We are looking for volunteers in the Calderdale Lower Valley area to help with our Covid19 recovery, helping the most vulnerable in our communities.
VSI Alliance Volunteer Hub is a group of volunteers responding to the needs of people still feeling the effect of Covid19. We are assisting people who are isolating by delivering food parcels, completing shopping, walking dogs, prescription delivery, posting and other errands they may need help with.
Volunteers have also been assisting at vaccination centres and helped at Calderdale College’s rapid testing programme. Volunteers helped Calderdale Healthy Holiday programme this summer delivering meals and activity packs to kids holiday groups across Calderdale, and plans to help with the Christmas healthy holidays programme later in the year. All of these tasks have been hugely beneficial to those who may otherwise have been left with no support during this continued challenging time.
The volunteer hub relies on community spirit and people who have the capacity to give their time to help others who need short term support.
Volunteers receive requests for support in their area and are asked based on what they have said they can do for people. We operate delivering shopping and food parcels 6 days a week but during the week is our busiest time.
As people have returned to work we have lost a number of volunteers and are finding it harder to reach demand, particularly in the lower valley and North Halifax area.
Here are Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership we recognise that volunteers play an important part in helping us to provide a quality service, at the same time building a portfolio of work experience and qualifications. This can then help when applying for paid work.
A number of studies has shown the benefits of volunteering, especially with promoting community cohesion.
Communities with volunteering options tend to be stronger and function better.
When people volunteer, they invest in their community and as such feel closer to it. They are more likely to develop a strong sense of belonging in their area, take more active roles and enhance general wellbeing.
Volunteering can often lead directly to employment. From expanding your skillset with practical knowledge to putting you in positions that are closer to paid roles, it can be a valuable stepping stone. It looks great on your CV too!
So how about giving some of your time?
There are several ways in which you can volunteer. Offering assistance in a charity shop is only one.
Places like Citizens Advice are heavily reliant on volunteers. There are other helplines that can offer training to potential volunteers, such as the Samaritans or Victim Support.
Your local council may offer volunteering options as well.
Keep an eye out for National Volunteering campaigns, such as the Great British Spring Clean!
There are frequent litter picks running locally at any given time. Or you may want to organise one yourself!
Volunteering with NHP
North Halifax Partnership has several volunteering opportunities for members of our community. You do not need an NHP membership to volunteer with us.
Our comprehensive volunteering programme offers opportunities to volunteer across many of our own services as well as being a single point of access for volunteering opportunities across Halifax.
We receive volunteering opportunities from places like Citizens Advice and Neighbourhood watch. We organise litter picks and community clean-ups, such as Pimp my Pellon.
We are especially keen to recruit volunteers for the Staying Well Hub.
During the lockdowns, Staying Well has provided a telephone befriending service that has been a link for many isolated and vulnerable members of our community. We have run food hubs, delivered doorstep shopping, helped with various practical issues or just offered a listening ear. Much of this could only be possible thanks to our volunteers.
At present the SureStart Children’s Centres options are limited but keep checking. We anticipate we will soon be needing help there too.
If you want to volunteer with us or see how we can help you, visit our dedicated volunteering hub:
Welcome to the winter/spring newsletter for 2021, hope you are all keeping well as we start the New Year. Being back in lockdown is tough and is proving to be a challenge to lots of us, but now there is light at the end of the tunnel with the roll out of the vaccine and the days getting lighter as we head towards spring. Winter is currently in full flow with storms and snow to contend with, but despite that here’s hoping you manage to get out and explore your local countryside over the next few months to make the most of the changing seasons.
Do you know someone between the ages of 16 and 20 who wants to improve their employability skills?
Or maybe they want to gain valuable experience whilst making a real difference to people living in Calderdale?
If you know someone who might want to take advantage of this exciting opportunity or simply have a chat about the options available, contact us using our website at https://calderdalecab.org.uk/contact-us/ .
We are able to deliver this project thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Calderdale through the #project and The Big Lottery
Volunteer Coaches are required to help with training and tournaments – children with autism, additional needs.
Training at 3Gi, Shaw Lane, Halifax HX3 9ET on Saturdays 11am-12pm.
You don’t have to commit to every Saturday. The club will help with support and training and cover the cost of FA Level 1 Coaching qualification.
You need to be 16 years and over.
For anyone personally it does look good on CVs and personal statements for University, but more importantly you will be contributing to developing the talents of a fantastic team of brilliant kids who always give 100%.