Grants of up to £25k Available to Groups to Support Calderdale Residents Improve their Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Voluntary and community sector groups can apply for a grant of up to £5k, up to £10k, or up to £25k to improve wellbeing with children up to 5 years old helping them get ready for school, or help young people develop well so that every 15 year old has hope and aspiration, that people have good emotional health and wellbeing resulting in fewer suicides, and people over 75 have strong social networks and are part of our community.
For complete information and application guidance, visit:
Application Deadline: September 22nd at 10.00am
Are you interested in being 1 of the 8 organisations to pilot this approach and receive a grant of £250 to implement your ideas?
If so, we would love to hear from you!
Active Calderdale VCSE Charter – Why?Because when we move, we’re stronger
Active Calderdale works with communities to make physical activity and moving more a part of day-to-day life for everyone in Calderdale. Currently, 1 in 5 people in Calderdale are inactive: taking part in less than 30 minutes of activity per week. We believe every organisation can play their part in supporting and encouraging those who visit their organisation to move more. Get involved – Voluntary and Community | Active CalderdaleHere are some examples to inspire you!
Benefits for your organisation & everyone connected to it
Being an Active Calderdale organisation can have a huge impact on the health of everyone connected to your organisation.Benefits to your organisation
- Contribute towards delivering a holistic approach
- Provide a more attractive, diverse offer as a service
- Help to meet targets
- Good leadership
- Good evidence and case studies
Benefits to the people you supportEven small changes in activity levels can make a big difference
How do you become an Active Calderdale VCSE Charter Organisation?
Our ask of you is that you review your organisation against 6 criteria including how you make Moving More desirable, how you lead the way and provide people with the skills and knowledge and see how you can:
- Support your staff and volunteers to ‘Move more’
- Support your members / services user to ‘Move more’
- Understand and monitor the changes being implemented and the impact the changes are having
- Celebrate successes
Through partnering with Active Calderdale – We will provide support (knowledge, resources, funding, connections) to enable you to implement changes to help you meet the criteria.When you’ve signed up, we’ll also send you an Active Calderdale VCSE Charter certificate you can display proudly in your offices, highlighting the positive changes you aim to make.
Sign up today!
We have made the process easy with our online form to submit applications.As this is a limited capacity pilot project, we will be accepting applications until 12pm Wednesday 31st August. We will review the level of interest and be in touch with those selected to take part.
The VSI Alliance is gathering feedback and insight on the financial sustainability of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) Sector in Calderdale.https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/VCSEFINANCIALSUSTAINABILITY/The deadline for submissions is Thursday 4th August in order to give time to analyse and write up the information for presentation. Thank you, VSI AllianceThe information we receive back will form the basis of a findings report that will be presented on behalf of the VSI Alliance and the local VCSE Sector by Julie Robinson, CEO of VAC at the Calderdale Collaborative Community Partnership Board (3CPB), part of Calderdale Cares, on Thursday 11th August. The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes and we’d really appreciate your input to help contribute to as big a picture as possible about the current financial situation for our sector.
West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) and the area’s voluntary community social enterprise sector (VCSE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday 4 July. This cements the role of the sector as an equal partner at all levels.
The VCSE sector in West Yorkshire includes around 14,900 registered and unregistered groups supporting people in many areas of their lives from youth groups, ageing well support, sports and wellbeing clubs to name a few. The sector employs around 43,100 full time equivalent posts which makes up 3.7% of employment across the area. On top of this there are an estimated 147,000 regular volunteers giving their time and energy to help young and old people to live their best life possible, around the clock, 365 days per year.
The VCSE makes a substantial and valued contribution to the lives of 2.4 million people living across the area in shaping and delivering health and care services. It brings different people’s voices into play, as well as innovative and agile ways of delivering care. The signing of the MoU is a significant step in seeing the sector as equal partners, alongside the NHS, councils and others, in the work of WY HCP.
Signing the MoU, Cathy Elliott, Chair of NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board said: ‘As someone who has worked in the VCSE for the majority of my career and as a leader in our West Yorkshire Partnership, I’m delighted to put my name to the MoU. It is a sector that is an essential partner in the delivery of integrated health and care in our communities, and one we should never take for granted.’
Another signatory, Rob Webster CBE and CEO Lead for WY HCP said: ‘Rooted in our communities, the VCSE is an essential part of our Partnership, including our approach to tackling health inequalities and delivering the best possible outcomes. As we respond to new statutory arrangements in West Yorkshire, we wanted to reinforce the role of this important sector, that they are equal partners, who contribute greatly to making a positive difference to people’s lives and one we all value’.
Hilary Thompson, Senior Responsible Officer for WY HCP’s Harnessing the Power of Communities Programme said: ‘We are excited to sign this important MoU between our newly formed NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) and the VCSE sector which sets out our commitment to working together and ensuring the VCSE are actively involved in our health and care arrangements across West Yorkshire’.
The MOU builds on the role of the sector in place since WY HCP was established in 2016. It aims to strengthen all aspects of heath and care including in decision making processes which in turns shapes and influences services which meet the needs of all communities.
From big charities to the smallest community group – each has a role to play in delivering better health and well-being outcomes for everyone in West Yorkshire.
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 Started To 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 webinar Come along to a webinar where Becky from easyfundraising will explain how it works, help you get set up and answer any questions you have.
Have You Considered Volunteering with a Difference?
Becoming a Trustee could be the role for you
The VSIA and CMBC are hosting an event on
Thursday 30th June at Square Chapel Arts Centre
from 5.30pm to 8pm
The event is aimed both at organisations looking to recruit trustees as well as individuals with an interest in becoming a trustee and what that means.
You will receive information on the role of trustees and the many benefits for an organisation and the volunteer.
Refreshments will be provided in the event.
If you’d like to take part, please let us know as soon as possible.
- Places for voluntary groups at the event will be limited to maximum of 2 people per organisation
- We’d like it if one of those could be an existing Trustee who can share their Board experiences to potential new Trustees
- Once confirmed with a place, groups will be invited to a brief preparation session before the event (on Zoom) so that we can advise on how to ‘sell’ your organisation and what kind of things to remember to tell a new person
After the event we’ll put you in touch with those who are interested in joining your board / committee or would simply like a longer conversation with you.
To book places for your organisation, email Charlie at email@example.com as soon as possible.
The NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB) will meet as a ‘shadow’ board in public on Tuesday 17 May 2022, at 11am. The board, which is part of West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP), works together to join up health and care services, to improve the health and wellbeing of 2.4million people living across the area and to reduce health inequalities.
The board won’t be established formally, and all its members confirmed until 1 July 2022. It is meeting in ‘shadow’ to support the preparations for the ICB ready for when it becomes a statutory body from the 1 July.
The ICB, as an organisation, will replace clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and build on the successful work of WY HCP organisations.
The new ICB organisation will be led by Chief Executive-Designate, Rob Webster CBE and governed by the board. The board has an Independent Chair-Designate Cathy Elliott – who does not work for a health or care organisation, to ensure decisions are fair and transparent. It will also have four other non-executive independent members. Together with Healthwatch, these members will ensure a strong independent voice, and that the views of local people are heard.
The board will also include members from WY HCP’s five local places (Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield District) and will include ICB Director-Designates for Finance, Nursing, People, a ICB Medical Director-Designate and Designate-Director of Strategy and Partnerships. Other members of the board will include representation from:
- NHS acute hospitals, mental health and community health service providers
- Directors of public health
- Local councils
- Primary medical services providers
- Voluntary, community and social enterprises.
Although the board will agree a plan for health and care services in West Yorkshire, most of the decisions about spending and services will be made locally in the five local places. A key part of the board’s work involves sharing expertise and working closely with local councils, hospitals, care providers and voluntary community and social enterprise organisations – ensuring services deliver the best care possible to meet people’s needs.
The meeting on the 17 May 2022 will discuss the 2022/23 NHS Operational Plan and will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.
All shadow board and future meetings will be held in public, filmed live, and will offer people and communities an opportunity to ask questions about agenda items.
People are asked to email their questions to firstname.lastname@example.org before 11am on Monday 16 May 2022. They can also call 01924 317659 to submit questions. They will then receive a Microsoft Teams link so they can join the meeting for their question-and-answer item.
All questions submitted will be published on the integrated care board webpage.
The agenda and meeting papers can be accessed from Tuesday teatime, 10 May 2022 at https://bit.ly/37jvm1f The meeting can also be watched live via the same link.
Would you like to:
- Understand the changing strategic landscape at Calderdale and West Yorkshire level?
- Understand more about the changes that are taking place in the Health, Social Care, Environment and Economy worlds?
- See where you organisation is contributing or is filling a gap in your community?
- Feel more in the loop?
- Be part of the initial conversations?
Calderdale Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) Assembly Thursday 5th May 2022 – Elsie Whiteley Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER 12.45pm networking lunch* prompt 1.30pm start – email@example.comPlease let us know if would like to attend the lunch ASAP & *If you have any dietary/special requirements or access requirements*.To reserve a place for you or an organisation rep, please email
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
We would like to remind you of this workshop aimed at healthcare services with regards to hospital care and admissions, in association with Voluntary and Community Social Enterprise organisations.
Thursday 10th February 2022 from 10am – 12pm
To secure your place, please email Sarah Garforth to confirm you would like to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are looking to link with the VCSE for their knowledge and expertise to see if there are any opportunities for organisations/communities to help enhance the UCR model and support the individuals who are in receipt of the UCR service. There also may be potential funding to support this.