We have launched our Brighouse Arts Festival Creative Art Challenge with support from Creative Minds. A fun artistic challenge to create artwork inspired by nature, and sustainability.
This artistic challenge is open to all but especially those people who use services run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, their carers and staff
Your artwork must create a fantastic spirit of optimism which unites around our share emotions and give us hope for the future. Your inspiration might be the nature, natural history or sustainability. It could be the wonderful spring/summer flowers in gardens and open parks, or indeed anything that captures your imagination in a positive relating to these themes. We shall then share works on our online gallery and our social media.
10 entries will be picked to feature in the Brighouse Arts Festival and 1 ‘winner’ will win a specially framed image of their artwork
Send us your responses and we can add them to our virtual gallery. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Youth club is a holiday club based at Forest Cottage in Ovenden, in association with the OSCA foundation, running through the Summer 2020 break, for children aged 5 – 13 years of age.
The Youth System dates are from 20th July to 7th of August.
Monday to Friday from 8.45am to 16.00, open to both girls and boys at a competitive rate of £13 per day.
Due to the Government Coronavirus guidelines, the numbers are strictly limited so apply early.
Venue: Forest Cottage, Cousin Lane, Ovenden HX2 8AD
Enquiries and bookings: email@example.com or 07568 263435
The first issue of the news bulletin from The Space @ Field Lane is out.
Since the centre had to close its doors due to Covid-19, this newsletter has been compiled as an online community.
Everyone at The Space @ Field Lane are working hard, planning the safe reopening of the centre, in order to restart offering their classes and services.
They will need volunteers to help with the reopening. If you have time to offer, please get in touch.
The newsletter would also welcome adverts from local businesses, your stories and views on how they can best be there for you.
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team
VSI Alliance News & Events
Invictus is a CIC and currently offering talking sessions in Calderdale as part of their BREW (Building Resilience & Emotional Wellbeing) project for 5 – 17-year-olds. They’re working with children’s mental health services and the safeguarding team to ensure best practice and good outcomes for the young people they are supporting.
All of their work so far has been done over the telephone and zoom and they’ve ensured best practise as much as possible for this.
But they recognise that children/young people may respond much better to face-to-face intervention and are looking to roll out a ‘Walk & Talk’ programme in Calderdale (they’ve been involved with another LA which has successfully done this). For this project, they will be completing risk assessments of walking routes.
Do any groups out there have risk assessments already for walks that they would be willing to share with Invictus? If so, please can you send to Charlie and she will pass them on to the group. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Upcoming Forum Dates:
Food Poverty Forum – Thursday 16 July, 10am on Microsoft Teams
Young Lives/Youth Strategy Group – Thursday 16 July, 2pm – discussing CMBC Youth Service restructure on Microsoft Teams.
For information about these forums, please contact Jayne Leech: email Jayne.Leech@vsialliance.org.uk or call 01422 438721.
Calderdale News & Information
Calderdale COVID-19 Outbreak and Control Plan
Calderdale Council, alongside multiple organisations and partnerships across the Borough, has been working to support a range of settings (e.g. schools, care homes, workplaces) and communities, both proactively and reactively as part of the overall COVID-19 response.
Regional/National News & Information
In case you missed it:
100 Days of COVID – A Story of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Efforts
100 days since full lockdown was announced across the United Kingdom, leaders in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are thanking over 100,000 people who work as part of England’s fourth largest integrated care system.
Help to Find the Right Income Mix
The templates are designed to help trustees and managers understand how far the charity relies on a particular income stream and explore more diverse funding approaches.
COVID-19 Extraordinary Home Office Funding for Vulnerable Children’s Charities – Deadline extended: 6th July
Additional emergency support funding for small/micro charities that are working with vulnerable young people at risk of being involved in serious violence.
In case you missed it:
Calderdale Ward Forum Grants Have Restarted
Grants available up to £500 in any given financial year provided the group is fully constituted (with a dissolution clause), has a safeguarding policy and has a dedicated twin signatory bank account also in the name of the group.
Food for Life Get Togethers Small Grants Programme Relaunched
Small grants of £150 are available for applications from June 2020 to April 2021. The grants are to support community-led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers.
Business Support Officer Vacancy – Closing date: 5th July
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, is seeking to appoint a Business Support Officer to work with him to continue to make a real difference to the lives of people across communities in West Yorkshire.
Freelance Marketing Practitioner – Closing date: 10th July
Calder Valley Community Land Trust (CLT) is currently advertising for a Freelance Marketing Practitioner with a proven track record who can lead for them on a marketing, communications and PR campaign.
In case you missed it:
Mental Health Support Team Vacancies
Calderdale Mental Health Support Team are seeking a representative workforce to work in schools and education settings. They need staff including qualified Clinicians & Supervisors and a Service Manager to work in this innovative new Open Minds service.
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 email@example.com, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: email@example.com
Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: email@example.com
Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: email@example.com
Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: firstname.lastname@example.org
WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: email@example.com
Are you between 16 – 25 and not in employment or education?
The Prince’s Trust, in association with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service are offering an 8 week Free online training programme to gain a level 1 qualification in personal development and employability.
The course started on 29th of June but you may still be eligible.
For more information:
Call 07552 283640
Citizens Advice Calderdale are offering support in the form of training to deal with gambling addiction.
With YouGov research showing that nearly two-thirds of “engaged” gamblers increasing the time or money they spend during the lockdown, it’s no better time to get up to speed with gambling support training.
Our Gambling Support trainer, Colin Bland, has produced a short awareness video to help anyone interested in the issues around gambling. He’s also busy getting his training videos completed before doing a big launch to anyone interested. If you’d like to know more about the services we provide then contact Colin through Twitter using @GambleSupportYH, and join his youtube channel
Calderdale Council has been working to support a range of settings (e.g. schools, care homes, workplaces) and communities, both proactively and reactively as part of the overall COVID-19 response. We are working alongside multiple organisations and partnerships across the Borough and this activity will continue in the Test and Trace phase of epidemic management, working closely with Public Health England (PHE).
However, the focus of both the proactive and reactive work will need to change, as workplaces, schools and the Borough more generally open more widely, and as the national Test and Trace programmes becomes embedded.
All local Authorities have been asked to develop Outbreak Prevention and Control Plans by the end of June 2020 and you can read Calderdale’s plan here. It is intended to operate for the next 18 months, with a formal review in June 2021.
The newest Macmillan services newsletter for July is out with information regarding support groups including the Virtual Walking Group this Thursday 2nd July at 1pm.
There is still time to book onto the Virtual First Steps Programme on the 10th of July for patients and family members.
Also please find the latest newletter for the Yorkshire Cancer Community. They have useful information and mention the First Steps programme.
Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Service
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust
Macmillan Unit – Calderdale Royal Hospital – 01422 222709
Greenlea Unit – Huddersfield Royal Infirmary – 01484 343614
Mobile – 07554415564
On Saturday 5th July, the NHS celebrates its 72nd birthday. To celebrate everyone is asked to join for the biggest clapping event ever at 5pm.
Ian Berry’s clapping hand animation
The Piece Hall is joining in the celebration with a collaboration with artist Ian Berry and Halo Vue of Halifax. They will release a short film featuring, among others the hand clapping animation by Ian Berry, special works by guest artists and images which reflect on the NHS in Calderdale. This film will also feature works and messages sent by the people of Halifax and Calderdale.
During the Coronavirus outbreak, we have more than ever witnessed the ongoing, tireless presence of the NHS in our lives. This celebration will serve to express the nation’s gratitude for all that they have done.
For more information, visit https://piecehalllearning.wordpress.com/i-clap-for/
The NHS is also making a celebration video and has ideas of how you can join the celebration.
Ian Berry is a Huddersfield born contemporary artist known for his photorealistic work made from denim. His clapping hands animation has been shown around the UK as well as Sweden, the United States and Mexico.
Visit Denimu: Ian Berry’s website
Tuesday 30th June, 12-2pm
Hosted over Zoom, the Forum will be led by WYCAS’ Chief Executive, Amanda Peters, with Helen Galvin, Community Accountant for Calderdale.
If you are involved in organising the finances in your organisation (as a volunteer or a paid worker) we’re guessing you will have had a tough couple of months….
COVID-19 and lockdown may have meant an increase in demand for your charity’s services, or having to deal with closing your premises entirely. You may have been furloughing staff, negotiating rent, applying for emergency funding, looking at the implications for cashflow, and working out how you get cheques signed if your trustees are all shielding?
If you’d like a chance to share some of your experiences over the last few months, as well as discuss any current issues or problems, you are very welcome to join us.
Log in information will be emailed to you one week prior to the event.