Healthwatch Sefton Online Engagement Event

As a way to hear about people’s experiences of using health services within a hospital setting Healthwatch Sefton and Healthwatch Liverpool have organised a joint online engagement event and would like to invite you to take part.

Under normal circumstances the two local Healthwatch would have hospital stands in order to collect people’s feedback but this is not possible at the moment.

Therefore, this event has been arranged as an alternative.

It is taking place via Zoom on Thursday, December 10 starting at 11am. The information here gives more details about the event including how to register as places are limited so booking early is essential.

For more details please contact 0800 206 1304.

National Youth Agency (NYA) – Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19 (4th November 2020)

The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance. The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.

This guidance must be used in conjunction with the readiness framework and your existing safeguarding policies and procedures. It is complementary to government guidance on social distancing, travel and other measures which must be adhered to.

Everyone should read the guidance document below and follow the recommended actions and requirements. This guidance is intended for use in England. (Version 3) Click on the image below to view the guidance document.

** Following the recent government announcement (31st October 2020), we can confirm that the youth sector moves into RED on the readiness framework.
Please read the new Red Readiness Fact Sheet below.**

Additional tools and resources to support this guidance can be found here

Healthwatch Sefton Shortlisted for Prestigious National Award

Healthwatch Sefton has been nominated for a prestigious national award for Adult Safeguarding which has helped leaders understand what safeguarding really means to local people and staff across the Merseyside area.

Healthwatch Sefton was shortlisted under the ‘The impact we make with partners’ category in the Healthwatch Awards 2020, which are run by Healthwatch England.

This annual event – which this year is taking place virtually due to the pandemic – celebrates the difference the 4,400 staff and volunteers from local Healthwatch have made over the past year. Healthwatch Sefton is one of only 30 local Healthwatch out of 152 across England to be in the running for one of the awards.

Like their colleagues across the country, Healthwatch Sefton staff and volunteers have been supporting the local community more than ever through the pandemic by:

  • Finding out what people like about health and social care support, and what could be improved
  • Helping people find the information they need about services in their area and
  • Encouraging those in charge of NHS and social care services to make the changes that communities would like to see

In addition, the team at Healthwatch Seftonhave also during the pandemic been supporting Sefton residents who have struggled to collect their prescriptions. In partnership with Sefton CVS, Sefton MBC and Sefton’s Local Pharmaceutical Committee they have coordinated a volunteer prescription pick up and delivery service.

Diane Blair, manager of Healthwatch Sefton, said: “To date there have been 137 prescriptions picked up and delivered by volunteers supporting the project who have provided over 202 hours of their time. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those volunteers who have supported us.”

Other shortlisted nominations from around the country to the Healthwatch Awards include:

  • Healthwatch Leeds – for helping to improve access to mental health crisis support.
  • Healthwatch Camden – for research with other organisations to understand the social infrastructure used by older Bangladeshi residents.
  • Healthwatch Surrey – for volunteers who helped improve the way a local NHS hospital reports incidents of poor care that have led to severe harm or death.

The overall winner from each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced during Healthwatch Week in early November.

Diane added: “Together with our Healthwatch partners in Knowsley, Liverpool and Wirral, we are delighted to be nominated for the adult safeguarding project – Safeguarding Voices – which has brought the issue of speaking up about safeguarding very much to the fore.”

Sir Robert Francis QC, Chair of Healthwatch England, said: “I never stop being inspired by the dedication of local Healthwatch staff to making care better for their communities.

“Whether reaching out those whose views are not being heard, helping people to find the support they need or making sure NHS and social care services act on the improvements that the public want to see, the award entries highlight the difference local Healthwatch make.

“I would like to congratulate everyone who has been shortlisted. They have done their communities proud.”

More information about the shortlist can be found here on the Healthwatch England website.

For more information about Healthwatch Sefton, visit www.healthwatchsefton.co.uk or ring 0800 206 1304.

Job Vacancy: Business Support Manager with SWAN Womens Centre (closing 12noon, Monday 9th November 2020)

SWAN Women’s Centre is seeking a highly skilled Business Support Manager (Monday-Friday, 28 hours per week) (Hours to be agreed but some evening work will be required)

Actual (gross) Salary £21,214.00 per annum (FTE £26,517.40). This role is currently funded until the end October 2021. The successful candidate will be required to undertake a DBS check

Swan Women’s Centre provides a diverse range of services for women. Our aim is to support women who are isolated or who experience anxiety, depression and/or other mental health issues. 

We are seeking an experienced Business Support Manager with excellent financial charity accounting skills as well as management and administrative experience. You will support a variety of functions within the charity (see J/D). You will be expected to manage the centre and a small team, as and when required.

Closing date for applications is Monday 9th November 2020 at 12 noon.
Interviews will take place on Thursday 19th November 2020

SWAN Women’s Centre is committed to equality of opportunity, we value diversity and encourage applications from under-represented groups.

BUT this is a women only position due to genuine occupational requirements.

You can download a job description and application pack from www.swanwomenscentre.org  or alternatively please email ceo@swanwomenscentre.org  or contact@swanwomenscentre.org

Or ring us on 0151 933 3292 to request that an application pack is emailed or posted out to you.

Please note CV’s will not be considered.

Please email your completed application form to ceo@swanwomenscentre.org or post it to Karen Christie, Chief Executive, SWAN Women’s Centre, Former Litherland Library, Linacre Road, Litherland, Liverpool L21 6NH.Recruitment to the above posts will be conducted in accordance with SWAN’s Equality and Diversity policies and Safer Recruitment Practices

Crowdfunding launched for new ‘Walk and Talk’ Programme for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the Liverpool City Region

Bayswater College Liverpool has launched Crowdfunding for a new English language and culture programme for refugees and asylum seekers.

Walk and Talk is a series of free monthly events which brings together students from the college and refugees and asylum seekers living in the Liverpool City Region. 

The programme will give Refugees and Asylum Seekers refunded travel journey to and from the event, a chance to meet people within the local community, an opportunity to enhance and practise their English and show them that in Liverpool they will never walk alone. At each event, people come first to the college for a language class which introduces the cultural attraction. They will also be taken to see some of Liverpool’s many cultural aspects including art galleries and museums. The project will help give these people a sense of the kindness and generosity that the people of Liverpool have and give them their first chance to integrate into our society.

The programme aims to;

  • Support Social Integration
  • Make Refugees feel welcome in Liverpool
  • Helping isolated people connect with society

In order to support the facilitation of the programme Baywater College are Crowdfunding via Spacehave. For more information and to pledge your support and donate please visit; https://www.spacehive.com/walk-and-talk-for-refugees

Meet The Funder with P.H. Holt Foundation (Wednesday 28th October)

Meet the Funder: P.H. Holt Foundation
Date: Wednesday 28th October 2020
Time: 10.00am

Info: The PH Holt Foundation, incorporating the Holt Education Trust, is an independent grant-maker supporting local communities, education, the arts, heritage and environment on Merseyside. The Foundation provides grants to small and medium sized charities which have the capacity to change lives and to develop flourishing communities across Merseyside. Grants are of varying sizes, usually for one year, and the majority fall under £10,000.

More details at: https://phholtfoundation.org.uk/

Booking is essential, to register your place please e-mail: groupdevelopment@seftoncvs.org.uk. A link to the session will be shared one day before.

LAST CHANCE TO APPLY! Caretaker/Cleaner Job Vacancy at St Leonards Youth & Community Centre (closing 5pm on Friday 23rd October)

We are a lively and connected community centre in the heart of Bootle in South Sefton, Merseyside, England.  We offer engaging projects, services and activities delivered by skilled, passionate staff that empower local residents of all ages enabling them and the community to grow in resilience. Our services include the provision of a range of social activities for older people, a dedicated Debt Advisory service, various Community Resilience projects, and the South Sefton Food bank. Further details can be found on our website.

As a part of the community that we love, we constantly strive to meet the needs of the people who we work with enabling them to overcome challenges, empowering them and the community to become more resilient. 

Due to the planned retirement of a key member of staff we now advertise the following vacancy.

Job Title Caretaker/Cleaner  
Salary£14,508 per year (Hourly rate of £9.30)  
Directly responsible toCentre Manager  
Directly responsible forResponsible for all upkeep/maintenance of St. Leonard’s Youth and Community Centre  
Hours30 hours per week.

Closing Date: 5.00 pm Friday 23rd October 2020

Interviews will take place on Thursday 29th October

PPE items available to Sefton-based charitable organisations

As part of a joint CVS initiative across the Liverpool City Region, Sefton CVS have obtained a supply of PPE equipment to support Voluntary, Community, Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) organisations deliver services to local residents. 

Livv Housing Group have kindly supported the CVS network in Merseyside with VS6 by helping deliver key PPE products to their various sites. This PPE will allow VCFSE organisations to remain open and will play a really important role in supporting residents to receive the support that they need locally.

Angela White OBE, Chief Executive, Sefton CVS said;

“We’re delighted to have worked with our CVS colleagues across the Liverpool City Region to secure this valuable equipment for the Voluntary, Community and Faith (VCF) sector here in Sefton. We are in the process of distributing a number of PPE items to those organisations who are providing frontline support and delivering face-to-face services to residents across the borough”.

Sefton CVS still has PPE equipment available for Sefton-based charitable organisations or community groups, specifically quantities of face shields, disposable masks, aprons, reduced stocks of hand sanitiser. If your group or organisation are in need of PPE items please email communications@seftoncvs.org.uk and we will respond to requests as soon as possible. Please include contact information and details of any specific items you require whilst stocks last!

Parenting 2000’s Mindful Futures 6-week course

Mindful Futures is a FREE therapy-led 6-week course offering a nurturing and creative space to overcome psychological barriers returning to work or training.

Lunch and travel expenses for participants are included, and the course is open to anyone over 19 years of age who are unemployed, living in Merseyside and eligable to work!

Click here to visit the Parenting 2000 website to find out more

For more information or to book your place, please email Claudia Aldersley at claudia.aldersley@parenting2000.org.uk or call Parenting 2000 on 01704 380047.

Kickstart Briefing Invitation – Take on young unemployed people through a Government-funded scheme (9th, 13th & 15th October)

VOLA Consortium and the VS6 Partnership would like to invite all local Voluntary Community Faith and Social Enterprise (VCFSE) sector employers to an online briefing session about the Government’s new Kickstart job creation scheme. (Dates / times and booking details below.) 

Each session is only approx. 1 hour long (1 ¼ hrs max), so doesn’t require a huge time commitment in your already busy diaries and we will run it on 3 occasions over the next couple of weeks, on different days and times to give people as much of a chance as possible to attend. 

Options are:

  • Friday 9th October, 11am – 12:15pm
  • Tuesday 13th October, 11:30am – 12:45pm
  • Thursday 15th October, 2:30 – 3:45pm

If you would like to find out more please email josie.barrow@volamerseyside.org.uk (stating you name, position and organisation) to book your place

A link to the online Zoom meeting you book on to will be emailed out nearer the time (probably the day before).

Background and purpose of the sessions

VOLA is a member of the VS6 partnership, who have agreed for VOLA to act as the partnership’s lead body in coordinating a VCFSE sector option to the Kickstart scheme across the Liverpool City Region (LCR).  We will work closely with our VS6 partners to raise awareness of Kickstart and facilitate access to the scheme for local VCFSE employers.

The aims of the online briefing sessions are to:

  1. Raise awareness of the Kickstart scheme throughout the local sector.
  • Encourage local VCFSE employers to engage with the scheme and contribute to the sector doing its part in supporting young unemployed people (16-24) to get on in life, by taking them on through Kickstart-funded job placements and giving them a chance to prove themselves, whilst improving their employability skills and experience at the same time.
  • Promote our intent to act as an Intermediary Body, which involves coordinating access to national Kickstart funding for local VCFSE employers and supporting employability skills development of young people who secure jobs through the scheme. 

(Kickstart is managed by the DWP and an employer needs a minimum of 30 placements to be able to access the scheme directly, hence the need for Intermediaries such as VOLA.)

  • Gauge potential appetite/ demand amongst local VCFSE employers to get involved in taking on young people through the scheme, in order to help us plan our role as an Intermediary Body.

If you don’t know who VOLA or VS6 are and want to get a feel for what we do, please click here and see the good work we do in supporting the local VCFSE sector, people and communities across the city region!

  • VOLA  is a 60 strong consortium VCFSE sector skills and employment support providers operating across the Liverpool City Region.  We’ve been around for over 13 years now and have done some amazing work in supporting people to improve their skills, find work, move in to Further Education, and generally move onwards and upwards in life!
  • VS6 is a partnership of VCFSE sector infrastructure/support organisations working with the 8,600 VCFSE organisations and groups across the Liverpool City Region.  Your local CVS, or similar body and a range of other support organisations including the Community Foundation, MYA, Network for Europe and Together Liverpool are members of VS6, along with VOLA.

Liverpool City Region Community Environment Fund (closing Monday 2nd November 2020)

What is the Community Environment Fund?

The Year of the Environment in 2019 was a success for the Liverpool City Region, with the Metro Mayor pledging £500,000 for community environment projects to continue the momentum.  The importance of this fund has been emphasised during the COVID pandemic; many people appreciating natural spaces, starting projects to green where they live and renewing their sense of community.

As a result, the Community Environment Fund (the fund) has been set up to aid a green recovery by assisting organisations to expand their good work and to support communities to engage in a range of environmental activities. To build back greener, reshaping our economy and society in a way that is greener, fairer and more inclusive.

The fund aims to:

  • Improve the environment in the Liverpool City Region (LCR).
  • Encourage long-term behavioural change.
  • Promote community engagement and participation in environmental projects.

The fund will support a wide range of projects covering the following themes:

  • Climate change and resilience
  • Air quality and transport
  • Water
  • Accessible green spaces, habitats and biodiversity
  • Waste and resources
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Carbon and environment literacy
  • Energy reduction
  • Food and agriculture

How much funding is available?

A total of £500,000 is available, this is split into three streams as follows:

Stream 1: LCR-wide projects across any or several of the environmental themes, with benefits across the City Region (i.e. two or more authority areas).

Projects that enhance or encourage carbon literacy, communication and engagement are particularly welcomed.

Applicants able to apply for £20,000 to £50,000.

Stream 2: Focussed projects that may target the achievement of specific environmental initiatives across a defined area such as a single authority area.

Applicants able to apply for £5,000 to £20,000.

Stream 3: Community projects to achieve environmental benefits in a specific area of the LCR, such as a school, local park or street.

Applicants able to apply for £300 to £1,500.

Who can apply?

The fund is available to a wide range of not-for-profit groups, including charities, schools or college, faith groups, residents’ associations or ‘friends of’ groups.

Timescales

Applications for Streams 1 and 2 open on Monday 5th October and will close on Monday 2nd November 2020 at 9am.

Stream 3 will launch on Monday 19th October and will close on Monday 23rd November at 9am. 

Visit https://www.liverpoolcityregion-ca.gov.uk/community-environment-fund/ for application forms

SAVE THE DATE! Sefton CVS Annual Conference 2020 “Rising to the Challenge” Maintaining Resilience & Supporting our Communities (Wednesday 11th November, 10am -12noon)

This half-day virtual assembly will bring organisations and partners together to focus on:

  • recognising the mobilisation and response of VCF organisations in Sefton during the pandemic,
  • consider what works and share learning, experience and practice
  • – identify the new challenges in our communities and how we respond
  • – how the sector can work towards being sustainable and resilient in an uncertain world

Key speakers: Councillor Trish Hardy Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing
Dwayne Johnson, Chief Executive Sefton Council  
Workshops:TBA

Further details including a number of interactive workshops will be announced in the coming weeks, and to book your place please email events@seftoncvs.org.uk


FREE Upcoming Reducing Parental Conflict training (12th & 13th October 2020)

MeLearning

Sefton Corporate Learning Centre are offering free places on an upcoming Reducing Parental Conflict Training. This course is delivered as part of the Reducing Parental Conflict programme, which is designed to upskill practitioners in supporting parents to reduce conflict within their relationship, whether they are together or separated.

This course is designed for any multi-agency practitioners who have direct contact with children and families through their work.

Click here for for more information or to book your place 

Sefton Council FREE childcare offer to 2 Year Olds




Some two year olds in Sefton can get FREE early learning and childcare support if they meet one or more of the eligibility criteria.  If you meet the eligibility criteria, children would be eligible for funding from the term after their 2nd birthday. Late applications can only be funded from the date that you applied.

The aim of this support is to make sure that children from all backgrounds learn at the same rate as their peers and are school ready when they reach 5 years of age. Two year olds can receive early learning at a setting of your choice, including nurseries, children’s centres, playgroups, in some schools and with some childminders. 

To find out if your child is eligible apply online at www.sefton.gov.uk/2yearolds or contact your Health Visitor or local Family Wellbeing Centre. Alternatively, you can contact Sefton Council on 0151 933 6021 or email: 2yearolds@sefton.gov.uk

Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Administrator (closing 12noon, Monday 12th October 2020)

Job Title: Project Administrator
Grade: £20,138
Location:  Sefton CVS Office 
Hours: Full time 35 hours per week

Job Purpose:
To work alongside the Project Manager, Project Co-Ordinator and Staff Team to provide an effective, timely and efficient monitoring and administration function for the Offender Mentoring Project. The role will consist of producing monthly reports for all statutory partners.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record in the provision of monitoring and administration functions, and will be experienced in the use of Databases, Microsoft and Access applications and also being able to work well in a team and being able to adapt with changes that are made within the project. We are looking for someone who has excellent planning, organised and has telephone skills and able to liaise with statutory partners, volunteers and service users on a daily basis.

Please note: This post is funded until 30th June 2021

Downloads

Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Job Description & Person Specification (Word / PDF

Application Form (Word / PDF
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

CLOSING DATE: 12 noon Monday 12th October 2020
INTERVIEWS SCHEDULED: w/c Monday 19th October 2020
All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Job Vacancy: Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Worker (closing 12noon, Monday 12th October 2020)

Job Title: Mentoring Project Worker
Grade: £21,962
Location: Sefton CVS Office, Prison & Community based   
Hours: Full time 35 hours per week

Job Purpose:
The Mentoring Project Worker will work on many aspects of the Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project. This post will be supporting offenders of all ages or those at risk of offending, both in custody and in the community.

This varied and exciting role will see the post holder undertaking face to face assessments with prospective mentees, source suitable volunteer mentors and oversee and support the matching process. This post will see the job holder attending regular stakeholder meetings with statutory partners and supporting the volunteer recruitment and training process.

Please note: This post is funded until 30th June 2021

Downloads

Guidance Notes (Word / PDF)
Job Description & Person Specification (Word PDF

Application Form (Word PDF
Diversity Monitoring Form (Word / PDF
Criminal Convictions Declaration (Word / PDF)

CLOSING DATE: 12 noon Monday 12th October 2020
INTERVIEWS SCHEDULED: w/c Monday 19th October 2020
All completed applications and for any enquiries, please email recruitment@seftoncvs.org.uk.

Job Vacancy: Project and Development Manager with The Orrell Trust (closing Friday 16th October)


We have a position for a Project and Development Manager for The Orrell Trust, based at St John & St James Church and Community Centre, in Bootle.  The post is resourced by funding secured for 2 1/2 years (35 hours a week) at a salary of £28,000 per annum.

The Trust are now at the point of wanting to consolidate its existing work and develop a future programme for the Trust and its activities. All referrals and enquiries are to be directed to elt@sefton.gov.uk or refer to the website www.seftonatwork.net

Closing Date 16th October 2020 
Interview Date 3rd November 2020

Click here for full details and how to apply

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board: Transitions and Exploitation Workshop (10am-12.30pm, Wednesday 7th October)

Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board


The Merseyside Safeguarding Adults Board are hosting an event facilitated by Steve Baguley and Kay Wallace from the National Working Group Exploitation Response Unit to present their perspective on ‘Transitions and Exploitation’ to our colleagues across Merseyside.

The board supports this opportunity to link up with Safeguarding Children Partnerships and Community Safety Partnerships across Merseyside. 

Click here for more information

To book a place please contact Vicky Palmer MSAB Performance Management Lead vickypalmer@wirral.gov.uk

Advice on Merseyside COVID restrictions from our Director of Public Health

With the new restrictions being introduced for Merseyside, and across the country, Sefton’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones has addressed a number of questions in relation to the new guidance here in Sefton.

For the latest information and restrictions in Care Home visitations please click here.

For the latest information and restrictions in school settings across Sefton please click here.

Click here to visit the Sefton Council website for more information

Updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for Faith Organisations and Places of Worship

The updated Church of England guidance includes:
• A new ‘Key Principles’ section 
• New FAQs on how the ‘rule of six’ affects regular church services; to what extent places of worship are exempt; Bible study groups or home groups; choirs singing and choir rehearsals.
• Updated FAQs including on individual prayer, regular services, outdoor worship, baptisms, weddings and ordinations.

Make sure you read the latest updates on the Church of England website.


Information and resources for other faiths: 

United Reformed Church Zoom & Social Media guidance

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK! VCFSE Assembly: Sustainable & affordable food in the Liverpool City Region

The VS6 partnership would like to invite you to attend the sixth in our series of online VCFSE Liverpool City Region Assemblies on sustainable and affordable food scheduled to take place via Zoom on Thursday 1st October from 10am to 12pm.

This event is for those who are providing emergency food aid and other food support services and the organisations involved in delivering them. It will give us an opportunity to start to think strategically about how we might develop a sustainable and affordable food plan for the Liverpool City Region.

Click here for more information or to book your place

The Steve Morgan Foundation announce £20m to charities from new fund

Philanthropist Steve Morgan will give another £20m to charities struggling with the impact of Covid-19.

Mr Morgan is match-funding a £10m award from Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) and said the new £20m fund will help hundreds of charities stay open.

The philanthropist has already given out £50m in grants and committed another £250m since launching the Steve Morgan Foundation in 2001 but warned that the charity sector faced an unprecedented challenge because of the pandemic.

World Mental Health Day Event with Sefton In Mind (Friday 9th October)

On Friday 9th October, 10am – 1pm we will be celebrating the work of organisations that support good mental wellbeing in Sefton – with a special focus on men and mental wellbeing.

Chaired by Sefton Council’s Mental Health Champion – Councillor Paul Cummins, the online event will include guest speaker Darren Bee from Time To Change North West and the voices of Time to Change Champions.

To see the full list of Sefton groups showcasing their work and for more information click on the poster below. 

To book your place, please follow the link below; https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeCQB0WwiB1UDaDWa4qiMws7FbK1YupX-2BYhBdfKlpeEK32A/viewform

VCFSE Assembly: Sustainable & affordable food in the Liverpool City Region (Thursday 1st October 2020)

The VS6 partnership would like to invite you to attend the sixth in our series of online VCFSE Liverpool City Region Assemblies on sustainable and affordable food scheduled to take place via Zoom on Thursday 1st October from 10am to 12pm.

This event is for those who are providing emergency food aid and other food support services and the organisations involved in delivering them. It will give us an opportunity to start to think strategically about how we might develop a sustainable and affordable food plan for the Liverpool City Region.

Click here for more information or to book your place

Sefton’s Public Health Director stresses coronavirus tests are only for people with symptoms

With a recent survey of the country’s coronavirus testing sites showing a quarter of people turning up for tests did not have symptoms, Sefton’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones has reminded residents they should only book a test of they have symptoms.

“People who do have any of the coronavirus symptoms, which are a high temperature, a persistent new cough or a loss of taste or smell must isolate immediately for 10 days and must stay isolated even if they are waiting test appointment at a nearby location to become available.

Mrs Jones said: “Testing is a crucial tool in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 but with the capacity of labs to process tests currently facing an enormous challenge, people should not book a test unless they have symptoms or have not been advised to take a test by a doctor or a public health professional”.

Click here to read the full article and for more information

National Youth Agency (NYA) Advice & Guidance – Managing youth sector activities and spaces during COVID-19

The National Youth Agency (NYA) as the Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body for youth work in England has, in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive, developed youth sector specific advice and guidance.

The guidance will support local providers, leaders, volunteers and young people to remain safe when engaging in youth sector activities. It is intended to guide the youth sector in opening up services for young people at the right pace and time.
 


 Click here to read the full guidance and for more information

Living Well Sefton’s Community Resilience Grants NOW OPEN (closing 30th September 2020)

Living Well Sefton are pleased to announce that the eighth round of Community Resilience Grant funding is now open! The focus is about supporting community groups, whether they are small, grass-roots or faith-based, to recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic with projects aiming to help local people with their mental wellbeing and reducing obesity.

More than 100 projects have so far been funded through the Community Resilience Grant. These planned to improve health and wellbeing by reducing social isolation for older people, increasing people’s confidence, self-esteem and fitness as well as helping them build awareness of healthy cooking and nutrition, and encouraging the whole family in developing activities together.

The maximum amount to be awarded to organisations during this eighth round is £2,000.

Click here to view the grant criteria.

Download here for print versions of the Organisation application and individual application forms.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. If you want further information then email us on: LWS@seftoncvs.org.uk

Read about the community projects the grant has funded and the difference it has made to those who have taken part in this Impact Report .

LCVS Community Impact Fund NOW OPEN – (closing 8th October 2020)

The LCVS Community Impact Fund helps voluntary sector organisations and registered charities do even more to build stronger communities across Liverpool and Merseyside.

The fund has now reopened, with updated criteria designed to help organisations adapt and bring their communities back together safely, in line with Covid-19 guidelines.

Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £3,000, for projects that meet one or more of our four main priority areas: Health, Education, Income stability & Arts and culture. 

Applications will be assessed on the impact that the project will have on the lives of those who benefit.

Click here for full details of the Community Impact Fund