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Available places on Young Peoples Drug and Alcohol Team training sessions and YPDAAT/TAZ Outreach/Youth Justice Service information mornings

Our colleagues from YPDAAT want to let you know that there are some places available on training sessions over the forthcoming weeks delivered by YPDAAT.  All these sessions are ideal for new members of staff, students or those who need a refresher.  It's easy to book. Just follow the Eventbrite link at the bottom.  You can book on as many sessions as you wish - you just need to register once to access the system. 

Tuesday 9th February - Alcohol - "Boozed and Confused" - 10am-11.30am 

Explore the impact of young peoples’ alcohol use, Identify the reasons young people use alcohol, Consider the impacts of excessive use on both the individual and society and Explore appropriate harm reduction messages.

Wednesday 24th Feb - Information session - 10am-11.30

Meet members of the teams from YPDAAT/TAZ Outreach/Youth Justice Service to talk you briefly through each service area, what we do, making referrals, accessing training and resources etc.

Monday 1st March - Cannabis - "The Need for Weed" - 10am-11.30

An introduction into cannabis use, health harms, links to mental health and synthetic cannabinoids

Thursday 25th March - Party Drugs - "Pills, Thrills and Spills -  10am-11.30

An introduction to Party Drugs (ketamine, ecstasy, nitrous oxide).

All courses are free to attend, however, you may be charged £30 non attendance if you book a place and do not cancel it prior to the event. Once you have booked a place we will send you an invitation via Microsoft Teams.

Please do not hesitate to contact the team at for any more information.



Citizens Advice Halton currently have vacancies for a Full Time New Horizons Project Keyworker (Employability and Financial Capability) and a Full Time BBO Project Keyworker (Employability and Financial Capability)  More information about these vacancies can be found in the attached documents below.  

Information pack and application forms are available from the Administration Team (email or can be downloaded from their website .





iCAN Warning: Scam email about Covid-19 vaccine

 Halton Trading Standards wishes to warn consumers of a scam email circulating regarding the Covid-19 vaccine. The email at the bottom of the page is a scam, it is from an email address which states ‘tax’ within it, it also addresses the consumer by their email address, rather than their name. This is a phishing email with a view to obtaining consumers personal and/or bank details.

Joint advice from the NHS and law enforcement agencies on protecting yourself from COVID-19 cons

In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.

If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

The Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is a forum which supports collaboration between maternity providers and service users to ensure that services meet the needs of local women, parents and families. The role of this open group is to ensure that providers work together with service users to develop, review and drive services with a women led focus. It is a chance for you to have your say about how services are provided, discuss experiences of your maternity care and provide a voice for other women who will use local maternity provision in the future.

MVP aims to bring together mums, dad’s expectant families’ members of the local community and representatives from the maternity service in a relaxed forum to discuss experiences, provide feedback and shape the way future services are organised.

The Warrington and Halton MVP is looking for an enthusiastic person to take on an exciting new role of independent chair. If you think you or someone you know is the right person to ensure the voices of women and families in Warrington and Halton are represented then please find out more here.   

Please submit expressions of interest by 1st February 2021.



Shap is a highly regarded, innovative, practical and financially viable charity and voluntary organisation that works to sustain communities, reduce homelessness, increase the health and wellbeing of vulnerable adults and young people and improve the life chances of the next generation.

They are recruiting for a Support Worker within their Partnerships Scheme in Halton

Salary £19510 to £20590


To deliver high quality housing related support, guidance and advice to a wide range of vulnerable and socially excluded clients (and sometimes their children). This includes teenage parents, people with mental health problems, support needs related to the use or misuse of alcohol and / drugs, people leading chaotic lives and those with complex needs.

Who should apply

They are looking for an enthusiastic and approachable person who has knowledge and experience  of working within the housing, care and support sector with young people and or adults.  You should have knowledge of the issues faced by vulnerable and socially excluded people including those with mental health problems / alcohol misuse / substance misuse / offending behaviour.

If you are a proactive person with the required specialist knowledge, who can listen effectively, is supportive, works respectfully and can identify with the organisation and the role, they would love to hear from you.

If you are interested in applying you can request an application pack by emailing:

Deadline for any applications is Friday 5th February 2021



Apex Charitable Trust / Plan Bee Community Coffee shop have successfully secured funding from Torus Foundation and Asda Foundation to deliver a new project which offers free meals to isolated older people in St Helens. The meals include a main such as hotpot or shepherd’s pie, a dessert and a drink and will be delivered free of charge. The only criteria is the person receiving the meal must be over 60- years of age, have difficulty getting out the house and be experiencing financial difficulty. 


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

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

T: 07787 789 479


Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00am – 4.30pm they have free meals which can be collected or delivered ((within a 4-mile radius of Plan Bee community coffee shop). They will continue to offer this service until funding runs out.

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

Leanne Corkery – Business Development Manager
Apex Charitable Trust/Plan Bee Community Coffee shop
13-15 North Road
St. Helens, Merseyside
WA10 2TW

T: 01744 612898

M: 07788 678051





Pauline Ruth on behalf of the Trinity Safe Spaces Team Leaders has sent a copy of the Trinity Safe Spaces' Runcorn and Widnes' Annual Report - see attached.  There has been a full year of challenges, but they have adapted and achieved a great deal, in close partnership with many people and organisations. 

If anyone would like to donate to their work, they have a Just Giving page on: 

Every little helps, as the saying goes! 


The Cheshire PCC’s express grant fund is still open for applications for groups and organisations who are working hard to support vulnerable members of the community. 

Express grants can be used to respond to local need, support the response to Covid-19 or could support those affected by the flooding which we have seen lots of this week in Cheshire. 

More n formation can be found on their website:

It’s a difficult time for digitally excluded LCR residents and our Digital Champion Volunteers Programme have expanded our offer of digital support.

Include-It Mersey currently have Digital Champion volunteers who can provide some basic IT support via telephone but we would like to add some group Zoom sessions.


These instructional sessions would be for small groups of 2-5 people and would cover topics such as:

  • setting up and using emails,
  • online shopping and
  • IT for home schooling.  

Digital Champions can support residents to download and use Zoom in the first instance before carrying out the session.

If your organisation has a small group of individuals including staff, volunteers or users that would like to access this support, please contact Lauren Jones on 07860 846 605 or email and we can discuss your requirements and book a session.


St Helens Safeguarding Unit have a few large events that have been commissioned around key themes of concern. Please circulate to all relevant staff where you think the events would be of benefit. 


  • St. Helens Speaking Out: Honour Based Abuse & Harmful Practices! - February 24th @ 10am-12.30pm


  • Child Sexual Abuse Conference 2021 -March 17th @ Various times



Get In Touch

Halton & St Helens VCA 

Halton Office: 01928 592 405
St Maries
Lugsdale Road

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



Halton & St Helens VCA is an infrastructure organisation that provides advice, information and development support services to voluntary, community, not-for-profit and faith organisations and volunteers in the Boroughs of St Helens and Halton.