VAC

Voluntary Action Calderdale AGM

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VAC (Voluntary Action Calderdale) invite you to attend the 2018 Annual General Meeting which is to be held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre on Wednesday 2 May, 4:00pm-6:00pm.

There have been some major changes to the Voluntary and Community Sector over the past year and this meeting will allow you to find out more about the new Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance which is a partnership between six organisations, made up of four providers and two commissioning bodies, working together and sharing skills to benefit voluntary and community sector groups working in Calderdale:

  • Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC)
  • Sector Support Calderdale (North Bank Forum)
  • West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS)
  • Locality
  • Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Calderdale Council

To confirm attendance, please email info@cvac.org.uk of visit the Eventbrite page.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Quality Voice Partnership

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An innovative new partnership has been developed in Calderdale between West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC). The fire service has been delivering Safe and Well visits to people in their homes across Calderdale since April 2017. These free-of-charge visits involve fire crews identifying potential fire risks within the home. WYFRS believe they’re delivering a quality service but wanted to find out from customers themselves, what they thought about the service they had received and whether they had acted on the advice and information given.

Together with VAC, the Quality Voice project was created and has been running since June 2017. Local volunteers are recruited and trained to contact people by phone and ask them how they found the experience. Volunteers attend VAC’s Resource Centre each month for a few hours to make the calls. The information collected is analysed by WYFRS and used to improve the service.

Martyn Greenwood, Calderdale District Commander for WYFRS, said

Our partnership with VAC has been a great way for us to connect with the local community through volunteers. The volunteers have helped identify the high quality of our Safe and Well Visits and encouraged a culture of continuous improvement within WYFRS. We are very grateful to our customers and our volunteers for the vital feedback they give us each month.”

Hailey Dundavan, Quality Voice volunteer, said

“It has been unlike any volunteering I have been involved in before. Having WYFRS involved with us so closely has really helped to get a sense of the difference we are making.”

Adam Clark, Volunteering and Projects Manager at VAC, said

“Our team of volunteers are fantastic. They have a professional but relaxed phone manner and are able to connect with people in a unique way to gather feedback about services. The Quality Voice team have learnt some important skills through our partnership with WYFRS, not only gathering feedback but also offering follow-up support to people to ensuring they understand and implement the fire safety advice given by WYFRS. As the project continues to develop we would love new people to volunteer and join the Quality Voice team.”

To attract new volunteers to the Quality Voice project, VAC are holding a volunteer open day on Monday 26 February at the VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY between 11:00am–2:00pm. Anyone interested in the project is invited to attend; the fire service will be talking about the project and offering free home fire safety information to those who attend. There will also be a chance to find about VAC’s other volunteering roles which include delivering creative activities in care homes, offering a befriending service to older people and mystery shopping adult social care services.

Early Bird Discount for Equality and Diversity Course

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A 50% early bird discount is on offer for the Equality and Diversity Course to be held on Wednesday 21 February9.30am – 4.30pm at the VAC, Resource Centre, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

This session will help you to review and improve your performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 and align your policies and procedures with the NHS Equality Delivery System (known as EDS2) to help deliver public services.

The one-day training course looks at:
1. Key definitions around equality and diversity including equality of process, equality of choice and equality of outcome
2. The Equality Act 2010 – the Protected Characteristics. The latest breaking news from the courts and tribunals covering service delivery and employment
3. Links to other laws such as the Care Act – brief outline
4. The Public-Sector Equality Duty – paying due regard to equality
5. Implementing the Duty with EDS2 – an audit framework for your policies and procedures including corporate governance, human resources, access to services, service user involvement AND partners/stakeholders
6. Signposting other sources of information and help

Booking is via our website https://cvac.org.uk/product/equality-diversity/

Alternatively, please ring the Training Administrator for more information on 01422 348777 or email training@cvac.org.uk

Rotary Club Christmas Shoebox Appeal 2017

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It’s that time of year again when we ask if you would like any filled shoeboxes from the Rotary Club of Calderdale. This year they will be providing food, male & female toiletries and toys for children for you to pass on to service users.

As in past years, we need to get orders in early to shape the filling of the boxes and to ensure we get them ready for organisations to collect in early December. The deadline for returning forms this year will be 9 November.

If you are interested in receiving boxes to give out to those in need, please contact VAC for a form to be returned as soon as possible. If your organisation does not want any boxes this year but knows of others who might like them, then please share this information with them.

Forms can be obtained via email from maggie.opacic2@cvac.org.uk

Volunteers Week 2017 1-7 June

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Volunteers Week (1-7 June) is a great time to celebrate the brilliant work of volunteers across Calderdale and there’ll be lots of opportunities to get involved.

Volunteer at one of the events below

  • Tuesday 6 June – Countryside Volunteering
  • Thursday 8 June – VAC Volunteer Open Day
  • Thursday 8 June – Countryside Volunteering (Shibden Park)
  • Tuesday 13 June – Volunteering Fayre (Bradford)
  • Wednesday 14 June – The Changing Face of Volunteering

Click here for detailed information on each event…

Visit Sector Support Calderdale and Voluntary Action Calderdale to find out more.

If you’re looking for more about events visit www.volunteersweek.org.uk and take a look at their events map or if you have any questions or comments about Volunteers Week 2017 or volunteering in general please contact volunteer@calderdale.gov.uk

Drop in sessions for creative individuals and groups

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Could you bring out someone’s inner Ginger Rogers, help discover the next Ted Hughes or inspire a budding Picasso?

VAC is looking for community groups, organisations and individuals with an interest in creative activities to help deliver an exciting new project working with local residential care homes and Calderdale Royal Hospital.

The project will make a difference to the lives of people in later life or those that have recently left hospital through:

  • A creative activity and entertainment programme across the venues
  • Support from volunteer befrienders
  • Access to community resources

Attend one the upcoming Molly and Bill drop in events for information:

  • Tuesday 28 February at Todmorden Fire Station, OL14 5DL – 2pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday 1 March at VAC, Hall Street, HX1 5AY – 2pm to 4pm
  • Thursday 2 March at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, HX7 7BY – 2pm to 4pm

Or to find out more call 01422 348777 or email mollyandbill@cvac.org.uk

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New creative project launched in local residential care homes

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VAC is a local charity that provides a number of different services aimed at improving local lives.  Over the recent months, VAC has developed a range of volunteering activities including the new mystery shopper project and support for the local organisation Weekend Care.

VAC has recently launched its newest pilot project called Molly and Bill; an acronym of ‘making our lives lively and being involved in local life’. The project is working with 5 Calderdale residential care homes and the Community Place at Calderdale Royal. VAC is partnering with the venues to provide an activity programme for their residents and guests. Creative and meaningful activities will be delivered across the venues by community groups, individuals and volunteers.

Liz North, co-ordinator for Molly and Bill, said

“We are really excited to be delivering this innovative project with our partners and are looking forward to working together to provide additional meaningful activities in the venues and also supporting residents to feel more connected to their local community. We are hoping this will be of real benefit to all involved.”

To make the project a success, VAC are currently recruiting volunteers who will support the activity provision, escort guests to community resources and provide one to one befriending.

In addition, VAC are also looking for organisations and individuals who have an interest in delivering creative, meaningful and healthy activities and be part of an extensive and exciting programme for residents and guests to access.

If you are interested in being involved please come and join us at one of our market stalls taking place throughout February:

  • Todmorden market on the 9th February – 8.30am to 2pm
  • Sowerby Bridge market on 14th February – 8.30am to 2pm
  • Hebden Bridge market on the 16th February – 8.30am to 2pm
  • Elland market on the 17th February – 8.30am to 12.30pm
  • Halifax market on the 24th February – 8.30am to 2pm

Alternatively, if you can’t make one of the stalls please email mollyandbill@cvac.org.uk or call 01422 348777 for more information.

Molly and Bill is funded by Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council, Calderdale NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and the National Lottery.

Fundraising Skills training this February with VAC

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The course is aimed at workers, volunteers and management committee members of community and voluntary groups who are involved in (or hoping to contribute to) their organisation’s fundraising efforts.

Monday 20 February – 9.30am to 12.30pm
At VAC Resource Centre, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

The workshop is open to people wanting to increase their confidence and success with funding bids. The emphasis is on group work and the atmosphere will be informal.

This session will cover:

  • putting together a funding bid
  • identifying a range of appropriate funders
  • making funding applications
  • monitoring and evaluation

Click here to book a place online

Big Lottery Workshop at VAC

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vac-logoVAC have organised an event with the Big Lottery staff to talk to groups about People in the Lead… Find out more…

Wednesday 26 January 2017 – 1pm to 3pm
At VAC, Hall Street Halifax, HX1 5AY

Click here to view the agenda

There will be an opportunity to talk to Big Lottery staff and VAC staff will be available at the end of the session so do please bring your idea/project with you to discuss.

Please note: The session is only open for groups that have never applied for funding from the lottery or have applied but been unsuccessful.

Call 01422 348777 ext 210 or email training@cvac.org.uk to book a place