- Best Paw Forward: The RSPCA 26.2 mile fundraiser by the 30th of June!
- Celebrating Volunteers Week June 1-7
- Supporting the arts and culture sector during COVID-19 Survey May 31st
- Ogden Water Local Natural Reserve regeneration survey June 5
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The Best Paw Forward is a 26.2 mile challenge that you can either walk, run or cycle to help raise funds for the animals in our Animal Centre in Wade Street Halifax, during the month of June.
You can complete 26.2 miles as part of your daily exercise or a personal goal – plus you can win a medal if you raise sponsorship too!
Pick your own pace – from 1 mile a day up to the full 26.2 at once – as long as you complete it by 30th June!
It’s only £3 to register your challenge, please email email@example.com and we will send you all the details on how to get started!
Being Active to Help Mind and Body
I exercise to manage my mental health. In a recent survey by Active Calderdale 76% of respondents agreed with this statement. This is slightly more than those who exercise to manage their physical health (73%).
Last week was Mental Health week. NHS – improving mental health explains how being active is not only great for your physical health, but evidence shows it can also improve your mental well-being by :
- Raising self esteem
- Helping set and achieve goals
- Boosting chemicals in your brain which can positively change your mood.
The best way to be active, is to find an activity that you enjoy. Keeping Active during COVID -19 has lots of ideas for activities. In North Halifax we have Shroggs and Beechwood parks and numerous green spaces. Tennis, golf and recreational angling are now on the list of activities we can do. As of Monday restrictions will change slightly but please continue to follow the official guidance to keep yourself and others safe.
North Halifax Partnership’s, Dan Marnham tells us how fishing has become a vital part of his physical health and well-being.
Fishing for health – Dan’s journey
(Dan’s winning entry to Matt Hayes Facebook live show on Friday night photo contest)
As I sit here, mind running about 50 different things through it as to how I can sell something that quite frankly and understandably, just isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I think the best approach is to take you on a short journey from the very beginning and where my love of the sport came about and how it became something much more important than that, particularly over the last few years.
Some of you may know me through the community work I am involved in within my role as a Ward Link Worker for the North Halifax Partnership and some of you may have just chanced upon this article so for the latter I think the best place to start is a quick introduction.
My name is Dan Marham, born in Halifax and grew up in the small village of Mixenden, I’m an active person and enjoy walking, football, socializing with friends & family and you guessed it… FISHING!
The main purpose of this story is to share my personal experience of fishing and how it has helped me over the years so I’ll start with my first adventure.
I remember it like it was yesterday, 10-11 years old and my parents had recently bought me a small blue kingfisher rod which is still sat in my cupboard to this day due to the fond memories it holds. This rod came with a shiny red reel, floats, hooks and everything else you need to get started on your fishing adventures. Myself and a close childhood friend who I remain in contact with today headed down to the Hebble Brook which runs through a place known as the Dodge in Mixenden where we dug for worms to use as bait. Down the Dodge we found a spot with a steady flow and it was no more than 3ft deep at its deepest point.
With worm on the hook I released the bail arm on the reel, let my bait and float drop into the stream then we proceeded to watch with anticipation as the orange tip of my float moved gracefully into the distance. It took a handful of attempts and growing disappointment before it finally happened… The tip of the float went under the surface in the blink of an eye. I flipped over the bail arm in a panic and lifted the rod tip to feel the aggressive pulling of whatever had taken my bait.
What happened next is quite a blur, probably due to the excitement and emotion I felt at catching my first fish without any kind of help and being out fishing without an adult present but I was greeted by the sight of a small brown trout and I was ecstatic. Even writing about it now I find that same emotion is flooding back coupled with the visual replay of me and my friend high fiving each other, doing a merry dance and singing/shouting in celebration at the side of this narrow stream. We probably scared every fish from Mixenden to Brighouse in our celebration and didn’t catch another that afternoon but I didn’t care and excuse the pun, but from that day forward, I was simply hooked!
Fast forward to today and fishing has become more than a hobby and even more important to me over the last couple of years, it provides a means for me to escape day to day life and put things into perspective should anything be troubling me. 2018- 2019 was probably one of the most testing times for me having lost 4 grandparents in such a short space of time, some when I hadn’t had time to grieve the loss previous because I’m the kind of person who wants to make sure everyone around me is okay first.
I found myself in quite a dark place around these times but as we often do in those moments, I just got on with it with support from friends, family and work colleagues who always asked if I was doing okay.
So where does fishing come in to this, rather than drag it out I will provide the key points provided by the canal and river trust and give my short take on each then finish up with a link to the article so you can look for yourself.
- Fishing keeps you fit – I’m not a driver so when I fish locally I always go on foot and can walk anywhere from 3 miles to reach my destination – Once there depending on my approach for the day I might walk around the lake in search of fish in what’s known as stalking. It might even be a walk along the canal.
- Fishing increases your vitamin D – Being someone who has to take a daily supplement due to vitamin D deficiency, fishing provides a fantastic way to be outdoors and enable your body to top up on Vitamin D.
- Fishing improves your concentration – Being outside and taking notice of the environment around you improves your ability to concentrate, according to research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
- Fishing reduces stress – The biggest one for me! Whether I’m fishing alone or with my children, there’s just something about being outdoors next to a lake, river, canal or even the sea with nothing but bird song and the sound of nature to de-stress you.
- Fishing with friends – I’m fortunate to have a brilliant fishing buddy when I go away on longer trips and sometimes just having that someone to talk to can be a huge release. Not to mention the endless laughs… More often than not at my own expense but its in those little moments you tend to forget any troubles.
Further reading is provided on the canal and river trust website at https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/fishing/places-to-fish/seven-reasons-why-fishing-is-good-for-you
A long term goal of mine is to establish a local fishing project where I can get dads and mums out on the bank with their children where they can spend some time making memories outdoors in some of the breath taking scenery that Calderdale has to offer.
So there you have it! I’ve tried to keep this as short as possible but I hope in reading this you may be inspired to pick up a fishing rod whether you head out alone or need a good reason to get your children off the consoles – Swap the Xbox for a tackle box even if it’s just occasional.
You could always do what I did and use the influence of YouTube to get the young ones to take part willingly. Check out some of our adventures on YouTube at The Noddy Carpers
And with that I bid you farewell and hope to see some of you out and about fishing in the future.
If you’d like to share how being physically active is helping you during COVID 19 please get in touch Suzanne.Straughan@nhpltd.org.uk.
The Government has announced the launch of its new Test, Trace (and Isolate) initiative, with effect from 9am on Thursday 28 May 2020.
You can read the press release here: Government launches NHS Test and Trace service
You can find an overview here: NHS test and trace: how it works
You can find workplace guidance here: NHS test and trace: workplace guidance
And you can find additional guidance here: Guidance for contacts of people with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person
Is it a quaint old lady behind a charity shop counter? A quirkily dressed, colourful individual? Perhaps a well meaning person bragging about their good deeds?
Over the past weeks that rapidly turned into months, the term of volunteering has cropped up a fair bit. But what exactly is volunteering and why is it so vital?
To say it means doing something for nothing oversimplifies it. Some think that volunteering is pointless, exactly for this reason.
To volunteer, yes, it means doing work without being paid. But it must be something done willingly, if not eagerly.
I have volunteered for my local charity shop for a few years now, though not as often as I’d like, work and family -and COVID!- notwithstanding. I chose to do this because the charity had personal importance to me but my motives were not entirely altruistic. I am a self confessed charity shop junkie, this perhaps another testament to the significance of voluntary work! A stroll into market meant a second hand trawling spree for me and how I miss it! I can put up with the supermarket queues, the lockdown, even took the initial empty toilet roll shelves in my stride. I think of all the closed second hand shops and I despair.
Volunteering was doing something I really loved whilst offering some of my free time into a cause I believed in. It got me to meet the ‘old ladies behind the counter’ who, I’ll have you know, we are a force to be reckoned with. It is something I would strongly encourage anyone to do.
What we offered is perhaps a drop in the ocean of necessity but what we have earned as individuals is astonishing. Volunteering empowered me, as I used my creativity and gumption and we were all proud, nay chuffed, to see how each closing time we had managed to successfully run a shop.
I feel that even from the point of our personal gain, we have benefited our community. We’ve discovered our self worth, we’ve passed it on, we’ve supported a shop and each other through some really challenging times. We provided our regular, loyal customers with a shop they enjoyed visiting. I look forward to seeing you all again.
There are currently numerous multinational organisations helping worldwide with the COVID-19 crisis, such as Oxfam, Unicef, Doctors without Frontiers, to name but a few, all of which started and continue to rely on volunteers. Over the past two months, there has been an overwhelming response of volunteers worldwide as well as in our own neck of the woods in Calderdale, offering to deliver crucial supplies, befriend those in need, help out with the NHS, with the notable astonishing achievement of Colonel Tom Moore who selflessly served his country twice in a span of nearly four generations!
Pragmatically, volunteering is work without fiscal reward and looks good on your CV. What it offers to the recipient and the volunteer cannot be quantified. The best part is, you don’t need to belong to an organisation or wear the badge and uniform. A simple gesture of goodwill, a tiny contribution can initiate extraordinary benefits to the lives of people far beyond your sight or reach. Arguably, volunteering is as crucial as paid work. Work keeps the world moving. Volunteering shapes it into the world we love living in.
So when you think of a volunteer, look past the quirky outfit and the age stereotypes. See the genuine smile on that face, unless they have a bad day. Amazing though they are, volunteers are still humans, albeit with great drive and a greater can-do attitude. For there’s no joy greater than the joy you give, and what a better way of doing it while doing something you love and believe in!
Volunteers Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th of June every year.
The government has announced that outdoor markets and car showrooms can reopen from 1 June, followed by other non-essential shops, such as shoe and clothes shops from 15 June, including the indoor markets. The market halls have been open for the sale of essential food and both Todmorden and Halifax will continue in that format until the 15 June, when we will be required by law to allow other traders to open their stalls. In line with government guidance, cafes and beauty salons in the markets will not reopen at present. Carboots will remain closed until further notice.
The reopening will start in the week commencing 1 June with the following open markets: Brighouse (Weds, Sat), Elland (Fri), Hebden Bridge (Thurs, Sat, Sun), Sowerby Bridge (Tue, Fri, Sat), Todmorden (Weds, Fri, Sat)
In the week commencing 15 June the following markets will be open: Brighouse (Weds, Sat), Elland (Fri), Halifax Borough Market, Hebden Bridge (Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun), Sowerby Bridge (Tue, Thurs, Fri, Sat), Todmorden (Weds, Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun),
You can keep up to date with the stalls that are currently open here.
There is still time to register for the next Calderdale VCS Peer Support Webinar on Tuesday 2nd June.
This webinar will see the new Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council, Deborah Harkins, in attendance.
Register here: https://bit.ly/3enHpZt
Join us for our first ever Virtual Colour Run on Saturday 11th July 2020 – Overgate provides the paint and you host the party!
This idea came to us when we had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Colour Run due to COVID-19. We wanted to create an event that you could do in your garden, something fun for everyone to get involved with and raise positivity during these unsettling times.
We will send an event pack to your house which will contain everything you need for your Virtual Colour Run!
Don’t worry if you can’t join us on the 11th July, you can arrange it for anytime over the summer! Whatever date and time works best with you – don’t forget to share your photos with us using #OvergateColourRun
Adults (Age 14 and over): £10
Children (Age 13 and under): £5
The price includes a bag of paint per person, event pack with everything you need for your Virtual Colour Run, medal and certificate.
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team
Regional/National News & Information
Coronavirus Scam Alert Issue #8
West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams.
Public Health England Coronavirus Posters for Stay Alert Phase
These resources contain official guidance and key messages for Stay Alert phase relating to social distancing in specific settings.
Third Sector Awards Early Bird Entries – Deadline Tomorrow
You have until tomorrow (28th May) to get your early bird Third Sector entries in. Now is the perfect opportunity to shout about your charity, organisation and team.
What the Latest Government Guidance Means for People Affected by Dementia
The government has updated the restrictions on what people can and can’t do during the coronavirus pandemic and it’s important to be aware of what this means for people affected by dementia.
Creative Leadership Course
Creative Leadership is for people working in the arts and cultural sector who want to strengthen their leadership skills, and who are driven by social impact in their work. It is a new free programme run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, funded by Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership programme.
Sharing Good Practice in Autism and/or Neurodiversity
Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network is working in partnership with West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership to identify a range of projects and programmes across the region which demonstrate a positive impact on the physical and/or mental health and wellbeing of young adults (14-25) and adults who have Autism and/or Neurodiversity.
West Yorkshire And Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Weekly Update
This week’s leadership messages come from Richard Stubbs, CEO for Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network; Jo Farn, Programme Director, System and Leadership Development, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership; and Professor Sean Duffy, Clinical Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance.
Funding News & Resources
Funding to support armed forces charities doing vital work during pandemic – Deadline: 29th May
Serving personnel, veterans and their families will benefit from an additional £6-million of new funding to ensure they get the support they need during the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus Community Support Fund
Opened today, funding will help maintain and enhance services for vulnerable people affected by the current crisis, where delivery organisations are experiencing income disruption and/or increased demand.
Government Loneliness COVID-19 Fund
Organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5 million of funding, which the government is investing to help them to continue and adapt their critical work.
Social Prescribing Link Worker – Closing date: 28th May
The social prescribing link worker will be employed by Pennine GP Alliance Ltd with direction from the Primary Care Networks (PCN) and based within the PCN practices.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or see below contact information.
We can support you with:
- Organisational development
- Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
- 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
Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: email@example.com
Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: email@example.com
Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: email@example.com
Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: email@example.com
WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial support for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19)
The government has pledged £750 million to ensure VCSE can continue their vital work supporting the country during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including £200 million for the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, along with an additional £150 million from dormant bank and building society accounts.
Read the full article on the Gov.uk website to find out about: