 1-1 mentoring, as well as group work delivery, caseload management, supporting people into meaningful progressions, together with post employment support.  The successful candidate will have an excellent track record in ensuring individual and project targets are met.

Merseyside Youth Association Limited Actively Promotes the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults, Young People and Children.

The above post will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure

Closing Date for Completed Applications: 5pm Monday 21st October 2019

INTENSIVE MENTOR

Salary: £22,558 p.a. – £25,729 p.a. - MYA Scale 5 – Pt. 17-20

Hours: 35 
(May Include Some Evening and Weekend Work)

Fixed Term Funded to 31st December 2021

The successful candidate will be required to deliver effective personalised pathway to employment for young people aged 15-29 years who have not been in education, training or work and have complex needs across the Liverpool City Region.

The successful candidate will hold a recognised qualification to least an NVQ level 3 in a subject relating to Young People.  They will also have substantive experience of 1-1 mentoring, as well as group work delivery, caseload management, supporting young people into meaningful progressions, together with post employment support.  The successful candidate will have an excellent track record in ensuring individual and project targets are met.

Merseyside Youth Association Limited Actively Promotes the Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults, Young People and Children.

The above post will be subject to Enhanced Disclosure

Closing Date for Completed Applications: 12pm Friday 18th October 2019

For an application pack and further information for any of the above vacancies, please forward your request to recruitment@mya.org.uk alternatively https://www.mya.org.uk/about-us/jobs/ or send a large SAE for £1.20 (stating clearly the post you are interested in applying for) to:

The HR Department, Merseyside Youth Association Ltd, 65-67 Hanover Street, Liverpool L1 3DY

Please note, CV’s will not be accepted and should not be part of your supporting information.

Merseyside Youth Association Limited/the Youth Federation is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to maintaining a non-abusive environment

The next meeting of the St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK will be on Wednesday 6th November 2019 at 7.30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King St, WA10 2JZ. The church is next to Windle Pilkington Hall. The speaker will be Catherine Gallagher, who will be giving a talk on the following:- 

The role of the humble carbohydrate in diabetes

Catherine is a Diabetes Dietitian from the Specialist Diabetes Unit in St Helens Hospital, she has not spoken at the meetings before. 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 and 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. Please note, this will be the last meeting of 2019 and their next meeting will not be until Wednesday 5th February 2020.

For further details contact C Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821.

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 are proud to announce a joint concert featuring a rich combined singing heritage of over 217 years with guests including the renowned Dunvant Male Voice Choir from Swansea, South Wales on Saturday 2nd November 2019 in St Helens Town Hall at 7.30 pm.

Come and see Victoria Music new show Swing 'n' the Blues on Monday 4th November, 7.30pm at the Brindley Theatre, Runcorn.  This production is to raise funds for Victoria Music's twice weekly wellbeing sessions and the free kids workshops next year so all support would be appreciated.  Tickets are available on the Brindley website www.thebrindley.org.uk or phone 0151 907 8360 for the box office. 

If you would like to help publicise the production there is a poster attached.

To support the Refugee Programme Manager with the implementation of the Refugee Resettlement and the ‘Our Liverpool’ programmes, across Liverpool City Region. The post will be hosted by Liverpool City Council but will work across Liverpool, Halton, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Wirral. 

Liverpool City Council has been awarded £2,448,658 from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Controlling Migration Fund to undertake a programme of work from April 2018-Oct 2020 across Liverpool and four other city-region authorities (Halton, Knowsley, St. Helens, and Wirral). The ‘Our Liverpool’ programme across the 5 LCR LA’s will deliver support to refugees to obtain mainstream benefits and housing freeing up emergency accommodation for the wider community, support to migrants to access employment easing pressure on job centres and family learning support to enable migrant children to access education more readily. In Liverpool, the programme will include initiatives to tackle migrant rough sleeping, provide specialist educational support to migrant children to free up pressure on schools and release the capacity of teachers and provide Community Development Officers, Family Support Workers and ESOL provision in Childrens Centres to enable migrants to use services more effectively, all of which contribute to better public services and a more cohesive society.

The ‘Our Liverpool’ programme will also enable Liverpool City Council and its partners to develop and deliver on their new refugee, asylum seeker and vulnerable migrant strategy which has the following outcomes:

  1. Refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants are able to thrive in safe, welcoming and cohesive communities and are able to build diverse relationships and connections.
  2. Refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants understand their rights, responsibilities and entitlements and are able to exercise them to pursue full and independent lives.
  3. Refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants are able to access well-coordinated services, which recognise and meet their rights and needs
  4. Local policy, strategic planning and Liverpool’s influencing to central government which has an impact on refugees and asylum seekers are informed by their rights, needs and aspirations.

This post is fixed term for a year.

Salary: 23836  - 27905  GBP  year

Closing Date: 14-10-2019

Interviews scheduled for: 30th October 2019.

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

http://lccjobs.liverpool.gov.uk/details.aspx?id=P1LFK026203F3VBQBV77VF6FT&nPostingID=5648&nPostingTargetID=51283&mask=lccext&lg=UK

 

 

During August and September we ran two social media workshops entitled 'Telling your Social Story' and  'Mastering Social Media', delivered by Grace Dyke from Yellow Jigsaw CIC.  Attendees refined their Facebook and Twitter social media skills at the “Mastering Social Media Skills” interactive session and developed their press release writing skills and understanding of how to write to engage different audiences – from commissioners to the public – in the “Telling Your Social Story” session. If you missed these sessions, Grace has written a blog on the workshops:  https://www.yellowjigsaw.co.uk/hshvca/

We have a number of training events booked in over the next few months, you can find all of our events on our events page on the website:

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

 

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The Combined Authority has established the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board to act as an independent sounding board, ensuring that issues of fairness and social justice are considered in every decision. They now intend to establish a closed discussion group on Facebook for the purpose of developing links between the Advisory Board members and a wider network of those interested in supporting the work of the Advisory Board.  If you would like to apply to be on this board, please complete the attached ‘Expression of Interest’ form.

They are also hosting a consultation event at 4.30pm on Thursday 10 October at 1 Mann Island, when the Fairness and Social Justice Advisory Board will be hosting an ‘LCR Listens’ on the city region’s Local Industrial Strategy. This meeting will receive a presentation from the Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and consider the emerging evidence on the economic challenges and opportunities facing our city region. If you would like to participate in developing the city region’s fairness and social justice agenda please click the link below to find out more and regsiter your place:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lcrlistens-to-the-fairness-and-social-justice-advisory-board-tickets-69862140543

 

In January 2019, the NHS in England launched the Long Term Plan.  The plan was written to strengthen the NHS and make it fit for the future. 

The Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership, is a collaboration of health and care organisations including Local Authorities, all NHS organisations and Voluntary sector from across our region. 

The Partnership is made up of nine places based upon the local authority footprint:

  • Cheshire East
  • Cheshire West
  • Halton
  • Knowsley
  • Liverpool
  • Sefton
  • St Helens
  • Warrington
  • Wirral

Each of the places are developing specific plans on the issues that affect their communities most and will be separately engaging with them about the proposals.

In November each of these place plans will be incorporated into the Cheshire & Merseyside wide plan. 

A microsite has been established as the central point of information for the campaign - changetogether.co.uk, where you can find out more and have your say.

 

Edge Hill University Medical School (EHUMS) has an ethos of social accountability and community engagement, with the aim of showing students that health and social care does not just take place in NHS premises. EHUMS has been working in partnership with Halton & St Helens VCA to provide 2nd year medical students with personal learning about the community context to health and social care. The placement will involve the students engaging with a community project, which would result in recommendations or lasting benefits to the voluntary organisations. Please come along to find out more about how your organisation can become involved with Edge Hill University medical school. 

Free CPR & AED Training.

Lunch will be provided.

Date: Wednesday 20th Nov 2019 12:30pm - 4pm

Venue: Peter Street Centre Peter Street St Helens WA10 2EQ

 

To Book Onto The Event, Please Follow This Link:

https://edgehill.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/halton-sthelens-vca

If You Have Any Questions, Please Email:​

ehumscommunityengagement@edgehill.ac.uk

 

Sexton Avenue Community Allotment Garden group hope to open their site, which has been closed for a few years and is situated in Parr, St Helens, to community groups in 2020. It is quite a large area around half an acre with parking space, they aim to reinstate 4 large raised vegetable growing beds, also a large polytunnel, and bring back to live a sensory garden and a large grassed area used for events and playing area, also there is a large garage building which they hope to turn into a workshop for various groups, IE, woodworking, metalworking, recycling . This is a very exciting opportunity for Parr / St Helens and for any community group or volunteer wishing to get involved and call this place their own hub.

If you would like more information about this exciting project, please contact them sextonaveallotments@yahoo.com

 

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Skills Up CIC is a new company in Halton, offering a variety of activities and experiences to support and challenge clients with disabilities and increase their independence.

Being qualified teachers, as well as being experienced in supporting people with disabilities within their families and friends, they are confident that they can improve options for clients.

Following shared personalised planning, group sessions will enable clients to progress along their pathways and towards their outcomes, developing their skills, knowledge and well-being.

Their aspirational projects will stimulate clients creatively and assist them in achieving their own potential and targets, including those from people close to them.

The first session is Monday 14th October, 10am -3pm, at Brookvale Community Centre. Sessions cost £13 per hour and direct payments can be used. Staff have enhanced DBS checks and first aid training.

If you would like more information or to join the group, contact Amanda or Louise on 07538 483760, visit the website at www.skills-up.co.uk or email enquiries@skills-up.co.uk

 

NCVO - New Trusted Charities Essentials tool

Trusted Charity Essentials is a free online tool designed especially for small charities as a way to do a basic health check on how your organisation is doing. This cost free tool benchmarks your work in 10 key areas – it will help assess the impact you have on the ground and whether you are making the best use of your resources. Get the tool.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is seeking support from Halton’s voluntary sector to strengthen its Council of Governors.

The Council is made up of public, staff and voluntary/statutory representatives from Halton, Warrington and other parts of the North West from where it delivers community services .

To ensure the voluntary/third sector in Halton has a voice they are looking for someone to represent the borough and their colleagues and help inform their decision making.

As a leading provider of community services in the North West they are extremely mindful of the valuable contribution the voluntary sector plays in our communities and would be delighted to have it formally represented.

Their Council meets bi monthly and meetings generally last for two hours. Further information about the role of the governor can be found in the attached booklet.

For further information please contact Angela Green, Head of Membership on 01925 946142 or E mail angela.green30@nhs.net

 

Merseyside groups supporting women and girls with issues such as domestic and sexual abuse, mental health, social isolation and long-term unemployment can apply for a share of over £75,000.

The Merseyside Women’s Fund has been re-opened for charities and community groups working with women of all ages and backgrounds focused upon the following key areas:

  • Confidence, aspiration, self-belief & resilience
  • Domestic violence & abuse
  • Mental health & wellbeing
  • Social isolation

Groups and individuals can apply to the Community Foundation for Merseyside for grants of up to £10,000 and the funding can only be used for projects or services that directly benefit women and girls.

Priority will be given to grassroots organisations, organisations working with women or girls facing multiple challenges, user-led organisations and sustainable projects providing long-term solutions.

Earlier this year more than £70,000 was distributed as part of the Merseyside Women’s Fund. That included a centre providing counselling, care and support for domestic violence victims and Liverpool-based Stray Cat Media – an organisation empowering school age girls with anxiety issues to access and learn new skills in arts and digital media.

All new applications will be assessed by the Community Foundation and shortlisted projects will go to a local panel who will decide which groups to award funding to. Successful projects are likely to be announced early in 2020.

This is the second time UK Community Foundations have been selected by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to distribute the largest share of Tampon Tax funding. This is money raised through the levy on sanitary products which will be passed to small, local projects, working through the national network of Community Foundations. This year more than £3.5million has been made available nationally.

To apply to the Merseyside Women’s Fund, visit: http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/womens-fund

The closing date for entries is 11 October 2019.

 

 

End Furniture Poverty is recruiting! They are looking for an energetic, multi-talented, hugely passionate new team member who will make a big contribution to everything to do with their campaign to End Furniture Poverty….and more besides.

Working with FRC Group’s Business Development Manager, the Campaigns Officer, will be involved with every element of their campaigns – from research and data analysis to developing campaign themes and messages, to running the social media campaigns and devising and hosting campaign events and working on a one to one basis with partner organisations such as social housing providers.

The Campaigns Officer will thrive in working in a complex environment and juggling multiple projects. They will have proven strong project management skills and will have a track-record of working independently to understand complex issues. The Campaigns Officer will put their passion for social media to use developing tailored social media strategies for End Furniture Poverty and for the themed or sector-specific campaigns it runs.

FRC Group has a reputation as “the UK’s leading social reporter” and in everything they do, they look at what social value they are creating through their activities and how they can create more. The Campaigns Officer will have a role to play in the Social Value Team to support the measurement of social value created by End Furniture Poverty and its specific campaign activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Researching the issue of Furniture Poverty, its prevalence, causes and effects through:

  • Primary research by engaging with different stakeholder groups using different techniques such as one-to-one interviews, focus groups, surveys etc.
  • Secondary research techniques to bring together existing data and insight
  • Maintaining and disseminating an up to date knowledge of the wider policy context for Furniture Poverty
  • Mapping the existing provision of different solutions to Furniture Poverty
  • Mapping the opportunities to expand solutions to Furniture Poverty
  • Creating and maintaining a database and library of relevant information and publications

Developing End Furniture Poverty and its specific campaigns

  • Creating content for End Furniture Poverty
  • Keeping the website up to date
  • Creating content for specific campaign microsites that are developed for specific markets
  • Creating content for distribution through various channels including social media e.g. blogs, thought pieces, comment articles, short films, research presentations, infographics
  • Working with the Business Development Manager to develop and deliver campaign events targeting specific influencers
  • Representing End Furniture Poverty at partner meetings, events and training to promote our issues and influence attendees

Social Media

Developing and delivering tailored social media strategies for EndFurniturePoverty.Org and for the themed or sector-specific campaigns it runs.

Social Value Measurement

  • To be part of the Social Value Team and to work with colleagues to create models that will demonstrate the social value created by specific solutions to Furniture Poverty:
    • Furnished tenancy programmes
    • Furniture reuse
    • Use of affordable credit
    • Local Welfare Provision programmes
  • To work with campaign partners to measure the social value created by activity to End Furniture Poverty
  • Carry out responsibilities as described in the FRC Group Health and Safety Policy, ensuring that activities are carried out in a way that is safe and without risk to health to yourself or others.
  • Undertake any other work appropriate to the job as directed by your supervisor or training deemed necessary by the company to include training courses which may take place at weekends.
  • Attend all meetings as requested by your supervisor, unless with prior arrangement of absence, including monthly group communications meetings.

Decision Making Authority

You are required to clear any issues relating to policy with your supervisor. You are also required to obtain clearance for any expenditure not in line with agreed budgets.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £24,908.00 /year

To apply, please send your CV to claire.donovan@frcgroup.co.uk

For more information about End Furniture Poverty and the work they do, click the link below:

https://www.endfurniturepoverty.org/

 

 

Social enterprise, Wellbeing Enterprises CIC, are currently looking for freelance facilitators, social enterprises and voluntary organisations to work with to co-deliver fun, exciting and educational social prescribing courses across the Liverpool City Region. It doesn't matter what your skill, background or interest is, they want to hear from you. They hope to give people the chance to discover new skills and passions, so get in touch if you can help. Good facilitator rates are available. Contact Caitlin Laws on 0151 237 2670 or via email at c.laws@wellbeingenterprises.org.uk 

For further information, please visit: https://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/freelance-facilitators-we-need-you/

 

Hours: 20 hours per week
£10.00 per hour

Fixed-term contract for 9 months (36 weeks)

Crownway Community Centre are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic person with a ‘can-do’ attitude. The main objective of this position is to work co-operatively with all staff and volunteers to ensure that the community café can continue to provide quality food, drinks, snacks, and excellent customer service throughout the week.

The Ideal Candidate
• Have a passion for food and quality service
• You will need to work well as part of a team
• An understanding and appreciation of volunteering
• Be friendly and have a positive ‘can-do’ attitude
• Self-motivated and able to work on own initiative
• Full clean driving license (desirable not essential)

The role will include: shopping, helping with cash and carry runs, and helping in the delivery of a weekly Luncheon Club.

Closing date Friday 27th September

Interviews to take place Tuesday 8th October 2019.

For further information or to receive an application form please see attached, contact Carol on 01925 222907 or check out the website https://www.crownwaycommunitycentre.co.uk/2019/09/vacancy-community-cafe-assistant/

 

Social innovations are new products, services and models that aim to address social challenges and that lead to new relationships and collaborations. The social economy is one form of social innovation.  It is enterprises, businesses, voluntary, community and faith organisations with a focus on social improvement, some level of participatory and democratic control by members, and reinvestment of any profits to achieve social goals.  The importance of the social economy is often acknowledged by policy makers, but in reality, this rarely leads to concrete funding or commissioning.

What would it mean for the economic regeneration and inclusive economy agenda if we took on board, to a serious degree, the size and relevance of the social economy in Liverpool City Region?  Could a focus on social innovation in industrial and economic planning bring the “people first economy” into being?  How can the public sector support social innovation and the social enterprise sector to be a more sustainable factor in the Liverpool City region economy? 

This workshop will look at what helps to facilitate social innovation, what more we can do to support social innovation processes in local communities, the place of the social economy and how all this relates to economic planning and wellbeing!

If you have already signed up for the workshop then that’s great and if not then please do think about spending some time in this workshop in lively discussion on a subject that offers another perspective on shared challenges.

You can contact Stacey.Hardcastle@phe.gov.uk to reserve a place in the workshop.

Date: 12.00 to 3.00 pm 4th October 2019.

Venue: Percival Suite Ruskin Drive, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA10 6RP.   

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New Funding opportunity from West Midlands Railway and London Northwestern Railway deadline for applications 7th October  

West Midlands Railway 

West Midlands Railway are very pleased to announce that their CCIF is now open and they're accepting applications for West Midlands Community Project funding. It’s exciting because their CCIF is specifically to support projects in this region, and they’re looking for ideas that bring tangible benefits to their stations, the communities and the neighbourhoods, addressing regeneration challenges and tackling social needs.

So this is a chance for people along their routes to apply for a share of this unique fund, which, in its first year is estimated to be £1.7 million (subject to terms and approvals).

This is a substantial fund and although this is their CCIF’s first year, other Train Operating Companies have been managing similar funds for many years and they’ve seen the difference they can make.

They can’t wait to see what benefits their fund can bring to this wonderful region. It’s going to make a real impact at their stations and in your neighbourhoods and it’s now ‘open for business’.

To find out more click on the link below

West Midlands Railway CCIF 

 

London Northwestern Railway 

London Northwestern Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF) is now accepting applications for London Northwestern Community Project funding. With an estimated £1.7 million (subject to terms and approvals) to fund projects along their routes in the first year, it’s a really big deal.

They’re looking for ideas that bring tangible benefits to their stations, the communities and the neighbourhoods, and which address regeneration challenges and tackle social needs.

Although this is their CCIF’s first year, other, more established Train Operating Companies have been managing similar funds for years along their lines. Now it’s their turn to make a difference with their fund.

To find out more click on the link below

London Northwestern Railway

 

Unlock Runcorn Festival Sunday 22nd September 10am till 4.30pm.  Algernon Street, Dukesfield, Runcorn, WA7 1ER

Join them for an end of summer heritage day.  Learn more about their bold and exciting project 'Unlock Runcorn'.  They aim to reconnect the Bridgewater Canal to the Manchester Ship Canal and beyond.  There will be a Bar, live bands, displays/exhibits/guided walks, barbecue, stall and activities and facepainting.  

The event is sponsored by ABC taxis, Dukesfield Tyres, Church Street Tattoos, Reload design, Herrietta's attic, Society Ltd, Craven media, Halton Borough Council

To find out more about the project visit www.unlockruncorn.org

Calling Chairs / Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an income under £1m) in England. Join the Association of Chairs Beacon Programme. The programme offers:

  • low-cost workshops in nine locations in England
  • the unique opportunity to meet and learn from other Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities
  • free online resources and webinars.

A workshop travel bursary is available for organisations under £100k if booked a month ahead.

Learn more about:

  • being an effective Chair
  • strengthening your organisation
  • managing relationships and board dynamics
  • developing an effective board team.

Join the programme for free at http://bit.ly/joinBeacon

Do you need help managing and maintaining your buildings?

If you are a not-for profit organisation lacking the time, expertise and experience needed to manage, maintain and improve your buildings, LandAid's Free Property Advice programme is here to help.

LandAid, the property industry charity, arranges for skilled property professionals from their network of supporters to give free property expertise to UK not-for profit organisations supporting disadvantaged young people, families and communities, including those experiencing homelessness.

Examples of support includes:

  • property legal advice
  • property searches
  • building surveys 
  • valuations
  • negotiating purchases and leases
  • planning and architectural services 

Apply for Free Property Advice here: https://www.landaid.org/what-we-do/apply-free-property-advice

 

Please see details of the latest opportunity for 16-19 year olds to gain a National Certificate of Further Education in Preparation for Work in the Film and TV Industry with the BFI Merseyside Academy (Clapperboard UK) based in Liverpool. The programmes will run on Saturdays from October to December 2019. For more details and information on how to apply, please click on the link

https://www.clapperboarduk.com/news/bfi-merseyside-academy-applications-open-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

The next meeting of the St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK will be on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 at 7.30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King St, WA10 2JZ. The church is next to Windle Pilkington Hall.  The speaker will be Phil Wilkinson who will be talking on the subject of:

Holiday and Diabetes - Dos and Don'ts 
 
Phil is a Diabetes Specialist Nurse, from the Diabetes Unit at St Helens Hospital.  Anyone with an interest in Diabetes is welcome to attend, admission is free and refreshments are available after the meeting.  If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and have not been to a meeting before you are particularly welcome. They are a very friendly group and you may be assured of a warm welcome. They have a large selection of free diabetes leaflets available. So go along and find out more!

 
For further details contact C Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821. 

Halton Credit Union now has a Widnes town centre office and are having an official launch this Saturday 7th September at 2.30pm. 110 Widnes Road, Simms Cross, Widnes (up the road from ASDA next door to Dominos)

The Mayor, Councillor Margaret Horabin will be cutting the ceremonial ribbon and MP Derek Twigg will be in attendance.

Goody bags, piggy banks, pens and a Join for Free voucher (valid until the end of September) together with information leaflets will be given to all those who attend

A buffet and hot and cold drinks will be also provided.

Everyone is welcome! 

St Helens CCG would like to invite you to their Annual General Meeting (AGM) - and film premiere of 'St Helens - Dream to Reality' on Wednesday 11th September 12.30pm at Cineworld St Helens.

This will be an opportunity to hear from the CCG’s Governing Body about the work undertaken in 2018/19; including their achievements, key challenges and an update on the annual accounts.  

This year the annual report summary is being presented in the form of a film: ‘St Helens - Dream to Reality’ which illustrates the journey the CCG has been on over the last year. As this is the premiere of the film, the event is being held at Cineworld St Helens Cinema, Chalon Way West, St Helens, WA10 1BF from 12.30pm until 2pm, with tea and coffee served from 12.30pm and the feature beginning at 1pm.  

This is a public meeting to which everyone is welcome to attend.  However, to help plan catering and cinema seating, please advise if you plan to attend by calling 01744 627596 or e-mailing engagement@sthelensccg.nhs.uk

If you have access requirements which you need to advise them of or need assistance getting to the venue please contact them directly on 01744 627596.  Cineworld has free parking and designated disabled spaces close to the main door and is in the town centre so is easily accessible by public transport.

Volunteers and committee members wanted.

If you have retired and miss the company of work colleagues and being occupied at work, why don’t you consider becoming a volunteer or committee member for Halton OPEN.

As a volunteer you will be able to socialise with others and help at their social groups by talking, making tea, organising games etc. to help combat isolation and loneliness in older people

As a committee member you would be able with other committee members influence health and welfare issues of older people in Halton, and they encourage fellow committee members to raise issues and be outgoing.

The prime objective of Halton OPEN is to provide a collective voice of people aged 50 plus who live and work in the borough

The group communicates, consults and campaigns so they can influence and encourage the development of services which can help to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of all older people in Halton

The main areas that the network focuses on are Environment, Finance/benefits, health and wellbeing, public transport, quality of life, safety in the home and they work closely with the decision makers in the borough to bring about improvements in these areas

For further details, you can contact them by

            Telephone    01928 593117

            Mobile           07711 048933

            Email             haltonopen@yahoo.com

 

There is a modular building behind St Edwards church in Ivy Street, Runcorn postcode WA7 5ZN which is available for rent at £7,750 per annum.

It consists of a main room 9.0x8.25 m, store cupboard 1.0x1.2m, kitchen 2.4x2.75m, lobby 2.3x4.0m, male, female and disabled access toilets.

Contact Fr Peter Wright 01928 577755, email p.wright@btinternet.com.

Until recently the space has been used as a breakfast and after school club.

Halton Safeguarding Adults Board – Training Programme 2019-20

Halton Safeguarding Adults Board (HSAB) is able to subsidise a small programme of training to enhance opportunity and access to learning across Halton.

This training is offered free of charge to those living and working in Halton and who have a direct involvement in the care and support of adults with additional needs. This includes volunteers, carers, those employed through a personal budget and those who use services.  To find out more about how to book on the training and what it entails click on the programme attached.

Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group are looking for a volunteer to help expand their website.  To find out more about what they require please contact them either by phone on 01928620652 or email cavsg@btconnect.com.  To find out more about the group go to https://www.cavsg.com

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram launched LCR Listens earlier this month. The exercise is engaging with people across all six boroughs that make up the Liverpool City Region, asking people’s opinions on a wide range of topics, including transport, jobs and skills, the environment, housing and culture, to shape how the city region develops.

Featuring a host of ways to get involved, from public events, to on-street research, through to an on-line portal, the Combined Authority is committed to listening to as many city region residents, from as wide a variety of backgrounds, as possible.

Speaking about LCR Listens, Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, said:

“LCR Listens is an exercise in bringing devolution to life, to ensure that local people have the opportunity to influence genuine local decision-making.

“It’s great that more than 500 people have now responded, and we’re keen to speak to many more from every part of our city region, to make sure we understand what is important to the people who live here.

“Devolution is about bringing power closer to the people, and through LCR Listens we are stepping up our efforts to understand what is important to all of our residents. What we learn from this exercise will directly influence our strategic direction for the next 20 years and we are pulling out all the stops to make sure that we reach all of our communities.”

LCR Listens is an opportunity for everyone in the city region to have their say on the issues that are important to them. The feedback the Combined Authority receives will specifically influence its Local Industrial Strategy, which will set out the long-term economic vision for the Liverpool City Region, providing a framework for its investment decisions, and for conversations with government about how we work together, through devolution, to maximise prosperity for all people and communities.

Anyone wanting to have their say on the future of the Liverpool City Region or find out more about LCR Listens, should visit www.lcrlistens.co.uk and look out for the #LCRListens hashtag on social media.

Fully funded training for those in paid employment. 54 St James Street – 24th September, 9:30am – 12:30pm

We encounter stress every day, and many people work in highly stressful environments. This 3-hour session will equip you with tools to identify and manage workplace stress.

The course includes how to:

  • Recognise the symptoms associated with stress
  • Understand the formation and causes of workplace stress
  • Understand how thought processes influence stress
  • Identify coping strategies to manage stress

Eligibility criteria does apply, as the training is part-funded through the European Social Fund. To come along to the training you must be employed and live in the Liverpool City Region.

Please note that to book, you will be asked to provide evidence of employment AND proof of ID evidencing your eligibility to work in the UK.

To find out more or book your  place contact on 0151 706 8111 or hello@thewo.org.uk.

 

All EU, EEA or Swiss Citizens living in the UK must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021 (see the link to the Government EU Settlement Scheme Registration Page https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families)

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

NB if the UK leaves the EU on 31st October 2019 with a 'no deal Brexit', then the deadline for applying to the EU Settlement Scheme will be brought forward to 31st December 2020.

Migrant Help are offering outreach sessions to help vulnerable EU citizens fill in the ‘EU Settlement Scheme’ application forms, this includes Roma gypsy communities, the elderly, victims of domestic abuse or modern day slavery, young carers, people with disabilities or those with serious health conditions.

Bethany from Migrant Help would like to hear from anyone who can (i) help host an outreach session or (ii) who supports vulnerable EU, EEA or Swiss Citizens

NB If you can help then please contact Bethany directly:

Bethany Saunders
EUSS Outreach and Engagement Advisor
07483088736
Bethany.Saunders@migranthelpuk.org

 

Caring Connections is a registered charity, specialising in the delivery of care and support services across Merseyside. They are a registered provider with the Care Quality Commission and on the contracted framework with all Merseyside local authorities. Alongside their commitment of ‘connecting people to the highest quality of care’ they are also dedicated to the development of their workforce and the delivery of community projects which support the ethos of ‘improving the lives of local people’. This report enables Caring Connections to communicate the impact they have had over the last year – the impact on service users, local communities, employees and the impact on the local economy.

 

Colleagues from Halton’s  faith, community and voluntary sector, supported by external partner organisations from across the Liverpool City Region are holding a Drop In Service for asylum seekers and refugees, being delivered every Monday at Trinity Methodist URC Church, 138 Albert Rd, Widnes WA8 6LG 11 am to 1pm. 

  • Chat, make friends
  • Free meal, snacks and hot drinks
  • Access donated clothes/food & household items
  • Get information about English classes
  • Access information, support and guidance
  • Speak to many partner organisations

“Just call in any Monday and you will be made very welcome”

 

Nominations for the first Culture and Creativity Awards in the Liverpool City Region have been opened by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram to stimulate, recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation in art, culture and creativity.

The awards are part of the Metro Mayor’s 1% for Culture initiative, and will honour the value and contribution that the cultural and creative sector brings to the Liverpool City Region, making it one of the most vibrant and exciting places to live, work, study, visit or do business in. 
The 1% for Culture initiative means that Liverpool City Region currently uses the equivalent of 1% of its £30 million annual devolution funding on utilising many of the region’s existing assets and talent to stimulate cultural and creative opportunities.
The red carpet ceremony will take place on 28th November 2019 at the Lady Lever Art Gallery hosted by the 2019 Liverpool City Region ‘Borough of Culture’, Wirral.

Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Steve Rotheram said:
“Culture and the creative arts are an incredibly important part of our identity. Whether it’s our museums, art galleries, theatres or our music, they all provide huge benefits, from bringing people together to enjoy once-in-a-lifetime events, getting involved in creative activities, and encouraging people to visit the city region for the first (and not the last) time. We are hugely proud of our cultural heritage and want to celebrate what makes all of our areas special to the people who live and work within them.”
Nominations for these awards can include an individual, organisation, group or partnership that is involved in the creation, promotion and use of art and creativity including the following art forms:

  • Performing Arts (including: Theatre, Dance, Music, Opera)
  • Visual Arts
  • Digital Art
  • Photography
  • Film and broadcast media
  • Literature (including comedy and comics)
  • Museums, Galleries and Heritage
  • Sculpture
  • Craft
  • Technology

Phil Redmond Chair of the Cultural Partnership said:
“Talent thrives on encouragement and exhibition. Whether already recognised or emerging, creativity flourishes when given a platform on which to shine. The LCR Culture and Creativity awards are planned to be an annual recognition of the region’s creativity, wherever it may be found, whether on a stage or in a science lab; whether an individual or co-operative effort. It will be the platform for the region’s talent to flourish. It will become the award anyone would love to win.”

Nominees must live, study and/or work in the Liverpool City Region - Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, or have created work/projects that significantly benefit the residents or visitors to the LCR and/or has positively contributed to the development of the economy of the LCR.

The 2019 awards will recognise arts and cultural events, innovative and creative activity that has taken place within the Liverpool City Region during the period 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019, with the exception of the Borough of Culture’ Star of the Year’ Award which can include individual achievement that has taken place during Wirral’s Borough of Culture from 1st January 2019 up to the closing date– 20 September 2019.

Councillor Shelley Powell the Deputy Portfolio Holder for Culture, Tourism and The Visitor Economy for the Combined Authority said:
“The nominations for these awards are not restricted to professionals it is also for people organising voluntary, community based social activity. They can be an individual, or part of an organisation, business, group or partnership that, has demonstrated outstanding creative achievement. One of our aims is to acknowledge how valuable culture and creativity is in creating positive results both in our communities and in the professional sector.”

In addition to an award, winners will be offered the services of a film maker to develop a three minute bespoke film tailored to the audience that the winner wishes to reach, providing an advocacy tool for future progression.

Nominations can be completed online and the closing date for entrants and nominations is Friday 20th September at 4pm. After this date the judging panel will shortlist the finalists for the People’s Choice Award – Outstanding Contribution to Culture, and the Liverpool City Region community will be able to vote for their chosen winner.

All other categories will be decided by members of the Liverpool Cultural Partnership and a judging panel who will compile a shortlist of finalists for each category from the nominations received.

For more information about the categories and how to nominate or apply to be considered please go to https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/lcr-culture-creativity-awards/

From Monday 19th August, VCA have new telephone operating hours of 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday where we will have a member of staff availalbe to take your calls.  Outside of these hours you will be directed to our voicemail services and can either leave a message for the staff member you wish to call you back or contact us by email. 

Community Spaces work with charities and start-ups to offer rent free space on a short term basis, with no service charge or insurance contributions.  They can negotiate on your behalf longer term occupations if required for discounted rent and additional benefits.

Whether you're looking to open a pop-up shop or something more permanent, they will find the perfect property for you.  

They have retail units in varying sizes in the Hardshaw Shopping Centre, St Helens.  

If you would like any more details or to arrange a viewing, call on 01743 730 004

The recent meeting of the VS6 partners was attended by VCFSE sector representatives from across the Liverpool City Region, including Sefton CVS, Liverpool CVS, Halton & St Helens VCA, Community Action Wirral and Merseyside Youth Association.

The meeting included discussion of the Clore Leadership programme, which now has its first Liverpool City Region cohort of individuals. The programme, which is supported by VS6 and Capacity: The Public Services Lab, provides participants with leadership skills training and individual development plans.

Also at the meeting, individual members of the partnership provided updates on meetings & work where they represent VS6, including meetings with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram; and work with the British Council around leadership and inclusive economy. Finally, Network for Europe shared information on current European funding available in the region, and possible future rounds to be aware of.

The next meeting of the partnership is due to take place  in September where guest speakers will be Paula Ellis, Corporate Engagement Manager at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority; Claire Dove OBE, Chief Executive at Blackburne House and VCSE Crown Representative; and Sam Murtagh from Halton Borough Council who is leading on a piece of work for Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on market reform in Children’s residential care and is keen to engage with the Sector through VS6.

 

For More Information About VS6, please click the link below:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/vs6-working-together-build-stronger-liverpool-city-region

 

 

 

 

‘Fresh Beginnings’ is a specialised professional hygiene training company with the additional option of delivering healthy cooking sessions all at affordable prices.

Whilst online training sometimes can be more convenient, Face-to–Face training still has more success because of the bespoke and interactive style of learning.

Are you searching for inspiring and effective learning that engages, achieves your business goals, improves your business performance and motivates your employees?

Please get in touch now to find out how they can help to deliver creative and engaging training that will get you results. 

Phone Number 07921579213

Email barbara@fresh-beginnings.co.uk

Apex Charitable Trust are opening a community coffee shop in September/October 2019, in St Helens through which they will be offering free accredited training and volunteer opportunities. Anyone interested in applying must live in the Liverpool City region (excluding Wirral), be over the age of 18 and have a conviction (current or historic). 

This is a fantastic opportunity for people to engage in accredited training while enhancing their work experience through their volunteering role, helping to increase their skills, knowledge and employability; and is suitable for anyone thinking of going into hospitality or wanting a career change. In addition it could be a way of securing paid employment for those who have faced challenges when seeking paid employment due to their conviction. Everyone who engages with this opportunity will complete a 5 step programme which includes support from the advice and guidance officer and a peer mentor, employment preparation including supported job searches and post-employment support for 4 months. In addition they are currently in talks with some bigger, well established hospitality establishments to offer work placements this will enhance the individuals experience and give people a taste of what it’s like to work in a busy kitchen with well-known and experienced chefs. 

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity or would like to know more please contact Leanne Corkery at Apex:

Phone Number 01744612898

Email l.corkery@apextrust.com

If you were living your best life, what would it look like? Would you be surrounded by family and friends? Exploring the great outdoors? Being active and eating healthily? Or learning something new?

That’s exactly what Wellbeing Enterprises CIC want to know!

Join in with group discussions and take part in creative activities about what living your best life means to you and then exhibit your vision at a celebration event.

Running weekly for 6 weeks from Wednesday 14th August 2019 at 1 – 3pm United Reformed Church, 6 The Landings, St Helens, WA10 2TD

For more information and to book your place:

Liverpool: 0151 237 2670

Runcorn: 01928 589799

info@wellbeingenterprises.org.uk 

 

 

The Introduction to Social Change and Campaigning workshops are designed for those interested in social change and change-making. It is for people new to campaigns or who have found themselves campaigning by accident and who want to know more. Participants will improve their understanding, skills and knowledge of change making, including understanding more about how change happens and be more effective at developing a campaign strategy. The workshop will also provide participants with the opportunity to meet other campaigners, develop their professional network and receive peer support.

Details

Liverpool | 10:00 – 17:00  | Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019

Fee
Prices range from £0-260 based on the size of the organisation/group and income. Free bursary places are available for students and those with no to low income.

For more information and to book a place visit:  https://smk.org.uk/1-day-workshop/

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

This event, which will be of interest to HR teams, Directors / Deputy Directors of nursing, carer support organisations and those with a responsibility for staff health and wellbeing and staff side colleagues, is jointly hosted by VSNW and Health & Care Partnership for Cheshire & Merseyside. They would particularly welcome representatives from carers organisations who are interested in contributing to this. Included on the agenda is the development of the Cheshire and Merseyside NHS Carers charter.

VSNW will also be presenting research undertaken in partnership with Leeds Beckett University Centre for Health Promotion Research and Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) looking at the Informal Carer Workforce in Cheshire & Merseyside. 

Date: Tuesday 24th September 2019 Starts at 10:00am Ends by 3:30pm

Location: The Foundry 65 Lugsdale Road Widnes WA8 6DA

For more information and to book your place, please click the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carers-in-the-nhs-workforce-tickets-65163525860

 

 

The next meeting of the St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK will be on Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 7.30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King St, WA10 2JZ. The church is next to Windle Pilkington Hall.  The speaker will be Jessica Graham who will be talking on the subject of:

Driving with Diabetes 
 
Jessica is the Volunteer Coordinator from the North West Office of Diabetes UK. Anyone with an interest in Diabetes is welcome to attend, admission is free and refreshments are available after the meeting.  If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and have not been to a meeting before you are particularly welcome. They are a very friendly group and you may be assured of a warm welcome. They have a large selection of free diabetes leaflets available. So go along and find out more!

 
For further details contact C Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821. 

Halton Health Improvement Team and Amparo are holding their 2nd memorial evening at Halton Stadium for anyone who has been bereaved by suicide. 

The evening aims to provide a space for thought and reflection in supportive surroundings, provide an opportunity to meet others who have had similar experiences and most importantly remember those we have lost to suicide.

The details for the evening are:-

Date: Tuesday 10th September 2019

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Venue:  Halton Stadium Lowerhouse Lane, Widnes WA8 7DZ

Places can be booked via the link below but is not essential, and is open to anyone across Cheshire & Merseyside.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/memorial-evening-for-anyone-bereaved-by-suicide-tickets-64165227924

Children are welcome to attend and there is free parking on site. 

Tea and coffee on arrival from 6:30pm

Please do not hesitate to contact Health Improvement team on 03000290029 or HIT@halton.gov.uk if you have any questions.

On Saturday 31st August, hundreds of walkers will light up the streets of Liverpool when they take on a 10k walking challenge to raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK, but they need your support!

Sign up right now to volunteer and together we will beat cancer! There are a variety of roles including supporting course marshals, pit stop volunteers and finish volunteers. Get stuck into all kinds of tasks from putting up marquees, giving out course maps and medals or take on a more supportive role where you’ll need to be proactive and empathetic to ensure walkers feel re-energised to continue taking steps to the all important finish line.

Make a difference to someone’s night and help raise money for Cancer Research UK.

To sign up please click on the link below and select Liverpool as your event town:
http://www.shinewalk.org/volunteering

As we get older, we often need a little more help and assistance to remain independent in our homes. If you need support at home, the Staying Home Service in St Helens is here to help.

Are you a homeowner or someone who lives in a privately rented property? Torus provide a variety of services, tailored to individual needs that help people over the age of 55 remain independent, stay in control and enjoy a better quality of life.  

How they can help

At Home:

  • Help with housing advice and welfare benefits
  • Help arranging for mobility aids and property adaptations
  • Help filling in forms
  • Help finding support with every day household tasks

Health & Wellbeing:

  • Registering with a GP or dentist
  • Help taking up new hobbies, skills or socialising
  • Arranging for volunteer support

Contact them for more information on 01744 418118 or stayinghome@torus.co.uk

 

 

Round 2 of a £2.7 million programme to tackle unemployment launched April 2019, with backing from the European Social Fund, is now open.

The funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to the Worker’s Educational Association (WEA), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion.

Over the next two years, the charity will help thousands of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment.

The WEA will distribute small grants of £20,000 across Merseyside and Halton to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between April 2019 and May 2021.

Funded activities will target those aged 19 and over, from the hardest to reach communities. The funding can help all who are out of work but especially those with:

  • disabilities and long term health conditions
  • single parents
  • women
  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people over 50
  • those planning to return to the workplace after a long period of absence

The closing date for electronic applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 18th September 2019.

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

https://www.wea.org.uk/liverpool-city-region-esf-community-grants-2019-2021

 

 

 

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

Jane Kennedy has announced that she releasing a new 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 tenth time the Commissioner has asked community organisations, charities and groups to apply for grants of up to £5,000 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 £378,000 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. Last year, funding was awarded to 23 community groups enabling more than 7,500 young people take part in fun, safe, organised activities over the Halloween and Bonfire Night period.

Jane said: "I am pleased to once again be able to 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.

“Halloween and Bonfire Night are a time of fun and excitement for many people across Merseyside, but sometimes the fun can get out of hand and sadly some communities still do experience a rise in criminal and anti-social behaviour during this holiday. Historically, it is 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. By using these grants to fund a wide range of fun, safe, organised activities I hope we can help to prevent young people from getting drawn into any activities which could become intimidating, anti-social or even dangerous to other members of the community.

“These projects will support 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.”

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 4pm on 30th August 2019.

Please visit their website http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/police-property-act-fund to apply.

‘Offer of Rent & Business Rates Free property for Charities in and around Bootle’

Opportunity for charities looking for additional space to use on a Rent & Business Rates Free basis.

Avire UK Lettings Limited are able to offer retail spaces for charities which can be used for Retailing, Drop in Centre, Training or even just for storage.
Sizes range from 419 – 4680 sq ft approx

The only costs you will incur for using this property will be utility bills. 

If any Charity is looking for additional space to use, they can offer a 1-3 year lease with a 28 day rolling break clause.

For further information or to arrange viewing please email lucyrobinson@avire.co.uk or telephone 01295 256 338

Healthy Living Team, Smokefree and Specialist Weight Management Services are coming together to provide support for local people under a local offer.

To contact the service, as a professional or patient:

From 1st August 2019: please call 01744 371111, email: chcp.sthelens@nhs.net, or drop-in to one of the central hubs or outreach clinics.

Please note that the previous Healthy Living fax number (01744 697434) will no longer be in use as from 1st August, however referrals can still be made via email. Please note that the referral process currently in place will not change at this stage - just a change in details of where these are to be sent.

The new office base will be:

St Helens Wellbeing Service
City Health Care Partnership CIC
St Helens College
Water Street
St Helens
WA10 1PP

 

NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has started a 12 week consultation regarding its ‘Care at the Chemist’ scheme and wants to hear the views of the public as it reviews the future of the scheme.

The ‘Care at the Chemist’ scheme for minor ailments is available to the public in all but two patient-facing pharmacies in St Helens and patients eligible for free prescriptions can obtain treatment for 27 minor ailments free of charge.

The consultation is running until Saturday 21 September and is asking the following questions.

Should they:

  • Cease the service
  • Limit the number of pharmacies who offer the minor ailment service, for example only those pharmacies that are open 100 hours will be able to offer the service.
  • Limit the number of minor ailments and treatments offered.
  • Only offer the service to those aged 17 years and under.

You can find more details about the consultation and a link to the survey on the website.

 

 

It is normal for parents to argue but where arguments are frequent, heated, and unresolved it can have a negative impact on both the parents and their children. We call this state of affairs parental conflict”. We all know a family that has been under strain (even broken up) and where children are caught in the middle... but what more can local services do more to support families? 

To this end, Citizens Advice Halton is conducting a very short (5min) survey that will really help them and their partners understand how they can better support Halton families experiencing parental conflict.

All participants in the survey will be put into a draw for one of three £20 shopping vouchers. To complete the survey please click: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SS3RF96

Do you live in Runcorn? Do you care about local GP services? Are you passionate about the future of General Practice in Runcorn?

If so, why not join staff from Halton & St Helens VCA and the volunteers of the R Health project at an upcoming Focus Group? It will be held on Tuesday 13th August (between2pm and 4pm) at the Grangeway Community Centre. Attendees will discuss “access” or the challenges patients face when making an appointment to see a GP or other relevant Practice employee.

We’ll be discussing what the worst and best possible access would be, before passing our recommendations onto the decision makers at R Health. The R-Health project involves all six GP Practices working together learning from one another, sharing expertise & experiences and exploring new ways of delivering GP services in Runcorn.

To book your place at the Focus Group on 13th August please telephone Matthew or Debbie  on (01928) 592 405.

Halton Volunteer Centre are holding two Volunteer Recruitment Fairs in Widnes later this year.  The fairs will be a market place style event for the most part. However, we would like to make the event as exciting and interactive as possible, so please feel free to be creative when considering how you might engage with the general public & students.We would request that your stand is manned for the whole time, so that the last visitor has a good experience as the first one. Also, we ask that fundraising tins etc are not put out on your stand as this is purely a recruitment fair.

The first one will be held at Kingsway Campus on 1st October and the second one will be held at Cronton Sixth form college on 8th October.  If you would like to have a stand at either or both of the fairs, the links below will take you to our registration pages.
 

Kingsway Campus, Widnes Tuesday 1st October: https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=283

Cronton Sixth Form College, Tuesday 8th October: https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=285

 

Places are limited so early registration is recomeneded.

The National Retraining Scheme – which is being developed to support adults to adapt to changes in the workplace – has begun its initial rollout in the Liverpool City Region with the launch of a new digital service, Get Help to Retrain. The scheme - which is backed by CBI and TUC - will support adults to retrain and kick start a new career.

The Government have published an updated policy paper, with further information regarding the NRS National retraining scheme - GOV.UK and released a social media explainer video on the DfE’s YouTube channel National Retraining Scheme - YouTube.

  • The pioneering National Retraining Scheme gets underway as new digital service Get Help to Retrain launches in Liverpool
  • The scheme - which is backed by CBI and TUC - will support adults to retrain and kick start a new career
  • Part of the Government’s drive to make sure adults can adapt to future changes in the workplace, especially those brought about by automation

Adults whose jobs could change or become obsolete due to advances in technology will get support to retrain and get on a path to a new career, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced, marking the start of the innovative National Retraining Scheme.

The National Retraining Scheme – which is being developed to support adults to adapt to changes in the workplace – has begun its initial rollout in the Liverpool City Region with the launch of a new digital service, Get Help to Retrain.

It comes as figures reveal that up to 35% of jobs could be at risk of changing as a result of automation in the next 10-20 years, with computer programmes or even robots transforming the way things are done in the workplace.

Get Help to Retrain is designed to help adults to discover new opportunities and what they need to do to get the skills to land a new job. The online service will help adults identify their existing skills, explore local job opportunities and where to go to find training courses to gain the skills they need to progress. Dedicated support will also be on hand from trained careers advisors to guide people through the process and provide expert information and advice.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

“Technologies like AI and automation are transforming the way we live and work and bringing huge benefits to our economy, but it also means that jobs are evolving and some roles will soon become a thing of the past.

“The National Retraining Scheme will be pivotal in helping adults across the country whose jobs are at risk of changing to gain new skills and get on the path to a new, more rewarding career.

“This is big and complex challenge, which is why we are starting small, learning as we go, and releasing each part of the scheme only when it’s ready to benefit its users.  We’re beginning with the launch of the Get Help to Retrain digital service in the Liverpool City Region first, working alongside our partners the CBI and TUC, to make sure we get it right and the service works for the people who need it.”

The launch of the Get Help to Retrain digital service is the first of a series of products that will make up the full National Retraining Scheme. The National Retraining Scheme - backed by £100 million of Government investment – is a manifesto commitment and is a key part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy for building a country fit for the future.

The scheme is led and overseen by the National Retraining Partnership – a unique partnership between Government, the CBI and the TUC – to ensure the collective voices of businesses and employees are heard.

Get Help to Retrain will initially start as a private service. Eligible adults across Liverpool – those aged 24 and over, with a qualification below degree level and working below a certain wage threshold – will be invited to trial the new service so the system can be developed and fully evaluated before being scaled up and rolled out to other regions in the coming months. Get Help to Retrain will be released to all eligible adults in England in early 2020. A series of additional products that will make up the full service are being developed and tested in parallel, before being released at different times.

The National Careers Service in the Liverpool City Region is supporting the testing of the scheme by providing qualified careers advisers to give expert information, advice and guidance to users of Get Help to Retrain.

Robert Jenrick, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury said:

“The pace of technological change has never been faster and U.K. is well positioned to take advantage of that, but we also need to watch the backs of working people whose careers will be changed as a result. 

“The National Retraining Scheme is a £100m programme to help people gain new skills in the workplace, change occupation if necessary and increase their pay and prospects.”

Matthew Fell, CBI Chief UK Policy Director, said: 

“Ensuring our country’s workforce is fit for the 21st century, particularly the challenges and opportunities presented by automation, is vital if we are to improve productivity growth, which is the only sustainable route to higher wages and living standards.

“As the world of work changes, employers – supported by government - have a crucial role to play in providing opportunities that help people learn throughout their careers. And as it develops, the national retraining partnership should become part of wider cross-government efforts aimed at embracing the fourth industrial revolution.”

Kevin Rowan, Head of Organising, Skills and Services Department at the Trades Union Congress said:

“Every worker should have the opportunity to improve their skills and retrain.

“This is crucial as the labour market is transformed by technology and automation in the coming years. The launch of the first phase of the National Retraining Scheme marks the beginning of a new collaborative approach – opening retraining up to many more adults, and preparing them for the jobs of the future.

“Union learning reps will play a key role in supporting workers to access the advice and retraining opportunities made available through the scheme.

“This is just the beginning. The challenge for the National Retraining Partnership is to develop a national programme that invests in the potential of all workers, delivering the skills we need to compete in the growth sectors of the future.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“As new technologies disrupt our existing economic model, creating new types of jobs but making others obsolete, it makes perfect sense to give people the opportunity to retrain for the employment opportunities of the future so I’m pleased that the National Retraining Scheme is launching in the Liverpool City Region. 

“It is also clear that, because regional economies like ours differ so much from those of London and the South East, the government needs to deliver real devolution of powers and funding for training so that we can ensure our residents have the skills that our economy needs.”

To find out more and booking information please CLICK HERE

Invest St Helens Business Awards in association with Pride of St Helens, is now open for entry. They have10 categories that are open for self-nomination and you can also choose to nominate a fellow business.

The awards are open to all St Helens based businesses and are free to enter. This year they have created some new categories so there really is something for everyone, plus you can enter as many categories as you wish. Find out more here

CATEGORIES AND SPONSORS - open for nominations

  • Community Impact Award - Sponsored by St Helens RFC
  • Entrepreneur of the Year Award - Sponsored by Network Space
  • Small Business of the Year Award - Sponsored by Bericote
  • Medium/Large Business of the Year Award - Sponsored by Paramount Digital
  • Workplace Health Award - Sponsored by Knauf Award
  • Growing the Creative Industry Award - Sponsored by St Helens College
  • Excellence in Logistics and Manufacturing Award - Sponsored by Brendon International
  • Skills for the Future Award - Sponsored by Lucam Consultancy
  • Developer of the Year Award - Sponsored by Green Circle Estates
  • Development of the Year Award - Sponsored by St Helens Council

CATEGORIES AND SPONSOR - open for public vote

  • Peoples Business Choice Award - Sponsored by O2 Business Centre

CATEGORIES AND SPONSOR - Not open for nomination, judges decision only

  • Invest St Helens Achievement Award - Sponsored by St Helens Business Club
  • Invest St Helens Business Award - Sponsored by Invest St Helens

For more information on each category and to submit your nomination please visit https://www.investsthelens.co.uk/business-awards/awardcategories/ You submit your entry via an online form that takes no more than ten minutes.

Deadline For Nominations: 12th August 2019
 

The Alfred Shaw Trust Fund is now open for applications and the closing date is 30 August 2019. The fund supports groups working in the Runcorn area on projects that help children, vulnerable adults and the elderly.

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 30 August 2019

How to apply?

Please visit the Community Foundation for Merseyside’s website - http://www.cfmerseyside.org.uk/funds/alfred-shaw-trust-fund 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.  

Individual applicants should download 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 Runcorn (a copy of a utility bill/ driving licence or other similar document stating your home address will suffice)
  • Proof of age (copy of passport/birth certificate/driving licence)
  • A copy of a recent bank statement (if you do not have your own bank account, the name and address of a person over 18 years of age, who has a bank account and is willing to receive payment on your behalf)
  • A letter of acceptance/support from the education/training provider

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
  • Trophies and medals
  • 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 just one 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?

Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check 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 294 4756 (Direct) 0330 440 4900 (Switchboard)

Email: joan@cflm.email

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is looking for 10 enthusiastic, skilled young people to volunteer to support, challenge and inform the work of her office and the wider criminal justice system.

Jane Kennedy is looking to recruit a group of new volunteer Youth Ambassadors to help shape the way she engages with young people while giving them a greater voice in policing and community safety matters.

The role will last for 12 months and is open to those aged between 16 and 24, who live, work or study in Merseyside.

Youth Ambassadors will meet bi-monthly with the Police Commissioner and her team and will assist in the creation and delivery of a new Youth Engagement Plan, which they will help to share with other young people by visiting schools, youth clubs and community groups across Merseyside. They will also be expected to attend youth engagement events, inform campaigns aimed at young people and review the services offered to their peers.

The new Youth Ambassadors will replace the Commissioner’s Youth Advisory Group which has run since 2013.

Jane said: “I’m looking for 10 enthusiastic, engaged young people who aren’t afraid to challenge, have an interest in policing and community safety and want to get fully involved in these new Youth Ambassador roles.

“Throughout my time as Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, I have been keen to listen to the views of young people. The Youth Advisory Group has been amazing, sharing their views and feedback with me openly and honestly and I have greatly valued their opinions and feedback. The Ambassador role is a development of the Youth Advisory Group and will enable the young people to deliver a closer engagement with and challenge to myself and to the police.

“I am looking to recruit a smaller group of dedicated, eager and skilled young people to become even more involved with my work. I am hoping these young people will be real ambassadors for their peers, listening to their views and presenting them to me in order to inform a new Youth Engagement Plan.

“I’m looking for young people who really want to make a difference and be a voice for change. In exchange, they will get some fantastic opportunities to learn more about policing and the criminal justice system and influence decision making at a senior level. They will also receive a range of training and development opportunities and some great experience to add to their CV.

Any young person interested in applying can find more information and the application form at https://www.merseysidepcc.info/youth-ambassadors.aspx and return it to info@merseysidepcc.info

Alternatively, you can post a copy to The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Wavertree Police Station, Wavertree Road, Liverpool L7 1RJ.

The deadlines for applications is close of play on Friday 9th August 2019.

For more information, please call 0151 777 5155 and ask for a member of the Community Engagement team or email info@merseysidepcc.info.

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Network for Europe via the VS6 partnership have shared with us the latest news on European funding, you can find this update in the attachment below.  

 

The office at Chain Lane Community Centre, St. Helens, will become available for hire from early October this year. The British Red Cross have run their St Helens ‘Support at Home’ Project from the office but sadly, the funding for this ends at the end of September.

The Office will accommodate up to 3 desks. Rent includes all utilities but telecommunications are the responsibility of the hirer. The Centre does have Wi-Fi. 

The Centre is near to the East Lancashire Road (A580) and is on a direct bus route to the town centre. Car parking is adjacent to the Centre. Chain Lane Shopping Precinct is over the road.

They are looking for an individual, group or small community organisation, charity or business that would like to be based out in the community. They do want the hirer to be on site for a reasonable part of the day, not just a base from which to occasionally call in.

Interested? Please contact Pam on 07586 842 161 or email: ccchainlane@gmail.com

The Centre address is Chain Lane Community Centre, Hinckley Road, St. Helens WA11 9HT

"Telling your social story" developing your key messages to connect with your key audiences - from volunteers and clients to funders and supporters. Yellow Jigsaw will share with you tried and tested strategies for telling your story to get the maximum impact to your target audience.

As this workshop is FREE for AFFILIATED Members of VCA organisations who are not affiliated will be invoiced £25 per person with payment being recieved before the workshop takes place.

CLICK HERE to book your place

St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK are a friendly group offering information and support to people living with diabetes, those at risk of developing it and anyone who wants to find out more about the condition. Meetings are free to attend and they have a good selection of information on diabetes available.

Attached below is the new programme of meetings. The programme will commence with the 1st meeting on Wednesday 4th September 2019 at 7.30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King St, WA10 2JZ.

More information can be found on their website www.st-helens-and-district.diabetesukgroup.org

Halton & St Helens VCA has been asked to support Runcorn GP Practices with some important engagement work. 

GP Practices play an important role in their community and many people cherish the relationship they have with their GP Practice.  Local Practices have recognised that they need to adapt to preserve this important relationship at a time when demand for their services is increasing. In Runcorn, the R-Health project has been set up to achieve this.

The R-Health project involves all six GP Practices working together learning from one another, sharing expertise & experiences and exploring new ways of delivering GP services in Runcorn.

“We also want to work with our residents” says Dr Gary O’Hare, the R Health Clinical Lead and GP at Murdishaw Health Centre. “The feedback we gather from our patients is extremely important to us. We know there are opportunities to do things better and we want local people to be involved in helping us shape services.”

One of the key areas R Health are currently examining is how people make an appointment with their GP Practice. As such, they’ve designed an online survey with questions about when you want or need help from your Practice.

You can complete the survey by visiting www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RHealthAccess   

R Health are also hosting some Focus Groups to discuss what the world’s worst and best “access to GP Practices” would look like. They will be held at the Grangeway Community Centre in Runcorn on Tuesday 23rd July (from 2pm till 4pm) and Wednesday 24th July (from 7pm till 9pm). Places are limited. To book yours please phone (01928) 592 405.

This event, which will be of interest to HR teams, Directors / Deputy Directors of nursing, carer support organisations and those with a responsibility for staff health and wellbeing and staff side colleagues, is jointly hosted by VSNW and Health & Care Partnership for Cheshire & Merseyside.

The current draft agenda is as follows:

10.00am: Arrival, refreshments and registration

10.15am: Welcome and introduction - Karen Howell & Chris Samosa (Chair)

10.25am: Cheshire and Merseyside research findings – Warren Escadale (CEO of VSNW)

11.00am: Break

11.20am: Challenges facing carers in the workplace- a carers organisation perspective – Carl Harris (Halton Carers Centre)

11.45am: A case study (1) – a Carer’s story from Cheshire and Merseyside TBC

12.00noon: A Trade Union perspective TBC

12.30pm: Lunch

1.10pm: Reflections from the morning session

1.20pm: A case study (2) – an NHS Employer TBC

1.35pm: Action Planning on tables (focusing on the recommendations from the research)

2.35pm: Developing the Cheshire and Merseyside NHS Carers charter – Chris Samosa (Chair)

3.15pm: Summary and close – Chris Samosa (Chair)

Date And Time:

Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 10:00 – 15:30 BST

Location:

The Foundry
65 Lugsdale Road
Widnes
WA8 6DA

View Map

For more information and to book your free place, please click the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/carers-in-the-nhs-workforce-tickets-65163525860

 

For more information and to book your place on our Meet the Funder event with the WEA CLICK HERE..

Willowbrook Hospice has launched an urgent appeal for volunteer drivers and van driver’s assistants in the St Helens and Knowsley area to help with collections of donations and deliveries.

Bev Neilson, Retail Volunteer Coordinator at Willowbrook Hospice, said: “We’ve got 16 charity shops throughout ‘our patch’ and we really depend on our van drivers and assistants to help stock our shops and deliver any large items to our customers. All the money raised through our shops helps Willowbrook to continue to care and support people with life limiting illnesses across St Helens and Knowsley.

“Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding. Many of our volunteers have developed new skills or gained valuable work experience. It’s a great way to meet new people from all walks of life and get involved with the community and without the support of our volunteers we couldn’t continue to do what we do..”

Barry Lyon, one of Willowbrook’s volunteer drivers says: “I’m proud to volunteer for Willowbrook and have seen the fantastic work that the hospice does first hand.  It’s an amazing organisation and offers so much help and support to people in our local community. “Since I became a volunteer for Willowbrook I’ve met a great bunch of people – staff, fellow volunteers and supporters -  and I would encourage anyone who’s got a few hours to spare to sign up and join the Willowbrook volunteer team.”

For more information about volunteering please contact Bev on 01744 766929 or email help@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

Plan Bee coffee bar is the business arm of Apex providing employment opportunities and career advancement for people who have a criminal record. All profits made in Plan Bee are reinvested into the charity enabling them to continue to deliver great support services for our local community.

Join the Hive (organisation) as one of the volunteer bees and have the opportunity to learn new skills and develop work experience. They want to help people with a criminal record to move forward with their lives, and be a part of the bee colony (team).     

Plan Bee gives volunteer bees the opportunity to receive accredited training in many different areas including Barista skills, Cookery skills, and Food Hygiene to name a few. Apex provide personal development support from their IAG & Volunteer Coordinator and Peer Mentors to help get you job ready and secure paid employment. You will have the opportunity to work alongside the team of worker bees learning from them and be part of a buzzing Hive.

Volunteer bees are key members of the hive. They will assist the hive in ensuring customers receive a high standard of service.

As a volunteer bee you will:

  • Make new friends and be part of a fantastic colony (team)
  • Develop new skills
  • Have experience to include on a CV and hands on work experience
  • Improve your confidence and self-esteem
  • Increase your employability

 

Volunteer Selection Criteria

You need to have a friendly, outgoing personality and be able to work as part of a team with other volunteer and worker bees. In addition:

  • Be committed and reliable
  • Be a good communicator
  • Proactive and hardworking
  • Be accountable
  • Adhere to the Apex Trust policies and procedures (confidentiality)
  • Have a criminal record or be at risk of offending

Volunteer Duties

  • Support the team in delivering excellent customer service
  • Prepare and produce drinks and food orders
  • To undertake specific duties related to volunteer role
  • To always act in a professional manner
  • To follow standards as set in your training
  • Adhere to health & safety guidelines.

Interested?  Then complete the attached application form, or if you've got any questions, you can contact Apex on the details below:

Tel: 01744 612898 Email: L.corkery@apextrust.com

 

 

Willowbrook Hospice is offering you a chance to win a fabulous Suzuki Celerio, courtesy of Chapelhouse St Helens.

Tickets are just £5 each and all profits from the raffle will contribute to the hospice’s “Make a Difference Appeal” – a recently launched campaign to help Willowbrook refurbish and upgrade their facilities to enhance the experience of both their patients and their family members.

Nichola Saunders, Head of Fundraising at Willowbrook Hospice said: “ After 22 years the Hospice needs a much needed facelift to ensure that our facilities are of the highest quality, are dementia friendly and improve the environment and experience for our patients and their families.  Willowbrook has a well-earned reputation for the excellent standard of our care and we want to make sure that our facilities match this.

“The amazing generosity of the team at Chapelhouse in donating a car for us to raffle has allowed us to kick-start our “Make Difference Campaign”. Every ticket sold will brings us closer to our goal of a complete refurbishment at the hospice, so get your tickets now to be in with a chance of driving off in a fantastic Suzuki Celerio car!”

Tickets can be bought:

  • online via Willowbrook’s website https://www.willowbrook.org.uk/4333-2/
  • By telephone 01744 453798
  • Direct to a canvasser during door-to-door or other face-to-face promotions such as attendance at events
  • Via post by returning their raffle stubs with payment
  • By texting ‘Pay WILLOW CAR’ to 88802

The raffle closes on Friday 11 October with the winning ticket will be drawn on Saturday 12 October. 

Terms and conditions are available on the Willowbrook website www.willowbrook.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

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

The Vision Support Mobile Information Unit will be visiting on Thursday 11th July, 10am to 3pm at Greenoaks Shopping Precinct Widnes so you can call in to see what support they can offer. 

To find out more contact Vision Support, Halton Sensory Services, 126 Widnes Road, Widnes, WA8 6AX or phone 0151 511 8801

Citadel Arts Centre
Waterloo Street,
St Helens,
Merseyside,
WA10 1PX

Office Equipment Available for Organisations

Sadly, the Citadel Arts Centre venue will close on 30th June.

They have office equipment available for sale, donation or gift for like-minded charities who are able to collect items on Monday 1st July:

  • Electronic Cash Register: Casio SE/C450. Saleable value £600
  • Auditorium Chairs: 80 in total. FREE
  • Crockery: 25 cups and saucers. FREE
  • Plastic Tea Trolley: 1 FREE
  • Filing Cabinets: 2. FREE
  • Desks: 2. FREE
  • Wooden Small Round Tables: 6. FREE
  • Wooden Chairs: 16. FREE
  • Bar Round Tables: 6. FREE
  • Wooden Trestle / Craft Tables: 3 FREE
  • Plastic Trestle / Craft Tables: 2 FREE
  • Leaflet Rack: 1. FREE
  • Office Chairs 3. FREE

If you are interested in any of the items please call Fay Lamb, Citadel Chief Executive on 01744 762304 or email faylamb@citadel.org.uk

The Elements of Colour

Visit Catalyst on Saturday 29th or Sunday 30th June for a chance to see ‘The Elements of Colour’ – a special family lecture demonstration presented by guest lecturer Dr Peter Hoare (Newcastle University)

The demonstration lecture celebrates 2019 the International Year of the Periodic Table.

Our perception and recognition of colours are fundamental to both our survival and our enjoyment of modern life. This lecture will explore some processes in chemistry which either produce or use light energy under four themes of:

  • reactions
  • combustion
  • escences
  • rates

with lots of colourful and sometimes dramatic demonstrations – with the occasional whoosh and even a bang!

The presenter has a wealth of experience in designing and delivering educational and entertaining demonstration lectures to audiences aged from 4 to 94 across North East England and increasingly further afield. He is a former secondary school chemistry teacher with over 20 years’ experience and was seconded as an RSC Teacher Fellow to Newcastle University in 2008 – 09.

Shows at 11.30am and 2.00pm each day.

Tickets cost £1.25 per person in addition to the admission charge and can be bought in advance via the website or in reception on the day.

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre
Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire WA7 5QD
Telephone 0151 420 1121

www.catalyst.org.uk

We would like you to take part in this 10 year study of the voluntary and community sector which is now running right across the North of England.

Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing or struggling financially – or just carrying on more or less as normal – we need to hear from you.

Using the findings, Durham University will build a picture of how organisations and groups work, how they get their resources and how they are planning to work in future.

The research helps to inform national and local government, health organisations and charitable foundations so that they make good decisions on how to invest in the activity of the third sector.

The research also helps the third sector itself to show the extent and value of the work it does. 

Please support the survey: The survey takes just 20 minutes to complete and you shouldn’t need to check up any facts and figures to fill it in. You can complete the survey online on you PC, tablet or phone by clicking this link:

https://durham.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/third-sector-trends-in-the-north-of-england-2019-live-s-2

The project has generously been supported by Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and Power to Change.

And tell your friends and colleagues to do the same: by sending them an email with the link to the survey or by drawing attention to the study via twitter using #ThirdSectorTrends

Headline findings will be published in December 2019 and the full results will be freely available from spring 2020.

Recent reports from the study so far can be found at:

https://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/knowledge-and-leadership/third-sector-trends-research/

If you have any questions about the research and/or the questionnaire, please contact Professor Tony Chapman, St Chad’s College, Durham University, 18 North Bailey, DURHAM DH1 3RH, or by email: tony.chapman@durham.ac.uk.

Addiction and recovery can be a lonely experience. This is a chance to pause and have a chat with someone in recovery about recovery in the community, Funded by the Community lottery and HBC. The first step is hardest, so talk to someone who has been there. Confidentiality and respect at all times.

Meet at the following times and places:

Wednesday at Widnes Tesco café 11-12.30
Saturday at Widnes Superior Sandwiches café 12-1.

Look for the lemon badge.

For more information about Recofferee, check out their website below:

http://www.act-peer-recovery.com

The Women's Organisation are pleased to open this FREE event to local women who have ambition to run their own business as part of their Enterprise Hub Programme.

Since 1996 The Women's Organisation have helped over 55,000 women to assess their business ideas and to understand the practicalities of sustaining and growing a business. They would love to be part of your business journey.

Have you got a hobby, skill or passion you would like to turn into a job? Are you wondering how to go self-employed? Have you got a brilliant business idea but no idea where to start? Want to understand what help is available to help you get started and in the early stages of growing you enterprise? Come along to this empowering event to discover how you can develop your ideas into a thriving business.

  • Hear from local entreprenerus who have set up their own business sharing tips on how they did it.
  • Enjoy a group workshop to understand the key elements involved in self-employment
  • Network with like-minded individuals who are also considering starting a business
  • Open FREE to women living in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Sefton, Wirral, St Helens, Knowsley and Halton)

AT: The Women’s Organisation, 54 St James Street, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool, L1 0AB

ON: Wednesday 3rd July 2019 10am-1pm

Book your FREE ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/enterprise-hub-presentswomens-business-start-up-conference-tickets-63647179427

For more information please contact 0151 706 8111 or hello@thewo.org.uk

 

Willowbrook Hospice is inviting local people to join them on a special remembrance sailing on the River Mersey.

Nicky Saunders, Willowbrook Hospice’s Fundraising manager says, “Our ‘Petals on the Mersey’ sailing is really special event and provides people with a lot of comfort as they sail along the beautiful waterfront of Liverpool, remembering and celebrating the lives of their loved ones by scattering petals on the river”.  

The ‘Petals on the Mersey’ sailing will take place on Thursday 11 July at 8pm from Liverpool Pier Head.

Petals and a single rose will be given to you as you board.

Tickets for Petals on the Mersey (adults £15 each, children £5) can be reserved by ringing Willowbrook Hospice’s Fundraising Team on 01744 453798 or by booking online at:  https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/petalsonthemersey/

All proceeds will go to support the Prescot based hospice which cares for people with life limiting illnesses across St Helens and Knowsley.

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Avire UK Lettings Limited are working on Retail Units which can be used for retailing, charity work, administration education, training and storage or any other ideas you might have, they are open to suggestions.

DESCRIPTION: Retail accommodation located in the Strand Shopping Centre

Retail Units range from 419 to 4680 Sq Ft Approx.

One of Avire UK Lettings Limited client’s currently has premises located in the BOOTLE area that has been vacant for a while. They would now like to offer this space to Charities on a rent and business rates free basis. Avire UK Lettings Limited deal directly with the landlord and have researched this property to ensure it meets their strict criteria. Leases are drawn up in-house by their legal team so there are no costs to the charity. The lease term for properties are usually 1 – 3 years with a landlord and charity rolling 28-day break clause in the lease. Charities only pays for what utilities they use whilst they are the leaseholders.

Since 2008, Avire UK Lettings Limited have worked with 100’s of local, regional and national charities in helping them secure suitable premises to run their operations from. If you, as a charity, have any other property requirements, please let them know and they will see if thjey can source a property for you, whether it is an office, shop or an industrial unit, please get in touch.

They only have limited space available and there are always more charities interested than they can accommodate, so if you are interested in viewing the property to see if it is suitable, please contact them on the details below:

Phone Number 01295 256 338

Email lucyrobinson@avire.co.uk

For more information about Avire UK Lettings Limited, please click the link below:

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/sites/sthelenscvs.org.uk/files/webform/Avire%20Charity%20Lets%20-%20Benefits%20%26%20General%20Information%20for%20Charities.pdf

 

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 Vision Support, Halton Sensory Services, 126 Widnes Road, Widnes, WA8 6AX or phone 0151 511 8801

The Vision Support Mobile Information Unit will be visiting on Thursday 20th June 10am to 3pm at Widnes Market (table in Mall) so you can call in to see what support they can offer. 

The High Sheriff and Merseyside Police fund is now live and open for applications.

The  maximum amount available is £2,500 and the main priority is diversionary activities for young people to reduce anti-social behaviour.

The next closing date is Friday 26 July but due to a limited budget the fund may close earlier when sufficient applications are received.  

 

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.

 

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 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.

Documents which need to be included with your application:

1. A 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 copy of the group’s 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 them 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.

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
  • Trophies and medals
  • 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 just one 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?

Completed applications are considered by Community Foundation staff to check 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, Programmes Manager at:

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

T: 0330 440 4900

Email: joan@cflm.email

 

 

 

 

St Helens Council works closely with a number of partners, including Merseyside Police, to tackle hate crime in the borough.

Unfortunately it is widely accepted that hate crimes are under reported, which means that some of the people in our communities who are being made to feel vulnerable or unsafe, are suffering in silence.

This maybe due to some victims not feeling comfortable with reporting their experiences directly to the police for reasons such as:-

  • Lack of awareness of ways to report hate crime
  • Victims find visiting police stations intimidating or daunting
  • Victims believe the police won’t believe them or take them seriously
  • Individuals are unaware they are victims of hate crimes
  • Lack of support to help victims make a report, e.g. interpreters
  • Victims fear being outed in terms of their sexuality or disability

One of the strategies for overcoming this barrier is to establish a Third Party Reporting Centre in your workplace.

Third Party Reporting Centres provide our residents with an alternative to directly reporting to the police, without which a number of hate incidents and crimes would never be reported or recorded.

You are invited to attend training with Constable Al Russo, Hate Crime Co-ordinator for Merseyside Police. Constable Russo has a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with hate crimes and incidents in Knowsley and St Helens.

This training aims to provide a simple step by step process guide in order to help you and your team to become of the many 3rd party reporting centres based in St Helens Borough.

The training will be hosted in Room 10 on Tuesday 18th June @ 2:30pm, and should last no longer than 1 hr 30 minutes.

To book your place on the training please contact Layla Davies on Tel: 0174467(6880) Mobile: 07841535140
 

Youth Endowment Fund Funding Round #1 – Preventing youth crime and violence: open call

Geography: England and Wales

Focus: children aged 10 -14

Funding: 1-2 year grants of +/- £200,000 per year (indicative)

Opens: 28 May 2019 at 12pm

Closes: 23 July 2019

What is the Fund?

The Youth Endowment Fund is a bold new attempt to put early intervention at the heart of efforts to tackle youth offending. It will support programmes and community partnerships working with children at risk of being drawn into crime and violence, and build up our knowledge of what works to prevent that.

What is it for?

They are launching an open call round, to fund and evaluate interventions primarily targeting young people aged 10-14 who are judged to be at risk of being drawn into crime and violence.

They welcome applications from charities and social enterprises, public sector agencies (including schools, local authorities, police forces) and for-profit organisations operating in England and/or Wales. Organisations can apply in partnership, with one organisation as the lead applicant.

Applicants need to have experience of working with young people (either directly, or indirectly in a way which improves their outcomes) and if the funding is sought for an existing intervention, it must be used to expand this work.

Interventions need to have a clear theory of change which explains how they reduce offending, informed by the available evidence.  

What can I apply for?

Applicants can apply for up to two years of funding, and although there is no upper limit, applicants must be in a position to use the first £100,000 of funding within the first six months of the grant (October 2019 – March 2020).

Am I eligible?

Eligible applicants will:

  • primarily target young people aged 10-14 years old
  • be operating in England and / or Wales
  • be working to prevent young people’s involvement in crime and violence, or the risk factors associated with these outcomes
  • have a clear theory of change which explains how their intervention achieves this outcome
  • be willing to be independently evaluated
  • be willing to share learning to benefit others in the sector
  • be planning to deliver their intervention for at least 12 months
  • have the capacity to absorb the funding quickly

How do I apply?

Please read this guidance note for more information about this grant round. Please also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions, which will be updated weekly as queries come in.

For more information, please click the link below:

https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/youth-endowment-fund

 

 

Last chance to get your application in for volunteering with St Helens Mind before their next induction on Friday 28th June. 

Volunteers are always needed for their Befriending Service & Social Groups and Activities. ACT SOON and don't miss out on the chance to join a  fab team of dedicated and respected volunteers.

Phone 01744 647089 for an application form or download one from www.sthelensmind.org.uk

The Youth Commission enables young people to support, challenge and inform the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, David Keane.  The project allows young people to get involved and have their say about policing and crime where they live.

For more information about the Cheshire Youth Commission please go to

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

Who can join the Cheshire Youth Commission?
Anyone aged 14-25 years who is currently resident of the Cheshire policing area.  The role is open to anyone in this age group living in Cheshire - including Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Warrington and Halton.  

In total, they are seeking to recruit up to 25 young people. They are looking for people who will be good team players, who will be committed to the project and willing to do all the activities involved. They are also very keen to ensure that the Youth Commission is made up of a diverse group of young people who broadly reflect the make-up of the local population, including those who may have direct experience of the police and justice system. 

If I join, what will I have to do?
Between July 2019 and March 2020, members of the Youth Commission will:

  • Take part in Youth Commission sessions:  You will participate in 5 Youth Commission sessions which will usually be on Saturdays (July, August, October, December and February).
  • Have the opportunity to join the Youth Independent Advisory Group, provide advice from a youth perspective on policing policies and strategies.
  • Work on special topics: You will pick a topic (from a shortlist) that interests you to work on with a small group of other members. The shortlist will be determined by the Youth Commission and may include topics such as relations with the police, reducing youth offending, drug abuse etc.
  • Gather the views of other young people: You will be given support to carry out peer consultation with other young people in schools, colleges, universities and youth groups. This can be done to suit your schedule and can fit around your existing commitments. We anticipate that each member will do in the region of 30 hours of consultation in total by the end of the project.
  • Plan events: You will work in a team to design and plan interactive events to engage other young people and partner agencies in your area. You will be invited to help to run these events wherever possible and as long as there is no clash with your school/ college commitments. 
  • Report back to the Police and Crime Commissioner: You will contribute towards the analysis of information gathered from young people in your area, and help to present back your conclusions to the Police and Crime Commissioner.
  • Help to host the Youth Commission Conference in March 2010: You will have the opportunity to present your results and recommendations and be a part of discussions with Cheshire Constabulary, partner agencies and other young people.

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

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

 

Connect Together is launching across St Helens. It is a new social project to help children and young people with diverse needs, which can make socialising more difficult, to get more involved in a range of activities.

People's Health Trust has invested £19,2000 in Connect, using money raised through The Health Lottery in the North West.

This money will be used to run a Junior Social Group for 7 - 11 year olds and extend the Asperger's Youth Group (11+ years) that aims to build positive relationships and friendships between children and families across the community.

Both groups will be supported by Connect's Toy and Leisure Library with loans to children and young people. 

To find out more email: info@connectparents.org.uk or tel: 01744 345003

Do you care about healthcare where you live ? Do you want to be part of an organisation that puts the public at the heart of its efforts to improve health and wellbeing in the communities it serves.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is seeking public governors in Halton and Warrington and will be holding elections in June.

The Bridgewater public governors play an integral role in the work of the organisation and are actively involved in its work to strengthen the role community services play in local healthcare services .

To find out more visit www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/

 

Location: Liverpool – Home Based

Full Time: 35 hours per week

Fixed Term Contract: Ending 31 March 2020

Starting salary: £22,063 per annum

After three months successful probation: £23,250 per annum

After six months successful probation: £26,476 per annum

Closing Date: 7 June 

Migrant Help is a leading charity that has been established for over 50 years and delivers a range of support and advice services to migrants across the UK. Their vision is for a global society that protects migrants, treats them with respect and enables them to reach their full potential. 

They are currently recruiting for a home-based Outreach and Engagement Adviser based in Liverpool as a fixed-term position.

The Role:

The scope of this role is to work as part of the European Settlement Scheme (EUSS) team providing advice, guidance, assistance to complete and support applications and briefings to eligible EU clients in outreach and community settings and to contribute to the overall success of our Organisation in accordance with Home Office standards and Migrant Help’s vision, values, objectives and compliance.

The Outreach and Engagement Adviser will be committed to providing a high standard of client and service care through advice, information and support. This advice will be given to EU clients and will need to be within the specification of the Grant Agreement with the Home Office. The service will be delivered in a variety of outreach and engagement settings. The successful candidate will need to abide by Migrant Help’s Safeguarding policy to ensure procedures are implemented where necessary. The Outreach and Engagement Adviser will need to complete Settlement or Pre-Settlement application forms online alongside clients and ensure that all applicants are aware of eligibility criteria. The post holder will need to provide outreach for vulnerable clients and those with additional support needs, at designated locations, whilst also liaising and cooperating with relevant statutory and voluntary agencies on behalf of clients as necessary.

The Requirements: 

It is essential for the post holder to have experience in providing advice and information within an organisation and working with people in sensitive and emotionally demanding situations. The successful candidate will require excellent communication skills to ensure work with host organisations is carried out effectively and to a high professional standard. The Outreach and Engagement Adviser will need to ensure a productive partnership to be able to effectively work, liaise and negotiate with other agencies on behalf of clients. The post holder will need to have good interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to a wide range of people. They will be able to empathically work with people facing transition and uncertainty. The Outreach and Engagement Adviser will need to be able to absorb complex written information and communicate effectively to clients to include through the use of an interpreter. The successful candidate will need to learn quickly and adapt to change as well as provide community engagement presentations and talks to possible applicants to the scheme.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The successful candidate with the support of the EU Outreach and Engagement Manager will be expected to take responsibility for their personal development (CPD) and identification of training needs through participation on Migrant Help Professional Development Review (SAA) programme. The post holder requires flexibility to work unsocial hours by prior arrangement, travel throughout their specified region and travel in the UK as required.

Please read the job description here.

To apply for this role please complete the application form here.  

Please submit an expression of interest, indicating how you meet the role requirements and person specification of the role as outlined in the job description.

Due to the high volume of applications they expect to receive, successful candidates will be contacted within 5 working days after the closing date.

Closing date: 7th June 2019

Saints’ Heritage Society’s Annual Programme, Memorabilia and Collectors’ Fair will be held in the Red Vee Bar at the Totally Wicked Stadium, on Saturday 15thJune 2019, from 10-30am to 1-30pm.

Amongst the various collectors offering rugby league memorabilia, the Society’s table will include the sale of former journalist Denis Whittle’s memorabilia, some in the form of a silent auction. Proceeds will go to Willowbrook Hospice, a charity dear to Denis’s heart.

Admission is free, but there will also be a raffle on the day for two North Stand tickets for the Saints v Wigan Warriors game on 12th July.

Anyone wanting a table for the event should phone Alex Service on 01744 756135.

 

 

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

Wellbeing Enterprises currently have 2 vacancies, they are looking for a Community Wellbeing Officer and also a Macmillan Community Wellbeing Administrator.  

Job Title:            Community Wellbeing Officer

Salary:                       Salary: £19,500 

Hours:                       37.5 hours per week

Place of work:         Merseyside and Cheshire

Responsible to:      Services Manager

Purpose of post:

Looking for a passionate and empathic individual with qualifications and/or experience in community-led work to play a crucial role in engaging patients and communities in health and wellbeing activities. The successful candidate will be working collaboratively and creatively with local NHS Hospital Trusts, primary care, patients, clinicians and wider stakeholders to generate better health outcomes for patients.

Closing deadline 12th June 2019

Interview date 17th June 2019

 

Job Title:Macmillan Community Wellbeing Administrator  

Salary:                       £17,500 

Hours:                       37.5 hours per week

Place of work:         Liverpool City Region

Responsible to:      Macmillan Community Wellbeing Project Manager

Purpose of Post:

Looking for an experienced and highly organised Administration Officer to ensure the smooth running of community wellbeing services working in partnership with wider stakeholders.

The successful candidate will provide administrative support to the project delivery teams and will be responsible for developing and implementing efficient and effective administrative processes and procedures.

Closing deadline 12th June 2019

Interview date 17th June 2019

For more information about either of these vacancies and how to apply, please click the link below:

http://www.wellbeingenterprises.org.uk/news-blog/

 

Huyton Merseyside
Full-time 35 hours per week
Salary £28,000 per annum
KDC (Commercial) Limited, trading as Your Payroll, is a specialist not for profit payroll bureau service for individual employers of personal care assistants and small businesses.

They currently process payrolls for around 900 clients and have ambitious growth plans. They are seeking to appoint a full-time experienced Payroll Team Leader to lead a team of
payroll operators and take overall responsibility for operational delivery and customer service.

The role also involves hands-on processing of payrolls for multiple companies, including registering PAYE schemes with HMRC, auto-enrolment administration and preparation of
performance management reports.

The successful applicant will be CIPP qualified or possess a similar professional qualification.

You will also have:

 

  • significant experience working in a senior role within a fast-paced payroll environment
  • excellent organisational skills and ability to run large scale payrolls accurately and to tight deadlines
  • experience in supervising a team and driving process improvement
  • experience in a client facing role and the ability to build positive customer relationships
  • up to date knowledge of payroll legislation and statutory duties of employers
  • a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • exceptional Microsoft Excel skills
  • the ability to think independently and strive for service excellence

 

If you are an experienced Payroller with prior supervisory experience, and are keen to work for a growing organisation, send an up to date CV to recruitment@kdc.org.uk quoting Payroll0519. Please include a covering letter demonstrating how you meet the essential requirements as set out in the Job Description/Person Specification. 

The closing date for applications is Monday 10 June 2019 

 

Note: Your Payroll is a trading subsidiary of Knowsley Disability Concern, a charitable organisation providing a range of services helping disabled
and disadvantaged people to enjoy independence and have choice and control in their lives. For more information visit www.kdc.org.uk.

We are just a few days away from the start of Volunteers Week and the Volunteer Recruitment Fair on 4th June 11am - 2pm at St Helens Town Hall.

Looking to find out how you can support a local group then why not come along to our Volunteers fayre during volunteers week. There will be a variety of organisations giving information on the great work they do and the ways you can help too.

Some organisations confirmed as attending include N-Compass; Citizens advice; Apex Trust; Newton Boys & Girls club; St Helens Mind and RASASC.

There will also be information stalls from adult and community learning team andHealthwatch St Helens.

Our team will also be on hand on the day to help find other organisations and opportunities available across St Helens.

Contact us to find out more volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or 01744 751759

 

 

Apply for the Co-op Local Community Fund

The Co-op Local Community Fund supports projects that make a difference to local communities near to their stores and funeral homes.

Use this form to apply to be one of the causes from 27 October 2019. Applications close on 16 June.

Before you start

Your project must either:

  • help a local community come together to save, build, fix or improve indoor or outdoor local spaces
  • support the mental or physical health of a community through wellbeing activities
  • help people reach their full potential by developing their skills

Your project or event must also:

  • take place in the UK or Isle of Man
  • not have religious or political aims (although you can still apply if you’re a religious organisation)
  • meet the Co-op’s values
  • take place or will still be running after November 2020
  • benefit your local community

CLICK HERE for a link to the application process

Halton Borough Council are working with the Mersey Gateway Environment Trust (MGET) to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Chief Executive to join the team at the MGET.

The MGET is an independent charitable trust set up in 2010 to promote the conservation, protection, and improvement of the environment across a 1600ha area of the Upper Mersey Estuary running all the way from the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge, to the new Mersey Gateway Bridge and upriver as far as Warrington.

The Chief Executive role provides an excellent opportunity to lead and manage all aspects of the MGET business plan required to progress the MGET project through the operation and management stages. Your role as Chief Executive would be to ensure the smooth running and development of the organisation and to lead the implementation of activity that will further the aims of the Trust.

You will be educated to degree level in the environmental sector; or possess equivalent experience within a local authority or organisation of comparable complexity.

With project management experience, you will have the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of key stake holders to ensure successful delivery. You will have experience of fund raising and the ability to deliver successful environmental and biodiversity campaigns on time and to budget.

You will have a broad knowledge of environmental obligations and planning conditions on large scale infrastructure projects as well as an ability to plan strategically.

In addition you will have the ability to deliver project goals and the capability to project the MGET vision and ability to see the “bigger picture” identifying broad opportunities.

If you are interested, please use the following link to apply via the Halton Borough Council jobs page: https://ats-halton.jgp.co.uk/vacancies/view/99120

Please find the detailed Job Description  here.

Please find the Person Specification here.

The MGET are in the process of agreeing a new Memorandum Of Agreement with the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board, who currently act as the employer on behalf of MGET.  For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Paul Oldfield on 0151 511 8532.

Closing Date: Sunday 16th June 2019

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 26th June 2019.

Halton Disabled Children’s Service are holding three Parent/Carer Coffee Events in June:

  • Monday 10th June 9.30 – 12, Halton Lodge Children’s Centre, Runcorn
  • Thursday 13th June 17:00 – 19:00, Room 15, Kingsway Learning Centre, Widnes
  • Thursday 20th June 9.30 -12, Ditton Children’s Centre, Widnes

This is an opportunity to meet staff from Disabled Children’s Service to share your views and ideas in a relaxed and informal setting 

Please note that due to limited room parents and carers will need to book on the events.

Places can be booked through contact reception at Warrington Road Children’s Centre on Tel: 0151 424 4686.

How much difference would £20,000 make to your organisation? Could it help offer more fantastic employability work in your community? Small grants of up to £20,000 are available over four Funding Rounds through to May 2021. WEA are here to help! 

To apply, please go to the link below:

https://www.wea.org.uk/liverpool-city-region-esf-community-grants-2019-2021

Please beware of the word limit during your application.

Or contact your local ESF Grants Team:

email: ESFgrantslcr@wea.org.uk or call 0151 243 5356 

Certificate in Retail Knowledge

The course start on Monday 10th June and there are a few places remaining, all learners who complete the training will receive a £20 Love to Shop voucher.  

This is a fully accredited Retail Knowledge course, Level 1, and gives learners a great introduction to retail.

The Highfield Level 1 Certificate in Retail Knowledge provides learners with underpinning occupationally related knowledge and skills, as well as wider knowledge and skills to support learners’ employability and career progression in the sector.

The objective of these qualifications is to support a role in the workplace or for learners who are looking to develop their knowledge and understanding to obtain employment within the sector, perhaps as checkout operators or sales assistants.

Topics covered include:

 Understanding the business of retail

  • Understanding how a retail business maintains health, safety and security on its premises

Understanding the retail selling process

 It gives learners the opportunity to:

  • Develop occupationally related knowledge and skills 
  • Develop knowledge and skills that support employability and career progression
  • Achieve a nationally-recognised Level 1 qualification that prepares learners for employment in the Retail sector

    During training, learners will have a 1:1 session with an employment consultant to help them apply for roles in local businesses.  Learner’s CVs will be marketed to local employers and wherever possible, interviews for jobs will be organised for learners.

If you know anyone who would be interested please contact Genesis direct on 01744 733 711, Joe Lennard: 07503 963 457,or Roy Williams: 0734 1269 546

 Full details about the course attached.

Neighbourly, connect companies with local charities and community projects who can benefit from their support, from volunteering to fundraising to in-kind donations. 

They have opportunities for organisations in Widnes and St Helens to collect free food donations from any of the below Aldi stores:

 

ALDI ST HELENS - Westpoint, Linkway, WA10 1QA

 

ALDI ST HELENS - CLOCK FACE ROAD, WA9 4LE

 

ALDI MERSEYSIDE - Unit G, Peasley Cross, Croos Lane, Merseyside, WA9 1JJ

 

 

The food types available on the scheme are fruit and vegetables, bakery goods and non-perishable food items (ambient, tins, packages) sometimes even flowers. The collection times will be agreed at a mutually convenient time with the Store Manager and your organisation. Wherever possible, the store teams are keen that collections take place before noon.

If you would like regular collections from Aldi, please let them know your preferred collection day(s) as soon as possible. They are launching the scheme on 10/06/2019, and would be in touch soon with further information and contact details to get in touch with the store.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or queries! You can give Charlotte a call on 0117 422 0841, or by email aldi@neighbourly.com if you would like to discuss anything. 

 

Free Suicide Prevention Training at The Citadel, St Helens. On Wednesday 5th June, 11am - 12noon.

Be empowered to act!
• Learn how to spot the signs
• Learn techniques to reach out to a colleague, friend or family member you are concerned about
• Be prepared for a life-saving conversation, both in a professional & personal setting.

Free tickets available.  To book yours please call The Citadel Box Office on 01744 762300
or email: info@citadel.org.uk.

For more information, please visit: https://www.citadel.org.uk/event/zero-suicide-alliance-2/

Halton Carers Centres are holding a Young Carers and Families information event  on Thursday 13th June as part of their Carers Week activities.

There will be information stalls and activities for all ages in the afternoon, plus the chance for one family to win £100 worth of Asda vouchers. 

Organisations already confirmed to attend include:

CAB
Sports Development
14-19 Team
Cancer Support
Youth Fed - Engage program
Leisure Centres
Drop the knife
Comics Youth
Norton Priory
Halton Carers Centre Young Carers team.

Information will be available on the day from Welfare rights, CAMHs & Wellbeing Enterprises

If you are interested in having a stall on the day please contact Joanne Illidge/ Garry Fowler on 01928 580 182 or email joanne.illidge@haltoncarers.co.uk or garry.fowler@haltoncarers.co.uk

Chrysalis Centre for Change are looking for a new Treasurer to join their dynamic, enthusiastic Board of Trustees. This is an exciting time for CCC, as they are in the process of becoming a CIO and have just recruited a number of new Trustees.

If you would like to be part of a team of people who are passionate about delivering services to support women's mental health in St Helens and you feel you have the relevant experience to be a Treasurer then please contact them for more details and an application pack at chrysaliscentreforchange@gmail.com or you can visit their website for more information at www.chrysaliscentreforchange.co.uk/Become-a-Trustee.html

Chrysalis Centre for Change (CCC) is now offering a new 8-week programme, "A Journey Through Grief", for women experiencing bereavement. The group is facilitated by qualified and experienced Counsellors. It is a welcoming, safe and confidential group offering emotional support and psychoeducation to help you find your path through grief and reconnect with yourself. The programme runs on Friday's 1 - 3.30pm and is open to CCC service users who have lost an adult (partner, adult child, parent). Suitability will be discussed in the initial assessment appointment and referrals can be made to other specialised bereavement services if appropriate (e.g. SOBS - Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide).

They are also offering Therapeutic Art and Craft sessions twice monthly on Wednesdays 1.30 - 3.30pm. These sessions are open to current CCC service users who are interested in using arts and crafts to improve their wellbeing. Dates will be given to new service users at their initial assessment appointment. 

All women must attend an assessment appointment before accessing any services. Referrals can be made by post, email or phone and their most current referral form can be found on the website www.chrysaliscentreforchange.co.uk/Referrals.html

Purpose:

To promote reading to all ages using the library as a resource and venue for activity.

Aim

60,000 reading minutes in a week between 1st and 6th July 2019.

The emphasis is about reading for pleasure, talking about books you love and “mass” reading events for schools. Each person/ group can add their minutes to the Halton Readathon total by using twitter and the hashtag #haltonreadathon

Primary Target Groups/ Individuals:

Schools and Children’s Centres; can book in to one of 5 spaces per hour in the libraries around Halton to take part in a readathon event, part of the “cosy cumfy club”. Aim is 30 children per hour per space reading.

There are 10,000 children of Primary and Junior age in Halton, these are the primary group to target, although other childrens activity groups will encouraged to take part, scouts/ guides/ brownies, activity centres etc.

Adults: 

Adults will be encouraged to read during the week, either as a group or individuals. Groups such as pensioners, WI, Soroptomists, Probus etc will be contacted and asked if they can get their members to read a book during the week.

PCSO’s, Fire and Ambulance services will also be encouraged to read and use their twitter accounts to encourage others.

Why not join in with one of the ‘Read in the Park’ events between 10 – 1pm (weather permitting):
2nd July - Victoria Park, Widnes
3rd July - Hough Green Park, Widnes
4th July - Phoenix Park, Runcorn 

Bring a blanket and maybe a picnic and catch up with a great story.

Contact Nicola Lamb To Register Interest: 

nicola.lamb@halton.gov.uk

tel: 0151 511 7744 

 

Recharge and Restore will be providing complementary therapy sessions at two venues in Runcorn and Widnes on Tuesday 21st May (Widnes) and Saturday 1st June (Runcorn). While they are applying for additional funding to continue and expand their work they are able to offer these sessions at a greatly reduced price. 30 minute sessions are £15 and 60 minute sessions are £25. They offer massage, reflexology and reiki and you can have a combination of your choice.

It can take up to 20 minutes for your mind and body to completely relax and begin to repair and recharge. Most carers are not able to make time or take time for themselves on a regular basis and they believe these sessions can help. Feedback from their recently completed Lottery funded project with a parent carer group in Halton has been excellent and the benefits included better sleep, less anxiety and stress and generally feeling much calmer and better able to cope with day to day pressures of life. 

They are also beginning a series of workshops teaching a 7 step relaxation technique based on reflexology which has been designed for those caring for adults and children with high levels of stress and/or anxiety, ADHD, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Alzheimers & dementia. The first workshop is being held in Runcorn on Wednesday 19 June with the second on Wednesday 26 June. Widnes event proposed for July.

Please get in touch for more information or to book a session or workshop place in Runcorn or Widnes. 

Email rechargerestore@gmail.com or contact Angelita on 07808 160315 or Eileen on 07533 044283.

We have received a very sad message from St Helens Bereavement Service letting us know that the service is closing and no longer accepting clients.  The St Helens Bereavement Service was originally set up as a sister project of St Helens CVS and we worked very closely together for many years.  Everyone at Halton & St Helens VCA would like to thank the Bereavement Service for their membership and input over the many years we worked together.  The full message from Barbara Swift, St Helens Bereavement Service Chair, can be found below.

With deep regret and sadness the Trustees of St. Helens Bereavement Service wish to notify the local community that they are unable to continue to operate a service of support for local bereaved people.

Over the past few years our funding has been reducing at the same time as we have experienced difficulty in recruiting enough volunteers to sustain the service and Trustees to oversee its governance.

The recent changes in both Government and Charity Commission legislation has placed an added burden on our very stretched resources and we have finally decided that we can no longer sustain our service at the level we need to.

St. Helens Bereavement Service was established in 1983/84 as a project of St. Helens Council for Voluntary Service (now known as Halton and St. Helens VCA). The Service achieved charitable status in October 1986 and over a period of 33 years has provided help and support to well over 6,000 local bereaved people.  The service also established two social support groups one in St. Helens which only closed down two years ago and another in Rainford which still operates but on a limited basis.

The trustees would like to take the opportunity of thanking all its colleagues in other organisations that have helped and supported our work  over the years in particular Halton and St. Helens VCA who, for many years, provided our operational base.

Consultations have been held with the Local Authority and the Clinical Commissioning Group (statutory funders of the organisation) and they are hopeful that Willowbrook Hospice will take on some parts of the role our organisation has provided for so many years.

St. Helens Bereavement Service has already ceased accepting new referrals although we continue to support our existing clients. However from the end of June the service will cease to operate any form or service. 

We would be grateful if you would amend your records by removing our organisation as a referral agency for bereaved people.

A SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING of the Trustees will take place on Monday the 20th  May at. 10.a.m in the Deafness Resource Centre the purpose of which will be to propose the Dissolution of the Charity.

The next meeting of the St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK will be on Wednesday 5th June 2019 at 7.30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King St, WA10 2JZ. The church is next to Windle Pilkington Hall.  The speaker will be Professor Kevin Hardy who will be talking on the subject of:

Ten things to add years to your life and life to your years 
 
Professor Hardy is a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist from the Specialist Diabetes Unit in St Helens Hospital, he is also the Medical Director of St Helens & Knowsley Hospitals Trust, and a popular speaker. Professor Hardy will be helping us to understand how we can live better with diabetes, so please come along! If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and have not been to a meeting before you are particularly welcome. They are a very friendly group and you may be assured of a warm welcome. They have a large selection of free diabetes leaflets available. So go along and find out more!

Please note that this will be the last meeting until Wednesday 4th September 2019 
 
For further details contact C Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821. 

 

Are any of the volunteers or service users from your organisation diabetic? Do they also live in Widnes?

If so, please let them know about an upcoming focus group. We’d love to hear from them.

Widnes General Practices have recently come together to review the diabetic patient care they each deliver with the aim of delivering a consistent high standard of care across all eight of the practices.

The practices are currently in a testing phase where they are aligning their systems and processes, considering the care given to patients and testing what works and what doesn’t.

As part of this work they would like to speak to a number of Type 2 diabetic patients (aged 17 years and over) to share with you the work they have done and get some feedback and comments to further inform this work.

The general practices have asked Halton & St Helens VCA to carry out a focus group on Tuesday 4th June, 7-9pm at St Maries, Lugsdale Road, Widnes, WA8 6DB.

There is limited places for the session so if you would like to get involved please contact Matthew Roberts by phone, (01928) 592 405 or email mroberts@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Merseyside and Cheshire are currently working together to review more than 100 local NHS policies and treatments to ensure that they have the best possible outcomes for patients, are in line with the latest clinical guidance and are making the best of the limited NHS resources available.

CCGs in Halton, Liverpool, Southport and Formby, South Sefton, St Helens and Warrington are currently reviewing treatments and procedures relating to:

  • Continuous glucose monitoring systems
  • Cough assist devices
  • Insulin pumps
  • Secondary care peripheral steroid joint injections
  • Surgery for Prostatism or lower urinary tract infection
  • Transanal irrigation

They are looking to understand the views and experiences of individuals/families who have received or are currently receiving one or more of the above treatments.  Clinicians, providers and community groups with an interest in the above treatments or policy changes, are also encouraged to share their views in the survey.

They are also informing patients about updates to Botulinum Toxin A & B treatments to bring them in line with NICE guidance and the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee (APC).

The survey will be available online https://nhs.researchfeedback.net/s.asp?k=155652839910 which will take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey closes on 7 July 2019.

If you require this or more information in another format or language, an easy read version, would like to receive a hard copy or would like support completing this survey, please email them on mlcsu.involvement@nhs.net or call us on 01782 872506.

Anything you share will be anonymous. No personal identifiable information will be shared or published.

You can find out more about health policy reviews on your CCG’s website or by contacting them using the email address or telephone number provided.

Launch Event - Thursday 11th July 2019 – 1.30-3pm. Bridge Suite, Halton Stadium

Halton Children and Young People Safeguarding Partnership would like to invite you to this launch event to give you an opportunity to find out about the new local safeguarding arrangements.

Senior Leaders from the three safeguarding partners will introduce the new Partnership arrangements:

  • David Parr, Chief Executive - Halton Borough Council
  • Denise Worth, Detective Chief Superintendent – Cheshire Constabulary
  • Michelle Creed, Chief Nurse - NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Milorad Vasic, Strategic Director People - Halton Borough Council

This will include an outline of the changes, introduce the requirements for named ‘relevant agencies’, explain the new review processes, introduce the new website with sign-up facility for updates and let you know how you will be involved with these new arrangements.

You will have opportunity to ask questions during the Q & A Session.

Note - Registration and refreshments is from 1pm, for a 1.30pm prompt start.

Who should attend?

The event is aimed at Senior Leaders within organisations, for information about the new arrangements to be cascaded to staff/teams that work with children, young people and their family:

  • Head Teachers/Principals
  • Strategic Leaders
  • Senior and team managers                                                                                 

To reserve a place at this event, please contact the Children & Young People Policy Team on cyppolicy@halton.gov.uk by Friday 5th July 2019.

Please provide the following details for all attendees:

  • Name
  • Position/role
  • Organisation
  • Email address

The Campaign

The Active St Helens campaign will contribute to improving overall health and wellbeing of adults and children across St Helens in a bid to encourage inactive residents to become active by signposting walking, running, swimming, cycling activities offered by St Helens Council and partner organisations.  The campaign will contribute to improving the overall health and wellbeing of adults and children across St Helens. 

The aim of the campaign to increase physical activity levels in the Borough, encouraging inactive people to walk, swim, cycle or run and to make a pledge to be more active. There are monthly competitions to win a Fitbit and other prizes and a competition to win £1500 holiday voucher so please encourage anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough to visit the website, make a pledge and get active!

The creative features colourful vector style images across four themes – swimming, walking, running and cycling directing people to www.activesthelens.co.uk, Facebook/activesthelens and Twitter/activesthelens. The campaign features a twelve month digital campaign focusing on high impact display creatives, including skin takeovers, billboards, in article and double height MPU’s, in premium positions. Additionally, a remarketing campaign to stay engaged with interested people across social media and targeting a younger audience through platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram will also be exploited.

Video case studies featuring local residents, promoting the signposted activities, talking about their own experiences and the benefits of exercise alongside the hashtag #beyourownhero will also form part of the digital campaign. Print media will be used to promote the activities, raise awareness and encourage behavioural change.

Objectives

• Deliver an integrated, co-ordinated campaign utilising a range of media to raise awareness of physical activity programmes (swimming, cycling, walking and running only)
• Target ‘deprived’ areas to motivate and encourage behaviour change
• Raise awareness of the health benefits of physical activity
• Combat negative perceptions of the cost of exercising The Campaign

The Facts
• In St Helens, 32% of adults are inactive
• 70% of children do less than 30 minutes activity a day
• The health of St Helens residents is generally worse than the England average
• Self-harm and suicide worse than England average

Diabetes
• 30 people a year in St Helens suffer a diabetes amputation
• 80% of people with Type 2 Diabetes are overweight or obese at diagnosis
• Almost 17,000 people in St Helens are suspected to have pre-diabetes

Key Messages

• Adults (19-64) should try to be active daily and should do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity, in bouts of 10 minutes or more, each week.
• Adults (19-64) should try to be active for 30 minutes, 5 days a week.
• Adults (19-64) should undertake muscle strengthening activity at least twice a week, such as, yoga, exercising with weights, or carrying heavy shopping.
• Physical activity contributes to wellbeing and is essential for good health.
• Physical activity can reduce the risk of many chronic conditions, like coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions.
• Active St Helens provides access to safe and affordable opportunities to engage in physical activity.
• The spectrum of physical activity includes active play, sport, recreation, work active transport and active living.
• The health benefits from physical activity will vary depending on the frequency, intensity and type of activity.

 

For more information about the campaign, please see the attached tool kit below.

 

 

Volunteers Week 2019 (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:

 

Volunteer Quiz : Night Monday 3 June 7.30-10pm. Free, (sandwiches, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For teams of up to 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-1

Afternoon Tea on the Daniel Adamson: Tues 4th 1-3.30pm £4.50 payable on booking, non-refundable (cream scones, cakes and a hot drink). Enjoy cakes and a cuppa on board this historic steam tug, whilst moored at Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge. Live easy listening music. Optional free boat tour. Pay bar open. On X2 & X30 bus routes. Please note:  Not suitable for those with limited mobility. Very limited parking.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/afternoon-tea-daniel-adamson

Widnes Promotion Event: Wed 5th June 10-1pm Free, Widnes indoor market. Come and chat with Volunteer Centre staff who will be promoting the latest volunteering opportunities from across Halton and beyond. Book a slot for your group to promote themselves - sorry no fundraising. 

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/widnes-promotion-event-0

Llandudno Trip: Thurs 6th June 9.15-5pm. £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 trip to Llandudno.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/llandudno-trip-0

Salsa Night: Fri 7th June 7.30-10.30pm. £7.50, payable on booking, non-refundable. (hot supper, bring your own tipple), at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes. Join in the dancing or just  enjoy the music, demonstrations and help for beginners.

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/salsa-party-0

 

 

Organisations which help to prevent crime and protect communities in Merseyside are being invited to apply for a share of a fund aimed at helping building stronger, safer communities.

This is the fifth year that Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has opened the Crime Prevention Fund which is used to help charities, community groups and social enterprises 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.

A total of £135,000 is available from the fund and the Commissioner is inviting groups to submit bids of between £5,000 and £25,000 for innovative community safety projects or schemes that will run over the next 12 months. For the last three years, the Commissioner has specifically urged organisations that are working to tackle the underlying causes of serious and organised crime to apply for funding and this has again been made a priority for this round of funding.

Jane said: “Serious and organised crime is, for many people in our region, their greatest concern. It blights our communities, bringing misery and harm and causing decent, ordinary people to live in fear.

“Merseyside Police allocates extensive resources to tackling this issue, but we cannot simply ‘police’ our way of this issue.  We need to work with all our partners, particularly those in the community and voluntary sector to address the deep-seated, and often complex, causes of serious violence.

“Local people understand their communities better than anyone and know what will work best to improve their area.  We are fortunate to have a wealth of voluntary and community groups which are working hard to prevent people, especially young people from getting involved with this type of crime and I want to hear from them.

“Through the Crime Prevention Fund, I want to see what more can be done to tackle this issue and with these grants I hope I can give organisations which are trying to address the root causes of this issue a valuable cash boost which will help to make a difference to communities across Merseyside.”

Last year, 14 grassroots organisations were chosen to share £135,000 from the Crime Prevention Fund from a total of 75 bids submitted. Many of the projects focused on preventing young people from getting involved with crime.

Jane said: “Sadly, we have seen really damaging cuts, not only to the police, but to a lot of our really important partner organisations which focus their efforts on community safety, such as the Youth Offending Teams, local authority crime prevention services and mental health provision, in recent years.

“The reduction in many of these services is being strongly felt in our communities, so I hope these small grants can be used to help to alleviate some of these cutbacks. I’ve met hundreds of people across Merseyside who are really proud and passionate about the places they live in and are committed to keeping them safe and I look forward to reviewing their proposals for how this fund can be best spent.”

Any organisation wishing to apply for funding will need to show how their project works to tackle the priorities set out in the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan - these are to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour; provide a visible and accessible neighbourhood policing style; tackle serious and organised crime and to support victims; protect vulnerable people and maintain public safety; and improve road safety.

Applications will also need to show how the initiatives will deter individuals from committing crime, reduce the number of people entering the criminal justice system, or lower reoffending. They will also be assessed to see how well they will protect vulnerable communities.

The fund will be administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM), an independent charity which assists grant-making and charitable giving. CFM is also available to help any organisation looking to make a bid.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 24th June 2019.

Find out more and apply here.

If you were given the chance to design a town exactly how you wanted it, what would be most important to you?  Of course a town is made up of people, so it’s the characteristics of that group of people that need to be defined; that group would have:
• Top class health, exceptional medical care, and reducing prescription drugs
• Education which fits each person’s needs, and aspirations to take next steps
• High performance through more creativity, intelligence, and happiness
• Lowered anxiety, depression, and no suicides
• Wise decision making coupled with a good memory
• Great quality of life free of substance and alcohol abuse
• No need for criminal activity 

That’s what Maharishi Foundation believe most of us want to see. But what is it that blocks our ability as individuals and as a group to live this sort of life? The main problem is stress. It’s been termed the scourge of the western world, and its corrosive influence affects everything that we do. A supreme stress buster is required, and Maharishi Foundation have a technique to do just that.

It’s a prime method of eliminating stress and if you want all of the above for everyone (if only a fraction take it up it everyone benefits) in your town then consider the attached list of research findings on Transcendental Meditation®. Maharishi Foundation intention is that for all those associated with Halton & St Helens Voluntary Community Action training will be offered free. (Conditions apply). 

For more information, please contact John  Markham on 07973 303943 or email john.markham@tm.org.

Join the party! – Willowbrook Hospice’s Moonlight Colour Walk

June 8 at 9:00 pm from Willowbrook – The Living Well, Borough Road, St Helens

Register NOW for Willowbrook Hospice’s fabulous Moonlight Colour Walk on Saturday 8 June!

It’s great fun for all the family (you can even bring your dog along!) and the walk helps to raise much needed funds so that Willowbrook can continue to care and support local people with life limiting illnesses across St Helens and Knowsley.

There are two routes to choose from (10k or 6.5k) and there’s an optional ‘colour splash’ where you’ll be covered head to toe in rainbow powder. At the end of the walk, you’ll be rewarded with one of our special medals as well as a well-earned bacon butty (or pastry)

The entry fees are £15 for adults and £5 for children under 16 (dogs go free!). Please register now by ringing 01744 453798, going online at: https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/MLW/ or by calling into The Living Well on Borough Road, St Helens.

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 Vision Support, Halton Sensory Services, 126 Widnes Road, Widnes, WA8 6AX or phone 0151 511 8801

The Vision Support Mobile Information Unit will be visiting on Thursday 16th May 10am to 3pm at Widnes Market (by Morrisons) and also on Tuesday 21st May 10am to 2pm at Runcorn Library (Halton Lea Shopping City) so you can call in to see what support they can offer. 

Jack's Supports (part of the Tesco family) and Groundwork UK are inviting good causes and charity groups in St Helens to be a part of the next round of a small grants programme between £250- £750 available, with applications accepted within 5 miles of a Jacks store. Once applications are submitted they will be reviewed by colleagues who will create a shortlist of four good causes. Each of the four shortlisted good causes will receive a donation of £250.

Voting then begins in store for the winning good cause, the winner will receive carrier bag proceeds from their local store for a three month period. This will be guaranteed minimum of £500.

To be considered for the next round of voting, applications need to be submitted by 10th May 2019.

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

https://www.jacks-uk.com/jacks-supports

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

 

Tuesday 7th May 2019 from 10:00am 
The Heath Business Park, Runcorn, WA7 4QX

Looking to Recruit?  Need a new approach?  Keen for your workforce to truly understand and reflect your customer base?  Then Halton’s Supported Internship Programme may be just what you need.  At 10am on the 7th of May at ‘The Heath’, in Runcorn, Halton Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise are going to meet the businesses that are currently benefiting from Supported Internships as well as current and future interns who are participating in this practical and comprehensive programme of support.  

Supported Internships are a great way for local businesses to find valuable skills and lower staff turnover. This programme acts like an extended working interview helping organisations to develop a workforce that reflects society, as well as it’s customers base. With ongoing support and mentoring opportunities for staff, this programme gives organisations the best possible chance of getting the right person.

 

Agenda

10:00am - Welcome & Introductions - Rachael Owen

10:05am - National Grid Employability Programme – Seeing is Believing.- Mark Pickles

10.20am - Group Supported Internships - Holiday Inn Liverpool - Helen Roberts

10:35am - Opportunity to meet current and future interns

10:45am - What support is available and how to get involved

10:55am - Panel Q&A

 

For more information and to book your place, please see the link below:

https://www.haltonchamber.co.uk/events/could-supported-internships-work-for-your-organisation---recruitment-with-real-added-value_106.html

 

Vacancy for a Trustee Board Member at Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group

Are you passionate about supporting people who have been affected by cancer?

Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Group are looking to recruit a volunteer Trustee Board Member to join their team at Widnes & Runcorn Cancer Support Group. They have supported people from the Halton area who have been affected by cancer for many years. They are a community based organisation which is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.  

They have great pride in their service and in their position within the Halton community. They would like to welcome an experienced individual who could offer their expertise in people management, employment and coaching and development.

This individual will be an important part of carrying out their mission: ‘To provide a community based welcoming environment where emotional and psychological support is available for people from Halton who have been touched by cancer’.

For further information see attached or contact Nicola Donoghue on 0151 423 5730 or email info@widnesandruncorncancersupport.org.uk. If you would like to be considered you will be asked to provide a personal statement about why you would like to be a board member of what you can offer to the role. There will then be a meeting with representatives of the organisation.

 

One of Halton’s Dementia Action Alliance member organisations, PD Law, are kindly providing free access to legal advice as part of Halton’s Dementia Action Week activities. During Dementia Awareness week they are running a free legal advice drop in clinic at Notcutts Rivendell Garden Centre on Mill Lane on Tuesday 21st May 2019 between 10.30am and 2.30pm. The clinic will be raising awareness of dementia to the local community whilst offering the opportunity for access to free legal advice and guidance to any person living with dementia and/or their carers.

 

 

Message from Siobhan Harley, Campaign Director at The Great Get Together 

When Jo Cox was killed, we saw what can happen in a culture of intolerance and hate. Yet 3 years later, we still feel more divided than ever. But Jo wouldn’t have given up, and neither will we.

This week we’re asking you to pledge to get back together with someone or something in your community you’ve lost touch, argued with or are simply avoiding. And what better time than at The Great Get Together weekend on 21-23rd June.

We also want to make as much noise on social media, in the news and where we live about the importance of kindness, respect and community.

To be part of it, it’s simple and will take just a minute.

Take the pledge 

Arguments, judgements, conflict and hate - we’re all sick of it. The fact is most of us just want to get along and share the things that unite us.

If each of us, one by one, gets back together, overcomes our differences and shows we have #MoreInCommon we can make a change.

Thanks so much for getting involved.

Siobhan Harley
Campaign Director
The Great Get Together

Staying Strong, Staying Steady - Chair based or Standing exercises.

Try it free for 20 minutes or full 50 minutes.

It is on Thursday 9th May 10am to 11am (or 10am to 10.20am for mini taster) at the Frank Myler Pavillion, Liverpool Road, Widnes (next to Ditton Primary School, WA8 7HD).  Join for a cuppa and biscuits afterwards, and a chance to get further information (this class will then operate every Thursday and cost £4 weekly)

Activities for older people to help maintain independence, keep you mobile, active and on your feet.  Sessions include the use of progressive therapy bands to improve your strength, flexibility, balance and confidence in every day tasks.  Make new friends, have fun ... come along and join in.

For further information about Staying Steady class contact: Paul McGregor; Postural Stability Instructor: 07701 016291 or visit www.yourhealthisyourwealth.com 

For further information about this activity or physical activity in Halton contact Paula Parle: 0151 511 8550 or email Paula.parle@halton.gov.uk

 

A £2.7 million programme to tackle unemployment has been launched in April 2019 with backing from the European Social Fund.

The funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to the Worker’s Educational Association (WEA), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion.

Over the next two years, the charity will help thousands of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment.

The WEA will distribute small grants of £20,000 across Merseyside and Halton to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between April 2019 and May 2021.

Funded activities will target those aged 19 and over, from the hardest to reach communities. The funding can help all who are out of work but especially those with:

  • disabilities and long term health conditions
  • single parents
  • women
  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people over 50
  • those planning to return to the workplace after a long period of absence

Round 1 of ESF Community Grants for Liverpool City Region is now OPEN.  The closing date for electronic applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 5th June 2019please click here for information on how to apply.

For information on application scoring criteria and decision making please click here.

For any other queries please call the ESF Grants Team on 0151 243 5356 or email ESFgrantslcr@wea.org.uk.

 

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE AT OUR MEET THE FUNDER EVENT  - CLICK HERE

 

 

Recofferee 

For anyone who is in recovery from addiction and is looking for an alternative based in the community .  This is Mutual Aid led by peers for peers based on behaviour.

Come and find out more – grab a coffee and a chat with someone who is in recovery.  Free coffee, free chat in private                                                                            

To find out more look for Facebook page ACT Peer Recovery Widnes & Halton or look on the website www.act-peer-recovery.com 

Meetings will take place on Wednesdays at 11am to 12.30pm in the Tesco Cafe (cafe upstairs but lift access available)

 

 

The Price Parry Charitable Trust, are a charitable foundation which helps small projects in the Wirral area, extending to Liverpool (they will consider applications from Widnes, Runcorn and St Helens), with the focus on disadvantaged areas. Please find attached guidance and application form for your information.

If you could benefit from funding and want to find out more please contact Megan Grant on Megan.grant@Rathbones.com

The Trustees have a meeting twice a year the next meeting is on the 16th May.

 

 

The WEA has launched round 1 of its 2019-2021 ESF Community Grants programme.  It is a £2.7 million programme to tackle unemployment, with backing from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP); and managed locally by WEA.

Over the next two years, the programme will help thousands of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment.

The WEA will distribute small grants of £20,000 across Merseyside and Halton to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between April 2019 and May 2021.

Please click here to visit the WEA website for further information and how to apply.

Join Willowbrook Hospics on Sunday 19 May at the St Helens Hotel for their BIG BIG Tea Party – a special traditional afternoon tea but with entertainment, mini-pampering sessions, prize raffle and a range of stalls selling handmade goods and crafts!

Tickets are only £15 and available from The Living Well on 01744 453798 or by emailing: events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

You can also book online at: https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/bigteaparty2019

 

St Helens Street Pastors are seeking a new Coordinator to manage, promote and develop the work of St Helens Street Pastors.  The Coordinator will be responsible for the recruitment, training and support of volunteers; the administration and smooth running of the charity; and working in partnership with local churches and other agencies to further the aims of Street Pastors.

They are looking for a well-rounded individual who is enthusiastic and self-motivated; who can work well with a variety of people and organisations; and who is able to communicate effectively and inspire others about the work of Street Pastors, whilst keeping the administrative wheels rolling.

This post is for 12 hours per week, at a rate of £12 per hour.  The Coordinator will be accountable to the Board of Trustees.

There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement for this role to be a practising Christian, in line with the Street Pastors ethos and code of conduct.

The deadline for applications is Monday 13th May and interviews will be held during the week beginning 20th May (exact date and time to be confirmed).

For more information and an application pack, please contact Rev Nick White (chair of trustees) on sainthelens@streetpastors.org.uk

 

Volunteers needed for St Helens Mind Befriending Service, Befriending people in St Helens who have become isolated due to mental ill health.  You can make a difference. For more information please telephone 01744 647089 or email admin@sthelensmind.org.uk for more information.

The next Talkfest engagement events will take place during National Mental Health Awareness Week, the 13th to 19th of May. The event will have a specific focus on mental health and how to support local communities to support others who are experiencing poor mental health. At the event they will also provide an update on St Helens Cares, Shared Care Record, Contact Cares and discuss the priorities of the Peoples Board. They will also update you on the findings from February's Talkfest and the Health and Wellbeing Fair held in March

Sessions will last approximately 2 hours and will be held as follows:

Monday 13th May – Woodside Medical Centre, Woodside Road, Haydock, WA11 0NA 1.30pm arrival for 2.00pm start

Wednesday 15th May – Thatto Heath Library, Thatto Heath Road, WA10 3QX 1.00pm arrival for 1.30pm start

Thursday 16th May – Garswood Medical Centre, Billinge Road, Garswood, WN4 0XD 9.30am arrival for 10.00am start
 
As well as the dedicated events above they will also have a stand both days (Friday 17th and Saturday 18th May) at the Healthy in St Helens event, located within Parish Church, Church Square in the town centre.

During the week the team will also be attending a number of existing sessions across St Helens such as coffee mornings and Get Together sessions as well as working with local businesses and schools.

If you would like to register for an event please contact engagement@sthelensccg.nhs.uk or 01744 627596 to book your place stating your name, organisation (if applicable) and the session you would like to attend.

 

Liverpool City Region Talent Match Plus Programme, funded by the European Social Fund and Youth Employment Initiative and Big Lottery, is seeking to procure services to enhance their offer which support young people aged 15-29 who are furthest away from the labour market to progress into training, education or employment.

MYA are procuring two service providers for their Talent Match Plus project – 1. an independent evaluator; and 2. Marketing support.

Key timescales:

  • Deadline for completed applications: 10.00am 30th April 2019
  • Applications assessed: 2nd and 3rd May 2019
  • Shortlisted applicants interviewed: either 13th or 14th May 2019
  • Successful applicants informed:17th May 2019
  • Following completion of relevant SLA documentation, service delivery will begin on 1st June 2019

 

For more information please see the link below:

https://www.mya.org.uk/talent-match-plus-commissioning-opportunities/

 

Wellbeing Enterprises have produced a citizen led asset map for the Halton area, using a new app technology they have developed called "happyplace".

The report gives voice to local people to describe what assets they value in their community and why. It is hoped that the report and the data will be helpful from a town planning, conservation, and public health perspective, as well as encouraging visitors to the area.

Please also see links to:

Closing date: 30 April, 2019 4:00 pm

Hours per week: 35.00

Salary: £63,753 to £86,833

Location: No1 Mann Island, L3 1BP

Employment type: Full Time

Contract type: Permanent

Job Description:

Lead Officer – Adult Education Budget (AEB)
£63,753 – £86,833

(starting salary & incremental progression will be dependent upon experience)

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is looking for an exceptional individual to join our team and deliver their vision for an inclusive, globally competitive city region at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse. This is an exciting time, having successfully negotiated and secured a Devolution Agreement with Government and elected the City Region’s first ever metro Mayor. The devolution of the Adult Education Budget gives them the opportunity to tailor the skills and adult education system to better address the local priorities.

As the Lead Officer for AEB you will provide leadership in order to drive forward the successful delivery of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s (LCRCA) commitments in respect of the devolution of the Adult Education Budget from 2019/2020.

They are looking for an experienced manager to lead their team of education and skills professionals, working with colleagues and stakeholders across the city region, to drive the work and ensure that they maximise this opportunity.

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

https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/vacancy/4012/

 

 

Diabetes UK are currently working on a new and exciting volunteer project in Halton with the aim of raising awareness about diabetes and the prevention of Type 2 diabetes.

The number of people with diabetes is growing rapidly and Halton is no different in fact Halton has the 3rd highest population of people living with the condition in the North West of England. They want to make sure people in Halton know about diabetes, spread the prevention messages and support people living with the condition to manage it well.

They are recruiting volunteers to be part of this exciting project who have a mixture of skills, interests and ideas. Together the task force will work as a team to raise awareness in Halton about diabetes and ways of preventing Type 2 diabetes through a series of activities/events. By connecting as a group they hope that anyone involved can help to motivate, encourage and support each other throughout the project.

For more informaiton and to get involved please contact Jessica Graham on the details below:

Email: jessica.graham@diabetes.org.uk 

Phone: 01925 644 566

 

We are currently undertaking a root and branches review of what we do.  We are looking towards the future and want to ensure that we are able to support voluntary and community groups, charities and social enterprises for many years to come.

This survey involves looking in detail at everything we do.  As part of that we would like to hear from all the groups and organisations who have been in touch with us in some way over the last 12 months.  We want to find out what services have groups and organisations used and are most valuable and if there is anything we can improve on.  In such a challenging economic environment, it’s important to us to know that we are providing the right kind of support and that we’re focusing our efforts on the most relevant and appropriate services.  Even if you haven’t used all our services you can also comment on what services you think are important in our section ‘Together Moving Forward’

We’d be extremely grateful if you could spend 10 minutes completing our brief online survey so that we can take your views into account and contribute to helping us shape the future of your membership organisation as we plan our future activities. 

https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/annual-feedback-survey-2019

Halton Sensory Service

Those suffering from vision or hearing loss in Halton now have access to a specialised support service.

Halton Sensory Services opened on March 27 by the Mayor of Halton in 126 Widnes Road, Widnes, and will be a hub where residents can access information and support under one roof.

There will be a team of specialist staff experienced in sight and hearing loss, vision impairment and deafness available for general enquiries or appointments in rehabilitation, aids and adaptations.

Home visits can also be arranged for people with mobility or health issues.

The partners, Vision Support, Deafness Resource Centre and Halton Borough Council, are working together to establish the fully integrated sensory service, reducing the need for residents to contact different organisations for support with their sensory needs.

The service will also make use of a mobile unit to go to into communities to reach out to more isolated residents and to inform people of the support available.

A spokesperson for Halton Borough Council said: "Halton Sensory Services and the opening of the new base in Widnes will make a real difference to the quality of life and wellbeing of people living with sensory loss in Halton."

You can contact them on 0151 511 8801.

A £2.7 million programme to tackle unemployment has been launched in April 2019 with backing from the European Social Fund.

The funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to the Worker’s Educational Association (WEA), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion.

Over the next two years, the charity will help thousands of people who face additional barriers in the workplace, such as lone parents, improve their employability and gain permanent employment.

The WEA will distribute small grants of £20,000 across Merseyside and Halton to eligible organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector between April 2019 and May 2021.

Funded activities will target those aged 19 and over, from the hardest to reach communities. The funding can help all who are out of work but especially those with:

  • disabilities and long term health conditions
  • single parents
  • women
  • people from ethnic minorities
  • people over 50
  • those planning to return to the workplace after a long period of absence

Round 1 of ESF Community Grants will open on Wednesday 24th April 2019 

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

https://www.wea.org.uk/liverpool-city-region-esf-community-grants-2019-2021

1 x full time or 2 x 18.5 hours (job share).
Fixed term for 1 year
Secondment will be considered.
Salary: Band 6 (£30,401per annum) or pro-rated if part-time
Closing Date: Wednesday 24th April at 5pm

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a High Intensity User (HIU) Lead to join NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group and Wellbeing Enterprises CIC to work across the local health and social care system.

They are seeking an experienced, resilient and motivated individual, with experience of working with people with complex needs, as well as working within a fast-paced environment.

The successful candidate will work with a rolling cohort of patients who attend A&E, call 999 or have been admitted to hospital more than might be expected. They are looking for an individual whose ability to connect with people is strong enough to support the change in behaviour of people with even the most complex medical/social needs. The post holder will seek to appropriately reduce the number of emergency contacts and other care interactions across Halton. You will also work alongside a team of dedicated non-medical community wellbeing professionals who support people to address wider social issues impacting on health and wellbeing.

Skills required will be empathy, compassion, strong negotiation, patience and a real appetite for helping those that many others may have either forgotten about or have turned away. This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives, by putting in place interventions that reintegrate people into the local community, without the need to make demands on services that may not be the most appropriate to meet their needs . The successful candidate(s) will be working closely with Halton Clinical Commissioning Group, A&E departments at Warrington & St Helens Hospitals, Ambulance service (NWAS), Police, Local Authorities and local Community Health Teams.

The successful candidate will work a 37 hour week or 18.5 hour week (if part-time). A flexible work approach is required as there may be some out of hour’s calls i.e. evenings and weekends, as its imperative that high intensity users feel fully supported during their time on the HIU programme. Due to the requirement of the post the candidate must commit to remaining with the project for 1 year. The work will be a combination of face to face contact with high intensity users, as well as telephone contact and liaison with other service providers to support improved outcomes for service users.

For more information and how to apply please contact Wellbeing Enterprises:
Helen McPeake
E: h.mcpeake@wellbeingenterprises.org.uk
T: 01928 589 799

Job Vacancy with VSNW for a Communications Officer 

Salary:  £27,000 per annum
35 Hours per week
Working in Greater Manchester

Closing Date: 13 May 2019

Main Purpose

To lead and develop inspiring communications for Voluntary Sector North West (VSNW), supporting the work of the Chief Executive. In particular, delivering:
 
●    VSNW’s communications
●    Greater Manchester Cancer Champions’ VCSE Screening Programme communications 

Reporting Responsibility

The post holder will report to and be managed by the Chief Executive of VSNW.

Principal Duties

1.  Proactively generate high quality digital and print communications content.

2.  Lead on VCSE Screening Programme Communications Strategy, including implementation and delivery of online and tech platforms

3.  Develop and deliver VSNW’s communications and marketing strategies to reach, listen to and engage our key audiences.

4.  Deliver GM Cancer Champions’ communications and content creation using digital channels, and print, to:

  • Drive relevant traffic to the recruitment page with a focus on conversion from page visits to completing applications
  • Engage a wide variety of partners, networks and grassroots organisations to build relationships and ensure our content and conversations are shared with their contacts.
  • Effectively link with the Screening Programme’s Engagement and Delivery Team.

5. Ensure that VSNW effectively communicates with members and the broader Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. Currently this includes maintaining and creating content for the website (www.vsnw.org.uk), Twitter, Mailchimp e-bulletin and other publications/mechanisms.

6.  Create reports on the effectiveness of the strategies being used to inform and further develop the communications strategy. 

7.  Collect and collate information on project activities to enable complete and accurate completion of progress reports to commissioners and shareable content for our audiences.

General

1.      To promote and uphold the values of VSNW at all times.

2.      To continuously develop and share knowledge within key partnerships and the VSNW team.

3.      At all times to take account of equal opportunities considerations when working with the VCSE; paying particular attention to the needs and perspectives of groups and communities who are marginalised or excluded from participation in sub-regional governance.

4.      To be a co-operative and supportive member of the VSNW staff team, ensuring that all members are aware of any issues in the post holder's workload which may impact on other staff or partners.

5.      To listen to and engage North West VCSE partners to be active members of VSNW.

6.      To produce reports for the VSNW Board of Trustees as required.

7.      To observe all policies and procedures that are determined by VSNW’s Board of Trustees, e.g. Health & Safety, New Technology.

8.      To undertake regular supervision with your line manager and to keep her or him informed of significant developments in the progress of work.

9. To undertake such tasks as may be reasonably requested by the Chief Executive of VSNW to further the objects of the organisation in alignment with its values.

To apply, please download the full person specification, complete the application form and send to recruitment@vsnw.org.uk. Please state the position you are applying for in the subject line. 

Interviews are w/c 20th May 2019.

Job Description and Application form attached 

Genesis Jobs, Education & Training

Do you want a new career in Health & Social Care?

Training is available to get you ready for work.  There is an information and enrolment session on Wednesday 24th April at 10am at Genesis, 2nd Floor YMCA Beacon Building, College Street, St Helens, WA10 1TF (opposite the police station)

This is a fully accredited Health & Social Care qualification and gives learners a great introduction to the industry and readies learners for interview.  

They have 3 local employers who will be offering job interviews to learners who complete the training. 

Topics covered during the learning will include:

  • Dementia Awareness
  • The person-centred approach to the care and support of individuals with dementia
  • Understand the factors that can influence communication and interaction with individuals who have dementia
  • Understand equality, diversity and inclusion in dementia care
  • Explore principles of healthy eating
  • Consider nutritional needs of a variety of individuals
  • Use food and nutrition information to plan a healthy diet
  • The principles of weight management
  • Understanding eating disorders

This gives learners the opportunity to:  

  • Develop occupationally related knowledge and skills  
  • Develop knowledge and skills that support employability and career progression
  • Achieve a nationally-recognised Level 1 qualification 

To book a place call Joe Lennard on 01744 733 711 / 07503 963 457 

Attachment:

Easter egg quiz and trail in Taylor Park

Easter Monday, 22nd April 2019

Starting at 2.00pm

 

The Friends of Taylor Park are staging the annual easter egg quiz and trail around one of St Helens’ finest park on Easter Monday, 22nd April.

Youngsters under 12 or so, as long as they are accompanied by an adult, can take part in an easy quiz during a short walk around this fabulous park.

The first 200 to complete the walk will get a free Cadburys creme egg. There will also be 3 huge Easter eggs prizes in our draw which is open to those youngsters who complete the course.

The whole thing starts at 2.00pm from the boathouse in Taylor Park. Last quiz sheets will be issued at 3.00pm and the draw is at 4.00pm. It’s an afternoon not to be missed and the friends look forward to seeing you there.

The creme eggs are being donated by the council’s ranger service. The park (post code WA10 3HX) is located just off Prescot Road which is the main route between St Helens and Prescot. It is well served by buses and Thatto Heath Station is about 10 minutes walk away. Free public parking is available in the park at the Grosvenor Road and Holme Road entrances but it is limited. There is some on Street parking but the friends urge visitors who have to drive to be considerate of local residents when parking.  Poster attached.

Ladies badminton sessions every Tuesday, 10-11am, held at Broadway Badminton Centre, just Pay 'n Play. All equipment provided and beginners very welcome. 

Family badminton sessions run every Tuesday evening between 6-7pm at Broadway Badminton Centre. This is an open session for friends and family, everyone welcome, just turn up Pay 'n Play.

£4 per session run by Qualified Badminton England Coach and are held at Broadway Badminton Centre Broadway, Grange Park, St Helens, WA10 3RY 

 

 

Each year Earlestown Christmas Lights Committee invest into making the Town look spectacular during the festive season.  They are a very proud community and all take pride and look forward to different events throughout the year. They fund their main event which is the Earlestown Christmas Lights through various organised local events, public donations, business donations and sponsorship and also CIF funding from St Helens Council. 

The committee try to make this switch on a bigger and better event than previous years and the whole community get together and have a really enjoyable day, with fairground, attractions and market stalls before the countdown to the annual switch on of the Lights, which is usually turned on by a nominated school child. This year the annual switch on is Sunday 24th November 2019 and the event runs from 12 noon until 6pm on Earlstown Market square.

The majority of the lights are are coming up to 5 years old and some if not all may need replacing as well as buying additional ones, with this in mind they are asking if anyone would be able to donate funding for this, this is a much looked forward to event where all local schools, communities and organisations take part each year.  If you can donate please email Janine Billings on Earlestownchristmaslights@gmail.com, or phone 07817336326.

 

28 hours -£20,384 a FTE of £25,480 – Funded until September 2022

Based at head office in Warrington with a national reach and therefore travel nationwide

Purpose of Role:

Cycling Projects is a national charity that focusses on reaching connecting and weaving cycling into lifestyle of marginalised individuals and their communities. We have a particular focus on supporting people living with disabilities, inactive community members and those living with lifelong illness
This is an exciting opportunity for an individual to join a forward thinking and energetic team, as the lead person for our training programme portfolio. Cycling Projects is the largest provider of inclusive cycle training opportunities in the country, and to support the growth of our Wheels for All and Pedal Away national programmes, we want to further develop a range of training packages that support our participants, our volunteers staff and partner organisations.

The successful candidate will be responsible for co-ordinating and delivering the current range of training packages, supporting inclusive cycle delivery, community rides and maintenance programmes, as well as developing new packages. They will have the skillset and experience to manage and develop the training packages to meet the needs of everyone regardless of their ability. This role will be based at our head office in Warrington, but will travel across the country supporting our regional staff and training requirement through our partnerships and will manage our training programmes on a national scale.

Please see the attachments below for more information and application form.

For further information and an application pack please contact – Ian Tierney via email Ian.tierney@cycling.org.uk or phone 01925 234213

Closing date for returned application is Tuesday 9th April

Interviews to be held week commencing 15th April 2019

 

Job Title: Learning Disabilities Assistant
Salary: £18,000 p.a.
Hours: 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday (with some flexibility)
Responsible to: Learning Coordinator
Location: Knowsley Disability Concern, Huyton, L36 0SD and a variety of community settings across the Borough of Knowsley and occasionally further afield

Purpose of the role:
To support KDC’s vision which is for people with learning disabilities to improve their independence and be able to exercise choice and control over their lives by speaking up and having their views and wishes heard through active participation, engagement, learning and development. 

Who you are:
• You will have good organisation, administrative and time-management skills and the ability to work as part of a small team
• you will have the ability to juggle a variety of tasks whilst keeping track of the day-to-day requirements needed to provide effective administration.
• you will be flexible to the needs of the projects with a ‘can do’ attitude and ready to ‘jump-in’ and help out
• you will have ‘hands-on’ experience of working with people with learning and communication needs individually and in group settings
• you will be passionate about the rights of people with disabilities

What you would be accountable for: 
• Providing day to day support for the BIG Group and BIG Pathway projects
• Assisting with enrolment processes for BIG Pathway learners, and writing up individual learning plans
• Preparing learning resources and setting up sessions
• Providing one to one support for BIG Pathway participants in ‘classroom’ settings
• Supporting the Learning Disabilities Coordinator to develop the BIG Group through engagement with and in response to the needs and wishes of adults with learning disabilities 
• Supporting marketing and communication activities to promote the BIG Group and BIG Pathway including use of all social media platforms

Interested?
The detailed job description can be accessed from their website via the link - https://www.kdc.org.uk/learning-disabilities-projects-job-opportunities/ .

To apply, download the application and consent forms and complete in full returning them to recruitment@kdc.org.uk .

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 17 April 2019.

 

 

The Institute of Advanced Drivers Group is having an informal open 'morning' session at the Ibis Hotel, Haydock, on Sunday 28th April between 11:00am and 1:00pm, offering information and advice regarding RoadSmart courses on advanced motoring. A discount of £89 on the standard course fee of £149 is offered to drivers of 35 years and under and a discount of £50 for drivers of 60 years and over. Anybody with an interest in safer driving, saving money on fuel, vehicle wear and tear and possible car insurance is welcome. Free driving assessments can be provided on the day or at a later date and light refreshments are available.

For further information if required, Email: contact@shgam.org.uk, Web: www.shgam.org.uk, Mobile: 07849 674939 (after 6pm only)

St Helens Public Health are launching a physical activity campaign in April which aims to get the people living and working in the Borough more active.

They are promoting four activities – Walking, Running, Cycling and Swimming. Encouraging those who are currently inactive to do more physical activity. 

The campaign is for all ages and across the borough including businesses and professionals. They will be holding a number of events and challenges throughout the year to promote activities including events for workplaces. Additionally, there will be free training available for professionals on in the importance of physical activity, delivered by Public Health England. 

If you are interested and would like to find out how to get involved, please contact Emma Ciclitira on:  01744 673494 or emmaciclitira@sthelens.gov.uk

 

Become a Local Authority Foster Carer Information Session.

Interested in Fostering? Looking for a rewarding, home-based, flexible role that uses your skills with children? You could really change the lives of children and young people in the Halton area and develop a career that works for you and your circumstances. 

Come along and find out more, listen to the presentation and meet the friendly team of experienced foster carers and supervising social workers:

25 April 6pm - Castlefields Community Centre, Runcorn

21st May 2019 10am: Halton Stadium, Lower House Lane, Widnes. WA8 7DZ

If you're ready, at the end of the session, you can fill in an Expression of Interest form to take the next step.

You can find out more by access the website below or ringing 0800 195 3175
www.foster4.co.uk

In order to support the delivery of the prevention challenge across the sub region the Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership requested the development of a Population Health Framework.

Traditionally efficiencies have been delivered through improved delivery of care but meeting the current goals of saving lives, reducing morbidity, improving quality, being more cost effective and reducing inequalities requires a new solution and a focus on stemming demand through delaying or preventing the onset of need.

The Cheshire & Merseyside Population Health Framework has been developed in conjunction with Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership Prevention Board, Public Health England, Local Authorities, the NHS, the voluntary sector and third sector. It sets out evidence based guidelines partners can use to create a transformational and sustainable shift in the health and wellbeing of the Cheshire & Merseyside population.

The guidelines are not prescriptive; they aim to support prevention within local place based settings. They can therefore be adapted and interpreted at a local level.

The Population Health Framework promotes the integration of services, the development of multidisciplinary and multisector teams working together to improve population health. This includes individual care management, the mobilisation of community assets, committing to integrated care models, and making every contact count across sectors, as well as population level interventions like access to employment and workplace health and education.

In support of this approach the prevention framework provides practical suggestions for each Place Based Care System for working on population health with:

  • Local system leaders
  • General Practices or Primary Care Hubs
  • Local tertiary and acute providers
  • Communities

More information about the framework can be found in the attached documents. 

 

Healthwatch St Helens have been tasked by NHS England to do a piece of work around the NHS Long Term Plan Engagement, it is to find out about people’s experiences of health and care services in the borough and to tell them what the NHS can do to help them and their communities stay well and to make the support available better.

They have developed two surveys one for general health and one for long term conditions.  If you have more than one long term condition could you please fill out a survey for each condition that you have.  

https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do

DIABETES UK
St Helens & District Group

 
The next meeting of the St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK will be on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 7.30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King St, WA10 2JZ. The church is next to Windle Pilkington Hall. Due to a slight change to the programme the speaker will now be Michelle Cowan, thanks to Michelle for stepping in at short notice and talking about the following:- 
 
Looking after your feet when you have diabetes.
 
Michelle is an Advanced Podiatrist from the North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Trust.  Anyone with an interest in diabetes is welcome to attend, admission is free and refreshments are available after the meeting. There is also a large selection of diabetes leaflets available. If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes and have not been to a meeting before you are particularly welcome. 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, 
or go to our website at www.st-helens-and-district.diabetesukgroup.org 
 

 

The JohnPaul Project is a charitable service which aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of veterans and their families across Merseyside through targeted psychological therapies and support programmes. The project was set up memory of JohnPaul Finnigan a local veteran who sadly lost his life to suicide in 2018 after a lengthy battle with PTSD.

The project is determined to reduce the number of Veteran deaths by suicide, saving lives by using prevention strategies that are based on the best evidence available, together with supporting both veterans and their families to join us all on the road of being a survivor who is equipped to deal with the complexities that life presents.

They have produced a new promotional video supporting veterans across the Liverpool City Region:

 

The JohnPaul Project is managed and coordinated by the registered charity Caring Connections. If you would like to find out more or need support please email veterans@caringconnections.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

Mersey Gateway are offering to give presentations to local groups to hear all about the Mersey Gateway Project – one of the largest construction projects in the UK – from the construction phase to the continuing work in the environment.  If your group would like to take up the opportunity please email info@merseylink.com.

Mersey Gateway are also offering to take groups on a guided walk around Spike Island to hear about the Mersey Gateway Project, what’s going on in the environment now and in the past, and the chemical industry, if you are interested then email info@merseylink.com

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is looking for people with the passion to deliver on their vision and help them to create a truly global and competitive city region which works for everyone.  If you’re interested in a career with the Combined Authority take a look at their current opportunities.

Housing First Team Recruitment

Closing date: 15 April, 2019 4:00 pm

Hours per week: 35.00

Salary: Various

Location: No1 Mann Island, L3 1BP

Employment type: Full Time

Contract type: Fixed Term for 18 Months

View Vacancy 

 

Assistant Investment Analyst

Closing date: 24 April, 2019 4:00 pm

Hours per week: 35 hours

Salary: £21,598 - £24,284

Location: Merseyside

Employment type: Full Time

Contract type: Fixed Term for 2.5 years

View Vacancy

 

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are looking for a new Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist to join the WHH Family. 

This is a permanent, new role at Band 7 (£33,222 to £43,041 pa) Working pattern is 37.5 hours per week.

The closing date for applications is 7th April 2019 and the interviews will be taking place on 24th April 2019. 

For more information and details on how to apply please go to https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/?vac_ref=915504302

 

Keep Britain Tidy is seeking new LitterHeroes Ambassadors to join the volunteer programme and they need your help! 

The LitterHeroes Ambassador programme is for people from all walks of life who want to get their communities involved in litter picking and improving public spaces for all .

You need to be at least 18 years old, good at motivating others and willing to get outdoors and lead by example.  Applications are now open until Monday 6th May 2019 and successful applicants will be notified of next steps during the week commencing 6th May. 

All you need to do is; apply directly online via https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LHAapply2019 or email them on LHAmbassador@keepbritaintidy.org and they will send you a link to the application form, alternatively you can visit the website here for more information..

The LitterHeroes Ambassador programme is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery and aims to support community cohesion, improve public spaces and help benefit mental and physical wellbeing.

Please find attached a poster 

 

 

Job Vacancy: Telephone Helpline & Befriending Co-ordinator

  • 30 hours per week  |  Salary: £15,444
  • Closing date for applications: 7th April 2019
  • Proposed interview date: 15th April 2019
  • For an application form and pack: bethan.harries@sightline.org.uk
  • Contract: Reaching communities Big Lottery funded until February 2020

Sightline is a unique service delivering practical and emotional support to the visually impaired community through a confidential, evening, Freephone helpline. The helpline service is available to callers with any visual impairment, families, carers and professionals.

Staffed by trained visually impaired volunteers the service operates each evening between 6pm to 10pm.

The post will have its office base in Preston, but the role involves working across the North West of England. Clean driving license needed.

For more information please see attachments. 

Rosa - the UK fund for women and girls, is pleased to open the fourth round of their flagship grants programme, Voices from the Frontline. The programme offers grants of up to £5,000 to women's organisations of all sizes for advocacy, campaigning and activism.

They want to encourage applications from a wide range of women's organisations from across the UK.

The first three rounds of Voices from the Frontline have supported organisations and campaigns like the Good Night Out Campaign, an organisation working to change how licensed organisations deal with gendered violence and sexual harassment; Yorkshire Sound Women to lobby the music industry for better opportunities for women; and Women in Sport, to launch a campaign about the visibility of sporting role models for women. 

To date, Voices from the Front Line has supported more than 60 grassroots and national women’s organisations across the UK.

To apply or find out more about Voices from the Frontline please read the application guidance

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Tuesday 14th May

They will be running two 'How to apply' webinars for Voices from the Frontline. Please register below:

Wednesday 27 March 11.00 – 12.00pm Register here

Tuesday 30 April 12.30 – 1.30pm Register here

The team at Halton & St Helens VCA are sad to hear that Dr Lyons has left his role as Chair at NHS Halton CCG. We are grateful to him for his support  of voluntary sector organisations throughout his tenure. In particular, his championing of the CCG radio show (supported by the VCA) on Halton Community Radio.

Following much consideration, Dr Lyon took the difficult decision to resign from his post as Chair, with effect from 14th March 2019.

David Merrill, Vice Chair, who took up the position of Chair in the interim period, will continue to discharge the duties of Chair until a new substantive Chair has been appointed.

In terms of the next steps, discussions will be held with the CCG membership with a view to progressing the recruitment process.

Please be assured that Dr Lyon is well but he has requested that no formal leaving presentation arrangements are made. However, if you would like to extend best wishes to Dr Lyon then please feel free to send these to Dr Lyon via the Castlefields Health Centre or please contact Dr Lyon via his email address.

Changing Lives is a national charity that supports over 17,500 people each year. They are a well-respected, growing organisation dedicated to supporting the most vulnerable people across the UK. 

They began as a soup run, supporting people who were homeless in the North East over 45 years ago. Since 1970, their services have grown and developed to support people experiencing a wide range of personal challenges, including addiction and recovery programmes, employment guidance, help for people in prison or on probation, and support for people experiencing sexual exploitation or domestic abuse. 

They are looking for committed and compassionate professionals who share their enthusiasm for changing lives. 

About The Job
To provide high-quality frontline advice and support to women/men and their children fleeing domestic abuse living in the refuge.

Apply For The Job
Want to know more about this extremely exciting and rewarding opportunity? Download the full job description and application form from https://www.changing-lives.org.uk/careers/vacancies/ 

They are passionate about creating a diverse workforce and positively encourage applications from under-represented communities. 

HR017 – Refuge Project Worker

Location: Halton

Salary: £10,558.37 per annum (pro rata of £19,533)

Hours: 20 hours per week

Closing Date:  8th April 2019

Interview : TBC

Partnership Chair of the Halton Autism Action Alliance

Job Advertisement

Remuneration for the post is to the amount of £150 per half a day up to a maximum of 6 days per year.

The post is hosted by Halton Borough Council and will be filled for a period of two years on a consultancy basis paid through the local authority payroll for HMRC purposes.                           

The Halton Autism Action Alliance is looking to appoint a Partnership Chair of this newly established board, which will be responsible for the delivery of the new One Halton All-Age Autism Strategy and associated Delivery Plan.  This ambitious new strategy aims to take a more joined-up and holistic approach to developing opportunities and realising potential for people with Autism at every stage of their lives.

The Alliance brings together different organisations, services and stakeholders to create an integrated strategic planning forum that is responsible for identifying local commissioning priorities and developing/improving autism provision across the local health and social care landscape. This strategic, multi-agency approach will result in improved experiences and better outcomes for people with autism and their families/carers.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated and passionate about improving the lives of people with autism in Halton.

To be successful, applicants must have relevant experience in Autism and will need to demonstrate significant experience of working at a senior leadership level within health/social care.

The following skills and experience will also be required:

  • The ability to build and maintain strong working relationships and productive partnerships;
  • Experience of successfully chairing high-level, complex/multi-agency meetings;
  • Exceptional communication skills and political astuteness;
  • An awareness of the issues faced by people with autism and a sound knowledge of relevant legislation, good practice and guidance;
  • A commitment to delivering the strategy in collaboration with all stakeholders.

The post holder will be required to attend six board meetings per calendar year and this would include setting agendas and reading/preparing for the meetings up to a maximum of 6 days per year.

The Partnership Chair will be accountable to the Principal Social Worker/Divisional Manager for Care Management and undertake quarterly meetings to review the role.

Application Process: Cover letter detailing your suitability for the role and relevant experience, accompanied by your CV.  The letter should be no more than 3 sides of A4. 

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Marie Lynch, Divisional Manager on 0151 511 8392 or Patrick Frost, Principal Manager on 0151 511 8086.

Closing date: 31st March 2019, close of play.

Address for cover letters/CVs to be submitted:

Emma Sutton-Thompson 

Principal Manager

Policy, Performance and Customer Care

Halton Borough Council

Runcorn Town Hall

Heath Road

Runcorn

WA7 5TD

 

 

 

“Pass it on” is a new, community-wide project starting early 2019 and closing with celebration and award events in June and July 2019.

Project Aim

To create a safer, more cohesive community with early identification and improved reporting of safeguarding and vulnerability issues. Halton is a borough that has always been a welcoming and inclusive place to live and work and is becoming a more diverse community. This project offers the opportunity for us to celebrate this. They are looking for people to participate- to share their good news stories, to try any activity on being a good neighbour and to look after each other, especially those people in our community that may have care or support needs. They are leading a public campaign, joining with partners in the community, across social media, the press and hosting public celebration events. They are offering FREE Alerter Training, delivered by award-winning Geese Theatre Company; that will help people to understand how to identify and find support for those who may be at risk of harm.

Issues being dealt with through this project

Many local issues were identified in a report that was written on behalf of Halton’s Faith Sector Forum and submitted to both Halton Safeguarding Boards (Children’s and Adults). Further details are provided in ‘background’ section of the attached document. Other issues have been identified and verified by partners within the two safeguarding boards and its sub groups.

The main, but not exclusive, ones being addressed by this project are:

  • Safeguarding of adults, children and young people
  • Hate crime and harassment reduction
  • Loneliness and social isolation
  • Diversity of culture, backgrounds and circumstances eg asylum seekers, refugees
  • People who have been trafficked
  • People who have been abused
  • Vulnerability
  • The introduction of Universal Credit (UC) and its negative effects on people e.g. evictions, homelessness, rising debt, increase in use of food banks, fuel poverty, destitution. 

Please see the attached documents for more information on the awards and details on how to book on the training.  Please feel free to share and encourage people to take part!

 

Healthwatch St Helens have been tasked by NHS England to do a piece of work around the NHS Long Term Plan Engagement, it is to find out about people’s experiences of health and care services in the borough and to tell them what  the NHS can do to help them and their communities stay well and to make the support available better.

They have developed two surveys one for general health and one for long term conditions.  If you have more than one long term condition could you please fill out a survey for each condition that you have.  

https://www.healthwatch.co.uk/what-would-you-do

Its important to let them know your views so feel free to pass this information on to family and friends so they can participate and complete a survey

 

Come along to remember those that have been lost to suicide, show support for one another and help raise awereness of suicide prevention. 

The event will be on Wednesday 10th April at 7pm-9:30pm, it will be held at St Helens RFC Totally Wicked Stadium. 

If you would like to attend the memorial service, simply turn up or to reserve a seat please visit https://www.listening-ear.co.uk/ or call 0330 0889255. 

Poster attached if you would like to help publicise the event

Apex Trust are inviting Women of St Helens to join them every Wednesday from 10:00am to 3:30pm at the Womens HUB at their base in Century House, Hardshaw Street, St Helens, WA10 1QU.  There will be a variety of activities so to find out more please call Apex Trust on 01744 612898 for more details. 

Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme

If you rely on donations from individuals please note that from April 2019 the Gift Aid Small Donation Scheme limit will increase from £20 to £30.

This means charities and community amateur sports clubs can claim top-up payments on small donations up to a maximum of £2,000, You also do not need to know the identity of the donors or collect Gift Aid declarations. There is more information available on Gov.uk.

Don’t forget claim Gift Aid on your other donations.

To champion the fight against poverty and inequality enabling people to take control of their lives. Based in Liverpool but travel to the surrounding areas

Role: Money Advice Caseworker

Hours: 35 hours per week

Pay: Scale 6 point 26-28 £23,688 - £25,463 (pro rata)

Established in 1999 Raise is an advice service that supports clients within their own home with welfare benefits, money advice and financial capability advice at a specialist level. This is an opportunity to be involved in the delivery of their money advice service to clients in the Liverpool City Region. In order to achieve this they need a highly motivated individual who is passionate about empowering individuals to manage their money worries. You will be experienced in providing high level debt advice within a performance management framework. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate and work with a large variety of different people.

Closing date: Monday 25 March 12 noon
Interviews will be held on: Thursday 28 March 2019

For a job pack please visit the website www.benefitsadviceteam.co.uk or email admin@benefitsadviceteam.co.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

Free legal assistance

The Not-for-Profits Programme from Law Works is for small not-for-profit organisations that cannot afford or would struggle to pay for legal advice.

Where a not-for-profit organisation needs help with a one-off legal issue, Law Works match the organisation with a volunteer lawyer from its network of member law firms and in-house legal teams who can advise on that matter.  The advice is given for free (pro bono).

Examples of discrete matters volunteers can help with include:

  • drafting a contract
  • reviewing a lease
  • updating a constitution/articles, or
  • clarifying rights in a commercial dispute.

You can find out more about eligibility and how to apply for legal advice here

 

Self- Neglect Conference: Halton Stadium 9am-12.30pm Monday 18th March 2019

Halton Safeguarding Adults Board's would like to invite you to attend the annual awareness event, which this year focusses on Self-Neglect.

On the day they hope to raise awareness and understanding of this very sensitive and complex issue. The event is free to any adult who lives or works in Halton. This includes paid employees, volunteers, carers, including family carers, those employed through a personal budget and those who use services.  Hear from experts in the field and gain valuable tools and information to help the people you care for.

Self-neglect can be a complex and challenging issue to address, because of the need to find the right balance between respecting a person's autonomy and fulfilling a duty to protect the adult's health and wellbeing. Both perspectives can be supported by human rights arguments. SCIE. At a glance 71. Published October 2018.

The event aims:

  •          to highlight what we already know about self-neglect generally
  •          to understand what approach and support is available in Halton
  •          to identify what is needed in Halton to further help adults that may be experiencing self-neglect.
  •          to understand roles and responsibilities and address expectations of care and support

To book your place please click on the link below

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halton-safeguarding-adults-board-awareness-day-self-neglect-tickets-53680607141

Applications are now open for SSE’s biggest UK programme: the Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), supported by the National Lottery Community Fund.

They are looking for people across the UK who are starting up and growing projects that create social and environmental impact. They can help them at all stages, from idea through to scale.

The programme provides free support for a year:

  • A grant (£1,000 - £7,000)
  • A learning programme
  • Mentoring
  • A supportive community

Find out more here: http://bit.ly/lloyds2019
 

Crownway Community Centre are currently looking for people to lend a helping hand in the café for a few hours on Wednesdays and Fridays. If you are interested, please enquire in the office at Crown Street, Earlestown, Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 9DA, call 01925 22290 or email them to find out more information office@crownwaycommunitycentre.co.uk

 

Free Suicide Prevention Training at The Citadel, St Helens. On Wednesday 6th March, 11am - 12noon.

Be empowered to act!
• Learn how to spot the signs
• Learn techniques to reach out to a colleague, friend or family member you are concerned about
• Be prepared for a life-saving conversation, both in a professional & personal setting.

Free tickets available.  To book yours please call The Citadel Box Office on 01744 762300
or email: info@citadel.org.uk.

For more information, please visit: https://www.citadel.org.uk/event/zero-suicide-alliance/

Halton Carers Centre & Halton Borough Council are holding a Carers Forum on 7th March 2019 in Halton Stadium 9.30am - 2pm. The event is open for carers in Halton to come and share their views on carers services in Halton and shaping future services. On the day they will be joined by 20+ organisations in Halton who will be be holding stands to promote their services.

Lunch will be served for those who attend. Place/s must be booked, to reserve your place please contact Halton Carers Centre on 01928 580182.

Salary: £19,516 – £21,074 per annum + up to 5% pension (dependent upon experience

Contract: Fixed term to 31 March 2020

Citizens Advice St Helens is set to deliver a new service called “Universal Support: Help to Claim” which offers end-to-end support to help people make a new Universal Credit claim and be ready for when their first payment arrives.

They are looking for an adviser with good IT skills to support clients to make and complete their new Universal Credit claim, as well as a commitment to the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice Service.

You’ll have the ability to interview clients using sensitive listening and questioning skills to get to the root of the issues and empower clients, whilst maintaining structure and control of meetings

Closing date: 12 noon Friday 8th March 2019

Interview date: Tuesday 12th March 2019

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

http://sthelenscab.org.uk/vacancies/universal-support/?fbclid=IwAR1hQUM7_yqlSB01bask5E9DDAsL_zEfQoprZFSAGErwaiJkJ7jRxEhUKCw

 

 

Halton Carers Centre are facilitating a talk from ‘Captain Krankypants’ on Tuesday 12 March 2019 at Churchill Hall, Cooper Street Runcorn. Doors will be open from 12.30pm for tea/coffee for a 1.00pm start. The talk finishes at 3.00pm. Trace Dann (Captain Krankypants) is coming over from Australia and tours all over the country delivering his talks.

The talk is aimed at patients with PTSD and depression but their carers will benefit too. The talk is informative but also fun and will be in a relaxed environment. The talk highlights coping and living with these mental illnesses.

Tickets are £8 and can be bought at the door on the day.

Any queries please call Halton Carers Centre on 01928 580 182

 

Halton Safeguarding Adults Board would like to invite you to attend there annual awareness event taking place at Halton Stadium 9am - 12.30pm Monday 18th March, this year focusses on Self-Neglect.

On the day they hope to raise awareness and understanding of this very sensitive and complex issue. The event is free to any adult who lives or works in Halton. This includes paid employees, volunteers, carers, including family carers, those employed through a personal budget and those who use services.  Hear from experts in the field and gain valuable tools and information to help the people you care for.

  1. Self-neglect can be a complex and challenging issue……. to address, because of the need to find the right balance between respecting a person's autonomy and fulfilling..[a]..duty to protect the adult's health and wellbeing. Both perspectives can be supported by human rights arguments. SCIE. At a glance 71. Published October 2018.

The event aims:

  • to highlight what we already know about self-neglect generally
  • to understand what approach and support is available in Halton
  • to identify what is needed in Halton to further help adults that may be experiencing self-neglect.
  • to understand roles and responsibilities and address expectations of care and support

To book your place please follow this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halton-safeguarding-adults-board-awareness-day-self-neglect-tickets-53680607141

 

Roll up, roll up. It's that time again to get reading your triva books and stop being a couch potato. St Helens Autism & Asperger Society second annual quiz is nearing. The date for your dairies is Firday 22nd March. The place is the UNISION Club, Bishop Rd, St Helens.

Your team is only 40 answers from glory and a cash prize, or no glory and a cabbage! So if you know what the capital of Eire is or how many beans make five your're out of luck because those questions are not in it. But if you know similar things this is the place to be.

Doors open 7pm, quiz starts 7-30, cost £5pp. All are welcome whether a veteran quizzer or a virgin or there just to have a laugh with your friends

 

There is a vacancy for a Non-executive Director at Warrington and Halton NHS Foundation Trust. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

As a Non-Executive Director, you will work with other Non-Executives, the Chairman and the Executive Directors as an equal member of the Board of Directors. You will also work in partnership with the Council of Governors who is also charged with holding the Non-Executive Directors to account for the performance of the Board of Directors.

You will act as an objective member of the Board and will be required to contribute to setting the strategic direction of the Trust, participate fully in all meetings of the Board and Board Committee meetings, ensuring effective challenge, governance and compliance as well as meeting performance targets required by NHS Improvement, NHS England, the Care Quality Commission and other regulatory bodies.

You will ensure that the Board acts in the best interests of service users, carers, members and the wider public.

You will commit to working and encouraging within the Trust, the highest standards of probity, integrity and governance and contribute to ensuring that the Trust’s internal governance arrangements conform to best practice and statutory requirements.

You will be expected to use your skills together with your personal experience of the community and the NHS to guide the work of the Foundation Trust .

The time commitment is currently a minimum of 3 days a month and may be during the working day or during the evening.

Non-Executive Directors of the Trust currently receive remuneration of £12,750 per annum.

Key dates:

  • Advert Close date: 1 March 2019
  • Shortlisting: 18 March 2019
  • Interviews: 3 April 2019
  • Appointment commences: May 2019

Find out more:

If you have any queries or wish to know more, please contact Michelle Cloney, Director of HR&OD on 01925 662237 or by emailing michelle.cloney2@nhs.net

For more information and to apply, please see the attached recruitment pack

Bold Rangers JFC is thriving in the Parr Community, so need somemore volunteers to become coaches and other important roles within the club.

No training needed, just give them 12 months of your time and they will give you the training and qualifications.

So anyone who loves football and is able to commit to the kids, then they would like to hear from you.  

You can contact them through Volunteer Centre St Helens, volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk or phone 01744 751759

Aspire combat sports in partnership with the John Paul project has developed a new programme supporting veterans with PTSD / emotional health issues through Brazilian ju-jitsu.

  • Develop new skills, improve fitness and improve your emotional wellbeing
  • Develop a hobby that can last a lifetime
  • Build a new social group in a friendly environment
  • Develop effective self-defence skills taught by experts

Location:

Aspire Combat Sports Academy
818 Queens Drive
Liverpool L13 4BT

For more information and to book your place please contact them on the details below:

Telephone: 01512892761 

Email: veterans@caringconnections.org.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

The next meeting of the St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK will be on Wednesday 6th March 2019 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 Hollie Fullerton and Claire Lee, who will be talking about the following:- 

Inpatient Care for people with diabetes. Hollie and Claire are Inpatient Diabetes Specialist Nurses, who are based at the Diabetes Unit at St Helens Hospital. Anyone with an interest in diabetes is welcome to attend, admission is free and refreshments are available after the meeting.

There will also be 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 will have a warm welcome.

For further details contact C Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821 or go to their website at https://st-helens-and-district.diabetesukgroup.org/ 

Sahir House is an award-winning charity, which provides support for people living with (or affected by) HIV and delivers a range of sexual health promotion, training and information services to professionals and the wider public. The charity is looking for up to three forward-thinking trustees to drive the next stage of development.

Trustees will work with the rest of the board, and executive team, to set a refreshed vision and strategy for the charity, which is seeking to broaden its scope, making this an interesting and exciting time for someone to join.

They are seeking people who are committed to the values of the charity, who are fair but tactful communicators; who have the confidence to set and achieve high level goals and who can exercise fairness and good judgement. The current trustees have a mix of skills and experience; they are seeking to recruit new trustees who will complement their existing skills base and welcome applicants with experience in any of the following areas:

  • Financial Oversight
  • Company / Charity Law
  • Business Planning
  • Marketing, PR, Comms
  • Knowledge/experience of health and social care services

Board members are unremunerated, although out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed by the charity. Sahir House invests in the personal development of board members, ensuring their skills base increases according to the changing demands of the role and providing development opportunities.

Applicants should send a short CV (up to two pages) and a covering letter demonstrating how they meet each of the criteria in the person specification (another two pages max) and a completed equal opportunities form and email to gillian.lewis@sahir.uk.com.  If you would like an informal chat about the role, please contact Gillian Lewis on 0151 2373989 or email gillian.lewis@sahir.uk.com

All appointments are subject to satisfactory references.

  • Closing date for all application forms: 12th March 2019 (10am)
  • Interviews will be held w/c 25th March

Sahir House welcomes diversity and hopes to get applications from all sections of the community. We always encourage applications from groups which reflect Sahir House service user population – HIV positive people, disabled people, people from BAME groups, LGBT people & refugee communities

Salsa Night, Fri 7th June 7.30-10.30pm. £7.50, payable on booking, non-refundable. (hot supper, bring your own tipple), at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes. Join in the dancing or just  enjoy the music, demonstrations and help for beginners. To book or for more information, please contact Linda or Alison on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk. Address: St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. Cheques pyable to Halton & St Helens VCA.

Llandudno Trip, Thurs 6th June 9.15-5pm. £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 trip to Llandudno. To book or for more information, please contact Linda or Alison on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk. Address: St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. Cheques pyable to Halton & St Helens VCA.

Widnes Promotion Event, Wed 5th June 10-1pm Free, Widnes indoor market. Come and chat with Volunteer Centre staff who will be promoting the latest volunteering opportunities from across Halton and beyond. Book a slot for your group to promote themselves - sorry no fundraising. To book or for more information, please contact Linda or Alison on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk. Address: St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB 

Afternoon Tea on the Daniel Adamson, Tues 4th 1-3.30pm £4.50 payable on booking, non-refundable (cream scones, cakes and a hot drink). Enjoy cakes and a cuppa on board this historic steam tug, whilst moored at Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge. Live easy listening music. Optional free boat tour. Pay bar open. On X2 & X30 bus routes. Please note:  Not suitable for those with limited mobility. Very limited parking.To book or for more information, please contact Linda or Alison on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk. Address: St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB (cheques payable to Halton & St Helens VCA)

Quiz Night Monday 3 June 7.30-10pm. Free, (sandwiches, bring your own tipple) at St Marie's, Lugsdale Road, Widnes WA8 6DB. For teams of up to 6 people - at least one must be a volunteer. Need help raising a full team? We can help you partner with another organisation. For more information or to book a table contact Linda or Alison on: 01928 593112 email: volunteerhalton@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Saints Community Foundation are coming together with YMCA St Helens, Y Sports, Teardrops and St Helens Sports Development to host a sleep out as part of the national YMCA Sleep Easy week, sleeping out in the Totally Wicked stadium for one night as part of the Saints Sleep Easy Fundraising event..

Taking place on Friday 15th March 2019, as part of YMCA’s National Sleep Easy Week, the Saints Community Sleep out will ask those taking part to give up the comfort of their own bed for the night and commit to raising Funds to be split three ways between SCDF, YMCA St Helens Sports and Teardrops.

One night can make a lot of difference to a homeless person and by sleeping out and raising funds you can make a difference too, so sleeping rough so that others wont have to.  

There is a £20 registration fee to take part and participants are asked to raise funds through sponsorship. Under 16s cost £10 and the minimum age limit is 14 (accompanied by an adult)

To take part in the saints Sleep out book online at saintssuperstore.com or call 01744 455052

 

What is Help to Save?

Help to Save is a new government saving scheme to support working people on  tax credits and Universal Credit build their savings. You can save between £1 and £50 every calendar month and accounts last for four years from the date you open the account.

Within these limits how much you save and when you pay in is up to you. After two years, you’ll get a 50% tax-free bonus on your savings. And if you continue saving you could get another 50% tax-free bonus after four years. This means you could receive tax-free bonuses worth up to £1,200, to spend how you like.

How to apply

Opening an online account is simple. Customers can check their eligibility and open an online account within minutes. You can do this at gov.uk/helptosave or through the HMRC app.

If you don’t have access to the internet, you can still get an account by calling 0300 322 7093. 

More information is attached to help you publicise this through your networks and a useful Top ten of what you need to know if you want to apply for an account.

With your help we will seek to improve the lives of older people who find themselves unable to manage in their current environment. As a volunteer your role will be flexible but will benefit people who may need practical support to do with their home and environment, or to help them reintegrate with others or join in leisure or activity groups, which will prevent isolation and loneliness, helping improve health and wellbeing. There will be training and support to assist you with this role, and become part of our volunteering team. We will work to your strengths and abilities.

The Staying Home Project is being extended to support vulnerable and isolated St Helens residents over the age of 55 to enable them to remain independent by experiencing a better quality of life. Volunteers will spend up to six months with an individual supporting them to access groups and activities with the ultimate aim that the individual will make friends and contacts, build confidence and continue with the activities without the volunteer.

A warm caring attitude is essential.  Excellent active listening skills. Good communication. Reliability is a must.  A desire to help others. Life experience.  I.T skills, optional.  An open friendly attitude.  Willingness to work in different sites within the borough.  Patience.  Willingness to use own car to travel to venues or take people to activities is desirable but not essential.  This role requires a DBS check.

Interested?  Contact the Volunteer Centre on 01744 751759 or email volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

 

Women First Fund

Smallwood Trust are inviting applications for projects that demonstrate good practice in achieving outcomes for women on low incomes by building their skills, confidence and aspirations to enable them to enter into employment. 

The fund is open to charities, social enterprises and other non-profit organisations who have projects that support their mission of enabling women to become financially resilient. Please note, they are looking to fund existing projects that show evidence of good practice.

In this funding round they are prioritising applications from:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Newcastle, Teesside and other parts of the North East
  • Hull and Humberside
  • Leeds and Bradford
  • Sheffield
  • Merseyside
  • Rural communities in Kent, Cornwall, Cumbria, Dorset and Norfolk 

Organisations can apply for grants of £10,000 to £15,000. They expect to award 10 -15 grants in this round.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply please visit https://www.smallwoodtrust.org.uk/women-first.

The deadline for completed applications is 5pm on Monday 4th March 2019.

The successful applicants are expected to be notified in May 2019.

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) has launched a new scheme for charities and other organisations to apply more quickly to become registered advisors to EU citizens when they apply to settle in the UK.

The scheme is aimed at smaller, community-based charities and other organisations, including faith-based and local advice groups.

Successful applicants will be able to provide basic ‘level 1’ advice (solely on EU settlement), without needing to complete the written exam, which is usually part of the application process.

The streamlined process will allow applications to be considered more quickly, with decisions expected 4 to 6 weeks after receipt.

It is a criminal offence for a person to provide immigration advice or services in the UK unless their organisation is regulated by the OISC or meets certain other specific criteria.

Details about what assistance can be given to migrants without the requirement to be regulated can be found in the OISC immigration assistance document.

Further guidance for the Community and Voluntary Sector about registering with the OISC, as well as information on the new EU settlement scheme registration is available on the OISC website.

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

Runcorn Sea Cadets are looking for enthusiastic and passionate volunteers to organise activities for young people and become Sea Cadet Volunteer Instructors. As a volunteer, you really can make a huge positive difference to the lives of young people from our region. Sea Cadets Volunteers come from all walks of life and no previous experience or qualifications are necessary as full training will be given. Please contact runcorn291@gmail.com for more information!

Have you served in the armed forces? In any capacity? Worried about housing, benefits? Or feeling isolated? The Merseyside Aged Veterans partnership helps older veterans in Merseyside who are struggling with a range of different issues.

Shelter offer practical support on:

  • Housing issues, such as poor living conditions, problems with renting or eviction, or home adaptations.
  • Financial issues, including making sure you are receiving the benefits you’re entitled to.
  • Isolation and loneliness, through activities and events.

If you’d like support, please call Shelter on 0344 515 1900 or email MerseysideASG@shelter.org.uk and they will link you to the right services based on your situation.

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What are Children’s Mental Health Week and Time to Talk Day?

Children’s Mental Health Week and Time to Talk (TTT) Day are held each year in February. TTT is an annual awareness raising event promoted by Time to Change (please see https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/timetotalkday for more information and downloadable resources).

This year's theme for Children’s Mental Health Week is about being Healthy: Inside and Out, and the Time to Change theme for Time to Talk Day is all about bringing together the right ingredients to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking.

With the above in mind, the Healthy Living Team is holding a week long campaign at a local primary school.  This will incorporate training and promotion of mental health related topics and messages such as Basic Mental Health Awareness and 5 Ways to Wellbeing to children, parents and staff, with a coffee afternoon to encourage social interaction – an important factor in reducing mental ill health and improving well- being.

Why is it important?

Mental health problems affect 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives.

1 in 4 adults in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year Depression and Anxiety impact on our ability to work, and to work productively. Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, the leading cause of disability. More than 260 million are living with anxiety disorders. Many of these people live with both.

More than 800,000 people take their lives each year across the world and up to 25 times as many make a suicide attempt. In the UK and ROI, more than 6,000 people die by suicide a year - an average of 18 a day.

Reaching out to people who are going through a difficult time or have become disconnected from others can be a game changer. Those who are feeling low or suicidal often feel worthless and think that no-one cares. Small things like hearing from friends or family, feeling listened to or just being asked the question 'are you ok?' can make a huge difference.

What you can do

Focusing on 5 Ways to Wellbeing #5waystowellbeing can help us to maintain or improve our mental health and wellbeing, to keep us well mentally, physically and cognitively and improve our self-esteem and self-confidence.  Being mindful (in the moment) of ourselves and the world around us, is part of the 5 Ways theme, and can help to improve our wellbeing.

Start a conversation today if you think a friend, colleague or family member may be struggling. You can also join us on Twitter to spread the word using the #itsokaytotalk

When a person reaches a point where they are focused on taking their life, they’ve often lost sight of trying to find a way through their problems. This period usually only lasts a short while and often it doesn’t take a huge amount to bring someone back from that decision – something as simple as asking, ‘are you ok?’ can be enough to move someone out of suicidal crisis.

How can people reach out?

It can be daunting to approach someone who is struggling to cope; you may not know what to say or worry that you'll make things worse. However, you don’t need to be an expert. Often, just asking if someone's OK can give people the confidence to open up about how they're feeling.  The information shown in the attachement below are useful resources in supporting you or others who may be experiencing mental ill health.

 

 

 

Are you a voluntary and community organisation (VCO) or a not-for-profit group?

Do you require research, policy review or a work based learning research project that will support the aims of your organisation?

Are you looking to expand your knowledge base?

Can you support a Student Community Researcher for 12 or 20weeks?

If you have answered yes to any of the above then you SHOULD read on about

The Interchange Experience (T.I.E.) 

Who are Interchange?

Interchange is a registered charity that connects Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with Voluntary and Community Organisations (VCOs) for the purpose of research, policy review and work-based learning research projects. 

Interchange staff will work with you and your organisation to create and/or develop one or more of your research or policy review ideas.  Working together they will produce a research or policy review project brief. 

They will then provide a Student with the opportunity to work with a VCO and carry out a piece of work that will assist your organisation with areas to include:

  • Evaluating a service provision;       
  • Business Planning;
  • Increasing service provision           
  • Annual Reports;
  • Becoming more sustainable;          
  • Improving services;           
  • Funding applications;                     
  • Policy Reviews
  • Gaps in knowledge from a specific area

Where is Interchange based?

They are based in one of their partner organisations, the University of Liverpool, Bedford Street South, Liverpool. 

Which area do they work in?

They work with VCOs mainly in the Greater Merseyside area.  They can also provide Student Community Researchers to VCOs across the North West and North Wales.

Who are the Students?

Their students are 3rd Yr Undergraduate students mainly from the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology within the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool. 

How will TIE and a Student benefit your organisation?

Both the VCO and the Student will benefit from this experience as VCOs will receive an in-depth report on a specific area of your work and Students will have the opportunity of working in the ‘real time’ VCO sector.  Working together, they will develop a research or policy review brief.  A Student will undertake your project and carry out the research or policy review.

When will the Students start?

Students will start in September 2019 and produce a final report for you in January 2020 (for Policy Review) and in May 2020 for the Research Report.

Is there a charge for this service?

They make no charge for this service – but ask that you meet the travel costs and pay for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if required.

What do VCOs do next?

If you have a research or policy review idea, then please complete the attached form and email it to the email below as soon as possible

interchange@liverpool.ac.uk

Once Interchange has received your form they will then arrange a meeting to discuss further.

If you have any queries or would like to talk to the Interchange before completing the form then please contact: 

Claudette or Alishia on

Tel: 0151 794 2986 / 0151 795 8684

 Email: interchange@liverpool.ac.uk

One Halton Transformation Programme are looking for someone who is highly motivated, innovative and experienced in project/programme support along with significant administrative experience to work with them to deliver a challenging but exciting programme of change.

They are currently working with a wide range of stakeholders across Health and Social Care to identify opportunities and transformation schemes for the next 5 years. They are working in partnership with a range of organisations across our health economy to deliver our Strategic Vision.

First and foremost they are highly committed to providing the best possible care to the people they serve. To do that they make sure their systems and processes are tip top and that they invest heavily in employing and keeping highly skilled, committed staff by ensuring they work in a stimulating environment that provides professional development opportunities.

In particular the post holder will be required to provide a comprehensive administrative and project support service to the One Halton Programme Management Office, including proactively providing general administrative and secretarial services to the One Halton Board and associated meetings.

They are looking for an experienced administrator who can arrange, attend and minute meetings across the borough. As the meetings involve a variety of stakeholders the post holder will need access to a car to be able to travel to these meetings.

This is a 12 month fixed term post. Secondments would be considered.

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

Employer: Halton Clinical Commissioning Group

Department: Project Administration

Location: Runcorn Town Hall, Runcorn

Salary: £20,150- £23, 363 pa

Closing Date: 13th February 2019

For more informaition and to apply please click the link below:

https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/?vac_ref=915438938

For informal discussions or any further information please contact Sophie Bartsch, One Halton Project Manager on 01928 593016 or sophie.bartsch@nhs.net

 

 

St Helens Youth Aspergers Social Group is a registered charity that helps and supports Autistic teenagers. 

The main goal for this role is to help organise activies, to provide peer support and get involved with the teenagers whist they play games and activies.  Also attend occasional social trips to the bowling ally and laser tag ect. 

They ask that the volunteer gives 2 hours of their time fortnightly 7-9pm on a Tuesday at The P.E.R.T.H centre Thatto Heath. 

For all enquires please email aspergersthelens@hotmail.co.uk 

The Next Volunteer Managers/Co-ordinators Forum will be on Tuesday 30 April 2019 - 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

 

 

FREE event on Sunday 17th February 2019. 11am-3pm. Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Tudor Road, Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1SX

The Snowdrop Walk is a special day to remember the babies and children who have died and the children who are bereaved each year.

Norton Priory have very kindly opened the stunning Walled Garden, exclusively for Child Bereavement UK.  It will be available for you to explore at your leisure with the addition of a children’s Treasure Hunt where they receive a fun-filled goody bag at the end.

Snowdrops are available for purchase on the day and charity staff and volunteers will be on hand to help with the planting at a dedicated area within Norton Priory.

Refreshments will be available from the traditional Straw Bale building.

Only guide and hearing dogs are permitted within the Walled Garden.

If you have any questions about the event, please don’t hesitate to contact Seb on sebastian.farrell@childbereavementuk.org or on 01928 573539  

There are many ways you can volunteer but here are 3 opportunities that need volunteers and can offer different challenges.  If you are interested in any of them, please get in touch with the Volunteer Centre to discuss. 01744 751759 / volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

The Staying Home Project

With your help we will seek to improve the lives of older people who find themselves unable to manage in their current environment. As a volunteer your role will be flexible but will benefit people who may need practical support to do with their home and environment, or to help them reintegrate with others or join in leisure or activity groups, which will prevent isolation and loneliness, helping improve health and wellbeing. There will be training and support to assist you with this role, and become part of our volunteering team. We will work to your strengths and abilities.

The Staying Home Project is being extended to support vulnerable and isolated St Helens residents over the age of 55 to enable them to remain independent by experiencing a better quality of life. Volunteers will spend up to six months with an individual supporting them to access groups and activities with the ultimate aim that the individual will make friends and contacts, build confidence and continue with the activities without the volunteer.

A warm caring attitude is essential.  Excellent active listening skills. Good communication. Reliability is a must.  A desire to help others. Life experience.  I.T skills, optional.  An open friendly attitude.  Willingness to work in different sites within the borough.  Patience.  Willingness to use own car to travel to venues or take people to activities is desirable but not essential.  This role requires a DBS check.

Independent Visitor

Independent Visitors are adult volunteers who befriend children and young people who are looked after by St Helens Council. You will be matched with a young person in care based on age, interests, likes and dislikes and will visit them every month. You will offer support, advice, guidance and take them out on activitities of their choice. You don't need special qualifications but patience, stamina and a non-judgemental attitude is essential.

We are looking for someone with good life skills, communication skills and the ability to understand the circumstances of looked after young people.  This role will require a DBS check.

Social Group Volunteer

The Aspergers Social group, which is a charitable group run by trustees to provide a social group for teenagers with ASD and Aspergers, help them make friends and socialise in a safe environment. We run like a youth group from the PERTH Centre in Thatto Heath, and hold fortnightly meetings every alternate Tuesday 7-9pm. If you have friends or siblings who have ASD, and feel you can commit a few hours to help develop social skills among high school age children and have some fun at the same time, please get in touch.

A person with a non judgmental attitude, patience and good communication skills

For more information about any of these roles or the many other volunteer opportunites we have, please contact us on:

Telephone: 01744 751759

email: volunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

 

 

Taking volunteers into your organisation can make a massive difference not only to you but to your service users and the volunteers.  Don’t take our word for it, read what a volunteer and a volunteer involving organisation think:

The Volunteer

I enjoyed working at the playscheme. It was fun watching and playing with the children. I found it very enjoyable. The children were all well-mannered and polite. The playscheme staff were so kind and friendly, they all made me feel very welcome.

I enjoyed volunteering over the summer as it gave me something to do, rather than just sitting at home all day doing nothing. It made me challenge myself, as you cannot talk to children the way you do with your friends or adults. You have to think like them, and almost put yourself in their shoes. When we got to the last session, I was sad, because I did not want it to end.

If you find yourself having nothing to do, I cannot recommend volunteering enough to you. If you are a student, it looks great to your college, and it is something that looks good on your CV. It also gives back to your community and, in the end; you could be making an impact on someone’s life.    

The Organisation

Just emailing to say we were delighted to receive 2 responses to our 'advert' for our Summer Playscheme at Chain Lane Community Centre. One of the respondents gained employment and so wasn't able to join us, but one volunteer joined us and was an excellent addition to our staff team. She has asked to join us again next year - and offered her services for other volunteering at the Centre. We hope she will become a regular member of our Summer Playscheme staff.

 

This really demonstrates the value of recruiting through the Volunteer Centre in St. Helens.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering or registering your voluntary opportunities with us please contact us:

Telephone: 01744 751759

emailvolunteersthelens@haltonsthelensvca.org.uk

Willowbrook Hospice Fundraising Team is excited to announce the return of Bananaz Bingo – a wild night of partying, music and dancing … with a bit of bingo thrown in!

Bingo-goers are welcomed to join in the fun at Rainhill Ex Services Club on 8 March, starting from 7pm, with tickets only £15 which includes bingo books, pens and a glass of prosecco

Melissa Kenny, Community fundraising officer for Willowbrook Hospice, said: “Following the success of last year’s events, Bananaz Bingo is becoming a regular feature on the Willowbrook Fundraising Calendar. Bananaz is a great night out for anyone who ‘up for a laugh’! There’ll be music and dancing as well as the traditional elements of bingo with a chance to win some fabulous prizes.  Every penny raised at the event helps Willowbrook continue to care and support local people and their families, so why not get together with your family and friends and come and join us for a fantastic evening which definitely puts the ‘fun’ in fundraising!”

Tickets are available online at https://willowbrookhospice.charitycheckout.co.uk/bananaz-bingo#!/ or by ringing 01744 453798 or emailing events@willowbrookhospice.org.uk.

As the Government has increased its planning for a "no deal" Brexit, growth hubs around the country are seeking insights from local businesses to inform a cross-departmental intelligence gathering commission.

The Liverpoool City Region Growth Hub are encouraging businesses to provide their insights via this Brexit preparation local insights survey.

https://activeprofile.typeform.com/to/H2bXRP

The survey questions are as follows

  • How do you think the UK leaving the EU is going to impact your business / organisation? Will this be a positive or negative impact? 
  • What are your top five priorities regarding your business right now? 
  • Do you have any concerns regarding the UK leaving the EU in relation to your business operations? If so, what are these? 
  • Are you undertaking any activities to prepare your business for EU exit? If so, what are these? If not, please explain why?  
  • What are the upcoming issues / challenges your business is facing (i.e. looking to the short, medium and long term)?  
  • What are the barriers / blockers to progress faced by your business / organisation right now? 
  • Where would you look for business advice regarding the UK leaving the EU? 
  • Through what avenues / in what formats would you find advice regarding Brexit most useful? (e.g. tools, questionnaires, articles, videos, telephone hotline, face-to-face help etc.) 
  • Do you have any additional thoughts you would like to add? 

The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. It is an opportunity for businesses to feedback their thoughts to the Government via a cross-party unit comprising the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. 

As a reminder, the official advice to businesses for a potential “no deal” Brexit can be found on the gov.uk website, with any new guidance and assets to be published in a dedicated Brexit section. The BBC have also published a Brexit Checklist to help businesses consider the changes that Brexit may bring to your firm, and to help business planning at both operational and Board levels. 

 

The New St.Helens Borough Local Plan 2020-2035

St.Helens Council is preparing a new Local Plan. This Plan will set how much new development for housing, employment and other uses should take place in the Borough. It will identify where new development should take place and set out the policies for assessing planning applications.

Have your say on the St Helens Local Plan

They have prepared the next stage of the new Local Plan,known as the Submission Draft.  They are holding a number of local drop in sessions in neighbourhoods across St Helens. These sessions are open to all and will give you an opportunity to ask questions about the Local Plan and how to make your comments.

Drop-in' Events
The events are as follows:

 

  • St John Vianney School, Thatto Heath – Tuesday 12th February, 2pm–6.30pm
  • Newton Library, Newton-le-Willows – Thursday 14th February, 2pm–6.30pm
  • St Julie’s Church Hall, Eccleston – Monday 18th February, 2pm–6.30pm
  • Billinge Road Community Hall, Garswood – Wednesday 20th February, 2pm–6.30pm
  • Haydock Library, Haydock – Monday 25th February, 2pm–6.30pm
  • Chester Lane Library – Tuesday 26th February, 2pm–6.30pm
  • Rainford Village Hall, Rainford – Thursday 28th February, 2pm–6.30pm

For more information on the Local Plan visit: sthelens.gov.uk/localplan

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The FSI's popular small charity training is back in Liverpool this 17th April, with support from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Explore 3 different courses covering topics including developing a case for support, fundraising strategy and corporate relationships.

The Liverpool event will offer 60 delegate training places so that all small charities, wherever they are, can access the skills they need to become self-sustaining. This training day is part of the Small Local Charities and Community Groups Training Programme.

Training sessions cover a wide range of fundraising techniques and back office skills delivered by experienced and knowledgeable trainers.

Venue: Gateway Conference Centre, 71 London Road, Liverpool, L3 8HY.
Time: 9.45am – 4.30pm (registration from 9.15am)

To find out more and to book your place, please click the link below:

https://bit.ly/2APQSY2 

SERVICE:  Halton Integrated Recovery Service

SALARY:  £17,078.83 - £17,848.98

HOURS: 37.5

CLOSING DATE: Thursday, 31 January 2019 - 11:45pm

JOB REFERENCE: CGL2987

A vacancy has arisen within the service for an administrator. You will work as part of a small team of full time administrators and volunteers in ensuring that all of the administrative systems and processes required in running a busy substance misuse service are established and function efficiently.  As well as taking part in reception and front line delivery duties as part of a wider team, you will be expected to provide day to day support to the recovery workers and managers.  You will work on the production of a prescription generating process, as well as supporting the supply of goods services and utilities required in maintaining quality service delivery. 

You will have excellent engagement skills, be committed to high quality service provision and the active involvement of service users. You will have relevant qualifications, or experience.

Change, Grow, Live are committed to creating an inclusive environment, which celebrates difference and allows staff and service users to flourish. They recruit the very best staff from a wide range of backgrounds, ensuring service user’s benefit from our diverse skills and expertise. They always work to the principles of fairness and equality of opportunity in all their recruitment processes.

They also expect an assertive approach to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults, and applicants to these posts will need to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to best safeguarding practice.

To find out more and how to apply, please click the link below:

https://www.changegrowlive.org/vacancy/project-administrator-halton-cgl2987

Research shows that social Isolation and loneliness is harmful to your health. There are nine million lonely people in the UK and four million of those are older people. Loneliness is one of the biggest public health challenges of our time, associated with higher risks of mortality and morbidity.

The good news is that people can ‘recover’ from loneliness. Community life, social connections and active citizenship are all key factors that can enhance a person’s wellbeing and reduce the feeling of loneliness.

The purpose of the Halton Loneliness conference is to bring together people from across Halton including local residents, businesses, schools, housing providers, local police, community leads and health and social care organisations and the voluntary sector to discuss how we can tackle loneliness in Halton.

They will be holding a series of breakout workshops to look at how to identify and help people in Halton who are lonely and more fundamentally make a pledge to end loneliness in our community.

If you cannot attend for the whole day, you are still welcome to come along to any of the workshops.

The Halton organisations supporting the conference are:

Halton Borough Council
Deafness Resource Centre
Royal Voluntary Service
Age UK Mid Mersey
Vision Support
Cheshire Fire Service
Cheshire Police
Halton Open
British Red Cross
Community Connectors

Date And Time

Thu, 7 February 2019

10:00 – 15:00 GMT

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Location

Halton Stadium
Lower House Lane
Widnes
WA8 7DZ

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To find out more and to book your place, please click the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halton-loneliness-conference-registration-54593409357

 

#HaltOnLoneliness

We all go through times in our lives when we are either too busy or lack the motivation to look after ourselves properly. Between work, taking care of kids or relatives, paying bills, making meals, and so many other responsibilities to juggle, it can seem almost impossible most days to fit in time to take care of yourself too.

Willowbrook’s Holistic Support Services, based at The Living Well on Borough Road, St Helens, is offering a ten week programme of workshops and activities to help local people improve their health and wellbeing by enjoying some ‘me time’.

Focusing on developing confidence, self-esteem and independence, the sessions are led by volunteers and take place every Tuesday - the next programme starting on 12 February, the following programme beginning 23 April.

Available sessions are: Creative wellbeing, Wellness for you and Complementary therapy with participants able to pre-book a programme of 10 individual sessions at £2 each week, ‘pick and mix’ or sign up for the whole day of activities at a reduced rate of £5 per week.*

The Holistic Support Services is based in an informal but supportive setting with sessions open to anyone aged over 18 living in either St Helens or Knowsley.  

For more information or to book onto the programme, please contact Debbie Ryan on 01744 646810 or email debbier@willowbrookhospice.org.uk

*Participants must pre-book for the 10 week programme.

Do you have spare time once a month? Are you able to make a long term commitment to a young person in care for a minimum of two years? NYAS are looking for adults of all ages and from all walks of life who relate well to young people to become a Volunteer Independent Visitor. No formal experience necessary as full training and induction provided including out of pocket expenses. Interested & would like more information? Please contact Di Watmough diane.watmough@nyas.net More details on NYAS website www.nyas.net.

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Young Carers Awareness Day 31st January 2019 is focusing on Mental Health and encouraging #CareForMeToo.

Halton Carers Centre have organised an event at St Marie’s Church, Lugsdale Road Widnes, for Young Carers and their families to attend the Market Place of organisations that work with Young people across Halton. This will show case different hobbies, interests and social clubs that are available.

There will also be an opportunity to meet The Young Carers Team and find out what activities and trips they have planned.

The event is free of charge and will be starting 5pm-7pm.

Come along to Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 and find out what activites for young people are on offer in your local area. 

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Halton Peoples Health Forum have two forums taking place next month;

Widnes
Thursday 7th February 2019
1.30pm – 3.30pm
Halton Stadium, Widnes

Runcorn
Wednesday 13th February 2019
1.30pm – 3.30pm
Grangeway Community Centre, Runcorn

All forums are free to attend.

The main topic of conversation will be the development of the Urgent Care Centres into Urgent Treatment Centres. The commissioners will explain about the additional services that will be provided and talk about the possibility of changing the opening times.

They will also be discussing Care Navigation, and how it is progressing around the Borough.

It will be great if you get the chance to join them at any of the meetings, and as always there is more information avalaible online at http://www.haltonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/health-forums you can also email them at engagement@haltonccg.nhs.uk or even call on 01928 593479.

 

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Halton Play Council's Open Access Playschemes will be starting Monday 11th to Thursday 14th February.

It will start at 10AM-12.30PM and 1.30–4PM and will be £1 per session. 

Open Accsess Playschemes will be suitable for ages 5 to 12 years old.

If you would like to join in or know someone who would you can find the playscheme at St Peter & Paul High School, Highfield Road, Widnes and Holy Spirit Primary Cotterill, Runcorn.

For anymore information please contact Halton Play Council on 01928 574087.

The Oglesby Charitable Trust has just launched a new £275,000 fund focused on supporting people who are refugees or seeking asylum in the North West of England.

Spotlight is their first fund that is open to proposals, rather than invitation-only. They hope that this approach creates an opportunity for the learning, ideas and contributions of those working at the grass roots to be heard – enabling even the smallest organisations to tell them where their support would be most effective.

They have set up a simple application process, consisting initially of a two-page outline proposal. Applications can be for one-off or multi-year projects up to a total value of £20,000 per year, and must be for direct work with people who are refugees or seeking asylum. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 4th February.

More information can be found at www.thespotlightfund.org.uk. or the attachment below.

 

Are you a voluntary organisation or community group based in Halton and want to share information about your service directly to the people who need it most? Then Wellbeing Enterprises can help! Contact Katherine on 01928 589799 and find out how you could promote your service in all GP Practices across the borough today. They can help you connect with your community!

The Mayor of St Helens Charity Valentines Ball.

The Ball is on Saturday 16th February from 7pm till late at the Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens RFC, McManus Drive, St Helens, WA9 3AL.  The Mayor's chosen charities are The Steve Prescott Foundation and The Diabetes Centre of St Helens Hospital, tickets are £40 and include a three course meal and great entertainment from Marble Eyes and Olivia Parr, Disco from DJ Terryokee.  To reserve a place or for further information contact info@steveprescottfoundation.co.uk or purchase online at www.eventbrite.com/e/mayors-charity-valentine-ball-tickets-52817796451

Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation Orders are civil injunctions that offer a legal means to protect and safeguard both victims of, and potential victims of these harmful practices. The process to obtain an order is very simple, and their effects can have a significant positive impact on the life of the person to be protected.

This event aims to raise awareness of the scope and effectiveness of the orders, along with a practical guide to applying, with the aim of encouraging professionals to always consider them in any safeguarding plans.

What can you expect to learn?

  • What is FGM?
  • What is Forced Marriage and so called ‘Honour Based’ Violence?
  • How to identity risk
  • Powerful survivor experience
  • The practicalities of obtaining an order
  • Tools to assist in the application
  • Application of learning - case studies

Who is the event aimed at?

  • Social Workers
  • Police
  • Those working in the family and criminal courts
  • Legal professionals
  • Health professionals
  • Education professionals
  • NGO’s
  • Safeguarding charities
  • In fact, anyone that might be able to make a difference in someone’s life by advising them or assisting in applying for an order.

This event is FREE to attend and is being delivered by the Home Office in partnership with Ministry of Justice, Merseyside Police and the National FGM Centre.

To book a place please follow the link: https://gov.smartwebportal.co.uk/homeoffice/public/webform.asp?id=139&id2=30E342

There is limited availability for this event which is expected to be very popular. To this end, they ask that anyone that is unable to attend after having registered please advise as soon as possible on the email address below to allow your place to be reallocated. A waiting list is available.

Refreshments

Please note that tea/coffee will be provided, however there is no lunch provided for this event.  Canteen facilities are available at the venue.  There are also cafes and shops within a few minutes’ walk.   You are welcome to bring your own refreshments with you.

Directions

You are advised to travel by public transport.  There are excellent links to Liverpool by bus or train.  The venue is next to Liverpool One Bus Station.  The mainline train station is Liverpool Lime Street where you can transfer to the lower level and take the Merseyrail service to James Street train station and walk through Liverpool One shopping area to Police Headquarters.

If travelling by car, follow the brown tourist signs for Liverpool Waterfront and Albert Dock. Merseyside Police Headquarters is opposite the Albert Dock.   

Parking

There is no parking available at the venue.   However, there are several car parks available at a charge in the city centre.

For all booking enquiries contact

There is limited availability for this event which we expect to be very popular. To this end, we ask that anyone that is unable to attend after having registered please advise as soon as possible on the email address below to allow your place to be reallocated. A waiting list is available.

Refreshments

Please note that tea/coffee will be provided, however there is no lunch provided for this event.  Canteen facilities are available at the venue.  There are also cafes and shops within a few minutes’ walk.   You are welcome to bring your own refreshments with you.

Directions

You are advised to travel by public transport.  There are excellent links to Liverpool by bus or train.  The venue is next to Liverpool One Bus Station.  The mainline train station is Liverpool Lime Street where you can transfer to the lower level and take the Merseyrail service to James Street train station and walk through Liverpool One shopping area to Police Headquarters.

If travelling by car, follow the brown tourist signs for Liverpool Waterfront and Albert Dock. Merseyside Police Headquarters is opposite the Albert Dock.   

Parking

There is no parking available at the venue.   However, there are several car parks available at a charge in the city centre.

For all booking enquiries contact Gillian.Squires1@homeoffice.gov.uk

Please read carefully before booking:

  • This is a free event however you are requested to contact the organiser asap should you be unable to attend to allow your place to be reallocated.
  • Please DO NOT book multiple tickets in one name. Each delegate must register separately to assist with registration and fire regulations.
  • Lunch is NOT provided.
  • If you require any reasonable adjustments, please let the organiser know.

Exhibitors - If you would like to promote and share information on your organisation’s services at the event then please request a table via DC Gill Squires on Gillian.Squires1@homeoffice.gov.uk

 

Please read carefully before booking:

  • This is a free event however you are requested to contact the organiser asap should you be unable to attend to allow your place to be reallocated.
  • Please DO NOT book multiple tickets in one name. Each delegate must register separately to assist with registration and fire regulations.
  • Lunch is NOT provided.
  • If you require any reasonable adjustments, please let the organiser know.

Exhibitors - If you would like to promote and share information on your organisation’s services at the event then please request a table via DC Gill Squires on Gillian.Squires1@homeoffice.gov.uk

 

Sahir House are recruiting a Macmillan LGBT Cancer Programme Co-ordinator for the Liverpool City Region (for one year initially)

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 related training; up to date HIV information; prevention and testing; and opportunities to volunteer.

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.

Macmillan LGBT Cancer Programme Co-ordinator – part time (21 hours) as a job share £25,951-£27,668 (pro rata)

Sahir House are recruiting a suitably experienced person to lead the development and implementation of this new and exciting project. In particular, they are looking for someone who can demonstrate:

  • Experience of developing and delivering effective partnership work
  • Ability to communicate well with a range of individuals/stakeholders
  • Experiencing of conducting primary research, utilising quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Experience of delivering high quality training
  • Significant knowledge of the LGBT communities across the Liverpool City Region and the challenges they face

Applicants should send a short CV (up to two pages) and a covering letter demonstrating how they meet each of the criteria in the person specification (another two pages max) email to info@sahir.uk.co.

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 offered on a fixed term basis of one year initially with the possibility of extension funding beyond this. Appointment is subject to a 3-month probationary period, satisfactory references and DBS check.

Closing date for applications: 10am on Tuesday 5th February 2019

Shortlisting: Later that week

Interviews: Friday 15th February 2019

The full Job Description and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form can be found in the attachements.

 

One of the outcomes from the successful 'We Stand Together' Redeming Our Communities (ROC) event held in November 2017  was to have two follow up events, the result of which is that they have the following ROC Conversation (community engagement) events to be held this February: Come to meet with others from your local community including police and fire services, the local council, and faith-based groups to discuss ways of working together for the good of the community.

Monday 11th February (7 - 9pm) in Runcorn

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/roc-conversation-runcorn-tickets-53805638112

Monday 18th February (7 - 9pm) in Widnes:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/roc-conversation-widnes-tickets-53808762457

ROC would like to invite you to these events. Please join in as they celebrate the good that is already happening in our community. Discover how to support those who work to serve us. Help identify the key issues that really need addressing. Get involved in suggesting practical solutions. Become a part of the Action Team to ensure the Conversation isn’t just talk. In over 160 communities ROC Conversations have made a difference. As one person described it ... “Great and encouraging event and something I'd love to get involved in. Great for all the community to be together,” a friend said “I feel like we’ve really achieved something!”.

 

 

 

Sam's Diamonds Cancer support have moved back to Widnes and are now based at our Widnes office! Their new phone number is 01928 592405.

Sam's Diamonds support ladies with all different types of Cancer through a diagnosis and to move forward with their lives with a positive outlook. Founder Sam says " we are delighted to be in such a beautiful building, with some great people, we are very excited for the year ahead!" Sam's Diamonds have regular meet ups in local coffee shops and provide 24hr support on their private Facebook page. If you have had a cancer diagnosis and need to be surrounded by women who get how you are feeling, please get in touch with them:

New Address:

Sam's Diamonds
St Maries
Lugsdale Road
Widnes
WA8 6DB

Telephone number: 01928 592405

email: samsdiamonds@hotmail.com

 

Want to gain or use your management, decision making, leadership and team working skills? Want to get behind the scenes of a charity and be involved in shaping how it operates? Then the role of a Trustee with Stick ‘n’ Step is for you.

Stick ‘n’ Step is a small but ambitious charity. They aim to enable, inspire and support children with cerebral palsy and their families. They achieve this by providing a programme of excellent conductive education, delivered from their specialised centres in Wallasey and Runcorn.

They have been on an exciting journey to reach and support more families and are looking to strengthen the Board to ensure the organisation has the expertise and knowledge to support the charity’s recent and continuing growth.   

They are looking for individuals who have a strong empathy with Stick ‘n’ Step’s mission and ethos. In particular they are looking for individuals who have experience, skills, and knowledge in the following areas:

  • Digital marketing & communications
  • Health & Safety management
  • Risk management & strategic planning
  • HR & organisational development
  • Corporate fundraising or sales

If you feel you have other skills and expertise that would benefit Stick ‘n’ Step, they would love to hear from you.

This is a fantastic opportunity to make a lasting and positive difference to a growing organisation, alongside friendly, professional people. Please read the attached role description for full information.

If you would like to apply, please send your CV with a covering letter to Amy Couture – amy@sticknstep.org. Your covering letter should explain why you are interested in becoming a Trustee at Stick ‘n’ Step and what expertise specifically you can offer.

Closing date: 13th March 2019

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 re-opened and all the information on registering an enquiry relating to a project can be found in the link below:

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. 

Following publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, NAVCA have produced a member briefing note, outlining a summary of the document’s key priorities and how it’s significant for our sector.

 

The Mental Health and Wellbeing project from the Halton Health Improvement Team are offering free training for anyone who lives or works in the Halton borough to help improve mental health and tackle mental health stigma. 

They are currently offering the following training. (Further details about the training are available via the weblinks):

Ditton Community Centre

Mental Health Awareness - Wednesday 13th February & 14th August  2019 9:30am – 12 noon

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-awareness-tickets-53807043315

Suicide Awareness – Wednesday 13th February & 14th August 2019 1pm – 3pm

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halton-suicide-awareness-guidance-tickets-53807234888

Mental Health Awareness for Managers Wednesday 14th February & 15th August 2019 2pm – 4:30pm

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-awareness-for-managers-tickets-53808298068

Grangeway Community Centre

Mental Health Awareness - Wednesday 22nd May & 13th November 2019 9:30am – 12 noon

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-awareness-tickets-53807440503

Suicide Awareness - Wednesday 22nd May and  13th November 2019 1pm – 3pm

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/halton-suicide-awareness-guidance-tickets-53807394365

Mental Health Awareness for Managers – Thursday 24th May & 14th November 2019 2pm – 4pm – 4:30pm

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-awareness-for-managers-tickets-53810286014

They can also support you to complete the "Time to Change Employers Pledge" which helps improve mental health within your own organisation.

 

 

A new SIA Security course in Widnes starts on Monday 21st January at 9.30 till 3.30pm at Widnes Masonic Hall, Kingsway, Widnes WA8 7QH and runs for 14 days consecutively (excluding weekends).  Learners receive a full Level 2 in Door Supervision, Level 2 Customer Service and the SIA badge is fully funded.  The badge payment is made by Training Strategies if the learner successfully passes. 

The whole process can take around 8 - 10 weeks.  3 for the course, 4 for awarding body to mark the 3 SIA exams and 3 or so weeks for a badge payment run. 

They work with Cordant Security, who have Retail Security Officer positions in Tesco, Iceland, Morrison’s or Matalan. They also have site security positions through Nationwide.

The start date is short notice but if you are interested and would like further information contact Training Strategies on 0151 523 9655 or email info@trainingstrategies.co.uk.  You can also look at their website www.trainingstrategies.co.uk for more information.

 

You are warmly invited to the Chain Lane Community Centre's Annual General Meeting which they are holding on Tuesday 29th January, 6.00 pm at the Community Centre, Hinckley Road, St. Helens WA11 9HT.

They would be delighted to welcome you - you can hear about their progress in 2017/18, their volunteering and the work of the management committee.

Run 'by the community for the community' they are also looking for additional Trustees/Directors to join the committee and help drive the Centre forward for the benefit of the local community. 

Please contact Pam on 07586 842 161 or email ccchainlane@gmail.com for further details.

DIABETES UK

St Helens & District Group

The next meeting of the St Helens & District Group of Diabetes UK will be on Wednesday 6th February 2019, at 7.30pm in St Helens United Reformed Church, King Street, St Helens. WA10 2JZ. The speaker will be Professor Sarah O`Brien, who will be talking on the subject of :-

Reducing the risk of diabetes complications 

Sarah is now the Clinical Accountable Officer of St Helens CCG. She will be explaining all about the risks that may develop because of diabetes, and how we can reduce those risks as much as possible.

Anyone with an interest in diabetes is welcome to attend, admission is free and refreshments are available after the meeting. There will also be 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.

For further details visit the website at www.st-helens-and-district.diabetesukgroup.org 

or contact C Bowmaker on 0151 480 0821.

Our colleagues from NHS Halton CCG have sent us the following press release about a consultation opportunity regarding the future of Halton's Urgent Care Centres. 

Please note the link to the consultation further down in the article. 

 

Development of Halton Urgent Care Centres in Urgent Treatment Centres, have your say…

NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) intends to develop the two Urgent Care Centres (UCCs) in Halton into Urgent Treatment Centres (UTCs). This development will continue to provide the best possible treatment for our residents whilst making them sustainable for the future.

 

Why are we changing these services in Halton?

In 2013 there was a national review of emergency and urgent care services. This review called for these services to be more responsive, offer personalised care for patients and deliver even better clinical outcomes.

The review involved a public consultation, where patients and the public informed the national review that there is a confusing mix of services offering varied levels of care.

To end this confusion, a national set of core standards has been established for

Urgent Treatment Centres, including having a generic name for these services which will be Urgent Treatment Centres and that the UTCs will be open for at least 12 hrs a day.

 

What have people already told us?

Between October and December 2018, we asked Halton residents about their experiences of the current UCCs in Widnes and Runcorn and their views of the national model to ensure that both local Urgent Treatment Centres meet the needs of Halton residents. Healthwatch Halton has also engaged with people who have used both services and their findings have also been taken into account. 

The results from this report are available on NHS Halton CCG’s website.

 

What is NHS Halton CCG proposing?

The current opening hours of both Urgent Care Centres is 15 hours, per day (7am to 10pm). 365 days per year. 

In line with national standards, but following feedback from the pre-consultation and to ensure there is a comprehensive primary care offer the CCG is proposing to reduce the opening times from 15 to 13 hours, with the opening hours proposed as being 8am – 9pm.  

As this proposal is a change of service, NHS Halton CCG is keen to consult with patients, the public and key stakeholders to ask their views on the opening hours of the Urgent Treatment Centres.

 

How you can have your say

We are looking for your views on the new model for the two Halton Urgent Treatment Centres and on the CCGs proposal to reduce the opening hours to 13 hours. 

A formal 8-week public consultation will commence on Monday 7th January 2019 and will conclude on Sunday 3rd March 2019.  

The survey can be completed by heading to NHS Halton CCGs website or by following this link www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HaltonUTC2019

Paper copies are also available at Runcorn Town hall and at both Urgent Care Centres;

Widnes Urgent Care Centre                             Runcorn Urgent Care Centre

Healthcare Resource Centre                            Halton General Hospital

Caldwell Road                                                 Hospital Way

Widnes WA8 7GD                                            Runcorn WA7 2DA

There is more information available on our website www.haltonccg.nhs.uk including how to get in contact with us and how you can get more involved.

Runcorn Foodbank Christmas opening times: 

Wednesday 19th Dec - The Rise, Halton Brook 2pm - 4pm
Thursday 20th Dec - Christ Church, Castleflds 1pm - 3pm 
Friday 21st Dec - Hope Corner(Old Town) 11am -1pm
Saturday 22nd Dec - Bethesda Church, Palaceflds 10am - 12pm
Sunday 23rd Dec - CLOSED
Monday 24th Dec - CLOSED
Tuesday 25th Dec - CLOSED
Wednesday 26th Dec - CLOSED
Thusday 27th Dec - Christ Church, Castleflds 1pm - 3pm
Friday 28th Dec - Hope Corner(Old Town) 11am - 1pm
Friday 28th Dec  -  Frodsham Guide HQ 1pm - 3pm
Saturday 29th Dec -  Bethesda Church, Palaceflds 10am - 12pm
Sunday 30th Dec - CLOSED
Monday 31st Dec - CLOSED
Tuesday 1st Jan - CLOSED
Wednesday 2nd Jan - Brook Chapel, Boston Ave 2pm -  4pm
Thusday 3rd Jan - Christ Church, Castleflds 1pm - 3pm 

Widnes Foodbank Christmas opening times:

Saturday 22nd Dec - CLOSED
Sunday 23rd Dec - CLOSED
Monday 24th Dec - Crossing Point 11am - 2pm 
Tuesday 25th Dec -  CLOSED 
Wednesday 26th Dec - CLOSED
Thursday 27th Dec - West Bank 11am - 1pm
Friday 28th Dec - Crossing point 10am - 1pm and St Pauls 1pm - 3pm 
Saturday 29th Dec - CLOSED
Sunday 30th Dec - CLOSED
Monday 31st Dec - Crossing point- 11am - 1pm 
Tuesday 1st Jan - CLOSED 

All opening times return to normal Wednesday 2nd January for Runcorn and Widnes.

St Helens Foodbank Christmas opening times:

For all information about St Helens foodbanks please contact St Helens foodbank on 01744 26414 or email them on info@sthelens.foodbank.org.uk or visit https://sthelens.foodbank.org.uk/

 

 

 

Below is the schedule of office opening hours for DWP Jobcentres and information letting customers know when they can expect their payments over the Christmas Period.

Christmas Opening hours

Date                                                                  Offices                              Phone lines

Friday 21 December                                           Open                                  Open

Monday 24 December                                        Closed                                Open for missing or urgent payment enquiries only. Closing at 5pm

Tuesday 25 December                                        Closed                                Closed

Wednesday 26 December                                   Closed                                Closed

Thursday 27 December                                      Open                                  Open

Friday 28 December                                           Open                                  Open

Monday 31 December                                        Open                                  Open, closing at 5pm

Tuesday 1 January                                             Closed                                Closed

Wednesday 2 January                                        Open                                  Open

The payments dates for benefits or pensions (excluding Universal Credit) are shown below. If the date is not shown then the usual payment date will apply.

Payment due date                                                                                       Payment date Other benefits

21 December 2018                                                                                          21 December 2018

22 December 2018                                                                                          21 December 2018

23 December 2018                                                                                          21 December 2018

24 December 2018                                                                                          21 December 2018

25 December 2018                                                                                          21 December 2018

26 December 2018                                                                                          21 December 2018

27 December 2018                                                                                          27 December 2018

28 December 2018                                                                                          28 December 2018

29 December 2018                                                                                          28 December 2018

30 December 2018                                                                                          28 December 2018

31 December 2018                                                                                          31 December 2018

1 January 2019                                                                                               31 December 2018

2 January 2019: All benefits                                                                           31 December 2018

2 January 2019: ESA, JSA and Income Support in England and Wales             2 January 2019

The payment date for Universal Credit is shown below. If the date is not shown then the usual payment date will apply.

Payment due date                                       Payment date Universal Credit

21 December 2018                                          21 December 2018

22 December 2018                                          21 December 2018

23 December 2018                                          21 December 2018

24 December 2018                                          24 December 2018

25 December 2018                                          24 December 2018

26 December 2018                                          24 December 2018

27 December 2018                                          27 December 2018

28 December 2018                                          28 December 2018

29 December 2018                                          28 December 2018

30 December 2018                                          28 December 2018

31 December 2018                                          31 December 2018

1 January 2019                                               31 December 2018

2 January 2019                                               2 January 2019

Monitoring & Database Worker –   £21, 693 pro rata.

Hours - between 16 and 21 hours per week (there is some flexibility in the number of hours required, which can be worked across 3, 4 or 5 days per week).

The Monitoring and Database Worker makes sure that all of the data is recorded, tracks everything that happens with their service users, writes reports on this with other staff members and helps identify where they can make improvements. 

In particular, they are looking for someone who:

  • Pays meticulous attention to detail and can produce detailed, accurate written reports for monitoring and evaluation purposes
  • Understands the world of outcomes and outputs; monitoring and evaluation; and knows how services like Sahir House can demonstrate the impact they make
  • Can develop and maintain their new database
  • Communicates effectively, both face-to-face and in writing, and can adapt their communication style and for different audiences
  • Has excellent IT skills, particularly Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Likes flexibility and being part of a team
  • Has bags of energy, is happy to manage their own time and prioritise their workload

Sahir House is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. They especially welcome applications from groups that 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.

Appointment is subject to a 3-month probationary period, satisfactory references and DBS check.

Closing date for applications: 1pm on Thursday 9th January 2019

Interviews:  Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Applicants should complete a Sahir House application form demonstrating how they meet each of the criteria in the person specification.

Full job description, person specification, application form and equal opportunities form can found in the attachments below.

 

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Halton to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

The Commission’s plans would mean changes to all wards in Halton.

A 10-week public consultation on the recommendations is now in place and will end on 11 February 2019. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Halton.

The Commission’s draft recommendations propose that Halton should have 54 councillors in future: this is 2 fewer than there are now. The recommendations also outline how those councillors should represent 18 three-councillor across the borough.

The full recommendations and detailed interactive maps are available on the Commission’s website at consultation.lgbce.org.uk and www.lgbce.org.uk. Hard copies of the Commission’s report and maps will also be available to view at council buildings.

Professor Colin Mellors, Chair of the Commission, said: “We are publishing proposals for a new pattern of wards across Halton and we are keen to hear what local people think of the recommendations.

“Over the next 10 weeks, we are asking local people to tell us if they agree with the proposals or if not, how they can be improved. 

“Our review aims to deliver electoral equality for local voters. This means that each councillor represents a similar number of people, so that everyone’s vote in council elections is worth roughly the same, regardless of where you live.

“We also want to ensure that our proposals reflect the interests and identities of local communities across Halton and that the pattern of wards can help the council deliver effective local government for local people.

“We will consider all the submissions we receive, whoever they are from and whether your evidence applies to the whole of the borough or just a part of it.”

The Commission wants to hear as much evidence as possible to develop final recommendations for Halton. If you would like to make a submission to the Commission, please write or email by 11 February 2019.

The Review Officer (Halton)
Local Government Boundary Commission for England
1st Floor, Windsor House
50 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0TL

Email: reviews@lgbce.org.uk

Follow on Twitter @LGBCE

Have your say directly through the Commission’s consultation portal:

https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/13208

Link to the dedicated web page for the Halton Council electoral review:

http://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/north-west/cheshire/halton

For further information contact:

Press Office: 0330 500 1250 / 1525

press@lgbce.org.uk

In January, Halton Haven Hospice are running a Christmas tree collection across Widnes, Runcorn, Frodsham and surrounding areas, saving people the hassle of having to dispose of their Christmas tree in the new year.

In return for a donation of your choice, Halton Haven Hospice will pick up your real Christmas tree from your home on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th January. The money raised from the initiative will help fund patient care at the hospice, caring for local people who are living with end of life and life-limiting conditions.

The collection is being made possible thanks to the support of several local organisations. Display Team, the point of sales company based in Manor Park in Runcorn, are using their own vans and staff to pick up the trees; Runcorn-based tree surgery company Treebor is taking care of the chipping and disposal of the trees; and St Michael’s Primary School in Widnes are very kindly allowing the hospice to store the trees in their grounds before being chipped.

Chris Andrews, Senior Fundraising Manager at Halton Haven Hospice, said “This is a great initiative for the Hospice and the local area. People don’t have to worry about getting rid of their tree when we can do it for them! And it all raises vital funds for the Haven too. Thank you to everyone who has already registered their tree for collection. If you haven’t done it yet, don’t miss the 8th January deadline! A big thank you also to Display Team, Treebor and St Michael’s Primary School for their wonderful support.”

For Halton Haven Hospice to pick up your tree, simply visit www.haltonhaven.org.uk/christmastree and register your details before Tuesday 8th January. The hospice is picking up trees from the WA6, WA7, WA8 and WA4 6 postcode areas.

 

 

VISION SUPPORT

Rehabilitation Assistant

12 hours per week over 2 or 3 days

Vision Support is seeking to recruit a Rehabilitation Assistant for people with sensory loss. The post will be based at the Halton Sensory Services Office with travel throughout the Runcorn and Widnes areas providing practical help and support to enable individuals to live independently.

They are looking for someone who is hard working, enthusiastic and flexible.

If you are interested in this position and would like further details please contact Derek Hough on 01244 381515. Alternatively, if you would like an application pack please email recruitment@visionsupport.org.uk

Closing date for applications is 2nd January 2019

Successful completion of a DBS check is required for this position (costs will be met by the employer). 

The Borough of Culuture have launched an open competition to design the official logo for the Borough of Culture initiative and want residents and artists (amateur and professional) from across the Liverpool City Region to get involved.

As the first Combined Authority in the country to have powers over culture included in its devolution deal, they created the Borough of Culture award last year, to encourage cultural activities across the whole city region.

The Borough of Culture title is awarded annually on a rotational basis to one of the six local authorities that make up our city region, as part of our 1% for Culture programme. 

The purpose of the Borough of Culture award is to stimulate new cultural and creative opportunities; highlighting the unique character and distinctiveness of its people and places, and developing  the skills and talents of its residents in order to create an exciting year of cultural events and activity that everyone can enjoy and take part in.

Each host borough will create its own programme of cultural and creative events, activities and opportunities, but all will include five key elements:

  • Children and Young People – accessing, enjoying, learning through culture and creative engagement, developing skills and talents.
  • Positive outcomes – wellbeing, health, education, cohesion and future world of work.
  • Communities – increased opportunities for participation and involvement
  • Distinctiveness of place – promoting the creative and culture offer to local people and visitors
  • Infrastructure and Legacy – building future cultural and creative opportunities beyond the Borough of Culture year.

The Borough of Culture initiative is designed to utilise many of the region’s existing assets and talent to stimulate cultural and creative opportunities, both formal and informal, wherever they can be found.

They want you to help them to inspire and make more people aware of the fantastic cultural and creative opportunities on offer across the Liverpool City Region by creating a logo for Borough of Culture.

The winning submission will receive a prize of £800 and will be developed into the Borough of Culture official logo from 2019 onwards.

The brief:

  • They need a logo design that can be used by each borough throughout its host year in the year it is awarded the title.
  • The competition is open to anyone aged 16 years or over living in the Liverpool City Region.
  • Your design must be an entirely original unpublished work that you have created.

What they are looking for:

  • An original design for a logo that will represent the Borough of Culture brand.
  • A design that captures the spirit of creativity and Culture in ALL its forms but which is simple, clear and easily recognisable.
  • It should not be too cluttered or use stereotypical images eg theatre masks/paintbrushes/film reel.
  • The logo could be a type treatment (eg uses the words Borough of Culture) and/or can be an image based design.
  • The brand must not incorporate any of the already established elements of each Liverpool City Region Borough’s logo identity – but must be compatible with them.
  • The logo will need to be able to be applied across all promotional materials, including merchandising in print and online through social media channels and website.
  • Your design should be effective in both colour and black and white versions.

They will accept your design ideas in the following formats:

  • Digitally produced artwork
  • Scanned hand drawn sketches / paintings
  • Full colour and in horizontal, rectangular format

Submissions:

The prize:

The winner will receive a cash prize of £800 and the design will be developed into the Borough of Culture official logo from 2019 onwards.

More details about the competition and full terms and conditions can by found by clicking the link below:

http://liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/logo-competition

 

 

 

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.

https://halton.me/external-funding-course-booking-form/

The training will be provided for free to Halton groups and to those groups who do work in Halton only. For any other organisations, there is a £40 charge.

 

Basic Bid Writing Training:

- Tuesday 5th February 2019: 9.30am-1pm, Upton Community Centre

- Tuesday 7th May 2019: 9.30am-1pm, Murdishaw Community Centre

- Tuesday 3rd September 2018: 9.30am-1pm, Upton Community Centre

- Tuesday 3rd December 2019: 9.30am-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

- Thursday 4th April 2019: 9.30am-1pm, Upton Community Centre

- Tuesday 5th November 2019: 9.30am-1pm, Murdishaw 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.

If you require any more information, please get in touch with Jonathan Patten via (0151) 511 7214 or jonathan.patten@halton.gov.uk

VCA would like to express a huge thank you to Harrison Lightfoot, a pupil at Wade Deacon High School, with the help of his family and a generous donation from Uncle John they have donated a large amount of toys to the Halton Christmas Toy Appeal.  All of the toys collected will go to help make Christmas special for less fortunate children who otherwise might not have very much to celebrate. 

We will still be collecting until the 14th December at our Halton Office, so if you'd like to donate any new and unopened toys for children aged between 0 and 18 w