Volunteering

Cartwheel Community Centre Annual General Meeting Sunday 15th January

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Notice is hereby given that Cartwheel Community Centre will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Sunday 15th January 2023 at 3.00PM. Agenda items include the presentation of latest accounts and updated constitution.

Sunday 15th January 2023 3.00PM
Elland Christian Centre
Newcombe St, Elland HX5 0EG

The Centre is still recruiting additional members for the committee to help with managing the centre once the refurbishments are complete.

For further information or to get involved please email: lowervalleycoordinators@calderdale.gov.uk

Cartwheel Community Centre Recruiting New Members – December 9th

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Cartwheel Community Centre has been included within the Future High Streets Programme for full refurbishment to provide a fit for purpose community Hub for the people of Elland.

After supporting Cartwheel over previous years, a number of existing members of the Management Committee of the Charity have expressed a wish to step down. To take the vision for the centre forward we are looking to recruit up to 12 people to join the committee.

A number have already come forward and we are welcoming further expressions of interest from anyone who would to like to be involved. We are looking for committed individuals with a range of skills to join the Management Committee:

  • Providing leadership and direction
  • Implementing the Governance of the charity
  • Carrying out the Charity aims to provide a community facility for the benefit of Elland
  • Making decisions, managing resources and ensuring accountability for the above

This opportunity is open to anyone with ideas, energy and enthusiasm who like to help to run a community facility for the community of Elland but we are particularly keen to hear from those with leadership, communication, social media, web, fund raising, bid writing and project management skills.

As part of the process will be looking to appoint new members to key roles in the committee:

Chair

Leading the committee and the organisation to enable it to fulfil its purpose.

  • To ensure an effective relationship between:
    • the committee and the staff/volunteers
    • the committee and the external stakeholders/community
  • Acting as a spokesperson and figurehead as appropriate.

Treasurer

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
  • Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
  • Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.
  • Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.

 

Secretary

  • To ensure that committee meetings are properly administered and minuted
  • Maintaining up to date membership records
  • Monitor committee action points.
  • Act as chair for a sub-group as required

This is a summary from www.Gov.uk and more detailed information of what is involved in these roles can be found by clicking here

Once we have received all expressions of interest an Extraordinary General Meeting will then take place shortly after to co-opt the new members and a new chair, treasurer and secretary will be appointed.

If you would like to be involved in taking forward this exciting opportunity, please email lowervalleycoordinators@calderdale.gov.uk by the 9th December 2022.

Next Sure Start Volunteering Course November 11&18 at Kevin Pearce Annexe

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The next Sure Start Volunteering course will run in the Annexe Building at Kevin Pearce in Ovenden over two sessions in November.

Sessions:
Friday 11 November 10am – 12pm
Friday 18 November 10am – 12pm

Week 1 : Volunteer opportunities within our Children’s Centres and what we can offer

Week 2 : Safeguarding, confidentiality, health and safety.

Once both session are complete and following the receipt of a DBS and 2two satisfactory references you will be allocated a volunteer role.

Any more info you might need will be on volunteer page on website

https://surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk/core-services/volunteering/

Or scan the QR code on the image above.

You can  register your interest online here

To find out more, please contact us on 01422 251 090

Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre (Annex building)
Ovenden Road, HX3 5RQ

Become a virtual volunteer for Luv2MeetU

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There is an exciting new opportunity to become a virtual volunteer for Luv2MeetU working with our Virtual Coordinator Kit to run an innovative and comprehensive service for our adults with learning disabilities and /or autism.

Can you run a drama workshop, music event, gaming session or quiz on-line? Or another workshop/event with your own unique skills and interests?

Here at Luv2MeetU, Kit is developing a full and varied programme of virtual events for our club members to access nationwide. They go on round the world tours, sing their hearts out at karaoke and have discussion groups to name but a few! There will also be workshops to provide learning and life skills such as first aid and on-line safety.

Could you give one slot a week or month to run your own virtual activity to provide the people we support with an ever growing rich and varied on-line experience? It is especially important and invaluable to those struggling with anxiety, mobility issues or illness for example. It gives them a chance to still join in a social setting, communicate and to feel part of a community.

About you

You just need to be confident, organised, able to communicate well and be patient and understanding. Some knowledge of adults with learning disabilities and/or autism would be helpful but not essential. To be able to have fun!

As a volunteer you will receive training, free DBS, expenses paid and invaluable experience and skills to add to your CV. You will meet other volunteers and become part of a nation-wide team of volunteers helping our club members to access social events, reach their potential and to feel included, an incredibly rewarding experience.

All our events are designed to be all inclusive as we are working with adults with special needs so a volunteer with a disability requirement should not have an issue. If there was we would accommodate this straight away and work with the volunteer to resolve any issues.

All volunteers would have support from our community coordinator and volunteer coordinator, emergency numbers and details. They would have links to other volunteers to share ideas, experiences, problems.

About Luv2meetU

Luv2meetU is a Community Interest Company (CIC), run by and for people with learning disabilities and or autism. Our main aim is to ensure that everything we do is about providing better opportunities and activities for our club members in response to their needs and wishes.

Luv2MeetU works with adults with learning disabilities and /or autism. We run events and workshops that provide our club members with social activities, new experiences and learning opportunities. Examples of previous events include climbing, bowling, alpaca trekking and a relationship workshop. There is a community coordinator that you would be working with, either helping them on events which would allow greater numbers or running your own event, with a friend maybe, taking a group to the cinema or for a meal out for example. We want to give our adults an enriched and varied life whilst promoting independence, learning and well-being.

We are looking for volunteers to either help our community coordinator on events or run their own events, after training, with the adults that we support. You could sign up with a friend or family member, train together and then take our club members to the cinema, meal out or bowling once a month or how ever often you had time for. Design your own event, liaise with the coordinator who will write it into the next flyer and provide all the details you need. Expenses are paid, you’d be doing something hugely rewarding, giving an invaluable service to the community and enriching your own experiences and CV.

VSI Alliance Volunteer Hub for short term projects

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VSI Alliance: Do You Need Volunteers? 

The VSI Alliance Volunteer Hub can help if you need extra volunteers for one off events or short term projects. From stewarding to administration, from distribution to gardening we have volunteers who want to help Calderdale and our wonderful, vibrant, creative community through micro-volunteering.

To find out more contact Kate Hornby on Kate.hornby@vsialliance.org.uk.

Could you become a Staying Well Telephone Befriender?

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Sometimes you want a brew and someone to talk to…

 

Here at Staying Well, we have our very own Telephone Befriending Service for people who for whatever reason might find chatting to someone regularly on the phone beneficial. We often find that the volunteers get just as much out of befriending as our clients. Volunteering with us requires no more than 30 minutes of your time every week for you to put your feet up, have a brew at the ready and have a light hearted conversation with our clients.

“I really enjoy giving something back and chatting to someone from a different generation – we have some great conversations all from the comfort of my own home” Matthew – Telephone Befriending Volunteer

No qualification or experience is needed for the role – it helps if you are empathetic, reliable, can listen well and have good banter! If you would like to know more, please contact us on stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 392767.

Induction and training will be provided and you will be supported every step of the way.

For more information visit Staying Well Telephone Befriending

 

Join the Healthy Minds Volunteer Team!

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Charities in the voluntary sector are facing more and more challenging times, and we need our incredible volunteers now more than ever.We have THREE different volunteering opportunities at Healthy Minds, one of them could be right up your street!💭 Befriending Volunteer for our Like Minds Peer Support Project, supporting a peer to improve their mental health.💭 Walk Leaders for our Walks for Wellbeing programme💭 Volunteers for our Time Out project for children and young people, helping to deliver mental health education workshops in schools.Interested? Please pop Cath an email or call/text:cath@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk07960 972685

Become a Volunteer for Healthy Minds!

     

Become a Staying Well Telephone Befriender!

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If you are looking for a volunteering opportunity that can make a huge positive impact to someone, you may want to become a Staying Well Telephone Befriender.

We are looking for people from all walks of life, of any age, having a friendly, chatty approach, willing to reach out to someone who needs a chat.

You only need to commit 30 minutes a week but those 30 minutes can mean the world to someone.

Many of our telephone befrienders have shared that those sessions have improved their own wellbeing.

If you would like to know more, get in touch with Sharon Gibson, Telephone Befriending Co-ordinator on:
m:  07825 089288
t:    01422 392767
e: sharon.gibson@nhpltd.org.uk / stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk

Induction and training will be provided and you will be supported every step of the way.

For more information visit Staying Well Telephone Befriending

 

Trustee Volunteering Event at the Square Chapel Thursday 30th

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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 charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk as soon as possible.

 

More information:

 

Staying Well Awards ceremony

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Way back in January 2020, Staying Well set out to hold an awards ceremony to celebrate the fantastic work their volunteers and groups are involved in.

Without all the wonderful things going on in our communities to reduce loneliness and isolation and keep people healthier and happier, Staying Well could not do what they do.

Staying Well want to take this opportunity to say thank you. The people of Calderdale nominated over 100 groups, organisations and individuals across the borough who are all working and volunteering to make our communities a better place.

A panel of judges selected winners in 10 categories:

1. Staying Well Lower Valley Award

Christ Church, Hipperholme
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2. Staying Well North & East Halifax Award

Men United
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3. Bringing People Together Award

Sheila Jackson, Shakeela Zaman
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4. Staying Well Upper Valley Award

Tuesday 2 O’clock Club
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5. Staying Well Central Halifax Award

Raziea Yousaf
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6. Calderdale Cares Award

Bankfield Surgery Practice Health Champions
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7. Contribution to Community Resilience Award

Calderdale Friends of Dorothy
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8. Dedication to Communities Award

Shabir Hussain
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9. Outstanding Individual Award

Kevin Sheils
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10. Active Calderdale Award

George Watson
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The COVID pandemic may have prevented Staying Well from holding the party they had in mind, so instead they have made a film to celebrate and highlight all those who were nominated and won awards, showcasing the brilliant groups and activities they are involved in.

Congratulations to everyone! You can watch the video here https://youtu.be/3rQOYtfBoNs to see just how awesome the people of Calderdale are.

If you would like more information on Staying Well, please visit www.stayingwellhub.com