Times are difficult and help is needed now more than ever. If you can offer any assistance, either in the way of food for the more vulnerable or by giving some of your time to the NHS, please follow these links:
Find food banks near you asking for help with donations.
Find out about the latest goings on at Pennine Magpie, such as our bake off to raise money for the flood appeal, our big soup share to bring our local community together and a spotlight on some of our new sessions…
With many of us having to work from home at present and the lack of going out options, despite this uncharacteristically lovely weather, there are still ways to incorporate some exercise in our daily routine.
Do you sit at a desk all day? Does your 9 to 5 leave no time for structured exercise..?
As part of the local response to the measures linked to COVID-19, we are asking local voluntary and community sector organisations to share local intelligence with us in terms of what is happening on the ground and what you are seeing and hearing which we need to know and which we can respond to ensure vulnerable communities remain in view and supported.
A central volunteering hub has been established via the Council website: http://news.calderdale.gov.uk/council-sets-out-plan-to-co-ordinate-community-response-to-covid-19/
Plans are being now being developed for virtual locality based volunteering hubs to be developed to ensure we collectively keep people volunteering as local as possible. To enable this approach we would be grateful if you could review the following questions and respond back to the VSI Alliance regarding what is happening locally and what current volunteering capacity the sector has. We understand there are restrictions on movement, however we are looking at how volunteers can safely support people who are vulnerable at this time. The questions are as follows:
Gathering intelligence through our sector:
What is happening on the ground and what you are seeing and hearing which we need to know and which we can respond to ensure vulnerable communities remain in view and supported?
Do you have any needs we can help with?
Understanding need for and availability of volunteer capacity across localities in Calderdale:
Do you have any staff who currently cannot carry out their day job but would be able to support some volunteer activity to support vulnerable communities/people? Can you provide approximate numbers at this stage if you have staff available for volunteering activity?
Do you have volunteers who have been through the DBS checking service who could support needs at a locality level? If so, could you provide initially, the number of volunteers?
Do you need volunteers and if so what do you require them for?
We thank you in advance and please note that for all general support and enquiries the VSI Alliance team can be contacted on 01422 348777 or by emailing email@example.com.
VAC member webinar invitation to wider sector – 1 April
VAC are facilitating an opportunity for local Voluntary & Community groups in their membership to have a virtual meeting place to ensure we remain connected, ensure there is a platform for peer support and where we can discuss the current impact on the sector from COVID-19 and help each other to look at viable solutions to support the individuals and communities who rely on the invaluable services the VCS provides. We hope to be able to look at the themes as they emerge and to put in a collective emergency response to Local Government and Health: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/calderdale-vcs-coronavirus-peer-support-webinar-tickets-100393313102
We would also like to announce that as of close of play Wednesday 25th March 2020, the VAC building will be closed. Phone and email contact remains unaffected. For organisations that need to submit their accounts to Helen Galvin from WYCAS, please email Helen (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will make the necessary arrangements directly with organisations.
COVID-19 £1 Million Foodbank Support
B&M appreciates that many households will be facing extreme hardship due to the current crisis. Each of their stores are authorised to provide a local foodbank with a £1,500 donation, so they can buy essential groceries, cleaning goods and toiletries.
If you are affected by any aspect of Domestic Abuse Calderdale’s Staying Safe team can help by providing telephone support including domestic abuse support, safety advice and access to legal advice. To access support please phone: 01422 323339 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday).
Please note that in In line with Government and Public Health advice we are not meeting clients face to face and our drop-in sessions in Todmorden and open access sessions at WomenCentre in Halifax are not currently running.
We will provide an update if the situation or advice changes. Please see our website for more information and for contact details for national domestic violence helplines: http://calderdalestayingsafe.org.uk/
The classes run by Curious Motion throughout the year have been cancelled for now but they are also moving online and from Tuesday next week they are running a ‘virtual coffee morning’ each week for anyone who would like to join.
This is particularly to support the group of people over 55 who usually attend our ‘Brews & Grooves’ class on a Tuesday morning and are likely to be self isolating for a significant period of time, but it is also open to anyone who wants to join.
To sign up for the coffee mornings email Sam for the info. This can be found on the Curious Motion website: www.curiousmotion.org.uk.
Virtual Coffee mornings will run every Tuesday at 10am.
Join Huddersfield Live at Home at Lawrence Batley Theatre for a performance of Jesus Christ Superstar, the first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage.
We will be watching the Saturday Matinee on April 25 at 1:30
at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen St, Huddersfield HD1 2SP
Tickets are £25.00 per person, including transport.
Meet us at Bradley Court, Keldregate, HD2 1WN.
Individual pick up can be arranged.
For more information or to book, please call 01484 515420
Huddersfield Live at Home Scheme, Bradley Court, 42 Keldregate, HD2 1WN
Tel: 01484 515420
Our award-winning charity helps improve the lives of over 18,000 older people across the UK every day. As the only national care provider to offer connected care and support through specialist care homes, thriving retirement living and vibrant community groups, our organisation is a leading light in later life care.
The latest Grow Calderdale Spring/Summer 2020 newsletter is out, packed with help and tips on gardening and growing, broken down by month from April to June, gardening events, allotment information, not forgetting wildlife and tasty seasonal recipes.
Since 1965 The Cartwheel Centre has promoted education, social welfare and leisure time activities for the benefit of the people of Elland. Whether it’s youth clubs and support services for our young people or luncheon clubs and reducing loneliness for our older people, we have been at the heart of Elland for 55 years!
However, last year was a difficult one. Due to a number of situations outside of our control, the centre experienced a very hard time and, if not for the dedication of our Management Committee, the centre could have faced closure.
However, things are now returning to normal but the centre needs your help and we are appealing for support from local businesses and individuals to serve on the Management Committee, or offer support in other ways.
Are you able to spare a few hours a week to help the centre upgrade and revamp to a standard in order to continue to be a great venue for everyone’s benefit in the town?
Until recently Youth Services have delivered sessions for local young people from the centre and there is usually a popular luncheon club. We would love to expand on the things we offer local people in Elland and need your help to do so.
If joining the Management Committee isn’t for you, could you support a fundraising campaign or be happy to make a donation?
Some of the skills we need to save the centre
Administration, IT, record keeping, opening and closing the building, overseeing contractors, gaining quotes.
You will need to be
able to commit to regular meetings and work in between meetings
reliable and work with integrity
passionate about getting a job done well!
If you would like to join us or would like to have an informal chat about what you could offer, please contact Joe Braithwaite, Acting Chair email@example.com
The Cartwheel Centre, Temperence Building/Huddersfield Rd, Elland HX5 9DW
Tel: 01422 374533