Comic Relief Launches New Core Funding for Small Organisations in UK

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Comic Relief is launching a pilot core funding programme this week for smaller organisations delivering work in the UK.

As part of its new grants strategy which was published last month, Comic Relief is launching the Core Strength Funding Programme which will open on 16 June to applications from small organisations delivering work in the UK with an annual income of between £100,000 and £500,000.

The new grants strategy focuses on four areas that will help Comic Relief to best achieve its vision of ‘A Just World Free from Poverty’, in which everyone is safe, healthy, educated and empowered.

This new fund is aimed at smaller organisations working across the following four programme areas (as outlined in the new grants strategy):

  • Investing in children and young people to be ready for the future.
  • Empowering women and girls to be free to lead the lives they choose.
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged people.
  • Building stronger communities in areas of disadvantage, deprivation and poverty.

Grants of up to £20,000 will be made available over two years (maximum grant of £40,000). It is anticipated that about 100 grants will be awarded to a total value of £4 million.

As this programme is partly funded by HM Treasury’s “Tampon Tax” to support women’s and girls’ issues, Comic Relief will be awarding grants to a minimum value of £1 million to organisations that are working primarily with women and girls.

Comic Relief has stated that it will be looking for applications from organisations that play a vital role in their locality in the UK and can demonstrate how this funding will help strengthen their organisation.

Applications will be accepted until 27 July 2016 (12 noon).

Full details are available on the Comic Relief website

Grow Your Future – Calderdale Apprenticeship Live Vacancy Event

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‘Grow Your Future’ Apprenticeship Live Vacancy Event for young people aged 15-18, where employers and apprenticeship providers will be there with live vacancies.

Thursday 30 June – 3.30pm – 7.30pm
At the Shay Stadium, Shaw Hill, Halifax, HX1 2YS

For further information about the event please contact Sarah Dickinson on 01422 392701 or

Parents, carers and school staff who would like to know more about apprenticeships and what they can offer are also welcome.

Bereavement Support and Social Group Table Top Sale

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The Wednesday Bereavement Support and Social Group are having a Table Top Sale next month so be sure to drop in or have your own table for just £5.

On Wednesday 6 July 2016 – 2pm to 4pm
At The Canon Winter Centre, All Saints Church, Savile Road, Elland, HX5 0NH

Contact Christine on 01422 371749 for further information.

Building a VCS Partnership – VAC Training

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Voluntary Action CalderdaleAre you interested in delivering services in partnership with other VCS organisations in formal consortium or alliance?

If so, then go along to a session by Voluntary Action Calderdale on Monday 27  June from 10am to 1pm at Hebden Bridge Town Hall.

Places are limited and a full agenda will be sent to attendees a week before the event.

Please indicate your attendance by emailing Soo Nevison at

Are you claiming the right amount of housing benefit?

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Have your circumstances changed recently whilst claiming housing benefits and have you declared any changes.

If not then you may be losing out on extra income or you may even be receiving more than you’re entitled to which is a criminal offence that could lead to a fine or even a criminal record.

Don’t run the risk and email or visit

Housing Benefits Flyer

Staying Well and Wheelchair Enabling Society afternoon social

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Staying Well and Wheelchair Enabling Society Calderdale invite you to an afternoon social where you can go and have a chat about the issues & challenges you face being a wheelchair user in Calderdale (or just come for a chat!)

Monday 20 June 2016 – 1pm to 3pm
At the Elsie Whitely Innovation Centre, Hopwood Ln, Halifax HX1 5ER

For further information contact Graham Hale on 07824 369287 or Teresa Kinsey on 07548 126656!

Don’t lose it all for football!

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WYP Dont Lose It AllDid you know that domestic abuse increases by a third during major football tournaments?

West Yorkshire Police are urging fans not to ‘lose it all’ for football after receiving a worryingly high volume of calls relating to domestic abuse incidents during major tournaments.

During the previous tournaments, Euro 2012 and the World Cup 2014, the police saw domestic abuse increase by a third and received an average of 110 calls per England game.

If you are worried about your own behavior or have been abusive in the past, it is never too late to get help.

For help contact: Respect Phoneline on 0808 802 4040 and for further information on the dont lose it all campaign visit