Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC)

Are YOU the Next Chair of Voluntary Action Calderdale?

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Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC) – Improving Local Lives has provided infrastructure support in Calderdale since 2000 and operated from their own premises in Halifax since 2006.

Over recent years the breadth of work has increased to create greater impact and benefit for the voluntary and community sector and the communities they serve. They have delivered a wide a range of successful projects and work with a variety of funders, to support the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in the Boroughs of Calderdale and Kirklees as well as promoting the Quality For Health Award to third sector organisations nationally.

VAC is in an exciting period of change as an organisation and have plans to transform our organisational mission, vision and strategy gathers momentum. They want our unique philosophy of ‘improving local lives’ to be the cornerstone of all their work, social impact and achievements over the coming years.

The current chair will stand down after 6 years in April 2019. We are therefore seeking a dynamic, experienced and committed individual to work with the Board of Trustees and the Leadership Team in the pivotal role of Chair. As Chair you will:

  • Lead the Board of Trustees and work closely with the CEO providing leadership for VAC and for the Trustee Board.
  • Be the visible face of VAC and main ambassador for the Charity.
  • Ensure the charity is properly governed and managed with a key focus on maximising the ‘difference that the organisation makes across our sector and the communities we serve.
  • With a commitment to both diversity and inclusion and the effective practice of volunteering, you will be a driving force to promote and help achieve the vision, mission, values and strategic direction of Voluntary Action Calderdale.

This is an unpaid voluntary position for which proper and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. The initial term will be for three years with the potential for renewed for a second term of three years.

If you are a proven strategic leader with a clear alignment with our vision, mission and values then we look forward to hearing from you. To apply or download further information on the required skills and experience for the role, please visit http://www.cvac.org.uk.

Closing date for applications: Monday 18 March 2019, 5:00pm.
Interview date: 27 March 2019 (half day session from midday onwards) at VAC.
Attendance at Board meeting: 28 March 2019 at VAC.

For more information about the above please contact the Dipika Kaushal, VAC CEO on 01422 348777/ 07495 049457

 

Volunteers Week – Volunteering with VAC

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As part of Volunteers Week (1-7 June) VAC will be hosting an open day at a residential care home in Todmorden for anyone interested in finding out more about the Molly and Bill project or Quality Voice and the new volunteering opportunities available in the Upper Valley.

Tuesday 5 June, 2:00pm-4:00pm  VAC Volunteer Open Afternoon at Ferney Lee Residential Care Home, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden, OL14 5JW.

VAC will also be attending two open sessions hosted by the VSI Alliance to recruit new volunteers in Halifax.

Thursday 7 June, 2:00pm-4:00pm Volunteer Recruitment Fair at Hope Street Resource Centre, Halifax .

Friday 8 June, 10:00am-12:00pm Mayor’s Charity Stall in Halifax Town Centre

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering at VAC feel free to attend  a drop in session.

If you cant make one of the above then please get in touch with us directly

VAC is always looking for new volunteers to get involved in our different projects. Comprehensive training is provided to volunteers and sessions are arranged regularly to induct new volunteers. There is ongoing support to all volunteers who take part in the projects.

for more information visit the website at www.cvac.org.uk, email  volunteering@cvac.org.uk or call 01422 348777.

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

Managing Mental Health in your Organisation

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Thursday 20 July 10:00 – 13:30 at the VAC offices, Hall Street, Halifax.

This half day session will look at managing your mental health in your organisation: identifying problems and finding coping mechanisms that could help. We’ll hear from a Healthy Minds volunteer with personal experience of managing a mental health condition at work, and explore a range of strategies with a view to identifying which might suit us best as individuals.

We will also look at mental health in the wider workplace: how might we realise that someone we work with is struggling with their mental health, and how might we respond and support them, including looking at local services.

– Learners become more confident in identifying mental health issues

– Learners are better informed and have more confidence in how to respond

This session is for voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations who would like to find out more about managing mental health in their organisation.

For more information call 01422 348777 or email training@cvac.org.uk 

Understanding How the Local NHS Works – VAC Training

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This session on Friday 23 June 10am – 12pm will describe the national landscape and local responsibilities for commissioning and providing NHS services.

 

Participants will gain an understanding of how the NHS fits together and who has responsibility for providing specific local services.  The purpose of this session is to provide an overarching understanding of a complicated system and provide a who’s who and who does what within the local NHS.

Who is this session aimed at?

The session, to be held at VAC, 8B Hall St, Halifax HX1 5AY, will be useful for Engagement Champions and voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups who want to provide local services in partnership with the NHS.  It would also be useful to those who just want to understand how the NHS fits together.

Costs range from £30 to £80 depending upon the structure of your organisation. The course is booked online at http://cvac.org.uk/training but for further information email the training administrator at training@cvac.org.uk  or call 01422 348777.

 

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

Free Quality for Health Course at VAC

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Quality For Health® is a quality assurance system developed by VAC specifically to support Voluntary and Community sector groups and organisations delivering local health services – and their funders – to clearly identify the difference they are making to their users through quality service delivery.

VAC will be running a FREE training session ‘An Introduction to Quality for Health’ on Jun 6 between 10:00 and 12:30. This session is aimed at organisations delivering health and health related services who want to find out more about the Quality For Health® quality assurance system. It will be held at their offices in Hall Street, Halifax. Further details can be found at http://cvac.org.uk/product/introduction-to-qfh/. If you have any problems accessing the training via their website, please contact the training administrator on: training@cvac.org.uk or by phoning 01422 348777.