Six months of Covid-19. How are we doing?

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It’s been six months since the beginning of lockdown. We had half a year of a previously unimaginably confusing state of living. For many it brought additional stressors to the fore, perhaps helping or forcing us to reframe our lives.

Usually at this stage of the year we’d all be asking one another in passing where the year’s gone. Perhaps this year has flown quicker than previous years. Or not quickly enough?

Schools have reopened, lockdown has been relaxed, then new restrictions have been introduced.

How are we getting on with the present state of things?  As we are carving out the new way of life, now more than ever may present an  opportunity to instigate valuable changes in our lives.

There are many venues that offer exactly this opportunity. Many organisations invite people to make contact and offer assistance to those most affected, although for the first time this affects each and every one of us.

Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative have launched our own Reimagining Communities, in which we encourage these conversations, the sharing of thoughts and ideas, in the hope that we can turn this confusing situation into an opportunity.

Speaking for myself, at this time of the year, I would typically be discussing how  I spent summer holidays or plan a last minute escape.

I was lucky enough to be able to board a plane, after three cancelled attempts before that. Until the last minute, I expected to be told that the flight is cancelled and would have to turn back. That fear didn’t leave me until the plane was off the ground and only after I stepped off at my destination did I allow myself to believe that I had actually made it.

I suppose that made me aware of one great impedance due to the COVID-19, the restriction of free movement. Transport is again resumed but with stricter measures. Venues of entertainment have reluctantly opened and they operate heavily scrutinised. Exercise clubs and societies had to reinvent themselves. Places of leisure are open but need booking in advance. Cafés and restaurants request that you complete a locator form. Not to mention the compulsory quarantining after returning from some countries.

We would be keen on hearing your thoughts on any of these matters or anything else. Six months on, we’re still recovering and realising how our lives have changed, perhaps for a long while yet.

The World Health Organisation has said, the day we beat the virus is not when the vaccine is released but when we can live with the disease and carry on regardless. That day may well be tomorrow.

So… how are we living with it?

Join the discussion with Reimagining Communities


Celebrating Anne Lister’s Legacy Tuesday 22 September

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Tuesday 22 September 2020 marks 180 years since the death of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall.

Anne, who lived from 1791 to 1840, was a remarkable woman: a diarist, landowner, entrepreneur, mountaineer, scholar, traveller and lesbian. Anne’s story inspired Sally Wainwright’s BBC/HBO hit TV show ‘Gentleman Jack’, which was filmed here in Calderdale.

We’ll celebrate Anne Lister’s extraordinary life with a series of online events – and we’ll be encouraging people to post short videos about what Anne means to them. Get involved! Find out more.


CREW launch a new face to face exercise class in October

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As you are aware we sent a survey out yesterday and have had an amazing response so far. Thank you to all that have completed it, it’s still not too late if you haven’t had the time.

Over 50% of you have answered YES to wanting to come back to face to face exercise classes. We are pleased to inform you that we are setting up a new class. There are spaces available for October.
Due to the success of our Pilot Adapted Pilates class at St Judes, we are delighted to be able to offer you a new face to face exercise class. Adapted Pilates with no floor work is starting on Thursday the 1st October at 11am.

All risk assessments and paperwork have been completed. The venue of choice is Heaths United Reformed Church off Free school Lane, Manor Heath. The hall is large and bright and warm. Parking in available outside the church or up at the moor.

Due to extremely limited numbers, we require bookings one month in advance along with payment upfront.

Please book below if you would like a place for October.

For further details call Eve on 07930 803229



Making Meaning – Healthy Minds Zoom Workshop October 14th

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Making Meaning – Wednesday 14th October 2.00PM – 3.15PM


Aspects of our lives have changed and it can be difficult to make sense of change and adjust to new ways of living when events our out of our control.
The good news is, we do have the control to create meaning. In this workshop we will explore change and making new meanings of our experiences to promote positive mental health

Booking is essential.
For more info or to book your place contact
nicola@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk or call 01422 345154


Developing Resilience – Healthy Minds Zoom Workshop October 6th

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Developing Resilience – Tuesday 6th October 2.00PM – 3.15PM

What is resilience? What makes us resilient? How can we exercise and develop resilience?

In this workshop we will explore our personal resilience and develop strategies to strengthen our ability to manage when faced with adversity, through discussion and exercises.


For more info or to book your place contact
nicola@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk or call 01422 345154


Safer Recruitment – The role of the DBS online training course

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As part of the regional Safeguarding Training Fund through NCVO and the National Lottery, there is a regional Safer Recruitment and DBS training session being delivered via Zoom on Monday 21st September at 11am and it is free and open to all VCS groups in West Yorkshire. The trainer is Lyn Gavin, a senior staff member with the DBS service so she really knows her stuff!

The session will cover:
• DBS processing and relevant changes due to COVID
• Assessing if a role is eligible for a DBS check
• Dealing with disclosures of criminal convictions
• The DBS update service and keeping records up to date
• How to report a safeguarding concern relating to a member of staff or volunteer.
• Recognise types of harmful behaviour and conduct
• Understand what information to provide
• What it means to be barred and legal consequences
• Question and Answer Session

To register your place, please click here: https://dbsfor3rdsectorinyorkshire.eventbrite.co.uk

Responding to Covid-19 – VCS Resilience Survey September 2020

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Charities and voluntary groups are playing a critical role in the Covid-19 pandemic response and gradual opening up of communities and the economy.  Organisations are working in different ways, more flexibly and often under real financial pressure.

Third Sector partners across Yorkshire and Humberside issued a survey in April/May to find out about the immediate impact.

We now want to know about your current situation and look ahead to the challenges and support needs.

The survey is being co-ordinated by Voluntary Action Leeds.

The findings will be shared with you, health, local authority and other colleagues.

Please complete the survey here by 30 September.

In case you missed it, we also circulated the Calderdale Voluntary and Community Sector’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic Report last week, which was brought together by the VSI Alliance using evidence and insight drawn from across the diverse voluntary and community sector in Calderdale.

Creativity in Practice offering employability online courses

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Creativity in Practice is a small training provider working with Calderdale Adult Learning for the academic year 2020-2021. They have secured funding that enables residents of Calderdale who are 19 years or older to access a range of short courses and qualifications. These are fully funded.

Please view the leaflet with information for the fully funded short courses and qualifications which will be available from September 2020 to July 2021.

Download Courses and qualfications 2021-2020 CiP Ltd

The leaflet includes eligibility criteria for the funding that has been provided through Calderdale Adult Learning and feel free to ask me for more information as required.

Whilst dates and times for Zoom sessions are included, if anyone can not attend on that particular day 1-1 sessions can be arranged.

Please reserve places soon as numbers are limited per course.

For more information, please contact

Verity Elliott – 08791 959048

VSI Alliance Update September 11, 2020

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

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.


Calderdale News & Information

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.

In case you missed it:

Coronavirus Support for Vulnerable and At-Risk People in Calderdale
Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped secure support for people in Calderdale who are at risk due to the coronavirus.

Do Your Own Thing: Self-Employment Programme for Women
Do Your Own Thing is a free 12-week programme to support women in Calderdale to set up their own business.
Regional/National News & Information

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.


In case you missed it:

Calderdale Test & Trace Survey
In Calderdale, the national Test & Trace service is supported by a local service to help us reach as many people as possible. They want to find out what you know about the Test & Trace service and how you feel about it.

Online Events and Training

In case you missed it:

The Secrets of Successful Change Management at a Time of Crisis – 17th September
During this impactful, free webinar, you will learn how to avoid common pitfalls and the key measures for successfully implementing significant change in your charity.

Funding Strategy and Diversification Post Covid-19 – 22nd September
This course from NCVO will help you understand and analyse the current funding situation of your organisation and teach you how to plan for the future.

Mental Health at Work – Current Challenges
This webinar is designed to provide line managers with information to help support their own and their team’s mental wellbeing during this current climate.


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 – Upcoming deadlines: 16th & 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.

In case you missed it:

New £3.3 Million Fund to Give Babies from Deprived Areas or BAME Backgrounds the Best Start in Life
Mothers and babies will benefit from a new multi-million-pound fund to give people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or poorer backgrounds the best chance at a healthy start in life.


Family Outreach Worker – Closing 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.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Social Anxiety free online Workshop by the Healthy Minds

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