RSPCA Halifax to host Virtual Cat show May 9th

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Could your cat win in our Virtual Cat Show?…



We’re celebrating all things feline this May with our Virtual Cat Show!

You can enter your cat or kitten into any of the 10 photo categories between 23rd April and 7th May. We will announce our winners during a live show on Sunday 9th May starring some of our kitty residents, virtual cattery tours and some fun feline activities too!

You can enter as many classes as you like from the 10 listed below. CATegories include:…

Class 1 – Bonniest Lass
Class 2 –  Handsome Lad
Class 3 – Cutest Kitten
Class 4 – Grumpiest Cat
Class 5 – Cosiest Cat
Class 6 – Best Rescue
Class 7 – Best Friends (your cat with an animal or human companion)
Class 8 – Mature Moggies
Class 9 – Cheekiest Cat
Class 10 – Best Pose

Each picture costs £2 to enter. Please visit the RSPCA cat show page to submit your pictures:

RSPCA Virtual Cat show May 9th

You will be able to submit your entries between 9am on 23rd April – 12pm on 7th May on this event page or you can also email your entries to

We will select a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner from each category who will receive a rosette in the post.

We will then host a Facebook show from 2pm on Sunday 9th May live from our Animal Centre!! This will include:

-Live announcements of our virtual Cat Show winners

-Live Talks/Demo’s

-Live Raffle

-Live cattery tour; meet the cats in our care

Make sure you enter your kitty’s photo between 23rd April to 7th May (cut off for entries is 12pm 7/5/21) and tune in to the Virtual Cat Show on 9th May on Facebook!

Africaniwa: She Chose to Challenge March 26

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This Friday 26th March at 6pm, in celebration of IWD2021, Africaniwa is proud to present: She Chose to Challenge, a Photo Exhibition.

Marking International Women’s Day, we are reminded that a challenged world is an alert world. And at a time where recent events call us to challenge masculine violence and empower women to #reclaimthestreets, we might have pondered, ‘what would it look like to have a world where women lived free from the patriarchy?’.

Over 30 years ago, one woman chose to make this a reality for the women who live in Umoja, a village where only women and children live. Meet Rebecca Lolosoli as we hear her story and mission in founding Umoja and what life is like living without men.

This month in celebration of IWD2021, Africaniwa is proud to present She Chose to Challenge, a Photo Exhibition.

Click on the link to register for your free ticket. You will receive the zoom link on the day of the exhibition:

Africaniwa are raising funds to help Umoja village after their main source of revenue, tourism, has been hampered by the pandemic. This will be used to buy basic provisions like food, chalk for classrooms and toys such as footballs for the children. Every little helps so please spare whatever you can give at PayPal to Thank you.

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

Put your best paw forward this March and support local RSPCA animals in need!

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Dave the dog from the Halifax RSPCA Animal Centre.


The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch have an exciting challenge this March that encourages their supporters to get active, raise much needed funds and you can even receive a medal for your efforts!

The Best Paw Forward is a personal challenge that can be uniquely catered to your own abilities. You pick the distance you want to cover, the method you will use and go at your own pace – the only rule is you must complete it by 31st March.

Whether you walk, run, cycle or skate! Your challenge can help raise funds and awareness for the animals currently in the care of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Animal Centre.

Tish the German Shepherd from the Halifax RSPCA Animal Centre.

All participants have a full month to finish the challenge and it can be part of your daily exercise or a personal goal. The event is open to all ages and abilities, and entrants are encouraged to raise sponsorship from family and friends to help the local RSPCA care for the animals spending lockdown in their centre.

Community Fundraiser, Michelle King says ‘The Best Paw Forward is a great way to keep fit and get outdoors, especially now the weather is turning brighter! The flexibility of the event should hopefully make your goal more achievable – from running 30 miles if you’re ready for a big challenge or just 10 miles of walking the dog. Anyone who raises £20 or more in sponsorship will receive a special medal and a goodie bag for those with a canine companion! We hope you’ll take on the challenge and help support our lockdown animals this March”.

After a difficult 12 months, the local RSPCA branch hopes this event will help raise vital funds for their rescue centre and the animals in their care.

All funds raised from the challenge will directly benefit the local RSPCA rehoming centre and you can find out more/sign up via their website here

You can also email or call Michelle on 07908 478956 to for more information.

Billy (current Animal Centre dog) enjoying playtime and training with our resident Dog Trainer and Behaviourist Yeli Williams.


“The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our charity rehomes around 500+ animals every year. Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.” 

EAT PIZZA & HELP ANIMALS In Need This Christmas with LIVIN’Italy & Local RSPCA!!!

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Enjoy a delicious pizza this December and help to feed an RSPCA animal spending Christmas in shelter! 

This Christmas, Leeds-based Italian restaurant LIVIN’Italy are donating £1 from every single Margherita pizza sale to the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch.

The Restaurant hope that their Christmas campaign will help local animals in need find loving forever homes and of course, raise vital funds for the charity after what has been their hardest year due to the Pandemic.

The restaurant is still currently closed due to falling under West Yorkshire’s Tier 3 restrictions, however, the restaurant are offering a click and collect service so you can still enjoy a delicious restaurant quality Italian dinner at home or you can order their brand new ‘Twice Baked’ pizza’s online through ArrowFreshUK, simply place your brand order online, pop your pizza in the oven for a second time at home to enjoy a delicious treat! For every twice baked Margherita pizza ordered online LIVIN’Italy and ArrowFreshUK will donate 50p each to the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford to help support the charity and the animals spending Christmas in their care.

Pictured above: Zena the kitten, who lost an ear and her tail after being hit by a car before arriving in the care of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford branch. 


Digital Fundraiser for the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford branch Fay Gibbons said “We’re so touched by LIVIN’Italy and ArrowFreshUK’s kindness to help fundraise and raise awareness for our Animal Centre this Christmas. It’s been an incredibly hard year for all local businesses and charities throughout the Pandemic, so we really hope that people will get behind this campaign and help brighten up Christmas for the animals currently looking for their forever homes this December. Every penny raised will go directly to the animals in our care just like Zena the kitten, who sadly lost her ear and tail after being hit by a car. We think it’s an amazing opportunity to support a local business and a local charity at the same time, plus, who doesn’t want to eat delicious Margherita pizza whilst knowing they’re helping cats, dogs and lots of small animals enjoy a magical Christmas as they await their forever homes!”


Pictured – the campaign will help brighten up Christmas for the charities current residents like Humphrey the cat and Tish the German Shepherd. 

If you’d like to support the campaign you can order your click and collect pizza by visiting or head over to to get your half-baked pizza delivered to your door!

The local RSPCA branch rehabilitate and rehome over 500 animals every single year and rely solely on the generosity of their local community to help raise the funds needed in order to keep the doors of their animal centre open. Every penny raised will go directly towards caring for the animals in their care. This year, the branch are also running their annual Christmas Meal Appeal where supporters can donate the cost of a meal or treat to brighten up the festive period for their current residents! You can even select which individual animal you would like to buy a festive treat for here Or text XMASMEAL to 70085 to donate £1 today.


The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  This year the branch has rehomed 67 dogs, 115 cats and 34 small animals. Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.  

Santa’s Christmas Rescue – Online Christmas Show from the Victoria Theatre

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The Victoria Theatre has teamed up with their Pantomime production company, Imagine Theatre, to bring an online Santa show into the homes of families in the borough this Christmas.

Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a 35-minute live theatre show for children up to age 7 or those who are simply young at heart! It will be streamed from 10 December 2020 and for just £5 you can have unlimited views up until 3 January 2021.

The online streaming of Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a great opportunity for people to support their local theatre in such a difficult time for the industry and ensure live performances will be back once more next year.

There is also an option to purchase a ticket at £7.50, with the additional £2.50 going to Acting for Others, a charity supporting theatre professionals throughout the UK.

For more information and links to the download please visit: and please share this message far and wide so that families with young children can still enjoy some live theatre in the safety and comfort of home this Christmas.

Why I support Movember: Zain’s Story

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Movember is one of the leading charities changing the faces of men’s health and addressing associated stigmas.

This year for Movember I am growing out my moustache. This is to raise the awareness and money for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, Prostate Cancer and Testicular Cancer.

This year has been an unprecedented year and has impacted people in many ways. Men are not as likely to open up, talk about their feelings or seek help when they need to in normal circumstances. Therefore, I wish to raise at least £100 to help donate to some great projects as well as empower men to open up and take action. It is okay to be not okay and recognising this can impact your mental health and wellbeing. I would greatly appreciate any donations. Spread the word and Happy Movember!

Link to my profile:

Autumn Warmth from the Curious Motion

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Curious Motion have released their Autumn Newsletter, with ideas to keep you active through Autumn. You will find information about the launch of their podcast Curious e-motion, more on Brews and Grooves, including a children friendly session, the One Minute Motion gallery, Move the Calderdale way feedback and sounds of relaxation.



Download Newsletter Here


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.


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


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.


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, or visit for more contact details.

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:

Application forms can also be sent by post, and any questions or further information can be requested from Hollie Scargill, Engagement Officer via

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