Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC)

Full Circle Funerals Launch New Community Fund in Calderdale

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Charities and community groups will be invited to apply through the Community Foundation for Calderdale for grants of up to £5,000 after Halifax-based funeral directors Full Circle Funerals contributed £15,000 to the fund.

 

The next round of general grants that the Community Foundation for Calderdale will be opening for people to apply for in July to fund initiatives that will help to rebuild the local community in the wake of coronavirus.

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Healthy Holidays Calderdale – Information Session June 15th

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Delivery of Summer Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme in Calderdale.

We are excited that the government announced the expansion of its tried and tested Holiday Activities and Food programme across all local authorities.

This programme is aiming to provide healthy food and enriching activities during the summer holidays to children who are aged between 5 to 16 years old and receive benefits-related free school meals (8000 children in Calderdale).

We are holding an information session for organisations planning to apply for the summer Healthy Holidays grant funding:

Date & Time: 15th June 1.00-3.00pm

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85033895307

 

The Healthy Holidays grant programme is now live and groups and organisations can access the full guidance and online application form on the Community Foundation for Calderdale’s website. The deadline for applications is 10am on Tuesday 29th June 2021. 

Access the Full Guidance on the Community Foundation for Calderdale website

CFFC launches Local Care Direct Health & Wellbeing Fund for Calderdale residents

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Mother and Daughter – image courtesy of Pixability

Local residents to benefit from projects supporting their health and wellbeing.

The Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) have partnered with Local Care Direct to support people with their health and wellbeing. With grants of up to £5,000 available to not for profit organisations, the new fund created by Local Care Direct aims to make a real difference in these difficult times.

They are particularly interested in projects supporting residents in Calderdale to improve their health and wellbeing in the following key areas:

  1. Reducing Health Inequalities
  2. Mental Health
  3. Homelessness
  4. Tackling Isolation
  5. Dementia

Application deadline is 28th April 2021. For more details, eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit https://cffc.co.uk/local-care-direct-health-wellbeing-fund/

Steve Duncan, CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale explained, “the grants of up to £5,000 are available to organisations who are running projects to reduce health inequalities, help mental health, reduce homelessness, and tackle isolation and dementia for local residents.”

“We do not yet know the full impact of COVID 19 but we have already seen rises in incidences of domestic abuse, changes in employment impacting on deprivation and homelessness, and mental health being negatively affected for many people. Reducing health inequalities remains a challenge in Calderdale.”

Helen Carr, CEO of Local Care Direct, highlighted that they are delighted to be in a position to provide support, particularly during a pandemic when support is severely needed. When setting up the fund, she emphasised the need “to create real opportunities that would make a difference in the communities in which we live and serve. As a social enterprise it is important to us to partner with organisations with in-depth knowledge of our local area, charities and voluntary groups, to ensure the support available has the maximum impact. We’re excited to begin this process and are looking forward to seeing the applications.”

Constituted voluntary, community and faith groups, registered charities and groups and CICs who do not pay dividends can apply for a grant. The deadline for applications is 28th April 2021. For more details about the eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit https://cffc.co.uk/local-care-direct-health-wellbeing-fund/

 

Cash boost for Never Hungry Again fund by March 18th

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Children and young people in lower-income families will be supported to stay healthy and happy over the Easter school holidays, thanks to a new round of grants under the Never Hungry Again fund.

 

Since Calderdale Council, the Community Foundation for Calderdale, The Piece Hall Trust and other partner organisations launched the fund in October 2020 to end child hunger for good, kind donations from across the borough have raised over £100,000 to keep the most disadvantaged children well-fed and healthy.

 

The Council and the Community Foundation have now added a further £55,000 to the fund to provide extra support during the Easter break, for families who are struggling financially due to COVID-19.

 

This will add to the healthy food and activity parcels which the Council will already be distributing just before schools close for Easter, to children who are eligible for free school meals and other lower-income families.

 

Calderdale voluntary and community organisations are invited to apply for a share of the £55,000 to continue their existing work or identify new projects for children and young people during the two weeks of the Easter holidays.

 

The deadline for applications is 10am on Thursday 18 March and payments are due to be made to successful applicants by early April.

 

Cllr Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council, said:

 

“We’re delighted with the success of the Never Hungry Again campaign so far. We set out to end child hunger in Calderdale for good, and thanks to the amazing kindness of our communities, we’ve been able to support families with the healthy food and lifeline that they need during school holidays and beyond.

 

“Our voluntary organisations and schools continue to provide excellent support to local pupils and their families throughout the pandemic. We’re pleased to be teaming up with the Community Foundation for Calderdale once again to help boost this even more. We encourage our local community groups to apply for the new grants.”

 

Steve Duncan DL, CEO of Community Foundation for Calderdale, explained:

 

“This campaign is built on the longstanding commitment of all partners to reducing inequalities including tackling food and family poverty. We are proud of the way that efforts have been stepped up during the pandemic to support families who are struggling disproportionately.”

 

To apply for a grant, please visit https://ukcf.secure.force.com/forms/Generalover1500/neverhungryagaineaster

 

For more information and to get involved in the Never Hungry Again campaign:

 

www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/tackling-poverty-calderdale/food-support/never-hungry-again

 

Halifax Stories 2018 Comes to the Piece Hall

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Halifax Stories is part of Stronger Communities project funded by CFFC and the Ghandi Statue Memorial Trust currently underway in Calderdale. The project focuses on building stronger and more connected communities through helping participants to develop self-belief, well-being, and practical skills & knowledge around influencing the world around them. The project also importantly focuses on building understanding between people from different backgrounds through the facilitation of community conversations and story-telling.

Stella Barnes, an associate artist with Counterpoints Arts will offer a series of creative workshops enabling participants to explore the rich stories within their own lives. Through a story telling process, Stella will work with participants to enable them to develop new narratives and perspectives on their lives in Calderdale. The work produced by participants will be exhibited in the Piece Hall between June and August 2018. Alongside Stella, a photographer will take the portraits of willing participants, which will also be exhibited

Anyone can come. But to organise lunch and refreshments the organisers need to know numbers so please text or call Roisin on 07771 655617, or email roisincavanagh@all1collective.org.uk. You will need to book on by Thursday 1 February, giving your name and when you will be coming.

These workshops will take place in the Learning Studio on the south wall of the Piece Hall over 5 days. The workshops will run from 11am-2.30pm with lunch included. It is hoped that many participants will participate in all 5 workshops, but that some people might only be able to do to a few. It is asked that participants try and participate in as many workshops as possible as this will guarantee that you have a finished piece of work to exhibit in the Piece Hall on Thursday 8 February, Friday 9 February, Monday 12 February, Tuesday 13 February, Wednesday 14 February.  There will be a special workshop in the evening, designed for young people, parents who would like to drop in with their children, or for people who work in the daytime. This will take place from 6pm-8:30pm on Thursday 8 February.

More about Stella Barnes: Stella Barnes is an experienced artist who has worked extensively with communities. In 2017 she was the artist-in residence with idle women living and delivering workshops on a narrow boat and in the community in Mirfield and Dewsbury. Before this Stella has worked for many years on a range of different community projects and previously worked as Director of Participation in Ovalhouse, a theatre based in South London where she developed ‘We are London,’ a theatre project for young migrants and other young people and set up the Paper Project, a collective of young migrant artists.

Support and Integration Fund launch

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Grant funding of between £500 – £50,000 is available. To find out how you can get involved go to the launch event on  November 28 at 1:30pm – 3pm to find out more. The FREE event is to be held at the CFFC Offices on Discovery Road HX1 2NG but you must register your interest through Eventbrite where you will also find more information about the aims of providing the grants.

Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC) are particularly interested in seeing locally-based community and faith organisations who may not currently support asylum seekers and refugees, but who would like to widen their offer to asylum seekers and refugees This could be a safe, well-promoted local group for asylum seekers in need to contact, an offer of befriending, lunch clubs or coffee mornings, parent and child groups or to a local project to increase the community understanding and cohesion around asylum and migration issues. Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

In addition we also have a grant of £50,000 available. The large grant is to support asylum seekers’ and refugees integration in Calderdale. This would include holding a caseload of people who may be in need of support as well as working with locally-based community and faith organisations to help build the integration support they are able to offer. Immigration advice would not be expected. Ideally, this post will be over a maximum of two years. A total of £50,000 is available to one organisation.

 

Calderdale Community Spirit Awards 2017

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It’s back!

Join the Community Foundation for Calderdale, for the 2017 Calderdale Community Spirit Awards, where we celebrate, acknowledge and appreciate the efforts of the best charities, community groups and volunteers in the area. The 2017 Calderdale Community Spirit Awards are to be held at The Shay Stadium in Halifax on the 28 September. It will be an evening to remember as we hear touching stories of bravery, determination and ultimately success from the Men & Women who do so much to keep their causes alive and at the forefront of our minds.

While the Community Spirit Awards are being held in Halifax, they are open to all charitable organisations in Calderdale.

We know Calderdale is teeming with excellent charities, community groups, and volunteers, and we want them to be recognised and celebrated for the great work they do. So, if your charitable organisation is doing something great nominate your organisation, if you have been supported by a local charitable group nominate them, or if you have a volunteer you just couldn’t live without let us know.

We have 13 categories to choose from and you can nominate your organisation/ individual in more than one. http://halifaxcommunityspiritawards.co.uk/categories/

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Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees Holiday Fund – Grants available

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Age UKAge UK have a limited fund to grant to older people to go on holiday who otherwise may not be able to afford it.

The fund, made available by the Community Foundation for Calderdale, is now open and grants must be used by the end of the year (2016).

The maximum grant is up to £500 / couple (£300 / individual) and is paid directly to the holiday company.

Priority will be given to applicants who are aged 60+, live in the HX postcode area, who are in financial hardship, have a long term illness or disability and have not used the fund previously.

The grants are available by submitting a simple application form to Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees.

Please collect an application form from the Age UK shop (4-6 Square, The Woolshops, Halifax, HX1 1RJ) or call 01422 252040

Completed form should be returned to the Woolshops and decisions will be made within 4 weeks.

 

Wring out the Clowns – Calder Valley Flood Relief Comedy Gala

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Wring Out The ClownsSarah Millican, Chris Ramsey, Justin Moorhouse, Rory Bremner, Jack Carroll and a mystery guest are set to bring you laugh out loud comedy and all for a great cause!

Monday 8 February 2016 – 7.30pm
At Victoria Theatre, Fountain St, Halifax, HX1 1BP

All comedians are performing for free and Calderdale Council have kindly waived all costs meaning every single penny will be going to Community Foundation For Calderdale and Upper Calder Valley Renaissance to help people and local businesses who have been affected by the recent flooding.

Tickets cost £20/£15 and can be booked online here.

Yorkshire Flood Aid fundraiser – This weekend!

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Halifax is hosting a wonderful night of entertainment to help people affected by the floods in Yorkshire. Staff are giving their time for free, and the Council is covering any production costs.

Sunday 10 January at 6.30pm
At the Victoria Theatre, Halifax

The Yorkshire Flood Aid concert will be compered by Christa Ackroyd and will feature a variety of performers from the worlds of music and comedy, including Cannon and Ball, Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, Jack Carroll, cast members from Emmerdale, vocalist Lizzie Jones, plus much much more.

Tickets are selling quickly and are priced at £15. All funds raised will be going to the Community Foundation for Calderdale.

For more information and tickets visit Yorkshire Flood Aid or call the box office on 01422 351158