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easyfundraising Advent Calendar is back!

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easyfundraising is spreading some Christmas cheer to the third sector by giving away £5,000 in their Advent Calendar giveaway. To get involved, sign your organisation up to easyfundraising and you can be a part of 25 days of advent fun and create an easy and accessible fundraising option your volunteers and the local community can get behind. Every time they open the daily door, your organisation gets an entry into the big Christmas Day prize to win £5,000.

Find out more here:  https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/community

Last year’s winner (Wiltshire WI) said: “This money has been a blessing for us. Like most organisations, we have suffered due to the pandemic, and the prize has enabled us to continue to bring women together, to gain new skills, and to campaign on issues close to our hearts.”

A new Calderdale Cost of Living Fund for VCSE organisations

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There is £226,950 available for local community and voluntary groups based in Calderdale, with contributions from

  • Calderdale Council
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority via the Mayor’s Cost of Living Emergency Fund
  • Community Foundation for Calderdale.

This funding is designed to help local voluntary and community groups continue to support people in need throughout Winter as the demand for services rises.

There are 3 strands to the funding – emergency support, prevention (warm & welcoming spaces) and building resilience. These strands have been brought together in to one fund to try and reduce the amount of time local groups spend on writing applications.

You’ll find all the details in the guidance but here is an ‘at a glance’ table showing the key elements of the Calderdale Cost of Living Fund:

Please note, the majority of funds need to be spent by end March 2023 as the focus for the fund is supporting Calderdale residents through the Winter.

You can apply for one, two or all three strands of funding if your organisation is eligible.

Click below to apply online before the closing date for applications on Friday 9th December 10am.

 Click here to apply to the Calderdale Cost of Living Fund

These funds may be of interest particularly organisations who offer warm and welcoming spaces.

   

Cartwheel Community Centre Recruiting New Members – December 9th

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Cartwheel Community Centre has been included within the Future High Streets Programme for full refurbishment to provide a fit for purpose community Hub for the people of Elland.

After supporting Cartwheel over previous years, a number of existing members of the Management Committee of the Charity have expressed a wish to step down. To take the vision for the centre forward we are looking to recruit up to 12 people to join the committee.

A number have already come forward and we are welcoming further expressions of interest from anyone who would to like to be involved. We are looking for committed individuals with a range of skills to join the Management Committee:

  • Providing leadership and direction
  • Implementing the Governance of the charity
  • Carrying out the Charity aims to provide a community facility for the benefit of Elland
  • Making decisions, managing resources and ensuring accountability for the above

This opportunity is open to anyone with ideas, energy and enthusiasm who like to help to run a community facility for the community of Elland but we are particularly keen to hear from those with leadership, communication, social media, web, fund raising, bid writing and project management skills.

As part of the process will be looking to appoint new members to key roles in the committee:

Chair

Leading the committee and the organisation to enable it to fulfil its purpose.

  • To ensure an effective relationship between:
    • the committee and the staff/volunteers
    • the committee and the external stakeholders/community
  • Acting as a spokesperson and figurehead as appropriate.

Treasurer

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
  • Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.
  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.

 

Secretary

  • To ensure that committee meetings are properly administered and minuted
  • Maintaining up to date membership records
  • Monitor committee action points.
  • Act as chair for a sub-group as required

This is a summary from www.Gov.uk and more detailed information of what is involved in these roles can be found by clicking here

Once we have received all expressions of interest an Extraordinary General Meeting will then take place shortly after to co-opt the new members and a new chair, treasurer and secretary will be appointed.

If you would like to be involved in taking forward this exciting opportunity, please email lowervalleycoordinators@calderdale.gov.uk by the 9th December 2022.

Square Chapel Arts Centre celebrating 250th anniversary on Saturday December 3rd

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You are invited to join us in celebrating our 250th anniversary on Saturday 3rd of December at Square Chapel Arts Centre.

We will be showcasing the history of our fantastic site as well as the talents of our diverse community and of those who have a special connection with Square Chapel. An opportunity to network, or just enjoy the festivities with friends. Come help us commemorate the milestone of not only 250 years since the chapel was constructed but also 30 years since receiving arts centre status and 1 year since re-opening.

The event kicks off from midday and will include live music, historic talks, and free tasters from our new menu.

Please feel free to share this invitation within your networks, the itinerary for the day is as follows:

Live Music

12:00-19:45       Live Acoustic Music in the Atrium

Join us in our Atrium space from 12:00 for back-to-back acoustic performances from musicians that have featured previously in our weekly Friday Night Live showcase.

Admission to our Atrium is FREE, but please register here.

19:00-22:30       250 Years of Square Chapel Celebration Concert

Celebrating 250 years since the original building was constructed, 30 years since receiving Arts Centre status and one year since officially reopening to the public. Featuring local talents who have a special connection with Square Chapel making for an enjoyable, inclusive and accessible evening. We are also delighted to announce that Channel 4 will be with us to capture some of the performance for an upcoming documentary.

This event is ticketed, please purchase your tickets here.

20:00-23:00       Live DJs in the Atrium

From 20:00 our celebration will culminate with back-to-back DJ sets, including an unmissable hour with Phoenix FM’s NRG X-Press host and Calderdale Pride icon Bazz/Dame Shirley Bazzey.

Admission to our Atrium is FREE, but please register here.

Historical Talks & Tours

12:30-13:00       David Glover – Tombstones: In Celebration of Square Chapel’s 250th Year: 1772-2022

A 30-minute stroll around the graveyard at Square Chapel with David Glover hearing stories of some named on the stones: the Bradley engineers, the Kershaws, the early Crossleys, the Glendinings, Thomas Rawlinson and the last Tristram.

This tour is weather permitting and will be replaced with an indoor presentation in Cornerstone if the weather is poor, this event is ticketed, please purchase your tickets here.

14:15-16:00       David Glover – An Illustrated Presentation to Celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Square Chapel

David Glover returns with a commemorative presentation in celebration of Square Chapel’s 250th year, spanning the era of Titus Knight all the way to the 21st Century expansion.

This event is ticketed, please purchase your tickets here.

Food & Drink

12:45-20:30       Free Food Samples in the Atrium

Samples of our new menu launching in 2023 will be served throughout the day in collaboration with Bam Bam’s Vegan Kitchen. Our Seven Bro7hers bar will be open all day as usual serving a range of real ales and keg beers, wines, spirits, hot and soft drinks.

Admission to our Atrium is FREE, but please register here.

We do hope you can join us, on behalf of the Square Chapel team.

“Our time is now” – Plan launched to improve safety of women and girls across West Yorkshire

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The safety of women and girls in West Yorkshire is Mayor Tracy Brabin’s top priority, she said as she unveiled a plan to bring about societal change and end generations of injustice.The country’s first and only female metro-mayor has this week launched her Safety of Women and Girls Strategy at West Yorkshire’s annual Third Sector Conference in Calderdale.The strategy reveals the shocking experiences and challenges facing women and girls, including a recent survey that found 97% believe ‘being a woman’ affects their personal safety, and outlines a plan to tackle this.This will be resolved through four key areas of work to bring about change:

  • Education and Prevention: through events to raise awareness of the issue in schools, colleges, and universities across the region.
  • Behaviour Change: including delivering a behaviour change programme to empower men to be allies.
  • Safe Spaces: working to improve safety in the public, private and digital space.
  • And Supporting the Sector: securing funding for vital services in the region through working together with partners, including the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and private businesses.

Each are underpinned by two cross-cutting themes, which are ‘the role of men and boys’, and ‘equality, diversity and inclusion’.The strategy, which puts the voices of women and girls at its heart, will be delivered in partnership with West Yorkshire Police, local councils, community organisations, businesses, and the public. A further £1 million of funding has been made available by the Mayor to support the it’s delivery. This builds on considerable work already ongoing in the region including:

  • £14 million for victims’ services across the next three years, many of which support women and girls.
  • A SmartTag spray for use in night-time venues that tags offenders with a unique forensic code so they can be identified and brought to justice.
  • Funding “Ask for Angela” services which enables those who feel vulnerable or unsafe to seek assistance in bars, clubs or businesses.
  • Over £500,000 for domestic abuse perpetrator programmes across West Yorkshire to reduce re-offending.

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said:  “We owe it to every little girl growing up in our brilliant and diverse region to provide them with a future where they are safe from harm. Male violence against women and girls is a scourge that must be addressed, and as someone who has experienced this first-hand, I have made that my top priority.“This plan, which has been co-designed with women, male allies and organisations across the region, sets out how together, we can make West Yorkshire a safe, just and inclusive place for women and girls.“Our time is now – we must do this together to overcome generations of injustice and harm and drive this important change.”

Alison Lowe OBE, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said:  “As a survivor of sexual and domestic abuse, I feel a strong personal responsibility towards making West Yorkshire safer for women and girls.“When it happened to me many years ago, I did not believe that I had a voice. But I am here now as the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime in West Yorkshire to tell you that you will be heard, you will be believed, and you will be supported.“This Strategy builds on years of work, there’s still lots to do, but I can’t wait to see the incredible things we will achieve together.”The Mayor of West Yorkshire’s Safety of Women and Girls Strategy was co-designed through dedicated consultation events, a West Yorkshire wide call for evidence and public feedback from the Police and Crime Plan consultation.To find out more about the ongoing work to improve the safety of women and girls and read the strategy, visit https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/a-mayoral-combined-authority/mayoral-pledges/the-safety-of-women-and-girls/safety-of-women-and-girls-strategy/.

Health and care leaders back a trauma informed approach across West Yorkshire

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Health and care leaders across West Yorkshire are united in their support to tackle and address barriers that people affected by trauma can experience when accessing care.

The West Yorkshire Adversity, Trauma and Resilience Programme, jointly delivered by West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) and West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU), has an ambition to ensure West Yorkshire is a trauma informed and responsive system by 2030. Initiatives to prevent harm and improve wellbeing, particularly for those who are most vulnerable and face multiple difficulties, include:

  • Training to thousands of multi-agency colleagues including the police, schools, housing providers, primary care, accident and emergency and local authorities
  • Developing an adversity, trauma and resilience web portal bringing shared resources together – coming soon

West Yorkshire’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe OBE is also the Senior Responsible Officer for the Adversity, Trauma and Resilience Programme and said:

“People who experience adversity and trauma are at higher risk of poor physical and mental health. Children are more likely to adopt anti-social and health-harming behaviours, get involved in violence, be excluded from school and attain low exam results. Adults facing multiple disadvantages can be more predisposed to addictions, dying by suicide and being absent from work than those who don’t.

“While fully eradicating trauma remains unlikely, by working together we can help to strengthen community resilience, mitigate existing harm and ultimately improve lives for people living and working in West Yorkshire.”

Chief Superintendent Jackie Marsh, West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) Director, said: “Collaboration is key to make sure that we do not add to harm and that we work in ways that mitigate the impact of where there has been harm already.

“Trauma and adversity cannot be prevented and responded to by one sector. That’s why it’s crucial that all our organisations and system leaders work together and that we listen to grassroots expertise to deliver the shifts in culture and practice needed to achieve our vision of ensuring the area is trauma-informed and responsive to people’s needs. We have a way to go but that work has started and is happening right now across West Yorkshire.”

The West Yorkshire Adversity, Trauma and Resilience Programme was set up in June 2020 and comprises over 300 members.

SMKD in Bradford ask you to support Secret Santa Appeal

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This year, more children than ever are going to go without a Christmas present. That is why at SMKD we support the Secret Santa Appeal. “

For any further information on the secret santa appeal, this is the link to the website. https://www.jcibradford.org.uk/secret-santa-appeal/

Please donate by the 8th of December

It is getting to that time of year again when Christmas lists are getting longer and the shopping trips seem to never end. But SMKD, a Bradford based vape company, is getting into the Christmas spirit by giving back to the community and joining JCI Bradford’s Secret Santa Appeal.

JCI is a non-profit organisation for 18 to 40 year olds. It was founded to provide opportunities for young people to create positive change. Since 1989, JCI has held the Secret Santa Appeal.

This is an annual event where various organisations act as drop off points for people to donate Christmas presents to children in poverty. The appeal is needed now more than ever with so many families struggling to make ends meet.
According to the End Child Poverty Coalition, 3.6 million children in the UK were living in poverty last year, and this is set to increase considerably with the cost of living crisis.

This means parents all over the country are having to make the tough decision between making their child smile on Christmas, and putting food on the table.

SMKD are determined to give the children of Bradford, Calderdale, and Kirklees the magical Christmas they deserve. From November 21st to December 8th they will be collecting presents, donated by customers, in their Bradford, Halifax, and Huddersfield stores. We were able to speak to the managing director of SMKD, Moe, about their decision to work with JCI Bradford. “It is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of Christmas. Sometimes we forget that the whole point of the holiday is to give to others, and especially to those who can not
afford the luxuries that we take for granted.”

He went on to say, “when we heard about the Secret Santa Appeal, we knew we had to do something for the kids who need a bit of hope during this difficult time.”

The JCI appeal collects thousands of presents every year. SMKD’s goal is to collect 120 gifts, just 20 per participating store. The selected stores are:

  • Bridge Street, Bradford
  • Kirkgate, Bradford
  • John Street, Bradford
  • Sticker Lane, Bradford
  • High Street, Huddersfield
  • Market Street, Halifax

To learn more about the Secret Santa Appeal, you can visit the JCI Bradford website. Or visit www.secretsantaappeal.org.uk to find out how you can help make Christmas merry again for families in need.

Please donate by the 8th of December

Calderdale Lower Valley Friday Flyer 25 November 2022 – OUT NOW!!

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Click here to view this week’s Friday Flyer

This week:

  • Take a look at our Christmas Events section!
  • CFFC Networking Event November 30 at the Old Brodleians RUFC
  • Vaccination chief urges people to get boosted as West Yorkshire hits the half million milestone
  • Would you like to be featured on The Yorkshire Auction House?

Have a great weekend!

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Santa-Gram 2022 has launched! Get involved by December 2nd

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Home Instead are accepting items to be included in the ‘Santa-grams’ until 2nd December. If your organisation, church or community group would like to receive Santa-grams, or if you are a school or organisation would like to get involved, contact Julie Ingham on 01422 292424 or email julie.ingham@homeinstead.co.uk

Home Instead Calderdale’s annual Santa-gram Christmas gifting scheme has launched to give older people something to smile about during the festive season and help alleviate loneliness.

The team at Home Instead Calderdale are working with seven primary schools across Halifax, Sowerby Bridge and Brighouse, one after-school club and two Calderdale knitting groups to make gifts. The children will be putting their creative talent to good use, designing Christmas cards and decorations and the older children will be writing letters to donate to older people across Calderdale.

 

Local community group, The Calder Quilters and the Knit & Natter Group at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Halifax were delighted to get involved in this year’s Christmas Santa-gram campaign, creating some much needed quilted blankets and knitted muffs for older people to help keep them warm this winter. Last year Home Instead received 1,452 Santa-grams and the team hopes to smash that record this year!

 

 

 

 

Quilts and Twiddle Muffs from Calder Quilters

Every year Home Instead receive many heart-warming comments from members of the elderly community on receiving their Santa-grams.  One such comment was: “Thank you so much for the Santa-gram I received just before Christmas. Being a pensioner living on my own with no family it brightened my day it means a lot to know that there are kind people out there who want to support ageing people in the community this winter. I hadn’t heard of Home Instead so who knows in the future you may be someone to turn to, if needed.”

Since starting the campaign two years ago during the COVID pandemic lockdown, Home Instead has delivered thousands of Santa-grams to members of the local community.

Commenting on the festive campaign, owner of Home Instead Calderdale Munaf Patel said, “A lot of older people in the community are missing out on the companionship, care, and love that many of us simply take for granted. We want to do something to help, and the campaign is a nice way to bring several different generations together.”

Calder Quilters meet fortnightly at The Maurice Jagger Centre, Halifax and their Chairperson commented, “We heard about Home Instead’s Santa-gram Campaign and approached them to see how we might get involved.  As a result our members have been busy creating quilted lap blankets, backed with fleece to help elderly people stay warm this winter and a set of Twiddle Muffs which make great presents for people with dementia, who find it comforting to keep their hands and fingers occupied.”

Margaret Caulfield of the Knit & Natter Group at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, Huddersfield Road, Halifax, said, “Given the worrying Cost of Living Crisis, we wanted to do something to help some of the people who will be worrying about their heating costs this winter.  We welcomed the chance to get involved with Home Instead’s Santa-gram campaign and our members have been busy creating warm blankets and muffs for the elderly.”

Home Instead are accepting items to be included in the ‘Santa-grams’ until 2nd December. If your organisation, church or community group would like to receive Santa-grams, or if you are a school or organisation would like to get involved, contact Julie Ingham on 01422 292424 or email julie.ingham@homeinstead.co.uk