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VSI Alliance Update January 22, 2021

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

 

Safeguarding Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults – 4th February

This workshop offers knowledge and practical down-to-earth advice – alongside information on DBS checks and safer recruitment.

It’s important for us all to recognise the vital importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults in our work.

  • Are you working with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults?
  • Have you a clear understanding of your responsibilities around safeguarding?
  • Do you understand your organisation’s Safeguarding Policy?
  • Are you confident around what you must do if you have concerns?

We want your feedback – the VSI Update

Thank you to all who have completed this survey already.

The VSI Alliance are seeking your feedback on our weekly update to find out if we are including the right information for you and your organisation’s needs. Your feedback will form part of a review of the layout and content of our update to make sure it is fit for purpose and as useful as possible.

The survey is anonymous and will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Thank you!

News

In case you missed it:

Funding available to make homes easier and cheaper to heat
Following a successful application process, Calderdale Council is set to receive over £2million from the Government’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, to help improve the energy efficiency of low-income households.

PREVENT Calderdale
Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the UK government’s counter-terrorism strategy and aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Consultations

Calderdale Council Budget Consultation
You can have your say on the budget proposals by a number of ways. The proposals will be finalised by the Cabinet on Monday 8 February 2021 and the budget will be agreed at the Annual Budget Council meeting on Monday 22 February 2021.

Events and Training

Adultification Training
With the current focus on child criminal and child sexual exploitation the need to understand notions of vulnerability and childhood has never been timelier. This free interactive virtual workshop will explore the concept of adultification and its application to practice.

Working in Partnership to Keep Faith Communities Safe – 27th January
Online partnership event, organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire Police. This event will be the first of a series to help build on relationships with faith communities and to explore how they can further support these communities.

Challenges of Safeguarding in Sport during and post-Covid-19 lockdowns – 28th January
NWG are hosting a virtual event with Keith Oddy talking about his professional experiences during these challenging times. Keith is The Independent Child Protection Officer for Swim England and has a varied professional background including law enforcement.

Virtual Event: Exploring the impact of Covid-19 on poverty and inequalities in Calderdale – 25th February
Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council, will be addressing all attendees to set the scene. This engaging event will present different lived experiences of poverty during the pandemic and the latest key statistics.

In case you missed it:

West Yorkshire Police Independent Scrutiny and Advisory Group – 28th January
West Yorkshire Police are creating this group to tackle race, inequality, and the legacy of historical injustices within policing.

Funding

Emergency Responders Fund – Deadline: 29th January
The Emergency Responders Fund brings together various streams of emergency funding from the Government and local donors and aims to support organisations to continue their emergency response work, aiding Calderdale residents in need.

In case you missed it:

Local Connections Fund – Deadline 26th January
The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.

Vacancies

In case you missed it:

Vacancies at Sure Start Children’s Centres – Closing date: 27th January
There are number of vacancies within the Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation.

 

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.

FREE NHP Employment and training courses

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Are you interested in gaining extra qualifications or expanding your knowledge during lockdown.

North Halifax Partnership has the following FREE online employment and training courses available.

 

Please note that for residents of Lower Valley, the courses are limited to those registered with Sure Start.

 

  • COSHH – 11 spaces
  • Customer Care – 14 spaces
  • Fire Marshal – 22 spaces
  • Fire Safety – 20 spaces
  • First Aid Primary Survey – 19 spaces
  • Food Allergy – 23 spaces
  • Food Hygiene level 1 – 20 spaces
  • Food Hygiene Level 2 – 26 spaces

 

For further information visit Sure Start employment training support or to book onto a course complete the online online booking form

Paediatric First Aid up to Easter 2021 – spaces still left

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There are still spaces available to book on the following Paediatric First Aid training courses offered by Jill Webb Training.

The cost for the courses is £95 per person.

Places left – going fast so please contact Jill 07808277525 to book

 

DATE VENUE SPACES LEFT
Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 Jan (evenings) virtual

Saturday 30 Jan (9 – 4)

Evening sessions virtual

Saturday session Elland area

4
Tuesday 2, Thursday 4 and Tuesday 9 February All 1700 – 2100 hours Northowram area 1
Saturday 20 and

Saturday 27 March

Huddersfield area 6

Attendance is needed at all sessions for the certificate to be issued.

How do our clients feel we manage being COVID secure? (Feedback from 16.01.2020)

Good COVID secure (wipes, manikin each, prompt to wear mask, sanitiser, ventilation) felt very safe.

Course layout was fab – all COVID considerations and measures in place were very reassuring – thank you!

I felt perfectly safe despite being in a current pandemic. Thoroughly risk assessed by course provider.

Personnel equipment provided with safe distancing etc

Good socially distancing.

Very pleased with COVID measures – felt very safe in this environment and could see there had been more than adequate risk assessments made prior to keep us safe – thanks!

Some feedback from last year

“Very good course, kept you engaged and motivated”
“Enjoyed how hands on it was made it easier to take information in”
“Very approachable trainer and no question was glossed over – very informative”
“Trainer was very knowledgeable – excellent/related to experiences”

“The tutor incorporated some good examples to make the content and information easy to relate to” “Excellent, this was my first time training delivering over video link and had no face to face.  The instructions on how to use Zoom and emailed materials as well”. 

 

All courses are fully accredited by ITC First, the CPD Service or NUCO

Community Reporter 4 week course starting January 21

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What does wellbeing mean to you? What stops you from being well? What keeps you healthy? What was your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic been?

Community Reporting is a storytelling movement that spans the UK and Europe. It supports people to share stories about their own lived experiences and also capture the experiences of their family, friends, work colleagues and neighbourhoods. Community Reporters are trained in how to use basic technology to record people’s stories and use the learnings in the stories to make positive changes in their communities.

 

 

If that sounds like something you’d like to do, contact:

Rachel.Swaby@calderdale.gov.uk / 01422 392 708

The training will be delivered in four two-hourly sessions, running over four weeks. You will be taught the knowledge and skills and in the last sessions, you will make your own short documentary.

 

The sessions take place every Thursday starting on January 21st:

  • Session 1 / 12.30pm – 2.30pm / January 21st
  • Session 2 / 12.30pm – 2.30pm / January 28th
  • Session 3 / 12.30pm – 2.30pm / February 4tt
  • Session 4 / 12.30pm – 2.30pm / February 11tt

 

Active Citizen’s Project 6 week workshop starting January 26th

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Often when you’re involved in an emergency response either as a volunteer or a paid member of staff you don’t have time to sit back and reflect on the actions you have been taking or the wider context. All One Collective & Lab will be running 6 workshops for individuals who have taken their own community action during Covid-19, volunteers involved in mutual aid groups and local community organisations to reflect on their work and their involvement in the Covid-19 response.

The workshops will provide a space for participants to explore:

•    Health: What do we mean by health? Holistic understandings of health, right to healthcare, community responses to health and wellbeing.
•    Identity and values, our reasons for taking action, individual values and experiences, self-care tools, wellbeing and sustainability
•    You and me: what is community? Who is included and excluded? Prejudice and discrimination. Power, what does it mean and who holds it? How do we empower ourselves and others?
•    Taking Action: what has worked and what hasn’t? What have we learned? How do we have more impact? How can we be more effective? What does success look like?
•    Connecting with and learning from Covid responders in other countries who are part of the Active Citizens network.
•    Recovery: What does it look like? How do we build back better? Challenging inequality, building a low carbon economy.

The workshops will help participants to develop confidence and capacity to take further social actions both individually and collectively, and to learn from others involved in this work in Calderdale, nationally and from groups internationally.

The workshops will run on Zoom but with some offline activities integrated into the sessions.  Each workshop builds on the previous one so whilst we understand some participants might not be able to attend all six, we would encourage participants to attend as many as possible.

The sessions will run from 10am -1pm (with a break)

The dates of the workshops are:

•    26th Jan
•    2nd Feb
•    9th Feb
•    Week off for half-term)
•    23rd Feb
•    2nd March
•    9th March

The project is funded by the British Council.

If anyone interested would like to join but is worried about the digital aspect of the workshops, please do get in touch and we can talk about any further support you might need to help you participate.

For people interested in participating, please email: hilaryturley@all1collective.org.uk

Download Active Citzenship on Health Inequalities Flyer PDF

SureStart Children’s Centres Recruiting Now! January 2021

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We are delighted to be able to advertise a number of vacancies within our Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation:

 

  • Caretaker – 30 hours per week
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – 2 x 37 hours per week
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – 2 x 19 hours per week

 Closing date for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 27th January 2021

 For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at:

www.surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk/jobs-2/

VSI Alliance – We want your feedback on content

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

 

 

The VSI Alliance are seeking your feedback on our weekly update to find out if we are including the right information for you and your organisation’s needs. Your feedback will form part of a review of the layout and content of our update to make sure it is fit for purpose and as useful as possible.

The survey is anonymous and will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Please click on the link below to access the survey – Thank you!

Complete the Survey

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.  

 

VSI Alliance Update January 8, 2021

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Basic Bookkeeping Using the WYCAS Cashbook – 28th January
A 3 hour Zoom workshop to show you how to use a free template giving you confidence to set up a bookkeeping system on a spreadsheet.
You will:

  • Be shown the structure of the linked spreadsheet
  • Set up a fictional organisation, with categories of income and spend, restricted funds and bank and cash accounts
  • Reconcile the bank transactions to the spreadsheet
  • Review how the inputs produce a finance report for use in the year

A basic ability to use a spreadsheet is needed. Your WYCAS tutor will lead the session, working through a practical exercise, so that you will be able to set up and use a spreadsheet recording method for your organisation.

Could you be a Covid Champion?
Do you want to help people stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic? We are looking for Community Covid-19 Champions to help share information and help us develop our response to the virus in the future.

News

Calderdale Council’s response to the national lockdown
On Monday 4 January 2021, the Government announced that the country was moving into national lockdown with immediate effect.  The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS and social care services.

Update on Council services
Following the announcement that England will return to national lockdown restrictions with immediate effect, Calderdale Council is working through the implications for its services.

Consultations

Have your say on the 2021/22 policing budget for West Yorkshire
An online survey on the police budget has been launched, asking how you would like to see money raised for the police part of the local council tax, called the ‘precept’.

Events and Training

Safeguarding Multi-Agency Training opportunities
Upcoming courses that were originally meant to be face-to-face, but will now take place online.

Funding

Calderdale Suicide Prevention and Self-harm Small Grants – Deadline extended: 18th January
The Calderdale Suicide Prevention Group have received funds from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to aid local suicide and self-harm activity. The fund will enable voluntary and community organisations to bid for small grants up to £8,000.

ESF Community Grants Relaunches
Since it was confirmed that ESF Community Grants was extending for applications into 2021, ESF have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure all processes are as efficient and accessible as possible for projects applying for funding.

Vacancies

Programme Co-ordinator – Closing date: 17th January
Newground are looking for an experienced and motivated individual to join the Employment & Skills team as a Programme Co-ordinator, to provide effective leadership and programme management of a new ESF Inclusive Growth Action Research Programme.

Project Officer (Youth Team) – Closing date: 17th January
Newground’s Youth Team (NYT) deliver a range of Youth Work programmes across the north and they are looking for someone to join the Calderdale Team, with a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of young people and the communities they serve.

Volunteering

Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub invite applications for additional board members
The board is entirely voluntary and most of them are in full-time employment or have other commitments and they need some additional board members to help with the load and share the work at this exciting time.

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.

Screen Yorkshire – Opportunity in Film part time course March 2021

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How would you like to work in Film and TV production?

Screen Yorkshire offer five part time craft courses in lighting, hair & make-up, grip, costume and production assistant (scripted), which will be delivered by NFTS, one of the leading film schools in the world, in partnership with University Centre Leeds and Keighley College.

The exciting opportunities are open for people, 18 years old and over. They will be taught by industry professionals and include work placements and on-set experience.

18 year old’s will get the course for free and other people can apply for a bursary to cover the cost of the course.

Application deadline is: 18thJanuary 2021. 

 

Download detailed information here

Twitter: https://twitter.com/screenyorkshire/status/1346088872560701440?s=20

Community Reporter 4 week course starting January 21

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What does wellbeing mean to you? What stops you from being well? What keeps you healthy? What was your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic been?

Community Reporting is a storytelling movement that spans the UK and Europe. It supports people to share stories about their own lived experiences and also capture the experiences of their family, friends, work colleagues and neighbourhoods. Community Reporters are trained in how to use basic technology to record people’s stories and use the learnings in the stories to make positive changes in their communities.

 

 

If that sounds like something you’d like to do, contact:

Rachel.Swaby@calderdale.gov.uk / 01422 392 708

The training will be delivered in four two-hourly sessions, running over four weeks. You will be taught the knowledge and skills and in the last sessions, you will make your own short documentary.

 

The sessions take place every Thursday starting on January 21st:

  • Session 1 / 12.30pm – 2.30pm / January 21st
  • Session 2 / 12.30pm – 2.30pm / January 28th
  • Session 3 / 12.30pm – 2.30pm / February 4tt
  • Session 4 / 12.30pm – 2.30pm / February 11tt