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Calderdale VSI Alliance Specialist Support Grants – Closing 31st March 2022

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Grants of up to £2,000 are now available for voluntary organisations in Calderdale for technical professional support to address a skills or knowledge gap in the organisation or address an immediate need for technical input to advance a project or service.

This fund cannot be used for ongoing revenue, staff costs, core activities, events, or capital work.Organisations wishing to apply to the fund should contact Cassandra Walker: cassandra.walker@locality.org.uk or 07955 364192 to discuss their project.

If eligible, you will be issued an application form.

Find Out More Here

Calderdale Council Household Support Fund

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The Government has allocated additional funding to Calderdale Council to provide support to local households over the period October to March 2022 – details on how to access this support will be released shortly.

Households who have provided their email address will have received an email regarding this fund. If you have already responded to the email, you don’t need to do anything else.

Initially we will be supporting families with children who currently receive assistance with Council Tax Support and/or Free School Meals over the October Half Term.

Each family will receive £15 per child will be paid directly into your bank account.

If Free School meals only are awarded then payment will only be made for those children in school.

This payment will be made directly to your bank account and we now need you to provide your bank information on the secure weblink below – please ensure to double check your account and sort code before submitting as we will be unable to reissue until returned by the Banking system.

Calderdale Council Household Support Fund

 

Free parking during the festive season in Calderdale

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Free festive parking is back again in Calderdale. This is an initiative from Calderdale Council to help those doing their Christmas shopping in the Town Centres.

Shoppers in Calderdale will be able to park for free on Saturdays in selected car parks across the borough in the run up to Christmas.

On Saturdays throughout December, parking will be free in the following car parks:

  • Halifax – High Street and Mulcture Hall Road
  • Brighouse – Parsonage Lane
  • Elland – Timber Street
  • Sowerby Bridge – Tuel Lane
  • Todmorden – Bramsche Square
  • Hebden Bridge – Garden Street

All car parks offering free parking will have notices displayed to remind customers that parking is free. Any car parks or on street bays without a notice will be subject to normal restrictions and charges.

Household support fund grants by December 2nd

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Are you a Not-for-profit organisation who are supporting people and families who are vulnerable and are facing hardship this Winter?

The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has provided councils with funds to offer direct support to households facing hardship this Winter.

These grants are for organisations who help people keep warm, clean, and fed this Winter.

The objective of the Household Support Fund is to provide support to vulnerable households in most need of support this winter as the economy recovers.

The fund should primarily offer food and energy support but also provision has been made to support households in need of other essentials e.g. blankets, toiletries, bills, fuel.

Grants are available on a sliding scale depending on how many people you are supporting and applications need to be in by 2nd December 2021.

For full details about this fund, application process and more winter support options, visit

https://cffc.co.uk/household-support-fund/

 

Save the date: VAC AGM – Thursday 9th December 2021

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The VAC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held virtually on

Thursday 9th December 2021

from 3.00pm.

The meeting will be held via Zoom video conferencing on this occasion and we would be delighted if you could join us. To register your attendance or apologies, please email membership@cvac.org.uk. We will reflect on our work during 2020/21 but predominantly we will be looking forward to sharing our plans for 2022 and beyond with a view to ensuring we continue to support and advocate for our members and our sector by creating opportunities and solutions so we can all keep improving local lives. We will also be introducing our redesigned membership offer.  The membership offer has been reviewed over the past year to ensure it is responsive and supportive of the sectors needs both now and in the future.  After a period of consultation with current member and non-member organisations, we have developed a scalable offer that can grow year on year, supporting and nurturing a strong, unified membership across Calderdale and Kirklees.

CREW Heart Support Group Lunch 2022 at Pollino Restaurant

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CREW Heart Support would like to invite you to join them at their 2022 lunch at Pollino Restaurant on January 17th at 12pm.

Please make reservations by Tuesday 21st December.

To book your place please contact Charlie Young by email.

Payment must be made in full, either by bank transfer or by Cheque to CREW HSG.

For Menu and details click here

We hope you can join us for our lunch

 

Pollino Restaurant, Warley Road, Halifax, HX1 3SU

Contact CREW Heart Support Group
Crew Heart Support Website
CREW Facebook page
email: crewpartners.hsg@gmail.com

Urgent Community Response VCSE Workshop

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Thursday 10th February 2022 from 10am – 12pm

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (‘CCG’), Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (‘CHFT’), Local Care Direct (‘LCD’) and Calderdale Council are working together to implement a new service across Calderdale, known as the ‘Urgent Community Response’ (‘UCR’) service, and is being launched from 6 December 21.

The aim of the UCR is to reduce hospital bed occupancy, by reducing avoidable admissions and supporting early discharge.  The UCR team will give those who need it, fast access to a range of qualified professionals who can address both their health and social care needs. People will be able to access a response from a team of skilled professionals within two hours, to provide the care they need to remain independent and avoid an admission to hospital. They could then be supported up to 2 days where needed.

UCR is the biggest development in community services within the last decade. Initially the service will be 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, with the aim of being 24/7 next year.

We are looking to link with the VCSE for their knowledge and expertise to see if there are any opportunities for organisations/communities to help enhance the UCR model and support the individuals who are in receipt of the UCR service. There also may be potential funding to support this.

 

Grow Yourself LAB Wellbeing Course 3rd to 10th December

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Lost confidence during lockdown? Anxious about getting back to work? Or has isolation affected mental health, motivation, communication and planning skills?

This is how you might benefit from the free one week LAB  Wellbeing course

  • Gain additional confidence to get back to learning or work
  • Re  – connect with others and have some fun
  • Get a boost to mental wellbeing via learning CBT / NLP techniques   
  • Try out strategies for dealing with setbacks and stress

We have all faced difficult situations and this has been a time for reassessment.  Having some information and tools and techniques to deal with the effects of stress  can leave us feeling more in control.

Using the 5 Ways Wellbeing model this lively course, this aims to offer a look at strategies we can all  use to plan for a more positive future.

This course is delivered by award -winning Proper Job Theatre Company and uses fun theatre training and arts based techniques.

Seeking work or a change of career?  We can offer places on our flagship two week follow on LAB Project course Employability course ( leading to Level 1 Employability qualification) to  any suitable learner who completes this.

Find out about other Calderdale Adult Learning courses that might suit you at an on –  course progression session.

Course induction date: 3rd December 

Class dates: 6-10 December

 

Hours – 10 am – 4 pm 

Please contact Melissa for enquiries or to book a place at Eengagement@properjob.org.uk  or  Tel 07368291874

 

The course is available to any one with any Calderdale or Todmorden post code.

 

For more information on Lab Project view booklet here

Home Instead launches second Santa-gram campaign to help bring some festive cheer to the elderly!

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Home Instead are asking children in local primary schools to join their second Santa-gram campaign by using their creative talents to design Christmas cards for elderly people in Calderdale.

Read this on the Home Instead webpage

Deadline to send your Santa-gram is December 3rd

Last year’s campaign was a fantastic success with over 1,000 Santa-grams delivered to more than 500 older people: both those still living at home and some care home residents.

According to Age UK, Christmas is the loneliest time of the year for over 1.5 million older people, with those who have lost a loved one struggling the most.

After this most difficult of years with many clubs and church groups still cautious about meeting, this provider of home care to the elderly and the vulnerable decided to repeat their campaign to help relieve some of the loneliness felt by many elderly people across our community.

The Santa-gram campaign involves children at local primary schools creating Christmas cards, drawings, bookmarks, puzzles or writing a letter to an older person to open in the run up to Christmas to help bring a smile to their day.  The Santa-grams will be delivered to elderly people during the first two weeks of December.

Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale will be working in partnership with local community groups and charities such as Age UK, Memory Lane Dementia cafes, local care homes and assisted living facilities for the elderly to deliver the Santa-grams in time for Christmas.

Munaf Patel, Director at Home Instead Calderdale said:

Since the reopening from lockdown in July, many of the community groups which serve the elderly have still not restarted their meetings and as result a lot of older people are missing out on the companionship, care and love that many of us simply take for granted.  We wanted to do something to help out and this is a nice way to bring two different generations together.”

Here is one of the many comments we received last year about the campaign:

Thank you so much for arranging for these (Santa-grams) to be sent out to us. The cards are so good with lovely artwork by the children.  It has really cheered us both up.  When we opened up the surprise we both got a very warm feeling inside and it really did make us smile.  The jokes had us both laughing.”

Home Instead are accepting items to be included in the ‘Santa-grams’ from now until 3 December   If your organisation, church or community group would like to receive Santa-grams, contact Julie Ingham, Community Engagement Officer at Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale on 01422 292424 or email Julie.ingham@homeinstead.co.uk

Home Instead. To us it’s personal

Community Emotional Health and Wellbeing workers with Healthy Minds

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A fantastic opportunity has appeared to work for Healthy Minds.

They’re looking to employ Community Emotional Health and Wellbeing workers for Central Halifax, Calder and Ryburn and North Halifax, ideally each from their locality:

  • Central Halifax area: 2x full time workers (bi-lingual would be advantageous)
  • Calder and Ryburn area: 2x full time workers
  • North Halifax area: 2x full time workers

More details on the job :

NHP Employment and Volunteer support :
Community Emotional Health and Wellbeing workers
Healthy Minds Calderdale  : Community Emotional Health and Wellbeing workers