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VSI Alliance Update September 25, 2020

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Calderdale News & Information

Do Your Own Thing – FREE Self-Employment Programme Dates Announced
The aim of the programme is to support women to set up their own business. The first cohort start date is 1st October, with a second cohort starting on 13th October.

In case you missed it:

One Minute Motions
Curious Motion are asking the people of Calderdale and beyond to create one-minute mindful videos, incorporating dance and movement to boost mental wellbeing among the Calderdale community.

Regional/National News & Information

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

In case you missed it:

Mobilising Volunteers Effectively (MoVE) Survey – Closing date: 28th September
Did you utilise volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic? The Universities of Sheffield, Hull and Leeds are working in partnership on a project to investigate how volunteers were mobilised during this time.

Online Events and Training

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

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.

In case you missed it:

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.

Vacancies

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Community Café Coordinator
Are you someone with experience who has a creative flare for all things food? Would you like to put your own spin on things and grow a community café into a place everyone must visit? The Space @ Field Lane are looking for a friendly café co-ordinator to join their team.

 

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 September 18, 2020

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Report: Calderdale Voluntary and Community Sector’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
This report has been brought together by the VSI Alliance using evidence and insight drawn from across the diverse voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Calderdale.

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Calderdale News & Information

UPDATE ON LOCAL RESTRICTIONS IN CALDERDALE
Unfortunately, Government have announced that local COVID-19 restrictions remain in the Halifax constituency and will be reintroduced in the Calder Valley constituency from Tuesday 22nd September.

One Minute Motions
Curious Motion are asking the people of Calderdale and beyond to create one-minute mindful videos, incorporating dance and movement to boost mental wellbeing among the Calderdale community.

In case you missed it:

Calderdale Anti-Poverty Dashboards – Evidence of Need Across Calderdale
This is a collection of dashboards and data sets showing selected statistics on poverty in Calderdale. The site may be of interest to Voluntary and Community groups in Calderdale who are seeking evidence of need for new funding bids and projects.

Fully Funded Courses from Calderdale College
Calderdale College currently have 3 courses live that are fully funded via a number of funded contracts (funding is subject to eligibility), all training is delivered remotely with full support from experienced college tutors.

Regional/National News & Information

In case you missed it:

Access NCVO Member-Only Resources for Free
To support charities during COVID-19, NCVO have opened their member-exclusive resources to everyone. For just a few more weeks, you can still get access to practical resources, from governance support to volunteer management or finance help.

Consultations

Mobilising Volunteers Effectively (MoVE) Survey – Closing date: 28th September
Did you utilise volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic? The Universities of Sheffield, Hull and Leeds are working in partnership on a project to investigate how volunteers were mobilised during this time.

Funding

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.

In case you missed it:

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants
National Lottery Project Grants is the open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

New Fund Launched to Support LGBT Communities Affected By COVID-19
A new £350,000 funding scheme has been launched to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phoenix Global Fund for Children for BAME VCSE Organisations – Deadline: 30th September
The Phoenix Fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities.

Vacancies

Community Café Coordinator
Are you someone with experience who has a creative flare for all things food? Would you like to put your own spin on things and grow a community café into a place everyone must visit? The Space @ Field Lane are looking for a friendly café co-ordinator to join their team.

Sessional CARA Victim Engagement Worker West Yorkshire – Closing date: 25th September
If you are looking for a new challenge and want to be part of delivering an innovative response to tackling domestic abuse, then this could be the role for you.

In case you missed it:

Family Outreach WorkerClosing date: 18th September
A passionate and enthusiastic team member is required at Jubilee Children’s Centre, committed to supporting vulnerable and excluded families.

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: Reopening your Building FAQ and checklist

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Reopening Your Building FAQs and Checklist

FAQs for Voluntary and Community Organisations on reopening

The government has set out its plan to gradually ease lockdown restrictions in a way that is safe and continues to protect the NHS. This means that certain workplaces and businesses are allowed to open and most people can spend more time doing more things.

This guidance sets out some FAQs to help community groups, charities, social enterprises and venues prepare to re-open safely.
Locality Reopening Guidance Checklist 

This guidance looks at 4 key areas – Buildings, Services, Staff and Operational Management – and includes space for your own notes.

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.

 

VSI Alliance – Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

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Volunteer Week 1st to 7th June 2020

I’ve been humbled and awed by the few stories I’ve heard of local people and local groups rising above the fear and confusion to reach those most at need, to offer food, medicines and good old-fashioned human warmth & kindness at this time. I’ve been impressed by the speed and dexterity with which voluntary sector groups have adapted, always keeping those that they support at the centre of their service. But that’s one of the many things that the voluntary sector does best, isn’t it? Adaptation! We see a need and work out how to meet it – and we don’t worry about whether it’s in our job descriptions or whether it’s something that we ‘normally’ do!

I want everyone in the area to hear stories that will remind people that we really are in this together and without local people stepping up and reaching out to both neighbours and strangers alike, these last few months would have been much much worse for many. I do not doubt that volunteers have saved lives, saved families and saved sanities! I know that children and our older generation have been kept safer because of volunteers. I know that, because of volunteers, our neighbours who seek refuge and asylum are being respectfully cared for and included. Volunteers have made life-affirming contributions to those with disabilities, those suffering long-term isolation, homelessness and those with on-going mental health issues.

I want to share stories of the volunteering that is going on in Calderdale – to celebrate their efforts and, I hope, to go some way to restoring people’s faith in humanity at this time of isolation and growing division. We rightly clap for the NHS and carers on a Thursday evening – we should also be clapping for the kindness and compassion given freely by volunteers.

Please can you share with me a story or a brief case study (or even just a couple of lines/quotes) about some of the work that you’re doing at the moment that I can share on our social media outlets for Volunteer Week in June? My hope is that our IT wiz, the lovely Jake, can help me build your stories into some kind of presentation/video (I wouldn’t have a clue!) that we can all share around to let the world know that Calderdale is an amazing place with amazing people.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. If you’d prefer to chat over the phone rather than email, please let me know – I’d be happy to call at your convenience.

Charlie Johnston
Volunteer Development Officer
Charlie.Johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Calderdale News & Information

Here I Am – Deadline: 5th June
Here I Am invites people living in the Borough to make something about them during this time. All entries will be collated and projected into a specially made lantern house in the Piece Hall courtyard for Refugee Week.

Latest News from Calder Valley Community Land Trust
Calder Valley Community Land Trust is still keeping very active and have a date for a virtual AGM.

Regional/National News & Information

Commissioning and Contracting – Shaping the ‘New Normal’
Help by sharing your experience of commissioning and contracting practice – whether it’s good, bad or mixed.

Partnership Pays Tribute to Vital Role of Volunteering as Part of National Volunteer Week
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) are proud to be supporting national Volunteers Week which starts Monday 1 June.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Charities
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has published its report on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on charities.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Weekly Update
This week’s leadership message comes from Partnership Director; Ian Holmes, and Tony Jamieson, Director of Transformation for Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network.

West Yorkshire Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service Information Sessions
The service will soon be running Skype information sessions for professionals working within community settings. The sessions will include the role of the ISVA, how to make a referral and a brief overview of the Criminal Justice System in sexual violence cases.

Earlier this week:

Coronavirus Scam Alert Issue #8
West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams.

Public Health England Coronavirus Posters for Stay Alert Phase
These resources contain official guidance and key messages for Stay Alert phase relating to social distancing in specific settings.

What the Latest Government Guidance Means for People Affected by Dementia
The government has updated the restrictions on what people can and can’t do during the coronavirus pandemic and it’s important to be aware of what this means for people affected by dementia.

Funding News

Charities Encouraged to Bid for £15 Million Tampon Tax Fund – Deadline: 7th June
Organisations supporting women and girls are invited to apply for a share of £15 million from the Tampon Tax Fund.

 

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 see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

VSI Alliance – Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

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Regional/National News & Information

Coronavirus Scam Alert Issue #8
West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams.

Public Health England Coronavirus Posters for Stay Alert Phase
These resources contain official guidance and key messages for Stay Alert phase relating to social distancing in specific settings.

Third Sector Awards Early Bird EntriesDeadline Tomorrow
You have until tomorrow (28th May) to get your early bird Third Sector entries in. Now is the perfect opportunity to shout about your charity, organisation and team.

What the Latest Government Guidance Means for People Affected by Dementia
The government has updated the restrictions on what people can and can’t do during the coronavirus pandemic and it’s important to be aware of what this means for people affected by dementia.

ICYMI:

Creative Leadership Course
Creative Leadership is for people working in the arts and cultural sector who want to strengthen their leadership skills, and who are driven by social impact in their work. It is a new free programme run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, funded by Arts Council England’s Transforming Leadership programme.

Sharing Good Practice in Autism and/or Neurodiversity
Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network is working in partnership with West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership to identify a range of projects and programmes across the region which demonstrate a positive impact on the physical and/or mental health and wellbeing of young adults (14-25) and adults who have Autism and/or Neurodiversity.

West Yorkshire And Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Weekly Update
This week’s leadership messages come from Richard Stubbs, CEO for Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network; Jo Farn, Programme Director, System and Leadership Development, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership; and Professor Sean Duffy, Clinical Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Cancer Alliance.

Funding News & Resources

Funding to support armed forces charities doing vital work during pandemicDeadline: 29th May
Serving personnel, veterans and their families will benefit from an additional £6-million of new funding to ensure they get the support they need during the coronavirus outbreak.

ICYMI:

Coronavirus Community Support Fund
Opened today, funding will help maintain and enhance services for vulnerable people affected by the current crisis, where delivery organisations are experiencing income disruption and/or increased demand.

Government Loneliness COVID-19 Fund
Organisations working to tackle loneliness and build social connections are invited to apply for a share of £5 million of funding, which the government is investing to help them to continue and adapt their critical work.

Vacancies

ICYMI:

Social Prescribing Link Worker – Closing date: 28th May
The social prescribing link worker will be employed by Pennine GP Alliance Ltd with direction from the Primary Care Networks (PCN) and based within the PCN practices.

 

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 see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

VSI Alliance Announcement – COVID-19 list of useful resources May 2020 #2

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*ONE WEEK LEFT* Calderdale Sector Resilience Survey May 2020
As an infrastructure partnership, we the VSI Alliance, think it is important to find out how our third sector organisations are adapting, to understand the pressures you are under and to work to provide the right support at this time and beyond. We’d like to ask you to take a few minutes to complete this survey. We will use this information to advocate for your interests and, wherever possible, to adapt our services to meet your needs.

ICYMI

Managing Your VCSE Organisation Through Covid-19 – Funding, Furlough and More
Forum’s Sector Support services would like to invite you to a free webinar offering advice and guidance on managing your group, charity or social enterprise during the Covid-19 crisis. With so much information out there, we are aware that many groups require a clear summary of the support available.

Calderdale News & Information

Keeping Neurodivergent People Connected in Calderdale
The Society 4Neurodiversity’s Keeping People Connected Service is free and available now for people with neurodiverse conditions such as autism, ADHD, or a mild learning disability.

The Listening Line
The Listening Line will give young people the opportunity to get some simple advice and guidance about how to keep busy and reduce their anxiety about the current situation.

Regional/National News & Information

COVID-19 Summary of Published Guidance and Support for Vulnerable Groups
This document provides a summary of the main guidance produced to help vulnerable individuals, groups and communities to protect themselves and others from coronavirus and to manage the impact of shielding and social distancing.

Support for Frontline Workers
The Samaritans have partnered with Shout, Mind, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation to launch ‘Our Frontline’, a round-the-clock, 1:1 support service for health, care, emergency and key workers.

Earlier this week:

Frequently Asked Questions for Vulnerable Residents
These frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been put together to help people understand what help is available during these difficult times.

Local Coronavirus Testing for Essential Workers and Their Households
If your organisation employs essential workers who are self-isolating they, and members of their household, can now apply to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the local drive-through testing hub in Halifax.

Together in Halifax
Woolshops Halifax has put this health and wellbeing pack together to highlight some of the local charities and services providing mental health support and access to essential supplies.

Regional/National News & Information

Coronavirus Scam Alert Issue #7
West Yorkshire Trading Standards has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 related scams.

John Tizard: Charities Must Shape the Covid-19 Rescue, Recovery and Reform Agenda
John Tizard offers some thoughts about how charities can lead the way in helping the country recover from the coronavirus pandemic, including sector bodies producing a manifesto driven by specific communities of interest and specialist services.

New Board Formed to Lead West Yorkshire’s Economy out of the Pandemic Leaders from organisations and businesses across West Yorkshire are coming together to form an Economic Recovery Board to plan the region’s economic fightback from the Covid-19 pandemic.

What Do Children and Young People Want from Society at This Critical Time?
Gathering the views of 8 to 21-year-olds are really important in informing the vision for a child-friendly welfare state that Children England are working with young people to create. It’s only open until 31st May and it only takes 5-10 minutes to complete.

Earlier this week:

Making the Government’s COVID-19 Support Schemes Work Better for Charities
Many of the business support measures are open to charities, but they are designed in ways that actually restrict access. Elizabeth Chamberlain explains the improvements that are being pushed.

Funding News & Resources

COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund 2020-21
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has announced £6 million of emergency funding to provide relief for homelessness providers directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Earlier this week:

COVID-19 Funding Available Via Calderdale Council
Many Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in Calderdale can claim grants made available by the government in response to the coronavirus emergency. These are being administrated by the Calderdale Council Business Rates team.

Energy Redress Fund
Charities that support vulnerable energy consumers or have innovative ideas that will benefit energy customers are being invited to apply for shares of £13m of funding.

 

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 see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

VSI Alliance Announcement – COVID-19 list of useful resources May 2020

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ICYMI: 
Governance, Legal Framework and Structure – Things to think about during COVID-19 Pandemic
You may have already adapted some of the work you carry out. You might even have had to consider a total change to your services. Your management committee, directors or trustees have a responsibility to ensure that your organisation does what it was set up to do, has enough money and works within the law. Here are a few things to think about to ensure you are working effectively and with good governance.

Calderdale News & Information

Frequently Asked Questions for Vulnerable Residents
These frequently asked questions (FAQs) have been put together to help people understand what help is available during these difficult times.

Local Coronavirus Testing for Essential Workers and Their Households
If your organisation employs essential workers who are self-isolating they, and members of their household, can now apply to get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) at the local drive-through testing hub in Halifax.

Together in Halifax
Woolshops Halifax has put this health and wellbeing pack together to highlight some of the local charities and services providing mental health support and access to essential supplies.
Regional/National News & Information

Coronavirus Scam Alert Issue #6
West Yorkshire Trading Standards has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 related scams. See what scams are trending currently.

Making the Government’s COVID-19 Support Schemes Work Better for Charities
Many of the business support measures are open to charities, but they are designed in ways that actually restrict access. Elizabeth Chamberlain explains the improvements that are being pushed.

ICYMI:

A Funding Cliff Edge?
This fourth briefing reflects the experiences of 28 charities shared between 17 and 23 April 2020, and reflections on the questions and opportunities for funders that this raises.

Food Safety for Community Cooking and Food Banks
Hygiene and allergy advice from the Food Standards Agency for individuals and groups preparing meals to share in their community.

Shadow Minister for Voluntary Sector and Charities to Hold Weekly Surgeries
The surgeries will create opportunities for organisations to share their experiences of the current crisis and how they will need support to continue to provide services to their communities.

The Role of Trustees at a Time of Crisis
Blog from Stephen Cahill about the 6 P’s framework (Purpose, Perspective, Pounds, People, Practicality and Positivity).

Funding News & Resources

COVID-19 Funding Available Via Calderdale Council
Many Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in Calderdale can claim grants made available by the government in response to the coronavirus emergency. These are being administrated by the Calderdale Council Business Rates team.

Energy Redress Fund
Charities that support vulnerable energy consumers or have innovative ideas that will benefit energy customers are being invited to apply for shares of £13m of funding.

ICYMI:

Enterprise Relief Fund
The Prince’s Trust and NatWest have set up an Enterprise Relief Fund, offering grants that can be used to maintain core business costs, as well as to meet any existing financial commitments such as invoices from suppliers and essential equipment.

Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund
The Freelands Foundation has announced a £1.5 million Emergency Fund as part of a landmark commitment of £3m towards emergency funds for artists and freelance creative practitioners across the UK in urgent need of financial support as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Grants Online: Latest Information on COVID-19 Funding
Since the last e-update, there have been some important updates with regards to funding being made available to help with the impact that COVID-19 is having on local communities and organisations that are helping local people.

Youth Endowment Fund COVID-19 Grant Round
The Youth Endowment Fund’s new £6.5m COVID-19 grant round will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people in at risk of youth violence, and that can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.

 

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 see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

VSI Alliance Calderdale Sector Resilience Survey May 2020

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

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.

CALDERDALE SECTOR RESILIENCE SURVEY MAY 2020

The VCSE in Calderdale is playing a critical role in the COVID-19 response. We know that the sector is also having to work in different ways, be flexible and is, in some cases, under real financial pressure. As an infrastructure partnership, we the VSI Alliance, think it is important to find out how our third sector organisations are adapting, to understand the pressures you are under and to work to provide the right support at this time and beyond.

We’d like to ask you to take a few minutes to complete this survey. We will use this information to advocate for your interests and, wherever possible, to adapt our services to meet your needs.

If you prefer, we’d be happy to give you a ring at your convenience to do the survey over the phone.  To arrange a phone interview please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk

Please note that a similar version of this survey is being circulated across West Yorkshire to ensure that we work collectively as a local place and a region to provide insight and also influence how resources may need to be allocated.  As such it is important for Calderdale organisations to participate and tell us how things are looking like from your point of view.

As several partners are collaborating on this work you may receive the survey from several sources. Please note that this survey asks for information which is locally specific and it would be helpful if you can complete this for us.

We plan to follow up this survey in the coming months to continue to find out how our sector is responding to the new challenges that come about during the emergency and beyond.

The survey can be completed via this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cdalesectorresilience

VSI Alliance Announcement – COVID-19 list of useful resources

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Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

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 see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

Calderdale News & Information

Fancy Joining the Arts Drop Bag Packing Team?
During the pandemic, The LCEP is using their resources to coordinate a scheme called ‘Arts Drop’ where they are sending creative activity packs to the borough’s most disadvantaged children and young people via their social workers.

St. Augustine’s Centre Appeal
St. Augustine’s is providing daily phone advice, takeaway lunches, a food parcel delivery service, online English Language tuition and accommodation support. Next up is the making and delivery of 300 activity packs. Can you help?

Regional/National News & Information

Charities Are #NeverMoreNeeded
Now more than ever we need to build support for our sector so that we can help the country come through the crisis and help the recovery, share your story on social media using #NeverMoreNeeded.

Promote Virtual Activities for Free
The Yorkshire Sport Foundation (YSF) Activity Finder now shows virtual activities, and is free to use.

Funding News & Resources

National Lottery COVID-19 Related Funding
The National Lottery Fund have updated their funding page to make a clearer, easier process for organisations to apply for lottery funding for COVID-19 related activity.

Preparing Your Financial Information for Funders
While we are seeing new announcements of funding available in response to the crisis almost daily, often the details and processes are slower to emerge. This fantastic resource developed by Locality can help you with your preparation around financial information for funders.

ICYMI:

CFFC Community Resilience Fund
Grants of up to £3,000 to support local voluntary and community sector organisations to help those most vulnerable during the crisis

Key Questions in Funding Applications
We know how daunting it can be writing funding bids, especially if you haven’t got much experience, so here are a few tips on the information you should be thinking about and that funders would normally be expecting to see.