Job Recruitment

Kritics YouTube pilot series Casting opportunity March 28

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Would you like to feature in a YouTube series and be paid for your views on art?

Kritics is a new YouTube series aiming to flip art criticism on its head by inviting a group of ‘non-art going’ Brits to become…Kritics!

The project is light-hearted with a Gogglebox reaction-style format where members of the public will be encouraged to respond honestly to examples of contemporary art (from the comfort of their own homes).  The project aims to build a large, diverse and engaged audience throughout the country with the mission of demonstrating art is for everyone – it’s up to you whether you like it or not!

We’re looking for members of the British public to become our KRITICS, especially if they’re not already engaged with art or educated in the arts to take part.

We’re after enthusiastic, opinionated people to be filmed reacting to contemporary art from the comfort of their own living rooms! We want honest, ‘no holds barred’ reactions and opinions!

We need pairs or groups from the same household/bubbles, no art or artist knowledge preferable!

Download promo flyer

If that sounds interesting and you wish to apply, please visit and fill in a short application form to receive the information. Your application involves submitting a casting video and if selected, one evening for filming in April.

If you have any questions contact Lucy Rogers, Casting Director & Producer

t: 00 44 (0) 7769900781

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities free Parenting Programme April 22

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Are you a parent with children aged 3-18?
Do you want to help shape services for the future?
Come and be part of a study to promote family wellbeing!

The Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities free Parenting Programme for local parents & carers will be run again, starting April 22.

The course will take place in person at Ash Green Children’s centre in Mixenden.

This free, 13 week course aims to help you to

  • Build positive family relationships
  • Manage anger and stress
  • Implement effective discipline strategies
  • Gain confidence and communication skills
  • Understand your child’s development
  • Recognise and value your family and cultural traditions
  • Meet others and share ideas

The course is aimed at parents, step parents, grandparents and foster carers who have got a child aged between 3-18.

The programme is part of a research study from the University College London: The Together Study. This means that a researcher would like to talk to you before the programme starts and at three time points after the programme has finished. You will receive a £10 voucher for each questionnaire you complete with a researcher.

Part of the research is that parents are randomly allocated to either the group starting in February or allocated to a group starting in September. (The researchers can explain more about why) – a computer decides who takes part in the group now or in the group later and the decision cannot be influenced.

Halifax Opportunities Trust, Sure Start Children’s Centres & North Halifax Partnership are working with UCL and Race Equality Foundation to offer Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities free Parenting Programme.

For more information please contact Julia Brierley: 07852174007

Programme details – A5 booklet 


Free Podcasting Course – Hebden Bridge Arts Festival – April 5th

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Here is a great opportunity for young people interested in Podcasting.
Hebden Bridge Arts Festival  are offering a Free Podcasting Course for 16-19 year olds living in the Calder Valley who would like to upskill in digital communication. We’re especially looking for young people’s voices that might be under-represented. This course is free for anyone aged 16-19 living in Calderdale.
As part of the ‘Engaging Communities’ project, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival are collaborating with Reform Radio, a multi award winning online station based in Manchester.
The course will be delivered online.
No previous experience is required, and the deadline to apply is 5th April 2021. Please send all enquiries to :

Download the poster here

  Hebden Bridge Art Festival Reform Radio

Want to become a life changer? Volunteer with Guide Dogs!

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Are you experienced in teaching new behaviours? Do you feel you can dedicate 14 months to training a new puppy? Then this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

We are looking for Puppy Raisers in Halifax, to join our Guide Dogs family! The role involves looking after a pup full time in your home for a year and helping to train the pup according to Guide Dogs standards. A perfect companion and new training project during these difficult times!

If you feel that this much fluffiness may be too much of a distraction but still want to give your support, we are also looking for fundraising help, including a Treasurer for the fundraising group.

For more information please email

Propaganda: Past & Present workshop March 22

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THE PEACE MUSEUM in Bradford are running a single session 1 hour online workshop themed – Propaganda: Past & Present

Propaganda: Past & Present is a workshop which ultimately explores how extremist narratives take root. Using examples from history, the session examines how the conditions of a community give rise to fears and frustrations, and how this has been seized upon by extremist groups to manipulate people.

The session encompass a range of techniques used by those who seek to use propaganda to push extremist narratives – how it focuses in on highly emotive subjects, spreads misinformation or hugely biased information in an attempt to draw a line between two ‘opposing’ points of view and discredit one or the other.

Propaganda: Past & Present will look at real life examples from history, including the rise of the fascist movement in the 1930’s. This will be complemented by a discussion around modern propaganda, especially the rise of far right narratives and movements such as QAnon and the Proud Boys, how this is spread, and how we can be resilient to manipulation and seek to make balanced decisions about the world around us.

The workshops use methods that make these issues meaningful for young people and provide a safe space to explore them. Our experience in this realm of work, allows us to broach often difficult subjects and make them accessible and safe for participants.

The feedback from the people who have engaged with the sessions is overwhelmingly positive, and all concerned said that they would recommend the projects to others.

Date: Monday 22 March 2021
Time: 3pm to 4pm
Venue: Online

For bookings, please follow this link:

Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities March 16

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Our Family Support team will be running the parenting programme: Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities in mid March 2021 alongside Halifax Opportunities Trust. The course starts on March 16.
The programme is a part of a national research project to evaluate the effectiveness and impact on family wellbeing. Parents who join the project are able to earn up to £40 in vouchers through taking part either on the programme or within the control group that will wait for the next available delivery.
Register now to reserve your place on this course which has received some fantastic feedback from parents who previously taken part
To book contact Julia Brierley 07852 174 007

VSI Alliance Update March 12, 2021

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events



Pop-up vaccination centre to be held at Elland mosque
Covid-19 vaccinations are available at Elland Masjid (mosque), on Elizabeth Street in Elland from 9am-12pm on Saturday 6th March 2021.

In case you missed it:

A budget for the recovery
Preparing for a strong and sustainable recovery was the Council’s priority when setting the budget for 2021/22, agreed at Budget Council on Monday 22 February 2021.

ESF Community Grants awards first grants of 2021
Following on from the ESF Community Grants reopening at the start of the year, they are delighted to have made their first grant awards to the following projects.

Mentoring scheme re-launched by Small Charities Coalition
The Small Charities Coalition has re-opened their mentoring scheme, in which small charities can be matched with a fellow small charity leader to support them with an issue.

The Value of Small in a Big Crisis
‘The Value of Small in a Big Crisis: the distinctive contribution, value and experience of smaller charities in England and Wales during the COVID 19 pandemic’ follows on from Lloyds Bank Foundation’s 2018 research, The Value of Small, and to test the original findings against the pandemic.



Calderdale CAB Website Survey
Citizens Advice Calderdale are in the middle of updating their website to make it easier to use, and need help with their research. If you’re chosen for the research you’ll receive a £40 online voucher.


Events and Training

Fibre – International Women’s Day 2021 Celebration – 8th March
Uplifting celebration event to mark International Women’s Day 2021 with live music, singing, and a very special sound:poem.

Pivot Don’t Pause – Real Business Strategies for the Pandemic and beyond – 9th March
This is the place to be to learn skills and strategies to help your business earn and grow, during the pandemic and beyond. This SEYH Knowledge workshop will be all about practical steps that you can implement right now.

HCI and All 1 Collective International Women’s Day Event – 11th March
Hosted by Halifax Central Initiative and All 1 Collective & Lab, this year’s event will be hosted on Zoom, looking at the issues that are affecting the women of Calderdale during these difficult times.

Community First Funding Fair – 23rd-25th March
Building on the success of last year’s online Funding Fair, Community First are doing something a little bigger this year over 3 days.

In case you missed it:

National Child Exploitation Awareness Day 2021 – 18th March
The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.



CityConnect Community Grants – Deadline: 19th March
The CityConnect Community Grants progamme encourages not-for-profit organisations across West Yorkshire to bid for grants of up to £5,000 to support people in their communities to cycle and walk more.


Facilities Coordinator – Closing date: 15th March
Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub (TLCCH) is a charitable Community Benefit Society created to ‘Save Tod College’ from closure and the loss of an important community facility within the town.

In case you missed it:

Early Years Practitioner Vacancies – Closing date: 10th March
Sure Start are advertising a number of vacancies within their Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley.


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, or visit for more contact details.

Get into Retail with BP from the Prince’s Trust

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The Prince’s Trust has a new employability programme for West Yorkshire, including the potential to apply for live employment opportunities!

Get Into Retail with bp

  • When?
    • Lunch and Learn: 24th March 2021
    • Taster Day: 7th April 2021
    • Programme: 19th April – 14th May 2021
  • What?
    • In partnership with bp, the Prince’s Trust has a brand new programme with employment opportunities available in Leeds, Bingley, Harrogate and York
    • Young people will learn new skills on the job with bp such as customer service, money handling and retail
    • Weekly employability sessions with the Prince’s Trust and ongoing support
    • Lunch and travel expenses provided and no effect on universal credit
  • Who?
    • Young people aged 18-24 who are not in education, employment or training
    • Interested in a career in retail and who can work flexibly if successful in securing a role
  • Contact:

Get started with music from the Prince’s Trust

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The Prince’s Trust has a new employability programme for West Yorkshire, including the potential to apply for live employment opportunities!

Get Started with Music

  • When?
    • Taster Day: 21st April 2021
    • Programme: 26th – 30th April 2021
  • What?
    • Working with renowned Manchester musician Liam Frost to develop key skills to help get started in the music industry
    • Song-writing skills and self-promotion, gain insights from industry professionals
    • Create and perform your own music at an end of programme celebration
    • Key employability skills with the Prince’s Trust and ongoing support
  • Who?
    • Young people aged 16-30 who are not in education, employment or training
    • Young people interested in getting a foot in the door in the music industry
  • Contact

Last Few Places for Get Started with Health and Fitness March 15

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The Prince’s Trust is offering the Get Started with Health and Fitness programme starting 15th March.

There are the Last Few Places remaining so please get in touch with Dan ( soon as possible if you are interested.

If you are aged 16-30, not in full time education, training or employment and living in West Yorkshire, this short Health and Fitness course may be just the thing for you.

Referrals will close by the end of this week.

Health and Fitness – With West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue


Supported by the European Union Social Fund and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service.


Also of interest:

Get started with music from the Prince’s Trust

Get into Retail with BP from the Prince’s Trust