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Autumn 2009


‘e’ Times

Working Together for a Healthier Halton: Commissioning the Third Sector

Hello and welcome to the first edition of Health ‘e’ Times, Halton Voluntary Action’s newest publication, designed to keep you informed of all things health related in Halton. In this edition you will find information on funding opportunities, local events and quality standards and systems. There is also an article by Brian Dawe introducing his organisation, Safe Productions and information on how your group can receive support to become ‘tender ready’….Plus much more!

Laura Neilson (Third Sector Lead Engagement Officer for Health)

Halton & District Women’s Aid has announced that the next start date of ‘The Freedom Programme’ is 8th September 2009. The Freedom Programme is a non threatening and totally confidential 12 week rolling programme open to all local women who have or are experiencing domestic violence and abuse. Please contact Lynne or Beryl on 0151 495 2778

Walk this way…On Sunday 4th October why not join members of the Alzheimer’s Society as they take a ‘memory walk’ around Victoria Park, in Widnes. Registration starts at 12 noon, followed shortly after at 1 o’clock by the pleasant one mile walk around the park. For further information and sponsorship forms please contact Kim or Lorraine on 01928 574 384 and for more info about the Alzheimer’s Society visit

Are you ready to Tender??? Did you know that you can get support to establish whether or not your organisation is ready to go through a commissioning tender process? Here at Halton Voluntary Action we can offer you one to one support to go through what you should expect from the procedure as well as practical advice and tools to guide you through it, step by step. If you would like further information about this please contact Laura on 01928 592 405 or email

What’s New? Third Sector Lead Engagement Officers, Laura Neilson and Amanda O’Brien are currently producing a series of fact sheets, covering a variety of subjects from Ambition for Health to Every Child Matters. If you would like to receive the fact sheets you can add your name to our distribution list now by emailing or

Introducing… Safe Productions Ltd We are a not-for-profit limited company with a decade’s experience of promoting social inclusion and community coherence through delivering inclusive public artworks and creative facilitation. Our approach has been proven across the regeneration, education, health, social care and housing sectors. We have facilitated the design, creation and installation of over 80 artworks across the North West with a variety of statutory, public, voluntary, community and private organisations and agencies.

The company does not stand still; continued professional development enables us to deploy a whole spectrum of creative arts. We constantly seek new opportunities to embed our practice within other organisations, e.g. Arts & Health helping to develop inclusive programmes of work that meet the needs of diverse communities of interest. We are committed to remaining person centred in our approach. For more information or to speak with someone regarding the development of a project call Brian or Bridget on 0151-9331311 or visit

One of these projects was the Heritage Lottery funded project “Medieval Roots” that resulted in three public artworks being sited in Castlefields, Runcorn. The works where designed and created by school children and elderly people within the community and reflects the medieval heritage of the area which children from the local schools learnt about whilst developing the mosaic artworks.

Funding Central…NCVO have developed a new system for finding grants and contracts. This is a web based search through Funding Central. NCVO say that Funding Central recognizes that seeking funding and finance can be both daunting and time-consuming. To make this journey easier, Funding Central has developed two intuitive and supportive search pathways tailored to your individual fundraising experience and crafted to ensure that the best possible matches are returned. To access funding central, simply press ctrl on your keyboard and click the following link

Your Health, Your Say! Halton Borough Council is seeking the views of local people about barriers to healthier lifestyles, ahead of the next Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA). Findings from this research will feed into the next JSNA and may help identify areas for development to ensure services and support continue to meet local people's health and well being needs now and in the future. Halton Borough Council has arranged 2 road shows where street surveys will take place: Runcorn Halton Lea 10th-13th Sept AND Widnes Town centre 1st-4th Oct The survey will also be available on line from the Halton Borough Council website from September. Please contact the service development officer at Halton Borough Council on 01928 704 546 if you would like more information on the JSNA.

What one thing would you improve in Adult Social Care? Simply send your answer (along with your contact details) to The Personalisation Team at and you will be entered into a prize draw for a £20 ASDA voucher. The draw will take place at the end of November. If you don’t have access to email you can enter by calling 0303 333 4300 or writing to: The Personalisation Team Runcorn Town Hall Heath Road Runcorn Cheshire WA7 5TD

Dental Health by Dr Keith Milsom Dental health is worse in Halton than in England generally. Over half of all local 5-yearolds are affected by tooth decay which can cause pain and discomfort. Halton and St Helens NHS Primary Care Trust are addressing the problem by: 1. Delivering, twice a year, to each home, a pack containing a tube of fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush to all children aged 3-11 years. Fluoride toothpaste is known to prevent tooth decay. 2. Offering all children aged 3-17 years visiting their ‘High street’ dentist fluoride varnish three times per year. This varnish, applied by dental staff, strengthens teeth against decay. 3. Expanding the access that Halton residents have to NHS dentistry. Many local dentists are now happy to see new NHS patients. Anyone in Halton wishing to see an NHS dentist can do so by ringing 0800 8497088. This help line will provide you with the telephone number of local dentists.

Quality Counts… PQASSO PQASSO stands for Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations and it helps you take a systematic look at what you do. It is an off the shelf quality assurance system created by the Charities Evaluation Service and is Charity Commission endorsed. There are 12 Quality Areas at 3 Levels of achievement – levels 2 and 3 can be kite marked at an additional cost, but this isn’t necessary. Predominantly, PQASSO is a work pack based self assessment tool that enables you to demonstrate how you meet certain criteria. By working through the PQASSO process your group can not only be PQQ and tender ready but you can also increase your knowledge and skills which will enable you to compete in a competitive market. This in turn will lead to long term survival and a move away from short term grants, in line with government policy. Licensed PQASSO mentors are available to help and at Halton Voluntary Action there are three licensed mentors ready to offer you help and guidance. For more information about PQASSO call Pam, Laura or Chris on 01928 592 405 or email

Money Matters…The ASDA Foundation The ASDA Foundation is a charitable trust which was set up in 1988 to support local good causes chosen by ASDA colleagues, and is funded by profits from the mid–week national lottery. Through the trust ASDA lends a hand to the wide range of good causes with which colleagues are already involved — including everything from local charities and playgroups to football teams. Under the Foundation’s terms, ASDA will assist any charity in the UK, as well as people and projects that require financial assistance, providing they have the support of local ASDA colleagues. Funding will not be given for salaries or where the money will be added to general funds. Each application is assessed based on the individual merits of the cause, and its potential benefits to the local community. Event’s Coordinator Jennie Beechey said ‘the fund is a good way for us to give back to the community that supports us, and here at ASDA Widnes we have already helped a wide range of local voluntary groups with grants both large and small’ If you already have links with ASDA Widnes and would like to build on this by accessing the fund, or you are seeking support on a smaller scale, you can write to Jennie Beechey at ASDA Widnes, Widnes Road, Widnes, WA8 6AH.

Here at Halton Voluntary Action we like to get your feedback about the support and information we provide. So… what do you think about the first edition…good, bad or indifferent?!!! If you have any comments about this newsletter we would like to hear from you. Please contact Laura on 01928 592 405 or email lneilson@haltonva

If you would like to submit information for this newsletter, or if you have and queries you can call Laura Neilson; HVA’s Third Sector Lead Engagement Officer for Health, with any questions on 01928 592 405 or you can e mail

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