Help and Support

Flavourfest – A taste of Local Market life in Calderdale

Posted on Updated on

Try out your business idea this June in the low-risk space of a market with the support of the friendly and experienced markets team.

Street food, local produce, handmade crafts…#FLAVOURFEST is the perfect opportunity to sell your wares this June 25/26 at Calderdale College car park.

Stalls will be on display on Saturday 26th from 12pm to 7pm and Sunday 27th from 12pm to 4pm.

Any Calderdale-based food business is able to apply for a market stall, including market stall holders. Priority will be given to businesses based in Park or Warley wards to showcase the area’s enterprising and distinctive nature.

Reduced rates available and further discounts for new traders making it the perfect opportunity for new or potential start-up businesses to get involved and try out a business idea.

Stallholders will be provided with either single or marquee type stalls and counter-top tables. Spaces are also available for catering vehicles and self-build gazebos.

Get in touch to request a stall now.

Email inclusive.economy@calderdale.gov.uk or
call Vicky (
07712 305025) or Asif (07594 510712)

 


Take a look at our latest newsletter here – Park and Warley Project

Volunteers Week – find about volunteering opportunities near you

Posted on Updated on

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.

 

Held each year in the first week of June (1st-7th) it is the opportunity to thank everyone who give their time for free to beneficiary causes, improving the lives of those around them, be it in their immediate community or even far and wide.

If you would like to volunteer, there are several opportunities. Take a look at some of these below.

Calderdale Making Space are on the look out for enthusiastic volunteers for several roles that will help them provide the services that they do in various locations across Calderdale.
View available positions

 

North Halifax Partnership is currently looking to recruit volunteers to join in many of its services. We hold a Volunteer Drop-In event at the Piece Hall on Wednesday the 8th of June where you can find out how you can become involved.

 

Attend our Volunteering Drop-In event at the Piece Hall on Wednesday 8th of June from 4pm

 

Staying Well are looking for Volunteer Telephone Befrienders.
You will receive full training and can commit to as little as half an hour a week – which can make a huge difference in someone’s life!
Be a Staying Well Telephone Befriender

 

 

Sure Start Children’s Centres are always looking for keen volunteers to assist in all aspects of running our nurseries.
There will be a two day volunteer course at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with us.

Apply for the Volunteering Course June 15th and June 22nd

VSI Alliance Update 27 May 2022

Posted on Updated on


VSI Alliance News & Events
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Read the latest updates from the VSI alliance. You will find information on local events and available training, job opportunities and volunteering options. The newsletter also highlights current campaigns and consultations.

Read the updates here

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.

Apply to be a Co-Op Local Community Fund Cause – *Closing Sunday 29th May* 

Posted on

Our friends at Co-op are inviting local groups that benefit communities to apply to be a Co-op Local Community Fund cause. The deadline for applications is 29 May.Successful applicants will partner with Co-op for 12 months and you’ll receive a minimum of £1,000 to support your project. Types of projects that will be considered include those that:

  • Bring people together to access food
  • Help improve people’s mental wellbeing
  • Create opportunities for young people to be heard and make a difference
  • Help people protect local biodiversity or tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions

Groups will help Co-op deliver on its vision of ‘Co-operating for a Fairer World’. Find out more on Co-op’s websitePlease note, this funding is not administered by Co-op Foundation, so we’re unable to provide further advice and support on how to apply.

 

Find Out More Here

VSI Alliance Update 20 May 2022

Posted on Updated on


VSI Alliance News & Events
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

 

Read the latest updates from the VSI alliance. You will find information on local events and available training, job opportunities and volunteering options. The newsletter also highlights current campaigns and consultations.

Read the updates here

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.

Partnership encourages all to check in with their mates to prevent suicide

Posted on Updated on

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) is launching a new campaign on Monday 16 May to create awareness around male suicide across the area and is urging everyone to get involved.

The campaign, which builds on the Partnership’s national award-winning staff suicide prevention campaign ‘Check-In’, aims to promote a wellbeing culture by normalising the conversation around suicide and mental health as well as providing communication assets, links to credible sources such as the life-saving Zero Suicide Alliance training, and signposting to local support.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the risk factors that may lead to suicide, inspiring people to start conversations about mental health with the men in their life at home, in the community and at work. It sets out practical help we can all give when checking-in. Messages include:

  • Is your sporty mate suddenly off his game?
  • Does your mate always want to have one to many?
  • Does your mate get down when he can’t see his kids grow up?
  • Has your mate left service but he’s still fighting?

 

 

Developed with local men and built from their experiences, the resources can be used publicly in various places – in person and virtually,  such as What’s App groups, on Facebook and Instagram, in workplaces, community groups and elsewhere at staffcheck-in.co.uk/campaign-toolkit/males/  from Monday 16 May.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) data shows that suicide is more common in West Yorkshire than in England as a whole, with significantly more men taking their own lives than women. The ONS data shows that there were 235 deaths registered by coroners as suicides in West Yorkshire in 2020, with an average of 4.5 people per week.

This priority area of work is one of WY HCP’s ten ambitions set out in their five-year plan.

Jessica Parker, Project Manager for WY HCP Suicide Prevention programme, believes the campaign will play an important role in the conversation surrounding suicide, and could potentially save lives.

Jess said: ‘I’m urging everyone to get involved in this life-saving campaign and would encourage everyone to check in with the men in their lives to ask if they are ok.  WYH HCP Suicide Prevention Strategy has developed strong momentum around making suicide prevention everyone’s business. We all have a part to play in combatting stigma and identifying men in our lives who are going through struggles and ask them if they need help’.

Surinder Rall, Service Lead for West Yorkshire Suicide Bereavement Service, says it is essential that we all know the warning signs of suicide. ‘I lost both my father and my uncle to suicide. So, I speak from experience when I say that we should all work together to combat the stigma and talk more about suicide. To achieve our target of zero suicides in West Yorkshire, we must continue to talk and ask each other about mental health and suicide. That’s what the Check-In campaign is all about’.

Rob Webster CBE, CEO for WY&H HCP said: ‘While people at risk of suicide may try to hide how they are feeling, they often give out warning signs. You might notice changes in their behaviour or be aware of events in their life that could be affecting them. By knowing what to look for, having the skills and confidence to have a conversation and provide support, you can make a huge difference to someone’s life, and their family. I’m urging everyone to get involved so they know the signs and how to respond. You can also start straight away by doing the online training provided at www.zerosuicidealliance.com

All partners in West Yorkshire – health, care, voluntary sector and beyond, are encouraged to download the free resource, such as posters, social media messages and films to use in their organisation, place of work, teams or at home among friends, family, and community.  All are available at staffcheck-in.co.uk/campaign-toolkit/males/ from Monday the 16 May.

VSI Alliance Update 13 May 2022

Posted on


VSI Alliance News & Events
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

 

This newsletter provides the VSI Alliance full training programme of 2022/2023, offers links to several help and support sources, has links for consultations, events, funding, jobs and volunteering.

Read the updates here

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.

easyfundraising Funding webinar – Wednesday 25th May, 12.30pm 

Posted on

Need funding for your voluntary organisation or group?  

Fundraising website easyfundraising are running an online session where you can find out how you can use the platform to benefit from free donations from leading online retailers. Trusted by 180,000 good causes around the UK and established for over 10 years, easyfundraising is the UK’s biggest charity shopping site.

Suitable for all non-profit organisations, CICs, social enterprises, sports clubs, schools, churches, charities, village halls and groups, come along to find out how it works and how to get set up. This is a friendly, informal session where you can ask questions and meet other fundraisers too.

Spaces are limited so please register to attend in advance here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtcOGvrjgoH9BNrLMSryRsC89ts_tyj2rj