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VSI Alliance Update January 22, 2021

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Safeguarding Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults – 4th February

This workshop offers knowledge and practical down-to-earth advice – alongside information on DBS checks and safer recruitment.

It’s important for us all to recognise the vital importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults in our work.

  • Are you working with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults?
  • Have you a clear understanding of your responsibilities around safeguarding?
  • Do you understand your organisation’s Safeguarding Policy?
  • Are you confident around what you must do if you have concerns?

We want your feedback – the VSI Update

Thank you to all who have completed this survey already.

The VSI Alliance are seeking your feedback on our weekly update to find out if we are including the right information for you and your organisation’s needs. Your feedback will form part of a review of the layout and content of our update to make sure it is fit for purpose and as useful as possible.

The survey is anonymous and will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Thank you!

News

In case you missed it:

Funding available to make homes easier and cheaper to heat
Following a successful application process, Calderdale Council is set to receive over £2million from the Government’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, to help improve the energy efficiency of low-income households.

PREVENT Calderdale
Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the UK government’s counter-terrorism strategy and aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Consultations

Calderdale Council Budget Consultation
You can have your say on the budget proposals by a number of ways. The proposals will be finalised by the Cabinet on Monday 8 February 2021 and the budget will be agreed at the Annual Budget Council meeting on Monday 22 February 2021.

Events and Training

Adultification Training
With the current focus on child criminal and child sexual exploitation the need to understand notions of vulnerability and childhood has never been timelier. This free interactive virtual workshop will explore the concept of adultification and its application to practice.

Working in Partnership to Keep Faith Communities Safe – 27th January
Online partnership event, organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire Police. This event will be the first of a series to help build on relationships with faith communities and to explore how they can further support these communities.

Challenges of Safeguarding in Sport during and post-Covid-19 lockdowns – 28th January
NWG are hosting a virtual event with Keith Oddy talking about his professional experiences during these challenging times. Keith is The Independent Child Protection Officer for Swim England and has a varied professional background including law enforcement.

Virtual Event: Exploring the impact of Covid-19 on poverty and inequalities in Calderdale – 25th February
Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council, will be addressing all attendees to set the scene. This engaging event will present different lived experiences of poverty during the pandemic and the latest key statistics.

In case you missed it:

West Yorkshire Police Independent Scrutiny and Advisory Group – 28th January
West Yorkshire Police are creating this group to tackle race, inequality, and the legacy of historical injustices within policing.

Funding

Emergency Responders Fund – Deadline: 29th January
The Emergency Responders Fund brings together various streams of emergency funding from the Government and local donors and aims to support organisations to continue their emergency response work, aiding Calderdale residents in need.

In case you missed it:

Local Connections Fund – Deadline 26th January
The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.

Vacancies

In case you missed it:

Vacancies at Sure Start Children’s Centres – Closing date: 27th January
There are number of vacancies within the Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation.

 

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

VSI Alliance Update January 8, 2021

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Basic Bookkeeping Using the WYCAS Cashbook – 28th January
A 3 hour Zoom workshop to show you how to use a free template giving you confidence to set up a bookkeeping system on a spreadsheet.
You will:

  • Be shown the structure of the linked spreadsheet
  • Set up a fictional organisation, with categories of income and spend, restricted funds and bank and cash accounts
  • Reconcile the bank transactions to the spreadsheet
  • Review how the inputs produce a finance report for use in the year

A basic ability to use a spreadsheet is needed. Your WYCAS tutor will lead the session, working through a practical exercise, so that you will be able to set up and use a spreadsheet recording method for your organisation.

Could you be a Covid Champion?
Do you want to help people stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic? We are looking for Community Covid-19 Champions to help share information and help us develop our response to the virus in the future.

News

Calderdale Council’s response to the national lockdown
On Monday 4 January 2021, the Government announced that the country was moving into national lockdown with immediate effect.  The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS and social care services.

Update on Council services
Following the announcement that England will return to national lockdown restrictions with immediate effect, Calderdale Council is working through the implications for its services.

Consultations

Have your say on the 2021/22 policing budget for West Yorkshire
An online survey on the police budget has been launched, asking how you would like to see money raised for the police part of the local council tax, called the ‘precept’.

Events and Training

Safeguarding Multi-Agency Training opportunities
Upcoming courses that were originally meant to be face-to-face, but will now take place online.

Funding

Calderdale Suicide Prevention and Self-harm Small Grants – Deadline extended: 18th January
The Calderdale Suicide Prevention Group have received funds from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to aid local suicide and self-harm activity. The fund will enable voluntary and community organisations to bid for small grants up to £8,000.

ESF Community Grants Relaunches
Since it was confirmed that ESF Community Grants was extending for applications into 2021, ESF have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure all processes are as efficient and accessible as possible for projects applying for funding.

Vacancies

Programme Co-ordinator – Closing date: 17th January
Newground are looking for an experienced and motivated individual to join the Employment & Skills team as a Programme Co-ordinator, to provide effective leadership and programme management of a new ESF Inclusive Growth Action Research Programme.

Project Officer (Youth Team) – Closing date: 17th January
Newground’s Youth Team (NYT) deliver a range of Youth Work programmes across the north and they are looking for someone to join the Calderdale Team, with a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of young people and the communities they serve.

Volunteering

Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub invite applications for additional board members
The board is entirely voluntary and most of them are in full-time employment or have other commitments and they need some additional board members to help with the load and share the work at this exciting time.

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

VSI Alliance Update December 11, 2020

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New Engagement Champions Training dates for 2021

Engagement Champions are individuals working in the voluntary and community sector who are trained to help deliver engagement and consultation activities on behalf of NHS Calderdale Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Engagement Champions have strong links to their community and enjoy listening and talking to local people.  It is important to also have an interest in health and care services.

VAC, in partnership with NHS CCG, offers free training for local people to become Engagement Champions and help local communities to have their say about health and care services.

The next Engagement Champions training will begin in 2021:
Session 1: Tuesday 26th January 2021
Session 2: Tuesday 2nd January 2021
Session 3: Tuesday 9th February 2021
Session 4: Tuesday 23rd March 2021.

All sessions are held online through Zoom and last from 10am – 12 noon.  Attendees need to be able to commit to attending all 4 sessions and applications can be made via engagement@cvac.org.uk.

News

Calderdale News & Information

Sanitary Products – The Red Box Project
The Red Box Project can provide any service/voluntary organisations who may need a donation of sanitary products to distribute to their female clients/service users.

In case you missed it:

Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum
Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum (ACDAF) is part of the Accessible Calderdale Project which aims to develop a more accessible and inclusive place for all. ACDAF warmly invite new members to join their friendly and inclusive group.

Cautious reopening of leisure centres and libraries
As the country comes out of national restrictions, some leisure centres and libraries in Calderdale are starting to reopen cautiously. In Tier 3, leisure and sports facilities can open, but group exercise classes, including fitness and dance, should not go ahead.

Do you want to help reduce fuel poverty?
Did you know 23%** of people have never switched energy provider? And that simple change could save them hundreds of pounds per year. If you know people who’ve never changed supplier and who’d like to save money on their energy bills, then now is the time to act.
Regional/National News & Information

The twelve days of Christmas employment: Guidance, events and advice
12 bits of guidance/events/advice to help your organisation improve around employment.

In case you missed it:

Men Ending Violence – A Lockdown Toolkit
The White Ribbon UK Lockdown Toolkit is available to provide practical suggestions and show where to get help for men who are worried about their behaviour during lockdown, and men who are concerned about the behaviour of their friends and colleagues.

Consultations

Integrating Care – The next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England
NAVCA and NHSE/I are working together on two events on the 14th & 18th December, to ensure that the voices of the VCSE sector are captured and fed in to the current consultation.

Events and Training

Employability/Upskilling Networking Meeting – 15th December
Calderdale Adult Learning would like to invite you to a Zoom networking meeting where your organisation’s needs can be discussed and how best they can meet them.

In case you missed it:

Improving access to health research for BAME communities in Calderdale/Kirklees – 16th December
A webinar has been organised which will cover these two localities and include some short presentations by local NHS colleagues, followed by a Q&A panel to address any specific questions about research/COVID research.

Funding

Bettys and Taylors Group Coronavirus Community Fund
The Bettys and Taylors Group Coronavirus Community Fund has been developed as part of Bettys and Taylors Group’s community grants programme. The fund aims to support local groups with core costs or small step changes.

Further financial support for businesses and community groups
Businesses and community groups which have had to close or have been the most severely affected by COVID-19 restrictions can now apply for a new grant. Calderdale Council has launched the Additional Restriction Grant today, worth around £4 million in total.

National Lottery Community Fund Re-Opens Regular Funding Programmes for England
After being paused due to the coronavirus crisis, the National Lottery Awards for All, Reaching Communities, and Partnerships funding programmes are open for applications again.

In case you missed it:

Grants to Voluntary Organisations – Deadline: 21st December
Calderdale’s voluntary groups are invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000, to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, tackle poverty and build strong neighbourhoods.

Calderdale Suicide Prevention and Self-harm Small Grants – Deadline: 4th January
The Calderdale Suicide Prevention Group have received funds from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to aid local suicide and self-harm activity. The fund will enable voluntary and community organisations to bid for small grants up to £8,000.

Weston Charity Awards
The Weston Charity Awards have been created through a partnership between the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight to celebrate and support charities working in the fields of youth, welfare and community.

Vacancies

In case you missed it:

Befriender/Mentor Coordinator – Closing date: 14th December
A passionate and enthusiastic Befriender/Mentor Coordinator is required, committed to working with people from a wide range of backgrounds within the Calderdale and Kirklees areas, to increase integration by supporting the most socially excluded new migrants in their local areas.

Mental Health Facilitator – Closing date: 15th December
Temporary vacancy for a Mental Health Facilitator, to join WomenCentre’s multi-disciplinary team in providing support to women who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health.

 

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

VSI Alliance Update December 04, 2020

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Watch our social media tomorrow! Calderdale Volunteer Ninja Day 5th December 2020

Saturday 5th December is International Volunteer Day AND International Ninja Day.  We at the VSI Alliance wanted to celebrate both awareness days and though why not combine the two and create the Calderdale Volunteer Ninja Day!

All day tomorrow we will be posting on our social media about the truly amazing volunteers in our borough who have kept the borough supported with HEART.  These volunteer ninjas don’t need lots of praise for what they have been doing, they just know there are people out there who need support.

This will be about saying a gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who has gone above and beyond especially over this unexpected year!  Please keep an eye on our Twitter @VSIAlliance, our Facebook VSI Alliance and please get involved by tagging us in your volunteer thank you posts and use the hashtag #CalderdaleNinjas

In case you missed it:

Get help for your organisation’s unmet needs
The VSI Alliance has recently joined the VCS Emergency Partnership (VCS EP) which can help you get the things you need to help communities. Through its regional structure the VCS EP (a partnership of big national charities and local infrastructure organisations like VSI Alliance) is building a picture of how the pandemic is affecting third sector organisations and communities around the country.

News

Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum
Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum (ACDAF) is part of the Accessible Calderdale Project which aims to develop a more accessible and inclusive place for all. ACDAF warmly invite new members to join their friendly and inclusive group.

Cautious reopening of leisure centres and libraries
As the country comes out of national restrictions, some leisure centres and libraries in Calderdale are starting to reopen cautiously. In Tier 3, leisure and sports facilities can open, but group exercise classes, including fitness and dance, should not go ahead.

Do you want to help reduce fuel poverty?
Did you know 23%** of people have never switched energy provider? And that simple change could save them hundreds of pounds per year. If you know people who’ve never changed supplier and who’d like to save money on their energy bills, then now is the time to act.

Men Ending Violence – A Lockdown Toolkit
The White Ribbon UK Lockdown Toolkit is available to provide practical suggestions and show where to get help for men who are worried about their behaviour during lockdown, and men who are concerned about the behaviour of their friends and colleagues.

Events and Training

Third Sector Briefing: Wellbeing in the Third Sector – 10th December
Brought to you by Third Sector, the Wellbeing in the third sector Breakfast Briefing will feature case studies and best practice presentations from industry leaders and HR and recruitment experts that will outline how best to support your employees during this time of crisis.

Improving access to health research for BAME communities in Calderdale/Kirklees – 16th December
A webinar has been organised which will cover these two localities and include some short presentations by local NHS colleagues, followed by a Q&A panel to address any specific questions about research/COVID research.

Funding

Grants to Voluntary Organisations – Deadline: 21st December
Calderdale’s voluntary groups are invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000, to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, tackle poverty and build strong neighbourhoods.

Calderdale Suicide Prevention and Self-harm Small Grants – Deadline: 4th January
The Calderdale Suicide Prevention Group have received funds from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to aid local suicide and self-harm activity. The fund will enable voluntary and community organisations to bid for small grants up to £8,000.

Weston Charity Awards
The Weston Charity Awards have been created through a partnership between the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight to celebrate and support charities working in the fields of youth, welfare and community.

In case you missed it:

New Bursaries Available for BAME Fundraiser and Charity Leaders – Deadline: 11th December
The FSI has a small number of bursary places to support applicants who are from groups under-represented and whom, without the bursary, may otherwise miss out on opportunities to access their SQA-accredited qualification in Fundraising Practice (Equivalent to QCF Level 3).

Cash Boost for Calderdale Community Groups – Deadline: 21st December
Calderdale’s voluntary groups are invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000, to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, tackle poverty and build strong neighbourhoods.

Funding for Community Based Food Initiatives
Not for profit groups and various other groups/settings can apply for grants of up to £150 to use good food to connect and bring together people of all ages and from different backgrounds.

Funding for Meals for Those in Need Prior to Christmas
Charities, community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations, and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to provide meals costing £4 or less for individuals, families, and children’s healthy holiday clubs.

Vacancies

Befriender/Mentor Coordinator – Closing date: 14th December
A passionate and enthusiastic Befriender/Mentor Coordinator is required, committed to working with people from a wide range of backgrounds within the Calderdale and Kirklees areas, to increase integration by supporting the most socially excluded new migrants in their local areas.

Mental Health Facilitator – Closing date: 15th December
Temporary vacancy for a Mental Health Facilitator, to join WomenCentre’s multi-disciplinary team in providing support to women who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health.

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

VSI Alliance Update November 27, 2020

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Get help for your organisation’s unmet needs The VSI Alliance has recently joined the VCS Emergency Partnership (VCS EP) which can help you get the things you need to help communities. Through its regional structure the VCS EP (a partnership of big national charities and local infrastructure organisations like VSI Alliance) is building a picture of how the pandemic is affecting third sector organisations and communities around the country.

In case you missed it:

Community Response Coordinator (COVID-19)
This post will be pivotal to the fight against Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Calderdale by engaging and working with local communities, the VCSE and wider partners. The post will work as part of the VSI Alliance and will be hosted by VAC.

News

In case you missed it:

Guide for Volunteer Opportunities During Lockdown
NAVCA have produced a handy guide to help people work out whether they should pursue a particular volunteer opportunity during the current lockdown.

Keeping Calderdale Cosy: Providing Affordable Warmth Solutions for Calderdale Families
Cold homes are bad for health. If you or your clients are struggling to pay heating bills and/or the home is cold and damp, in all probability health will suffer. This will increase the financial burden on the Public Health Service and the NHS.

verd de gris – The Art of Community
As verd de gris have been nominated for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, they have created a booklet filled with testimonies of some of the volunteers who have been a part of the journey, aiming to impact on areas like community health and positive social change.

Events and Training

In case you missed it:

Steps to Building Organisational Resilience: Key Things to Consider – 2nd December
In partnership with Zurich, NCVO will be delivering a webinar discussing key considerations for making your charity resilient. This free webinar will explore key considerations for making your charity resilient, including financial sustainability, reputation and governance.

Funding

The Voice4change England Covid-19 Partnership Fund – Deadline: 4th December
Funding for enabling BAME organisations to deal with emerging issues in the community, as a result of the continuing threat of COVID-19, and the need for self-isolation, and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation.

New Bursaries Available for BAME Fundraiser and Charity Leaders – Deadline: 11th December
The FSI has a small number of bursary places to support applicants who are from groups under-represented and whom, without the bursary, may otherwise miss out on opportunities to access their SQA-accredited qualification in Fundraising Practice (Equivalent to QCF Level 3).

Cash Boost for Calderdale Community Groups – Deadline: 21st December
Calderdale’s voluntary groups are invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000, to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, tackle poverty and build strong neighbourhoods.

Funding for Community Based Food Initiatives
Not for profit groups and various other groups/settings can apply for grants of up to £150 to use good food to connect and bring together people of all ages and from different backgrounds.

Funding for Meals for Those in Need Prior to Christmas
Charities, community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations, and other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to provide meals costing £4 or less for individuals, families, and children’s healthy holiday clubs.

In case you missed it:

Good Things Foundation Looking for Partners to Apply for Funding to Support the Delivery of the 2021 Census – Deadline: 30th November
The Foundation is looking for organisations who can deliver support to people wishing to complete the census between March and May 2021.

The National Lottery Community Fund New Infrastructure Programme – Deadline: 1st December
The National Lottery Community Fund will give between 8 and 10 infrastructure organisations a package of funding, combined with on-site coaching and expertise provided by a Design Lab over 12 months.

UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief
The UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief has been created to support youth organisations who have not had access to the crisis funding they require to survive the Covid pandemic.

Vacancies

Valley of Sanctuary (VoS) Support Officer – Closing date: 30th November
Wonderful opportunity to help establish a Valley of Sanctuary in Calderdale. You will be a valued member of a small but dedicated group of people as they make this happen locally.

 

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

VSI Alliance Update November 20, 2020

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As part of #CalderdaleFireflies, we would like to know if any groups are doing Christmas cards this year, so we can share details or a link to how people can buy the cards and support the group. Please email info@vsialliance.org.uk with any information. Thank you.

Community Response Coordinator (COVID-19)
This post will be pivotal to the fight against Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Calderdale by engaging and working with local communities, the VCSE and wider partners. The post will work as part of the VSI Alliance and will be hosted by VAC.

In case you missed it:

Funding for Volunteer DBS Checks
Thanks to a grant from the West Yorkshire & Harrogate Health & Care Partnership through the Harnessing the Power of Communities fund, the VSI Alliance can now offer some limited financial support to voluntary and community groups in Calderdale who wish to undertake appropriate DBS checks for their volunteers who are supporting around Covid-related tasks.

News

Calderdale News & Information

An Important Message About COVID-19 In Calderdale
Via Councillor Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader and Deborah Harkins, Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council: the rate is the highest it has ever been in Calderdale. We have reached a critical point in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keeping Calderdale Cosy: Providing Affordable Warmth Solutions for Calderdale Families
Cold homes are bad for health. If you or your clients are struggling to pay heating bills and/or the home is cold and damp, in all probability health will suffer. This will increase the financial burden on the Public Health Service and the NHS.

verd de gris – The Art of Community
As verd de gris have been nominated for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, they have created a booklet filled with testimonies of some of the volunteers who have been a part of the journey, aiming to impact on areas like community health and positive social change.

In case you missed it:

Fielden Acre Community Share Offer
Calder Valley Community Land Trust are inviting investment in the Calder Valley through the Fielden Acre Community Share Offer. The finance raised will be part of a fund to purchase two residential properties for use as affordable housing, a meeting room and land with potential for new community facilities.
Regional/National News & Information

Guide for Volunteer Opportunities During Lockdown
NAVCA have produced a handy guide to help people work out whether they should pursue a particular volunteer opportunity during the current lockdown.

In case you missed it:

Flu Vaccination: Who Should Have It This Winter and Why
Download a leaflet explaining the importance of the influenza (flu) vaccination this winter.

PCC Newsletter November 2020
The latest newsletter from Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. This issue contains stories on work to tackle modern slavery, the award-winning Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), a competition for young people and much more.

Supporting Jobs in the Charity Sector During Coronavirus
Many infrastructure bodies and campaigners for the voluntary sector to have signed a letter calling on the Chancellor to create a job retention scheme that works for charities, covered in Third Sector.

The Impact of a Second Lockdown
NCVO chief executive Karl Wilding has written about the new rules and how they apply to charities and volunteering. He also highlights the importance of charities making our voices heard in Westminster as we push for a further package of financial support for the sector.

Events and Training

Thriving Communities Fund Webinar – 23rd November
To mark the launch of the Thriving Communities Fund application portal; National Academy for Social Prescribing, Arts Council England and NHS Charities Together will be holding a webinar on the Thriving Communities Fund and NHS Charities Together Community Partnership Grants.

Steps to Building Organisational Resilience: Key Things to Consider – 2nd December
In partnership with Zurich, NCVO will be delivering a webinar discussing key considerations for making your charity resilient. This free webinar will explore key considerations for making your charity resilient, including financial sustainability, reputation and governance.

Funding

HMRC Grant Funding – Deadline: 27th November
Grants will range from £20,000 to £750,000 per year with a maximum threshold set at 50% of the organisation’s turnover. The funding is for activities that cover one or more of the following: advice and support, digital inclusion and/or specialist support and referrals.

Good Things Foundation Looking for Partners to Apply for Funding to Support the Delivery of the 2021 Census – Deadline: 30th November
The Foundation is looking for organisations who can deliver support to people wishing to complete the census between March and May 2021.

The National Lottery Community Fund New Infrastructure Programme – Deadline: 1st December
The National Lottery Community Fund will give between 8 and 10 infrastructure organisations a package of funding, combined with on-site coaching and expertise provided by a Design Lab over 12 months.

UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief
The UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief has been created to support youth organisations who have not had access to the crisis funding they require to survive the Covid pandemic.

Vacancies

Sure Start Children’s Centres – Recruiting Now!
Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation: Early Years Practitioner Plus x 3, Early Years Practitioner and Caretaker.

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

VSI Alliance Update October 16, 2020

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News

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Weekly Update
This week’s leadership message comes from Dr Sara Munro, CEO for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Keir Shillaker, Director for the Partnership’s Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Programme. There is also a blog from Sayma Mirza as part of celebrating Black History Month.

Events and Training

In case you missed it:

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Climate Change Virtual Summit – 19th & 20th October
Over the two days there will be twelve workshops, each one will explore how as health and social care partners we can reduce the effects of climate change and prepare for its impacts.

Funding

Sir George Martin Trust
The Sir George Martin Trust has tightened up its geographical area for funding and will now be focusing its grant-making towards charitable projects which support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in West Yorkshire.

Women’s Sector Resilience Fund
The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund has been created with the support of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to safeguard the vital frontline jobs and support services of women’s organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In case you missed it:

Nesta’s New Prize Supports the Vulnerable to Access Post-COVID Jobs and Finance – Deadline: 26th October
UK organisations are invited to apply for support to accelerate innovations that can help vulnerable workers, hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, to secure jobs and financial help.

The Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme
The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives.

Vacancies

Apprenticeship and Training Delivery Manager – Closing date: 23rd October
You will be responsible for the development, operational management and successful delivery of all apprenticeship and work-based programmes delivered by the Halifax Opportunities Trust work-based learning arm.

Sessional Youth Worker – Closing date: 25th October
Newground are looking for someone who is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of young people and the communities they serve. This role will be for 1 evening a week between 6PM – 9PM, with the potential of overtime.

Bank/Relief Enabler – Closing date: 30th October
Pennine Magpie are looking to increase their team of Bank/Relief Enablers to cover staff holidays and sickness. The role will include both 1:1 support for students and facilitating group sessions.

In case you missed it:

Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) – Closing date: 19th October
The Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) will be part of a team that will work closely with NHS Calderdale CCG engagement team to lead on and/or support a wide range of patient and public engagement projects.

Volunteering

New Treasurer Required at Memory Lane Cafe Calderdale
Memory Lane Café run regular pop-up cafes providing entertainment, information, support and socialisation for individuals, their families and carers. Since they began, they have steadily increased their membership (firstly with their Sowerby Bridge cafe and, a year later, their Halifax cafe).

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Community Covid-19 Champions
Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

VSI Alliance Update October 09, 2020

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Calderdale News & Information

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Memory Lane Cafe Is Back in Business!
On Saturday 26th September, Memory Lane ran their first café in Sowerby Bridge since March – 22 members came along to enjoy the afternoon. The Halifax café reopens in October. Memory Lane Cafe provides a dementia-friendly environment for people affected by dementia, other memory problems and isolation.

Regional/National News & Information

National Developments This Week (1 – 8 October)
A roundup of the Government’s response to Covid-19, health and care, enforcement, children/education and non-Covid developments.

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Flu Vaccine Information
Getting flu and coronavirus at the same time could be devastating to your immune system. Catching either coronavirus or flu, weakens your immune system putting you at higher risk to then catching the other virus. Have you had your flu virus vaccine?

Consultations

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Young Advisors Transitions Survey – Closing date: 19th October
Calderdale Young Advisors are interested in hearing about the experience of young people transitioning between education settings, from primary school to high school, and high school to college/sixth form.

Events and Training

Brighouse Charity Gala Online AGM – 12th October
Although there hasn’t been a Gala this year, Brighouse Charity Gala will still be holding their annual general meeting.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Climate Change Virtual Summit – 19th & 20th October
Over the two days there will be twelve workshops, each one will explore how as health and social care partners we can reduce the effects of climate change and prepare for its impacts.

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The Big Calderdale Sleepout 2020 – 10th October
Join Calderdale SmartMove on World Homeless Day to experience just one night of sleeping rough to support the homeless and vulnerable of Calderdale. This year, rather than gathering together to sleep at the Piece Hall, they want as many people as possible to get involved and sleep out at home.

Funding

Nesta’s New Prize Supports the Vulnerable to Access Post-COVID Jobs and Finance – Deadline: 26th October
UK organisations are invited to apply for support to accelerate innovations that can help vulnerable workers, hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, to secure jobs and financial help.

The Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme
The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives.

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VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund – Starting Well – Deadline: 30th October
Funding will be given to existing schemes working with children from preconception to two and a half years old, who want to expand or develop their schemes by delivering new outcomes or to specific communities.

Vacancies

Apprenticeship and Training Delivery Manager – Closing date: 14th October
You will be responsible for the development, operational management and successful delivery of all apprenticeship and work-based programmes delivered by the Halifax Opportunities Trust work-based learning arm.

Staying Well Worker – Closing date: 16th October
Halifax Opportunities Trust is seeking to appoint a Staying Well Worker to join the ‘Park Ward Staying Well’ project. The successful candidate will help to effectively engage adults experiencing social isolation and/or loneliness in the Park Ward Hub area.

Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) – Closing date: 19th October
The Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) will be part of a team that will work closely with NHS Calderdale CCG engagement team to lead on and/or support a wide range of patient and public engagement projects.
Volunteering

Community Covid-19 Champions
Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

In case you missed it:

Take Part in a Free Life Changing Project Abroad
Ever thought about taking part of a worthwhile project abroad, whilst developing professional and personal skills? Everything is Possible are offering volunteering and training projects in fields such as: sport coaching, dance, animal care and outdoor activities, arts and social work.

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

VSI Alliance Update October 02, 2020

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Calderdale News & Information

Memory Lane Cafe Is Back in Business!
On Saturday 26th September, Memory Lane ran their first café in Sowerby Bridge since March – 22 members came along to enjoy the afternoon. The Halifax café reopens in October. Memory Lane Cafe provides a dementia-friendly environment for people affected by dementia, other memory problems and isolation.
Regional/National News & Information

Flu Vaccine Information
Getting flu and coronavirus at the same time could be devastating to your immune system. Catching either coronavirus or flu, weakens your immune system putting you at higher risk to then catching the other virus. Have you had your flu virus vaccine?

In case you missed it:

Create A Coronavirus NHS QR Code for Your Venue
Use this service to create a QR code for display in your venue. Get visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app. This is to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Free Health Check for Volunteer Management
NCVO have launched a new free health check to help you improve the volunteer experience at your organisation, ensuring they are involved in delivering your mission in the best way possible.

The Knock-On Effect of Panic Buying – A Plea from The Voluntary Sector
In response to the announcement made by Boris Johnson on Tuesday 22nd, supermarkets across the country have seen an increase in panic buying.  Voluntary and Community Sector organisations across Calderdale share their experiences of the impact panic buying in March had for them and their vulnerable service users.

Consultations

Sector Resilience Follow Up Survey – Closing date: 9th October
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are currently conducting a voluntary and community sector wide survey to understand what is happening in the sector. It will help shape their work and focus moving forwards across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.

Young Advisors Transitions Survey – Closing date: 19th October
Calderdale Young Advisors are interested in hearing about the experience of young people transitioning between education settings, from primary school to high school, and high school to college/sixth form.

Events and Training

Developing Resilience Workshop – 6th October
What is resilience? What makes us resilient? How can we exercise and develop resilience? This Healthy Minds online workshop will explore our personal resilience and develop strategies to strengthen our ability to manage when faced with adversity, through discussion and exercises.

The Big Calderdale Sleepout 2020 – 10th October
Join Calderdale SmartMove on World Homeless Day to experience just one night of sleeping rough to support the homeless and vulnerable of Calderdale. This year, rather than gathering together to sleep at the Piece Hall, they want as many people as possible to get involved and sleep out at home.

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Let’s Talk Good Finance – 6th October
This webinar is for charities, social enterprises and community businesses who would like to learn more about social investment and the options available.

National Link Worker Day 2020 – virtual Calderdale Support Awareness Event – 9th October
Videos from supporting organisations, services and groups explaining what they do, presented online by the Calderdale PCNs’ Personalised Care Team’s social media. Find out how to take part.

Join A Community of Leaders Who Are Trying to Adapt, Innovate and Do Their Best
IVAR are running free 90-minute zoom sessions for up to 12 charity leaders at a time. You’ll hear how others are adapting to Covid-19 and have a safe space to offload any challenges you face

Funding

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund – Starting Well – Deadline: 30th October
Funding will be given to existing schemes working with children from preconception to two and a half years old, who want to expand or develop their schemes by delivering new outcomes or to specific communities.

In case you missed it:

Safer Communities Fund Opens for Applications – Deadline: 6th October
The latest grant round of my Safer Communities Fund (SCF) has opened for applications this week. This time a pot of £140,000 is available for voluntary, community groups, charities and partner organisations to bid for grants of up to £6,000 to help keep their communities safe and feeling safe.

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Common Call
The Common Call fund provides grants between £1,000-£3,000 to organisations led by people that identify as Black or Mixed with Black.

The Fat Beehive Foundation
The Fat Beehive Foundation is an independent UK registered charity that provides small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities.

The Foyle Foundation Main Grants for Arts
The Foyle Foundation seeks applications that make a strong artistic case for support in either the performing or visual arts.

Volunteering

Take Part in a Free Life Changing Project Abroad
Ever thought about taking part of a worthwhile project abroad, whilst developing professional and personal skills? Everything is Possible are offering volunteering and training projects in fields such as: sport coaching, dance, animal care and outdoor activities, arts and social work.

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.