Training

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

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.

 

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.

Consultations

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

Funding

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.

Vacancies

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 Riding Stone Carving association workshops

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Our aim is to keep the art of carving stone by hand alive and bring it to the general public. We teach a foundation course for beginners with no experience and always welcome new members.

The workshop is open to provide sessions teaching the art of carving stone by hand. First taster session is free, then £15 per each three-hour long session.

If you can’t see the information below download our flyer here .

Join us to experience this rewarding art, learn a new skill and benefit from our seasonal events!

The West Riding Stonecarving Association is located at the base of the Shaw Lodge Chimney stack in the historic 1840 former mill building. The entrance is on Boys Lane, which is around the back of the main mill entrance. Use postcode HX3 9EZ for workshop entrance.

For more information visit our website
w: https://stonecarvingassociation.org/

 

Make the Most of You! Online course starting in October, available to people 19+ in Calderdale

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C&K Careers have created a new online course of workshops, helping you discover your interests and strengths that can help you in finding the right job for you.

The workshops include a range of activities covering topics such as; Personality types, Learning Styles, decision making skills, mindfulness, techniques used to be kind to yourself and employability.

Sessions are aimed at adults in Calderdale, 19+ who want to do something different and want to find out what work and education options are there for them.

The sessions run on Tuesdays and Thursdays between Tuesday 6 October – Thursday 15 October, 10am -12pm, delivered over Zoom.

Internet access required and a digital device (phone, tablet, laptop).

If you can’t view the course description below, download it here:
Make the most of You_At Home Sept, Oct, Nov

 

C&K Careers
T: 01484 242000
W: www.ckcareers.co.uk | www.ckcareersonline.org.uk

 

VSI Alliance Update September 18, 2020

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

 

In case you missed it:

Report: Calderdale Voluntary and Community Sector’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
This report has been brought together by the VSI Alliance using evidence and insight drawn from across the diverse voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Calderdale.

News

Calderdale News & Information

UPDATE ON LOCAL RESTRICTIONS IN CALDERDALE
Unfortunately, Government have announced that local COVID-19 restrictions remain in the Halifax constituency and will be reintroduced in the Calder Valley constituency from Tuesday 22nd September.

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.

In case you missed it:

Calderdale Anti-Poverty Dashboards – Evidence of Need Across Calderdale
This is a collection of dashboards and data sets showing selected statistics on poverty in Calderdale. The site may be of interest to Voluntary and Community groups in Calderdale who are seeking evidence of need for new funding bids and projects.

Fully Funded Courses from Calderdale College
Calderdale College currently have 3 courses live that are fully funded via a number of funded contracts (funding is subject to eligibility), all training is delivered remotely with full support from experienced college tutors.

Regional/National News & Information

In case you missed it:

Access NCVO Member-Only Resources for Free
To support charities during COVID-19, NCVO have opened their member-exclusive resources to everyone. For just a few more weeks, you can still get access to practical resources, from governance support to volunteer management or finance help.

Consultations

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.

Funding

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:

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants
National Lottery Project Grants is the open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

New Fund Launched to Support LGBT Communities Affected By COVID-19
A new £350,000 funding scheme has been launched to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phoenix Global Fund for Children for BAME VCSE Organisations – Deadline: 30th September
The Phoenix Fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities.

Vacancies

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.

Sessional CARA Victim Engagement Worker West Yorkshire – Closing date: 25th September
If you are looking for a new challenge and want to be part of delivering an innovative response to tackling domestic abuse, then this could be the role for you.

In case you missed it:

Family Outreach WorkerClosing date: 18th September
A passionate and enthusiastic team member is required at Jubilee Children’s Centre, committed to supporting vulnerable and excluded families.

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.

Safer Recruitment – The role of the DBS online training course

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As part of the regional Safeguarding Training Fund through NCVO and the National Lottery, there is a regional Safer Recruitment and DBS training session being delivered via Zoom on Monday 21st September at 11am and it is free and open to all VCS groups in West Yorkshire. The trainer is Lyn Gavin, a senior staff member with the DBS service so she really knows her stuff!

The session will cover:
• DBS processing and relevant changes due to COVID
• Assessing if a role is eligible for a DBS check
• Dealing with disclosures of criminal convictions
• The DBS update service and keeping records up to date
• How to report a safeguarding concern relating to a member of staff or volunteer.
• Recognise types of harmful behaviour and conduct
• Understand what information to provide
• What it means to be barred and legal consequences
• Question and Answer Session

To register your place, please click here: https://dbsfor3rdsectorinyorkshire.eventbrite.co.uk

Creativity in Practice offering employability online courses

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Creativity in Practice is a small training provider working with Calderdale Adult Learning for the academic year 2020-2021. They have secured funding that enables residents of Calderdale who are 19 years or older to access a range of short courses and qualifications. These are fully funded.

Please view the leaflet with information for the fully funded short courses and qualifications which will be available from September 2020 to July 2021.

Download Courses and qualfications 2021-2020 CiP Ltd

The leaflet includes eligibility criteria for the funding that has been provided through Calderdale Adult Learning and feel free to ask me for more information as required.

Whilst dates and times for Zoom sessions are included, if anyone can not attend on that particular day 1-1 sessions can be arranged.

Please reserve places soon as numbers are limited per course.

For more information, please contact

Verity Elliott – 08791 959048
verity@creativityinpractice.co.uk
https://www.creativityinpractice.co.uk/

VSI Alliance Update September 11, 2020

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Report: Calderdale Voluntary and Community Sector’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
This report has been brought together by the VSI Alliance using evidence and insight drawn from across the diverse voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Calderdale.

News

Calderdale News & Information

Calderdale Anti-Poverty Dashboards – Evidence of Need Across Calderdale
This is a collection of dashboards and data sets showing selected statistics on poverty in Calderdale. The site may be of interest to Voluntary and Community groups in Calderdale who are seeking evidence of need for new funding bids and projects.

Fully Funded Courses from Calderdale College
Calderdale College currently have 3 courses live that are fully funded via a number of funded contracts (funding is subject to eligibility), all training is delivered remotely with full support from experienced college tutors.

In case you missed it:

Coronavirus Support for Vulnerable and At-Risk People in Calderdale
Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped secure support for people in Calderdale who are at risk due to the coronavirus.

Do Your Own Thing: Self-Employment Programme for Women
Do Your Own Thing is a free 12-week programme to support women in Calderdale to set up their own business.
Regional/National News & Information

Access NCVO Member-Only Resources for Free
To support charities during COVID-19, NCVO have opened their member-exclusive resources to everyone. For just a few more weeks, you can still get access to practical resources, from governance support to volunteer management or finance help.

Consultations

In case you missed it:

Calderdale Test & Trace Survey
In Calderdale, the national Test & Trace service is supported by a local service to help us reach as many people as possible. They want to find out what you know about the Test & Trace service and how you feel about it.

Online Events and Training

In case you missed it:

The Secrets of Successful Change Management at a Time of Crisis – 17th September
During this impactful, free webinar, you will learn how to avoid common pitfalls and the key measures for successfully implementing significant change in your charity.

Funding Strategy and Diversification Post Covid-19 – 22nd September
This course from NCVO will help you understand and analyse the current funding situation of your organisation and teach you how to plan for the future.

Mental Health at Work – Current Challenges
This webinar is designed to provide line managers with information to help support their own and their team’s mental wellbeing during this current climate.

Funding

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants
National Lottery Project Grants is the open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

New Fund Launched to Support LGBT Communities Affected By COVID-19
A new £350,000 funding scheme has been launched to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phoenix Global Fund for Children for BAME VCSE Organisations – Upcoming deadlines: 16th & 30th September
The Phoenix Fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities.

In case you missed it:

New £3.3 Million Fund to Give Babies from Deprived Areas or BAME Backgrounds the Best Start in Life
Mothers and babies will benefit from a new multi-million-pound fund to give people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or poorer backgrounds the best chance at a healthy start in life.

Vacancies

Family Outreach Worker – Closing date: 18th September
A passionate and enthusiastic team member is required at Jubilee Children’s Centre, committed to supporting vulnerable and excluded families.

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.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • 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

JWT now offering distance learning options for courses

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All courses are now running according to the new safety rules around COVID-19.

It has been a challenging 6 months for all of us, and for some of you this is the start of a new term, for others your businesses are starting to return to the office and others are still working remotely.

I continue to develop and shape my business to adapt to the new ways of working which COVID brings.  Like many of you, I set myself some challenges in lockdown and invite you to visit my You Tube channel to have a look at the results!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdHKoTYJ04KX7huyQAkEx2Q

I am offering my full range of training both virtually and face to face.  Most of my clients are choosing virtual where possible, and recent projects have included training for charity trustees, delivery of safeguarding courses and a number of courses run using blended learning.

Blended learning is one of the new training methods I have to offer.  This involves the learners committing to an agreed amount of preparation time prior to the virtual or face to face training.  Sometimes this is done at home alone and sometimes as a virtual session before a face to face session.

As the dark nights will shortly be upon us, this is a really useful option for many customers, as the less time we spend face to face, we do of course reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

Some excerpts of feedback received so far as a result of this new teaching manner:

I much preferred to do the course over Zoom as I took more in. 

I feel the Zoom training was great, very ideal.  Prefer half Zoom and one Saturday (for a First Aid course)

*  Really pleased with the Zoom half.  Jill did a mixture of things to keep us engaged – breakout rooms, white board, Youtube videos.  Jill was fun and engaging.  The Saturday session – Jill was very interactive which helped me remember the contents

When I am training face to face, I have a full COVID risk assessment in situ to ensure that all government guidelines are adhered to, including having smaller groups, where needed, to fit into the room.

I am delighted to confirm that I am now able to offer the following new set of courses which have all been certified:

*  Designated Safeguarding Lead has now gained certification through CPD UK, this is for those with some existing safeguarding knowledge

*  An Allergen Awareness and Notifiable Diseases course was certified by CPD UK last week and is a continuation for anyone who holds a Level 2 Food Safety qualification

*  I have also been accepted as an instructor with NUCO – providing the option to run a fully accredited Level 3 Safeguarding course

I attach a summary of my current training offer and would love to hear from you if I can be of any further help to you and/or your organisation. I also attach details forthcoming first aid and food safety courses, along with an opportunity to join the first group of learners on the RFQ Level 3 Safeguarding course run via NUCO.  If any of these courses are of interest to you please contact me as soon as possible, as places are limited on all courses.