Voluntary Organisations

Worried about Amazon Smile closing? Join easyfundraising!

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With the news that AmazonSmile is closing soon, we want to remind you that easyfundraising is a great alternative.

With easyfundraising, your organisation receives free donations from more than 7,000 online retailers instead, including eBay, Tesco, Argos, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, M&S and Trainline.

It’s free to set up and use and is already trusted by 170,000 good causes around the UK. Find out more: www.easyfundraising.org/uk/community

Calderdale Council: Community Small Grants Scheme 

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Calderdale community groups running events and projects to support local towns, people and the environment are invited to apply for grants from a £70,000 Council funding pot.

Grants to boost community projectsOne off grants up to £3000 from a £70,000 council funding pot Deadline to apply:  Monday 6th February 2023

Grants will be awarded to projects that help achieve the Council’s priorities to create strong, thriving towns and places, reduce inequalities and tackle the climate emergency.

For more information please click here Click the button below and apply online before the deadline: 9am on 06/02/23. 

Apply for a grant

Commercial concessions for the 65th Halifax Charity Gala now open!

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The Halifax Gala committee are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for commercial concessions for the next Halifax Charity Gala on Saturday 10th June 2023.

Please complete the online application at halifaxgala.org.uk/concessions

Applications will be considered periodically until there is a sufficient number for this year’s Gala.

Applications close 1st April but please complete as soon as possible.

Please note that we will require a separate application for each stall or attraction you wish to bring. Any application for more than one ‘item’ will be rejected.

Please remember the Halifax Charity Gala is run by volunteers, giving time for free to support our local member charities and good causes.

If you have questions or queries prior to submitting your application please email concessions@halifaxgala.org.uk

To sponsor an entertainment or function of the Halifax Charity Gala, follow this link, but please note this is a time limited opportunity so marketing materials can be distributed: https://halifaxgala.org.uk/page.php?pageid=39

Keep up to date with developments of the Halifax Charity Gala

Halifax Charity Gala
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Open Day to Promote the Calderdale VCSE Sector – Apply by January 12th

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The VSI Alliance is holding an Open Day at the Resource Centre, 8b Hall Street, HX1 5AY on Monday 23rd January between 1 and 6pm.

The event is designed to showcase the work of the VCSE sector in Calderdale and highlight vacancies, volunteering opportunities and trusteeships that are available throughout the sector.

This event may be a good opportunity to support guests with the completion of job applications for vacancies at VAC as well as holding first interviews where appropriate.  If you are interested as an organisation in following this approach, please contact VSI and to ensure that there is space available for you to do this.

If you are interested in attending as an organisation to showcase your work, volunteering opportunities and job vacancies, please email Engagement@cvac.org.uk


Express your interest 

Office furniture and supplies giveaway to charitable and community organisations

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Surplus to Purpose, a Leeds based charity would like to share with third sector organisations that they have office furniture and stationary supplies available to you, free of charge or a donation if you are able.


Everything offered on a first come, first served basis. You can view the stock or arrange a collection by appointment only.

For more details, contact Surplus 2 Purpose directly:

Surplus 2 Purpose:
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f : https://www.facebook.com/Surplus2Purpose/

New Lightcliffe Cricket Club premises in 2023 inviting community and voluntary groups

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Lightcliffe Cricket Club is a friendly and inclusive group, with a strong community ethos. We are looking for local voluntary and community groups who may be interested in using our brand new pavilion regularly when it opens next year.


We are reaching out to community groups who may be interested in using our new pavilion. It will be it accessible inside and out, with a free car park, accessible toilets and patio at ground level. The interior will be modern, comfortable and bright, with an eco-sustainable heating system, LED lighting and free WiFi.

Located at the heart of Lightcliffe village, off Wakefield Road at an award-winning,
tranquil location surrounded by beautiful countryside, our custom-built pavilion is
close to Hipperholme. It is well served by public transport and main routes from
Bailiff Bridge, Huddersfield, Brighouse, Halifax, Bradford and Leeds. Nearby are the
Sun Inn, and St. Matthew’s Churchyard, resting place of Gentleman Jack’s Ann

The ground floor function room and kitchen will be available to hire at very
reasonable rates Mondays to Fridays, 9am-5pm.

If groups would like to send in written expressions of interest or want to get in touch,
please contact Richard, details below.
e : raleach@icloud.com
m : 07718 525350

To see what’s planned, visit:

For full information download PDF Here : Lightcliffe Cricket Club Pavillion

VSI Alliance news : Local business offering voluntary help this summer

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VSI Alliance wish to share that a local business has approached them and are interested in offering some time over the summer to support  a local charity or not for profit group.

The company wishes to help with any aspect of manual work needed, from gardening to decorating or another project if you have one in mind, ideally over the weekends in the summer.

They could prefer to donate this time to an organisation based or operating in Sowerby Bridge or the Upper Valley area.

If you would like to know more, please email Charlie at charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

easyfundraising Free funding webinar – Tuesday May 3rd 

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Funding website easyfundraising helps third sector organisations generate additional unrestricted income, simply by shopping online. It is free to use and is trusted by 170,000 community groups charities and voluntary organisations around the UK.

Come along to a free webinar on Tuesday 3rd May, 12.30 – 1.15 pm, with easyfundraising’s Community Fundraising Manager Becky Coleman, who will demonstrate the platform, share tips and advice on getting started and getting your wider community involved in your fundraising efforts, as well as answering any questions you have.

It will be a friendly session and is open to any member of your team. This is an easy and effective way to boost your funds so do come along to find out how!

You can register here.

You can find out more about how easyfundraising works here (https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/community/)


If you would like to know more about easyfundraising, get in touch with Becky who would be happy to talk to you in more detail about what easyfundraising can do for your organisation and how it works.

Contact Becky at becky@easyfundraising.org.uk

Become an Engagement Champion to benefit your organisation

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In a nutshell, the Engagement Champions programme is about capturing the views of local people and communities, especially those who are seldom heard, specifically in relation to health.Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations are so well placed in communities to engage with residents.This is where you come in!Delivered by VSI Alliance on behalf of NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group, the Engagement Champions programme supports reps from VCSE organisations to undertake training and become an accredited  ‘Engagement Champion’ and give your service users and communities a voice when it comes to health services and proposals.

Here are some of the other benefits of becoming an Engagement Champion!

Earn money for your organisationOffered opportunities to carry out paid surveys and/or focus groups
Get Invited to local events where you can meet with the people and organisations involved in shaping local health services.

The Engagement Champions Training TimetableAll session are held online via Zoom.  Attendees need to be able to commit to attending all 4 sessions.

Training Session 1How the NHS Works Tuesday 26th April 2022 10am – 12:30 pm
Training Session 2Legal and statutory obligations for engagement Tuesday 3rd May 2022 10am – 12:30 pm
Training Session 3Engagement Methods & approaches Tuesday 17th May 2022 10am – 12:30 pm
Training Session 4Equalities, Safeguarding and Evaluation and Certificates Tuesday 7th June 2022 10am– 12:30 pm

Ready to be an Engagement Champion? Email us!

More information about the programme

The NHS has a legal duty to involve local communities/communities of interest when health changes are being considered and the training provides the knowledge and skills needed to carry out engagement and consultation work on behalf of the NHS locally.  The training is free and once trained, volunteers will be able to give their organisation the opportunity to be approved providers of engagement for the NHS locally with the potential to carry out paid work.

The training is spread over 4 sessions (currently delivered on Zoom).  The training provides an understanding of how the NHS works and why the NHS is required to involve local communities in changes to services.  It covers methods and approaches to engagement and consultation which can be useful skills for your own personal development and benefit your organisation and also key information about equalities and safeguarding.  Participants are asked to complete a practical task asking service users to complete a survey.

QA Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work discount for VAC organisations

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Did you know that an estimated 555,000 workers in Britain sustained an injury at work in 2017/18?

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 require all employers to make arrangements to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work. This includes carrying out a risk assessment, appointing a suitable amount of first aiders and providing appropriate first aid training. However, having the correct first aid provision in the workplace is not just a legal requirement, it is incredibly important for the safety of all members of staff!

The QA Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work (RQF) qualification is designed for individuals who wish to act as an emergency first aider in their workplace. Upon successful completion of this qualification, candidates will be equipped with the essential skills needed to give safe, prompt and effective first aid in emergency situations.

What’s more, as a regulated qualification, employers can book this course for their employees and rest assured that they have fulfilled their legal responsibilities for providing quality first aid training, without having to undertake any lengthy due diligence checks.


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