Fundraising

Support the Halifax Magpies endeavour for the IMAS Rugby tournament!

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The Halifax Magpies are trying to raise money to help get them to the International Mixed abilities (IMAS) world tournament in Ireland 2021. It will be an amazing experience for all the lads.

The world cup will be held in Cork Ireland in June 2021.

As you can imagine it will not be cheap to get a fantastic and passionate group of lads from all backgrounds, able & disabled, so they have set up a Gofundme page to help with the fundraising.

Please support our GoFundMe campaign!

Any help would be amazing to show your support to our lads representing Halifax to the World!

If you would like more information on the Magpies please visit their facebook page Halifax Magpies Mixed Ability Rugby.

You can also find us here: https://www.halifaxrugby.com/teams/112904

From all of us at the Magpies THANK YOU.

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.

RSPCA presents The Super Smalls Show! September 26

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LOCAL RSPCA TO HOST BRAND NEW SUPER SMALLS SHOW LIVE FROM THEIR ANIMAL CENTRE ON SEPTEMBER 26TH    

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch have been busy this year adapting their events online to bring them into supporters’ homes.

In July they hosted their popular annual K9 Party via a live streamed event, in August it was one for the feline fans with their Virtual Cat Show and this month it is the small animals turn as the local Branch introduce the Super Smalls Show.

 

This fun and interactive virtual show will celebrate the smaller animals in their Centre. Supporters of the local RSPCA rehoming centre can watch live from home and even take part in the show with 6 Ferret Fun Runs to bet on, along with entering photos of your Super Small animal into the photo competition from 10th – 24th September via their Facebook event page.

 

The RSPCA branch will host this special live streamed event from their Animal Centre on International Rabbit Day, Saturday 26th September at 2pm. The live show will include introductions to the small animals in their care, talks on how to care for smaller animals, a live raffle (with help from some of their guinea pig residents) and the fabulous main event feature of the Ferret Fun Runs! Supporters are encouraged to place a donated bet on which tunnel the ferrets will come out of to be in with the chance of winning some fantastic prizes.

 

The Super Smalls Show hopes to shine a light on some of the smaller animals the RSPCA Branch have looking for homes.

Junior came into their care when he was found dumped in a park

 

Michelle King, Community & Events Fundraiser says “Our Animal Centre have an array of small animals looking for their forever homes and this event allows us to showcase some of these animals and raise awareness that it’s not just cats and dogs looking for their second chance of happiness. The event is also a chance to celebrate how much our small animal friends mean to us with the added bonus of interacting with our amazing supporters and raising precious funds for the animals in our care’’

 

The Super Smalls Show photo competition can be entered by uploading photos of your small animal to their ‘RSPCA Super Smalls Show’ on Facebook or by emailing your entry to: fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk

All 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive an official RSPCA rosette delivered directly to their door; all funds raised from this event go towards supporting the care of the animals at the Wade Street Animal Centre based in Halifax.

 

To place a donated bet in the Ferret Fun Run, email Faygibbons@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or text 07538 114079 to request your betting form.

There are six races to choose from and each race winner will receive a fabulous gift voucher; prizes range from cinema vouchers to restaurant vouchers.

Entry for the photo competition is just £2 and bets on the Ferret Fun Run are £1. Both can be paid for via PayPal at Fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or for alternative payments, please email Fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk

 

To find out more about the event, you can visit the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/343834800094394/ or find out more on the branch’s website www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk, where you can also find out information about the wonderful small animals who are currently available for adoption.

 

To support the branch through the current COVID19 crisis without entering the competition, you can donate to their #HelpUsHelpThem fundraiser by visiting: www.justgiving.com/campaign/helpushelpthem or text RSPCAHHB to 70085 to donate £1 from your mobile.

 

Curious Motion Needs You to Move the Calderdale Way!

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This September, we’re taking part in Move the Calderdale Way – a new virtual team-based fundraising challenge from Active Calderdale, helping to make Calderdale the most active borough in the North!

As a team, we will aim to collectively dance, walk, run, cycle or move at least 50 miles; the equivalent distance of the actual Calderdale Way footpath that encircles the borough.

For every team member we have, Active Calderdale will donate £20 to Curious Motion!

We’re looking for 20 people to join our team!

This challenge is for everyone! It’s not about pushing you past your limits. Far from it. It is about harnessing team spirit through activity and creating a support network of Curious Motion supporters who are taking on this challenge to support our work. Read more on our website.

 

Did you know an average dance class involves…

  • 120 steps per minute…
  • that’s 5400 steps in 45 minutes…
  • and approximately 2.5 miles per person!

AMAZING!

It’s about working as a team to get to 50 miles, you can do whatever activity suits you and as much or as little as you like, every step counts!

 

By joining the team you can help us to…

  • Offer more of our wellbeing boxes to reach the most vulnerable people in our communities, tackling social isolation and loneliness.
  • Develop our online classes programme so we can continue to support our participants with their physical and mental health whilst keeping attendance costs low.
  • Help us with the launch of some NEW wellbeing resources, including an audio playlist and mini mindful videos for the Autumn, ensuring these are free for everyone.

 

You don’t need to fundraise yourself, just track your steps/distance through the month and help us get to 50 miles!

At the end of the challenge, all team members will receive a thank you present for taking part and moving the Calderdale way!

 

Join the Team!

 

Local RSPCA first ever Digital Cat Show for Cats in Urgent Need August 16

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We’re about to launch our first-ever Virtual Cat Show which will help us to raise much-needed funds for the animals in our care, like Katie – a sweet 11-month-old cat who arrived with a terrible eye condition requiring surgery and ongoing care.

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch have been working hard over the last few months to provide fun, interactive online shows for their supporters and their pets. Their usual fundraising events were put on hold this year due to the COVID19 public gathering restrictions, but this August they will be celebrating all things feline by holding their first-ever RSPCA Virtual Cat Show!

Classes in the show include ‘Cutest Kitten’, ‘Best Rescue’ and ‘Cheekiest Cat’. The local RSPCA rehoming centre is encouraging supporters to get their cameras out and capture their cat and kitten photos now to be ready to place their Cat Show entries from August 1st to August 14thvia their Facebook event page. The branch will then host a special live-streamed event from their Animal Centre on Sunday 16th August.

The live show will include the Cat Show winner’s announcement and photos, a chance to meet the cats in their care plus rehoming stories, games, advice and more about our fabulous feline friends.

The Cat Show can be entered by uploading photos and videos of your cat to their ‘RSPCA Virtual Cat Show’ on Facebook or by emailing your entry to: fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk.

All 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive an official RSPCA rosette delivered directly to their door, all funds raised from this event go towards supporting the care of the animals at the Wade Street Animal Centre in Halifax – particularly for cats like Katie.

Katie – 11 months old at RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch – available for rehoming.

 Katie arrived at the RSPCA Animal Centre in a very sorry state with an extremely painful eye condition called Entropion. After immediate surgery, this lovely girl recovered well and is now pain-free, but unfortunately will most likely have scarring around her eyes for the rest of her life.

This doesn’t stop cuddly Katie from living life to the full though as not only does she have a cheeky side; she is also very loving and affectionate and has become a firm favourite with the Centre staff.

 

Digital Fundraiser – Fay Gibbons says “Online events like our Virtual Cat Show are a great way for us to keep in touch with our amazing supporters and their pets too – but it also really helps us continue our welfare work through this extremely difficult time by raising vital funds to help us care for the animals in our centre.

We’re looking forward to seeing lots of fabulous photos and video entries for this new event, and we really hope people enjoy taking part and watching the show as much as we will enjoy hosting it!”

 

Entry per class is just £2 and this can be paid via PayPal. To enter your feline friend and find out more about the event, you can visit the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/908224906297137/or find out more on the branches website www.rspahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk, where you can also find out information about Katie who is currently available for adoption.

 

To support the branch through the current COVID19 crisis without entering the competition, you can donate to their #HelpUsHelpThem fundraiser by visiting: www.justgiving.com/campaign/helpushelpthem or text RSPCAHHB to 70085 to donate £1 from your mobile.

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.  

  

RSPCA Virtual K9 Party In The Park 2020 July 5th

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LOCAL RSPCA SET TO HOST ANNUAL DOG SHOW LIVE FROM THEIR ANIMAL CENTRE THIS JULY 5TH

The Covid 19 Crisis has created many obstacles to the Charity Sector this year and one of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch’s most popular events – the K9 Party in the Park – has had to convert from an outdoor event to a virtual fun dog show which will be live streamed to viewers homes!

 

The local RSPCA Branch were devastated to cancel their summer fundraising events due to the Covid-19 Crisis which hit the country back in March. One event in particular was their K9 Party In The Park, which this year would have seen the 20th anniversary of their hugely popular Fun Dog Show held in Manor Heath Park, Halifax.

 

Event goers enjoying K9 Party In The Park last year at Manor Heath, Halifax.

 

The self-funded, local branch of the RSPCA relies heavily on this annual event to help raise vital funds for the animals in their care and had already put plans in place to celebrate their 20th year with their two-legged and four-legged supporters.

 

However, due to the government’s current safety ruling on banning large events, the charity came up with an exciting virtual twist, which will allow their supporters to enter a virtual fun dog show prior to hosting a live streamed show at their Animal Centre to join in with at home!

 

2019 – Revellers enjoy the charities dog show parade

 

The K9 Party Fun Dog Show boasts a staggering 20 classes to coincide with their 20th year, all of which can be entered by uploading your dogs photograph or video from June 26th – July 3rd via the Facebook event page or by email to the event organisers.

 

Then on Sunday 5th July, the Animal Centre will hold a live-streamed event from 12pm, which will not only announce the fun dog show winners, but will also host a dog adoption parade, doggy party games, raffle and more interactive games to join in with from home.

 

One of last years party arena dance performances

 

Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser says “Our K9 Party In The Park is an event we look forward to holding every year and we had so much planned for this year’s 20th anniversary. The event isn’t just a dog show to us, it’s a chance to celebrate how much our canine companions mean to us and to meet up with our incredible supporters to have a day of fun and celebrations’’

 

Each year the K9 Party hosts up to 800 dogs, with more than 1400 people attending the event in Manor Heath Park in Halifax. The Branch hopes this year’s virtual event will help raise vital funds to support their animal welfare work through the current COVID19 crisis and also provide a bit of fun for their supporters who may be missing their local community events this year

 

The dog show classes will include old favourites such as ‘puppy love’, ‘waggest tail’ and ‘eyes that melt your heart’ with all winning entries announced during the charity’s live Facebook stream from 12pm on July 5th.

Entries cost just £2 and all the details of how to enter will be on the Branch’s website www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk and Facebook page.

 

“The day will be exactly what it says it is – a party! We hope all of our supporters will tune in to join the fun and hold their own K9 Party in their homes!’’

Canine dog show entrants pose for the camera in 2019

 

For more information about the K9 Party in the Park and the Branch please visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or to support the event on Facebook click https://www.facebook.com/events/195997204805283/

 

“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 has rehomed 61 dogs, 102 cats and 33 small animals already this 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.”

Best Paw Forward: The RSPCA 26.2 mile fundraiser by the 30th of June!

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The Best Paw Forward is a 26.2 mile challenge that you can either walk, run or cycle to help raise funds for the animals in our Animal Centre in Wade Street Halifax, during the month of June.

You can complete 26.2 miles as part of your daily exercise or a personal goal – plus you can win a medal if you raise sponsorship too!

Pick your own pace – from 1 mile a day up to the full 26.2 at once – as long as you complete it by 30th June!

It’s only £3 to register your challenge, please email fundraising@rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk and we will send you all the details on how to get started!

 

Local Bradford boy Zach 8 raises hundreds for RSPCA with lockdown drawings from home!

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(Zach pictured above with his RSPCA rescue cat Bailey)

 

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branch were touched to hear about an amazing fundraising idea from one of their young supporters who wants to help raise vital funds the animals in their care during the COVID19 Crisis.

 

Animal lover Zach – who is 8 years old and from Thackley, Bradford – decided he wanted to do something special during lockdown to help local animals in need. Zach is drawing his own creations and requests from anyone who donates to his fundraiser. They are posted on his Facebook Fundraising group along with sending some copies out digitally or posted to anyone who donates.

 

 

All of Zach’s drawings are being uploaded to his Facebook group and donors just comment on the artwork they would like. The young artist takes requests, but says he much prefers to do his own style of ‘doodle’ rather than a pet portrait. There are plenty of examples of Zach’s artwork to view on his page, including a penguin, an owl a monkey and even an alien spaceship!

 

 

 

Mum, Jemma Walker says “Zach has always been a great animal lover and our family adopted 2 kittens from the local RSPCA in Bradford almost 16 years ago. Sadly, we lost one of our cats last year but we still have Bailey (pictured above with Zach) and who Zach loves so much that it inspired him to help out the charity during lockdown. The fundraising total currently stands at £283 with more donations coming in and we’re even laminating and sanitising any artwork requests for delivery too!”

 

All funds raised from Zach’s artwork fundraiser will go directly to help the self-funded local RSPCA animal centre. Fay Gibbons, the Digital & Community fundraiser for the branch says “Zach really is a hero in our eyes – it’s been an incredibly difficult time for us here at the centre with all of our Charity Shops closed and fundraising events on hold for the foreseeable future, so all of the money raised will go a really long way in helping us to care for local animals in need. Well done Zach, you’re a superstar!”

 

To find out more about the fundraiser or to donate and get your hands on your own doodle by Zach, visit his Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/274053893770543.

 

(Zach at work)

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 main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. The local rehoming centre relies on public donations and the generosity of its local community to keep the doors of their animal centre open. The branch care for cats, dogs and small animals and have successfully rehomed 40 dogs, 60 cats and 10 small animals so far this year.

Local RSPCA Honour Captain Tom’s 100th birthday by naming newest feline resident after the fundraising & WWII hero

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THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District branch are celebrating WWII veteran and NHS fundraising hero; Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday, by naming their most recent resident taken in during the Covid-19 crisis after the man himself!

The self-funded RSPCA rehoming centre, who have recently started their animal adoptions again after the government restrictions were lifted, felt that Captain Tom Moore’s incredible efforts should be honoured and decided that naming their newest feline resident ‘Captain Tom’ would be a special way to thank the military veteran for helping to raise millions for the NHS.

Digital & Community Fundraiser – Fay Gibbons said “The whole nation has been cheering on Captain Tom Moore with his amazing fundraising. We wanted to wish Tom a very happy 100th birthday and say thank you to such an incredible man, so we thought this would be a lovely way!”

The newest feline resident, named in honour of Capt. Tom Moore

The feline Captain Tom is available for rehoming from the RSPCA animal centre in Halifax but the adoption process has been adapted to abide with social distancing regulations. To find more about Captain Tom the cat; the new rehoming process and general charity news, visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk.

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 main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. The local rehoming centre relies on public donations and the generosity of its local community to keep the doors of their animal centre open. The branch care for cats, dogs and small animals and have successfully rehomed 40 dogs, 60 cats and 10 small animals so far this year.