VSI Alliance Announcement – COVID-19 list of useful resources May 2020 #2

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


VSI News

*ONE WEEK LEFT* Calderdale Sector Resilience Survey May 2020
As an infrastructure partnership, we the VSI Alliance, think it is important to find out how our third sector organisations are adapting, to understand the pressures you are under and to work to provide the right support at this time and beyond. We’d like to ask you to take a few minutes to complete this survey. We will use this information to advocate for your interests and, wherever possible, to adapt our services to meet your needs.


Managing Your VCSE Organisation Through Covid-19 – Funding, Furlough and More
Forum’s Sector Support services would like to invite you to a free webinar offering advice and guidance on managing your group, charity or social enterprise during the Covid-19 crisis. With so much information out there, we are aware that many groups require a clear summary of the support available.

Calderdale News & Information

Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected in Calderdale
The Society 4Neurodiversity’s Keeping People Connected Service is free and available now for people with neurodiverse conditions such as autism, ADHD, or a mild learning disability.

The Listening Line
The Listening Line will give young people the opportunity to get some simple advice and guidance about how to keep busy and reduce their anxiety about the current situation.

Regional/National News & Information

COVID-19 Summary of Published Guidance and Support for Vulnerable Groups
This document provides a summary of the main guidance produced to help vulnerable individuals, groups and communities to protect themselves and others from coronavirus and to manage the impact of shielding and social distancing.

Support for Frontline Workers
The Samaritans have partnered with Shout, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation to launch ‘Our Frontline’, a round-the-clock, 1:1 support service for health, care, emergency and key workers.

Earlier this week:

Frequently Asked Questions for Vulnerable Residents
These frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been put together to help people understand what help is available during these difficult times.

Local Coronavirus Testing for Essential Workers and Their Households
If your organisation employs essential workers who are self-isolating they, and members of their household, can now apply to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the local drive-through testing hub in Halifax.

Together in Halifax
Woolshops Halifax has put this health and wellbeing pack together to highlight some of the local charities and services providing mental health support and access to essential supplies.

Regional/National News & Information

Coronavirus Scam Alert Issue #7
West Yorkshire Trading Standards has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 related scams.

John Tizard: Charities Must Shape the Covid-19 Rescue, Recovery and Reform Agenda
John Tizard offers some thoughts about how charities can lead the way in helping the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic, including sector bodies producing a manifesto driven by specific communities of interest and specialist services.

New Board Formed to Lead West Yorkshire’s Economy out of the Pandemic Leaders from organisations and businesses across West Yorkshire are coming together to form an Economic Recovery Board to plan the region’s economic fightback from the Covid-19 pandemic.

What Do Children and Young People Want from Society at This Critical Time?
Gathering the views of 8 to 21-year-olds are really important in informing the vision for a child-friendly welfare state that Children England are working with young people to create. It’s only open until 31st May and it only takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

Earlier this week:

Making the Government’s COVID-19 Support Schemes Work Better for Charities
Many of the business support measures are open to charities, but they are designed in ways that actually restrict access. Elizabeth Chamberlain explains the improvements that are being pushed.

Funding News & Resources

COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund 2020-21
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced £6 million of emergency funding to provide relief for homelessness providers directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Earlier this week:

COVID-19 Funding Available Via Calderdale Council
Many Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in Calderdale can claim grants made available by the government in response to the coronavirus emergency. These are being administrated by the Calderdale Council Business Rates team.

Energy Redress Fund
Charities that support vulnerable energy consumers or have innovative ideas that will benefit energy customers are being invited to apply for shares of £13m of funding.


About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk