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VSI Alliance Update October 16, 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

News

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Weekly Update
This week’s leadership message comes from Dr Sara Munro, CEO for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Keir Shillaker, Director for the Partnership’s Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Programme. There is also a blog from Sayma Mirza as part of celebrating Black History Month.

Events and Training

In case you missed it:

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Climate Change Virtual Summit – 19th & 20th October
Over the two days there will be twelve workshops, each one will explore how as health and social care partners we can reduce the effects of climate change and prepare for its impacts.

Funding

Sir George Martin Trust
The Sir George Martin Trust has tightened up its geographical area for funding and will now be focusing its grant-making towards charitable projects which support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in West Yorkshire.

Women’s Sector Resilience Fund
The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund has been created with the support of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to safeguard the vital frontline jobs and support services of women’s organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In case you missed it:

Nesta’s New Prize Supports the Vulnerable to Access Post-COVID Jobs and Finance – Deadline: 26th October
UK organisations are invited to apply for support to accelerate innovations that can help vulnerable workers, hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, to secure jobs and financial help.

The Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme
The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives.

Vacancies

Apprenticeship and Training Delivery Manager – Closing date: 23rd October
You will be responsible for the development, operational management and successful delivery of all apprenticeship and work-based programmes delivered by the Halifax Opportunities Trust work-based learning arm.

Sessional Youth Worker – Closing date: 25th October
Newground are looking for someone who is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of young people and the communities they serve. This role will be for 1 evening a week between 6PM – 9PM, with the potential of overtime.

Bank/Relief Enabler – Closing date: 30th October
Pennine Magpie are looking to increase their team of Bank/Relief Enablers to cover staff holidays and sickness. The role will include both 1:1 support for students and facilitating group sessions.

In case you missed it:

Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) – Closing date: 19th October
The Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) will be part of a team that will work closely with NHS Calderdale CCG engagement team to lead on and/or support a wide range of patient and public engagement projects.

Volunteering

New Treasurer Required at Memory Lane Cafe Calderdale
Memory Lane Café run regular pop-up cafes providing entertainment, information, support and socialisation for individuals, their families and carers. Since they began, they have steadily increased their membership (firstly with their Sowerby Bridge cafe and, a year later, their Halifax cafe).

In case you missed it:

Community Covid-19 Champions
Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

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.

Memory Lane Cafe Calderdale looking for new Treasurer

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The impact of what Memory Lane does can be best summed up by what our members have said:-

“has been of tremendous help to me personally with all the advice and encouragement they have given me”
“my husband comes alive at the cafe”
“improves the way I feel – my mental health”

We were established in 2016 to provide support for people affected by dementia, other memory problems, and isolation.  We run regular pop-up cafes providing entertainment, information, support and socialisation for individuals, their families and carers. Since we began we have steadily increased our membership (firstly with our Sowerby Bridge cafe and, a year later, our Halifax cafe).

 

We are now looking for an enthusiastic and committed volunteer to join our Trustee team as Treasurer to help us continue to grow and develop our what we do. You’ll need to attend meetings (quarterly plus other meetings from time to time) and also be able to work at home on managing the finances and providing reports etc to the Trustees.

 

Ideally, we are looking for someone who has:-

  • good communication skills
  • ability to use spreadsheets
  • awareness of accounting practices
  • willingness to learn – we’ll provide training as necessary and there will be other opportunities for learning and personal development as part of our team.

Our accounts are currently well-managed by our current Treasurer who will be leaving us at the end of the financial year (31-3-21). He will be available to familiarise and induct the new Treasurer into the role for a seamless transfer.

We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and Registered Charity No 1178595.

To arrange an initial informal chat please contact our Secretary – Chris Harvey (email chris@memorylanecafe.org or phone 07884 966756 or 01422 706373).

Everything is Possible Free Life Changing Project Abroad for 18-30 year olds

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Take part in a free life changing project abroad

Ever thought about taking part of a worthwhile project abroad, whilst developing professional and personal skills?

York-based non-profit organisation, Everything is Possible, are offering volunteering and training projects in fields such as:

  • Sport coaching
  • Dance
  • Animal care and outdoor activities
  • Arts
  • Social Work

These are 2 to 9 months projects starting from January 2021 and taking place in countries such as Greece, Aruba, Croatia or Italy.

These projects are free. They are funded by the European Solidarity Corps programme of the European Union. There are no costs to you (flights, food and accommodation are paid for you).

Who is it for? They are looking for young people aged 18-30, living in the UK and be confident and ready to try new things. These projects may be a alternative opportunity for those who have not achieved what they hoped for in their A-levels or may not now be going to university due to COVID-19 disruptions.

Over the past 20 years, Everything Is Possible have helped thousands of young people, to experience international mobility opportunities. This experience brought them intercultural awareness, raised self-esteem and help them gain competences they would need for their future, while for others it has helped them to get the job they wanted.

Visit www.everythingispossible.eu to register for their next information session online.

VSI Alliance Update October 09, 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

In case you missed it:

Memory Lane Cafe Is Back in Business!
On Saturday 26th September, Memory Lane ran their first café in Sowerby Bridge since March – 22 members came along to enjoy the afternoon. The Halifax café reopens in October. Memory Lane Cafe provides a dementia-friendly environment for people affected by dementia, other memory problems and isolation.

Regional/National News & Information

National Developments This Week (1 – 8 October)
A roundup of the Government’s response to Covid-19, health and care, enforcement, children/education and non-Covid developments.

In case you missed it:

Flu Vaccine Information
Getting flu and coronavirus at the same time could be devastating to your immune system. Catching either coronavirus or flu, weakens your immune system putting you at higher risk to then catching the other virus. Have you had your flu virus vaccine?

Consultations

In case you missed it:

Young Advisors Transitions Survey – Closing date: 19th October
Calderdale Young Advisors are interested in hearing about the experience of young people transitioning between education settings, from primary school to high school, and high school to college/sixth form.

Events and Training

Brighouse Charity Gala Online AGM – 12th October
Although there hasn’t been a Gala this year, Brighouse Charity Gala will still be holding their annual general meeting.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Climate Change Virtual Summit – 19th & 20th October
Over the two days there will be twelve workshops, each one will explore how as health and social care partners we can reduce the effects of climate change and prepare for its impacts.

In case you missed it:

The Big Calderdale Sleepout 2020 – 10th October
Join Calderdale SmartMove on World Homeless Day to experience just one night of sleeping rough to support the homeless and vulnerable of Calderdale. This year, rather than gathering together to sleep at the Piece Hall, they want as many people as possible to get involved and sleep out at home.

Funding

Nesta’s New Prize Supports the Vulnerable to Access Post-COVID Jobs and Finance – Deadline: 26th October
UK organisations are invited to apply for support to accelerate innovations that can help vulnerable workers, hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, to secure jobs and financial help.

The Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme
The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives.

In case you missed it:

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund – Starting Well – Deadline: 30th October
Funding will be given to existing schemes working with children from preconception to two and a half years old, who want to expand or develop their schemes by delivering new outcomes or to specific communities.

Vacancies

Apprenticeship and Training Delivery Manager – Closing date: 14th October
You will be responsible for the development, operational management and successful delivery of all apprenticeship and work-based programmes delivered by the Halifax Opportunities Trust work-based learning arm.

Staying Well Worker – Closing date: 16th October
Halifax Opportunities Trust is seeking to appoint a Staying Well Worker to join the ‘Park Ward Staying Well’ project. The successful candidate will help to effectively engage adults experiencing social isolation and/or loneliness in the Park Ward Hub area.

Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) – Closing date: 19th October
The Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) will be part of a team that will work closely with NHS Calderdale CCG engagement team to lead on and/or support a wide range of patient and public engagement projects.
Volunteering

Community Covid-19 Champions
Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

In case you missed it:

Take Part in a Free Life Changing Project Abroad
Ever thought about taking part of a worthwhile project abroad, whilst developing professional and personal skills? Everything is Possible are offering volunteering and training projects in fields such as: sport coaching, dance, animal care and outdoor activities, arts and social work.

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.

One Minute Motions is now live!

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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 

Thanks to the care and creativity of our Curious Motion family, we have launched Calderdale’s very own gallery of mindful videos, incorporating dance and movement. Take a look here:

www.curiousmotion.org.uk/omm-gallery

The collection of One Minute Motion films is free to view and will boost mental wellbeing among the Calderdale community and beyond. And what better day to launch this valuable resource than today; 10th October 2020, World Mental Health Day.

 

 

Every one of us is spending less time making memories with our loved ones. It can feel lonely and worrying. The One Minute Motions project reminds us that we are all connected.

Throughout September, wonderful people have submitted their one-minute film creations, supporting the mental health of others. Each piece in the gallery has a unique feel; some are relaxing, others are upbeat. Some focus on the wonder of nature; others celebrate the freedom of music and movement. Each submission is one of a kind, just like the person that made it, and we are thrilled to be able to share it with you.

A minute is all it takes to calm your mind and body. So, instead of using a meditation or mindfulness app on your phone or watch today, why not try something new? Take a look at the One Minute Motions gallery, made with love for the greater good of Calderdale.

View the Gallery

With love,

Sam and the team at Curious Motion x

This project was made possible thanks to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Government for making this possible. Thanks also to Calderdale Community Foundation and the Adventure Programme for supporting us to develop our digital programme.

VSI Alliance Update October 02, 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

Memory Lane Cafe Is Back in Business!
On Saturday 26th September, Memory Lane ran their first café in Sowerby Bridge since March – 22 members came along to enjoy the afternoon. The Halifax café reopens in October. Memory Lane Cafe provides a dementia-friendly environment for people affected by dementia, other memory problems and isolation.
Regional/National News & Information

Flu Vaccine Information
Getting flu and coronavirus at the same time could be devastating to your immune system. Catching either coronavirus or flu, weakens your immune system putting you at higher risk to then catching the other virus. Have you had your flu virus vaccine?

In case you missed it:

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

Sector Resilience Follow Up Survey – Closing date: 9th October
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are currently conducting a voluntary and community sector wide survey to understand what is happening in the sector. It will help shape their work and focus moving forwards across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

Young Advisors Transitions Survey – Closing date: 19th October
Calderdale Young Advisors are interested in hearing about the experience of young people transitioning between education settings, from primary school to high school, and high school to college/sixth form.

Events and Training

Developing Resilience Workshop – 6th October
What is resilience? What makes us resilient? How can we exercise and develop resilience? This Healthy Minds online workshop will explore our personal resilience and develop strategies to strengthen our ability to manage when faced with adversity, through discussion and exercises.

The Big Calderdale Sleepout 2020 – 10th October
Join Calderdale SmartMove on World Homeless Day to experience just one night of sleeping rough to support the homeless and vulnerable of Calderdale. This year, rather than gathering together to sleep at the Piece Hall, they want as many people as possible to get involved and sleep out at home.

In case you missed it:

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

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund – Starting Well – Deadline: 30th October
Funding will be given to existing schemes working with children from preconception to two and a half years old, who want to expand or develop their schemes by delivering new outcomes or to specific communities.

In case you missed it:

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.

Volunteering

Take Part in a Free Life Changing Project Abroad
Ever thought about taking part of a worthwhile project abroad, whilst developing professional and personal skills? Everything is Possible are offering volunteering and training projects in fields such as: sport coaching, dance, animal care and outdoor activities, arts and social work.

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.

Looking for Community Covid19 Champions

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Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

You could be just the person we are looking for!

We are looking to recruit volunteer Community Covid19 Champions to help share information within communities and help us develop our response to the virus in the future.

Community Covid19 Champions    

  • Receive the latest information, updates and advice about Covid-19.oun
  • Share the information with other people in their community however they want to. This could be conversations with family & friends, via social media or any other way they choose.
  • Let us know what is and isn’t working in their community so we can make sure we respond together in the way that will work best for each community.
  • Have access to regular support meetings to ask questions and provide feedback.

With a wider understanding of Covid-19, Government guidance and local information Community Covid19 Champions can help protect themselves, their family, friends and work mates.

To find out more about becoming a Community Covid19 Champion please contact Samrann.Manshah@calderdale.gov.uk.

YMCA offers Free School Uniforms

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The Halifax YMCA have a large selection of preowned, in great condition school uniforms, including shoes, uniform accessories and even school specific jackets and jumpers. They’ve everything you can think of to get your children kitted out. And what’s more, it’s all free.

We have uniforms for pre-schoolers, primary and secondary school children. Drop by at our uniform shop on Halifax, The Marlborough Hall, 13 Crossley St, Halifax HX1 1UG (same building as the Roller Skating venue, two doors down from our Charity Shop).

Have your children outgrown their school uniforms before wearing them out? We are always looking out for donations of good quality preowned school uniforms.

Donations are quarantined for a minimum of 48 hours before going to the shop floor.

Locala Community groups support fund open until October 12

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Grants of up to £1500 to support community projects and groups in Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees are now available as Locala’s Community Fund is open for 2020.

Over recent years more than £60,000 has already been donated to a variety of community, not for profit and voluntary groups doing exciting and important work in their local area. These have included Scouts and Brownies, junior sports clubs and church groups as well as programmes supporting people dealing with issues such as dementia, social isolation, drug and alcohol misuse and disability, along with work to promote community cohesion and environmental programmes.

This year, the Fund is particularly interested in receiving applications from groups who focus on:

  • Reducing social isolation
  • Opportunities for young people
  • The local environment
  • Supporting carers

More details, including the eligibility criteria and online application form can be found on the Locala website here: https://www.locala.org.uk/get-involved/community-fund.

Application forms can also be sent by post, and any questions or further information can be requested from Hollie Scargill, Engagement Officer via membership@locala.org.uk

The deadline for applications to this year’s Locala Community Fund is 12th October 2020, at 5pm.

VSI Alliance Update September 25, 2020

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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.