Online Event

Introduction to the DBS Service – 6th October

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VSI Alliance:Introduction to the DBS Service Session – 6th October, 11:30 – 12:30

Delivered by the new Regional Consultant (Via Zoom) from DBS service, this free session is for anyone who needs to know a little bit about DBS but not in great depth.

We’ll be looking at the rile of the Disclosure and Barring service, understanding the checks and eligibility, how “Regulated Activity” with children and adults is defined (and what this means in practice)… Along with how to get support from the service. To book please email info@vsialliance.org.uk. 

easyfundraising webinar: Free Funding for Voluntary Organisations

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easyfundraising provides voluntary organisations with an easy, accessible, and permanent fundraising solution.  Come along to this online session to find out how!

easyfundraising partners with 7,000 brands including John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Trainline, Booking.com, eBay and Amazon, who will donate to your organisation when your volunteers, staff and supporters shop with them.  It is a completely free service and is already used by 180,000 good causes around the UK.

Becky from easyfundraising will talk through how it works, how to get started as well as answering any questions you may have. It will be an informal lunchtime session – feel free to invite your colleagues too.

When: Wednesday 21st September
Time: 12.30pm-1.15pm
Suitable for:  Voluntary groups, community buildings, churches, grassroots sport clubs, schools, self-help groups, community groups, charities, CICs and social enterprises.

Registration in advance for this session here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rceiurz0pG9Bet-_IVDU6IgQkOSgUGgIn

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

easyfundraising – additional funding opportunity for your organisation

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VSIAlliance are keen to support the VCSE Sector with funding ideas throughout 2022, so we have partnered with fundraising platform easyfundraising to give you the ability to earn free funding through online shopping

How does it work?Providing access to an easy, free, and low-effort way to fundraise, easyfundraising turns online purchases into free donations for your voluntary organisation, charity, CIC or third sector group. Free to sign-up and free to use, it’s an easy way to get additional funds from something everyone is already doing – shopping online.Through easyfundraising, over 6,000 online retailers including Amazon, eBay and M&S, Sainsbury’s, Booking.com, Aldi, Trainline and Argos will give your organisation a free donation when your volunteers, staff and supporters shop with them. Anything from a weekly grocery shop to a family holiday can generate a free donation for your organisation.Getting StartedTo get started, set up a free easyfundraising page for your organisation – this only takes a couple of minutes. easyfundraising will give you lots of support to help you get up and running and raising as much as possible. You can even have a free 1-2-1 call with one of the team for a demo of the site, advice and fundraising Don’t miss out on free funding; register your organisation today.Introduction to easyfundraising – free webinarCome along to a webinar where Becky from easyfundraising will explain how it works, help you get set up and answer any questions you have.

Tuesday 28th June10am – 11.30amVia Zoom

Partnership hosts Health Inequalities Academy – one year on June 21-22

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West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) will host a two-day virtual event on 21 and 22 June to celebrate one year of their Health Inequalities Academy.

Bringing together partners to explore progress and share learning, the event will highlight the work taking place to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged people living in West Yorkshire.

Initiatives include:

  • A cardio-vascular disease (CVD) targeted project
  • Early diagnosis for Gypsy and Traveller people for cancer and CVD
  • Access to maternity and mental health services for refugees and asylum seekers
  • A ‘Waiting Well’ initiative to support people experiencing pain whilst waiting for hospital treatment for bone and joint conditions
  • Work with Leeds Hospitals Charity on the allocation of £1.15 million NHS Charities monies for a range of projects from supporting asylum seekers and mental health care to support for young carers and improving access to health for people who are rough sleeping
  • A Health Equity Fellowship programme to equip colleagues with the skills and knowledge to tackle health inequalities, whilst delivering projects across WY HCP that take positive action to reduce inequalities

Robin Tuddenham, CEO for Calderdale CouncilAccountable Officer for NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and Co-Chair of the WY HCP Improving Population Health Programme said:

“We must guard against the inequalities gap widening further as we anticipate the lasting impact of the pandemic on the physical and mental health of the people of West Yorkshire.

The event will bring colleagues working in health inequalities together to tackle enduring challenges facing people in our society as we work to close the health and care gap, to share learning and make progress at pace.”

Dr James Thomas, NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board Medical Director-Designate, who is also the Co-Chair for the Improving Population Health Programme said:

 “Working together has been fundamental to what we have been able to achieve and provides a platform from which we can build, accelerate progress and improve people’s health for better futures. The commitment of national and regional leaders to our Health Inequalities Academy is confirmation of how serious these issues are and our determination to address inequalities.”

Dr Sohail Abbas, Deputy Chair of NHS Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group and Chair for the WY HCP Health Inequalities Network said:

 “The Health Inequalities Academy is part of our ongoing commitment to reduce the stark inequalities people continue to face. We’ll be looking at how the Academy has addressed health inequalities across the area and answer the fundamental question of what we can all do to tackle health inequalities through our specific actions”.

You can find out more about the event and the guest speakers taking part on eventbrite where you can also register your place and choose the workshops you’d like to attend.

Safeguarding Week 20-24th June events

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The Safeguarding Children Partnership, Safeguarding Adult Board and Calderdale organisations present Safeguarding Week 2022 to raise awareness about safeguarding children and adults and the importance that safeguarding is everyone’s business.

This virtual Safeguarding Week 2022 Programme provides a varied offer that includes live online learning sessions, live chats, pre-recorded videos, webinars, and podcasts, as well as useful links to research reports and other; all aimed at practitioners, managers, and members of the public.

The majority of the sessions have a Teams or Zoom link included. To attend those sessions please block time out in your own calendar at then on the date log onto the session via the link included.

Where there is a requirement to book onto the sessions an email will be included, please email that person and they will advise next steps.

Download the Full Program Here – PDF file

Download the Week’s Timetable Here – DOC file

Refugee Week 20-26 June 2022 : Events Near You

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This Year’s Refugee Week theme is Healing.

 

Please take a look at the following Refugee Week events happening near you. There are all week long events, online events and localised events to take place.

Full List of Refugee Week 2022 events

Local Refugee Week events

  • Monday June 20th
    Refugee Week Launch: Online
    Join on Zoom: https://bit.ly/3t4YGQP
  • Wednesday 22 June, 10-12 noon
    Fundraising Takeaway
    Leila’s Kitchen, Hebden Bridge
    20% of all sales donated to Together We Grow.
  • Friday 24 June, 1-3 pm
    Across Borders : Refugee Awareness Event
    Brighouse High School
    We explore what it means to seek asylum, busting myths about migration, and raising awareness about the biggest humanitarian
    crisis today.
  • Saturday 25 June, 12 noon – 6 pm (FREE)
    Great Get Together
    Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge
    Come for a tea party, bake off, DJs and loads of free events for the whole family!
  • Saturday 25 June, 1-4 pm (FREE)
    Great Walk Together
    Hebden Bridge Park
    Join Calderdale Valley of Sanctuary for a picnic and a walk in beautiful Hebden Bridge. Please bring your own picnic lunch.

Calderdale Council Public Space Protection Orders Public Consultation  – Drop-ins & online 

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Working together to keep communities safe and to protect the environment – everyone has a part to play

More information and further Public Consultation Event Dates here

Calderdale Council has a vision for 2024 that our borough should be a great place to live and to visit. Together with our partners we want to keep communities safe and protect our environment from harm.Calderdale Council is working proactively through the Community Safety Partnership with partners such as West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to prevent crime and disorder order and tackle the harm caused by anti-social behaviour (ASB). Being proactive is critical to delivering better outcomes from communities so where there is an opportunity to stop the harm before it happens, we will act first. Such action includes the use of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which is an order made by local authorities by virtue of s75 Anti-Social Behaviour and Policing Act 2014.  The introduction of a PSPO can prohibit certain behaviour/ activity as well as require action to be taken in a defined area. Calderdale currently has seven Public Spaces Protection Orders.

  • The Moorland Fire Public Space Protection Order was implemented in June 2019 to protect our Moorland and upland areas by preventing the risk of fire.
  • Five of the remaining PSPOs introduced restrictions on a person in charge of a dog/s, for example not entering specific areas such as children playgrounds and failing to clean up after their dog.
  • The final order is in respect to the consumption of alcohol in a public place or other designated area. The order allows Police and Wardens to require individuals to stop drinking and surrender their alcohol.

Our PSPOs are due to expire on 16th June 2022. These orders can be extended therefore, the Council is currently reviewed the orders before a decision is taken whether to extend or not. The Council can also vary the order to make them more effective and we are currently considering the following changes to ensure communities are safer and to further protect our environment:

  • Following the success of the Moorland Fire PSPO and the identification of further issues on the moors that are causing a detrimental effect to the public, we are proposing to Prohibit the recreational use of off-road vehicles on Calderdale Moorland area and extend the current designated area to take in some of Calderdale’s beauty spots.
  • In respect to our Dog control PSPOs we are proposing to introduce a requirement that a person in charge of a dog must be in possession of some means with which to pick up dog excrement and lawfully dispose of it.
  • The final variation we are proposing is to extend the area designated under the Alcohol Consumption PSPO. Currently only built up areas and civil amenities such as parks  are designated under this order so the proposal is to make this a borough wide order as we have experienced alcohol related ASB and disorder in more rural areas of Calderdale.

The Council is consulting of these proposals so this is an opportunity to hear the views of everyone as to whether these orders are still relevant as well as necessary and therefore need to continue.A Lower Valley Drop-in consultation will be taking place on Thursday 26 May 2022 17.00-19.30

Langdale Room, Southgate Methodist Church, Langdale St, Elland HX5 0JL.

Please come along and give us your views!

We are also organising an online consultation for all areasTuesday 31st May 6.30 – 7.30pm.

This will run on zoom, so please email either jae.campbell@calderdale.gov.uk or catherine.bann@calderdale.gov.uk to be sent a link

Our Calderdale: Living under the Shadow of Covid April 11

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Join us for a free, on-line event about Disability and Health issues in Calderdale on April 11th from 2.00 – 4.30pm.  It will be our opportunity to present our findings from our community research from a grass-roots perspective.

Over the last year we have listened to Hardly Heard voices from different communities across Calderdale about their experiences of living under the Shadow of Covid on themes of Disability and Health.  It will also be your opportunity to ask questions about our research as well as of the community researchers from diverse communities who belong to our research team and represent grass-roots organisations in Calderdale.

Please register via https://crag-disability-research.eventbrite.co.uk

Download the flyer here

We are also keen to continue this dialogue and discussion after the event.  We recognise that our efforts have been relatively invisible so far and hope that we can collaborate with a broader coalition of people to pursue any actions which may come in its wake.   One possibility is to explore the potential of setting up an independent Citizens Forum to enable concerns about Disability and Health to be expressed and responded to more effectively across Calderdale and with a democratic basis based upon the principle of genuine co-production.

We welcome your ideas and suggestions both at the event and afterwards on how best to go about this.  We are also keen to pursue efforts for an inclusive and supportive Calderdale in line with our support from the Connection Coalition at the Jo Cox Foundation and the Community Organisers movement in the UK.

I will endeavour to respond to all of your queries and suggestions but please bear with me if I do not always respond immediately because I am presently immersed in other conversations about the War in Ukraine and our practical response to it in the Calder Valley, UK and indeed across Europe.

Partnership highlights VCSE POWER in week-long online event

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West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) have launched an online event to celebrate the work of their partners in the voluntary community social enterprise sector (VCSE) from Monday 28 March to the 1 April.

There are an estimated 12,000 registered and unregistered VCSE organisations across West Yorkshire employing around 29,700 full time equalivant staff who work 49 million hours every year. Add to this the 8.7 million hours that the 121,000 residents who volunteer regularly contribute and you get a sense of the scale.

Throughout the VCSE Power week, a wide range of resources from videos, podcasts, blogs, case studies and infographics will be freely available to share and celebrate the diverse and often life changing work of our voluntary and community organisations in West Yorkshire.

Hilary Thompson, WY HCP Harnessing the Power of Communities Lead said: ‘We want to recognise the amazing work of our VCSE partners and the contribution they make day in day out to the lives of so many. Please browse, get in touch with the organisations directly and use these free resources to learn new ideas and share widely’.

With a focus on a specific theme with one from each of the five local places which make up West Yorkshire (Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield) the week-long event will cover:

  • Engaging with marginalised communities in Bradford District and Craven
  • Co-designing work with Calderdale communities around social prescribing and personalised care
  • Early help and what is happening in Kirklees, including community anchor network and community champions
  • The  win – win of volunteering in Leeds
  • The VCSE as specialist provider hosted by Wakefield.

Jane Colthup, Chief Executive of Community First Yorkshire, a charity that supports other voluntary sector organisations, said: ‘This is a huge acknowledgement and thank you to the many community groups, charities and volunteers across Craven District and West Yorkshire communities who quietly go about their business of strengthening the health and wellbeing of local people. From the community transport driver to the telephone befriender, they all play a vital role in tackling loneliness and isolation, improving people’s access to local services and opportunities and enabling our communities to be better connected and healthier’.

Andy Petrie, Chair of TSL Kirkees and Chief Executive, Local Services 2 You said:  ‘Over the last 2 years, during COVID, we’ve really seen the VCSE come to the fore in Kirklees and prove its value in partnering with health and local authority colleagues to support local people and keeping them well.  We’re now working on strengthening and developing what started as an emergency COVID response so that communities in Kirklees have the ability and resources to respond to the needs of those communities in their own way, via new initiatives like our community anchor network and community champions’.

You can access the free online VCSE Power event at https://www.wypartnership.co.uk/vcse-power-showcase Twitter #VCSEpower