Memory Lane Cafe is BACK in business!

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On Saturday 26th September we ran our first café in Sowerby Bridge since March – 22 members came along to enjoy the afternoon.
Our Halifax café reopens in October.
We’ve made lots of changes to make sure that we keep everyone safe – for more information please contact June (07920 549131 or 01422 706373).
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Memory Lane Cafe – Sowerby Bridge
St Paul’s Methodist Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge HX6 2EQ

FREE Adult Confidence Building Cycle Sessions

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Want help with your skills and confidence to ride a bike safely in traffic? Improve your bike skills, plan routes and get tips on basic cycle maintenance by taking part in our National Standards Cycle Training session.

Whatever your cycling ability or experience, our qualified Bikeability Instructors will help you get more confident riding your bike.

To book your training session contact bikeability@calderdale.gov.uk

What does the course involve?

  • Training on quiet roads (close to where you live if possible)
  • Opportunity to progress to busier road training when confident.
  • The best way to ride with your children if applicable.
  • Route planning for your journey/commute.
  • Basic cycle maintenance.
  • Up to 2hr sessions available in your area and availability

What do I need?

  • A working bike that fits you, Sustrans 11-step M-Check contact us if you need to borrow a bike.
  • A cycle helmet is recommended.
  • Clothing appropriate to the weather.

Your cycling instructor will contact you prior to the course to confirm the meeting place and discuss your requirements from the training.

Cycling training will be delivered in line with current Covid-19 Government Guidance.

If you have any questions about these sessions please contact Steve Pullan on 01422 392800 or email Bikeability@calderdale.gov.uk

Locala Community groups support fund open until October 12

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Grants of up to £1500 to support community projects and groups in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees are now available as Locala’s Community Fund is open for 2020.

Over recent years more than £60,000 has already been donated to a variety of community, not for profit and voluntary groups doing exciting and important work in their local area. These have included Scouts and Brownies, junior sports clubs and church groups as well as programmes supporting people dealing with issues such as dementia, social isolation, drug and alcohol misuse and disability, along with work to promote community cohesion and environmental programmes.

This year, the Fund is particularly interested in receiving applications from groups who focus on:

  • Reducing social isolation
  • Opportunities for young people
  • The local environment
  • Supporting carers

More details, including the eligibility criteria and online application form can be found on the Locala website here: https://www.locala.org.uk/get-involved/community-fund.

Application forms can also be sent by post, and any questions or further information can be requested from Hollie Scargill, Engagement Officer via membership@locala.org.uk

The deadline for applications to this year’s Locala Community Fund is 12th October 2020, at 5pm.

Do Your Own Thing! Start your own business this October!

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Are you  a woman, unemployed, not in education and living in West Yorkshire? Do you have an idea to start your own business? This course may be just what you need!

The aim of the programme is to support women to set up their own business.  We will provide the information and support to do this, with the intention that they will have set up a business by the end of the programme.

The criteria for joining is that participants must be:

  • A woman
  • Currently unemployed and not in education
  • Living in West Yorkshire

The first cohort start date is 1st October, with a second cohort starting on 13th October,  so we are looking to get people signed up quickly.

Due to Covid restrictions we are now running the programme online.  If restrictions ease, we may run later sessions face-to-face.

There will be lots of support throughout the programme including:

  • Live online training
  • A printed resource pack/workbook
  • One-to-one business and personal development coaching
  • Group coaching/networking support

For more information, please look at the course flyer. If it doesn’t display, download it here.


Peer to Peer substance recovery support from Becky’s Line

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The  Basement Recovery Project and Calderdale in Recovery are pleased to announce the introduction of Becky’s Line. A confidential peer to peer support phone line manned by volunteers in recovery from addiction.

This service is designed to allow people struggling with drug and alcohol issues a chance to talk to someone who’s been where they are.

Volunteers are not trained counsellors or mental health professionals but they can signpost service users to appropriate avenues of support such as Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, Samaritans and Calderdale Recovery Steps/The Basement Recovery Project.

The telephone will operate seven days a week from 5pm to 10pm and callers will have the opportunity to arrange a face to face chat with a volunteer if they want additional support.

You can contact Becky’s Line on the following numbers:

  • As an individual: 07541 021 553 Mon-Sun 5PM – 10PM
  • As a carer: 07541 021 554 Mon-Fri 10.00 – 16.00




VSI Alliance Update September 25, 2020

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events


Calderdale News & Information

Do Your Own Thing – FREE Self-Employment Programme Dates Announced
The aim of the programme is to support women to set up their own business. The first cohort start date is 1st October, with a second cohort starting on 13th October.

In case you missed it:

One Minute Motions
Curious Motion are asking the people of Calderdale and beyond to create one-minute mindful videos, incorporating dance and movement to boost mental wellbeing among the Calderdale community.

Regional/National News & Information

Create A Coronavirus NHS QR Code for Your Venue
Use this service to create a QR code for display in your venue. Get visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app. This is to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Free Health Check for Volunteer Management
NCVO have launched a new free health check to help you improve the volunteer experience at your organisation, ensuring they are involved in delivering your mission in the best way possible.

The Knock-On Effect of Panic Buying – A Plea from The Voluntary Sector
In response to the announcement made by Boris Johnson on Tuesday 22nd, supermarkets across the country have seen an increase in panic buying.  Voluntary and Community Sector organisations across Calderdale share their experiences of the impact panic buying in March had for them and their vulnerable service users.


In case you missed it:

Mobilising Volunteers Effectively (MoVE) Survey – Closing date: 28th September
Did you utilise volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic? The Universities of Sheffield, Hull and Leeds are working in partnership on a project to investigate how volunteers were mobilised during this time.

Online Events and Training

Let’s Talk Good Finance – 6th October
This webinar is for charities, social enterprises and community businesses who would like to learn more about social investment and the options available.

National Link Worker Day 2020 – virtual Calderdale Support Awareness Event – 9th October
Videos from supporting organisations, services and groups explaining what they do, presented online by the Calderdale PCNs’ Personalised Care Team’s social media. Find out how to take part.

Join A Community of Leaders Who Are Trying to Adapt, Innovate and Do Their Best
IVAR are running free 90-minute zoom sessions for up to 12 charity leaders at a time. You’ll hear how others are adapting to Covid-19 and have a safe space to offload any challenges you face


Safer Communities Fund Opens for Applications – Deadline: 6th October
The latest grant round of my Safer Communities Fund (SCF) has opened for applications this week. This time a pot of £140,000 is available for voluntary, community groups, charities and partner organisations to bid for grants of up to £6,000 to help keep their communities safe and feeling safe.

In case you missed it:

Common Call
The Common Call fund provides grants between £1,000-£3,000 to organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black.

The Fat Beehive Foundation
The Fat Beehive Foundation is an independent UK registered charity that provides small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities.

The Foyle Foundation Main Grants for Arts
The Foyle Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts.


In case you missed it:

Community Café Coordinator
Are you someone with experience who has a creative flare for all things food? Would you like to put your own spin on things and grow a community café into a place everyone must visit? The Space @ Field Lane are looking for a friendly café co-ordinator to join their team.


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 visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Scam Alert #19 September-October 2020

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This Monthly alert outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected.

There have been further reports of scams, doorstep Crime and business complaints all relating to the COVID-19 pandemic here in West Yorkshire. This news alert will give you an indication of the current situation.

If you cannot see the Alert below, download it here.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service newsletters and resources –


Always remember:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • If you feel pressured, ask them to leave.
  • Friends and family are best to ask.
  • Don’t make any snap decisions.
  • Do the checks and use a number you have found yourself, not the one the visitor provides.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe

Lower Valley Friday Flyer 25 September 2020 – OUT NOW!!

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LV Friday FLyer

Click here to view the latest Lower Valley Friday Flyer…

This week:

  • RSPCA presents The Super Smalls Show! September 26
  • Social Anxiety free online Workshop by the Healthy Minds – September 29th
  • Do you have a minute? (One Minute Motions)
  • New £3.3 million fund to give babies from deprived areas or BAME backgrounds the best start in life

Have a great weekend!

If you’re on our mailing list the Friday Flyer will arrive direct to your inbox every Friday. Join the mailing list by emailing calderdalelowervalley@gmail.com

You can also contact us on 0300 555 0266.

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