Family Roller Skating is back at the YMCA in Halifax

The YMCA in Halifax are excited to announce the recommencing of their Family Skating Sessions!

Sessions are every week on Friday 6pm – 8p and on weekends, Saturday and Sunday between 12pm – 1.30pm.

In line with the COVID guidelines, you are advised to book your place in advance or entry cannot be guaranteed as places are strictly limited.

Participants must wear face coverings, as per the face mask guidelines.

The sessions take place in the YMCA, The Marlborough Hall, 13 Crossley St, Halifax HX1 1UG.
Telephone: 01422 353626

For more information:

YMCA Halifax

VSI Alliance Update September 25, 2020

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

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.


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


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.


In case you missed it:

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, or visit for more contact details.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Scam Alert #19 September-October 2020

This Monthly alert outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected.

There have been further reports of scams, doorstep Crime and business complaints all relating to the COVID-19 pandemic here in West Yorkshire. This news alert will give you an indication of the current situation.

If you cannot see the Alert below, download it here.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service newsletters and resources –

Always remember:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • If you feel pressured, ask them to leave.
  • Friends and family are best to ask.
  • Don’t make any snap decisions.
  • Do the checks and use a number you have found yourself, not the one the visitor provides.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe

Have you downloaded the NHS COVID-19 App?

The NHS COVID-19 App is part of the large scale coronavirus (COVID-19) testing and contact tracing programme and will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus – helping to keep us all safer.

The NHS COVID-19 App alerts people at risk of coronavirus, asking them to isolate before they potentially pass the virus on to others as well as providing local area alerts and QR venue check-in.

The app will help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, and so local authorities can respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives.

The app does this while protecting a user’s anonymity.

Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.

Download the app here

North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 25 September 2020 – OUT NOW!

Click here to view the latest North and East Friday Flyer

This week:

  • Do you have a minute? (One Minute Motions)
  • New £3.3 million fund to give babies from deprived areas or BAME backgrounds the best start in life
  • Join the Mixenden Community Clean Up on Sunday 27 September
  • Warley Far and Wide 2021 Calendar is out

 Have a great weekend!

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New £3.3 million fund to give babies from deprived areas or BAME backgrounds the best start in life

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Invitation to a virtual meeting

The Calderdale Council Public Health Team are looking to explore, with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) organisations, ideas from across the system that could form the basis of applications for the Health and Wellbeing Fund around ‘Starting Well’.

You are invited to a virtual meeting on the 1st October 11am-12noon, as an opportunity to look at how we can work in partnership with you to support your applications. Jayne Leech, from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance will also be present at the meeting.

Link to the meeting: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Please let Jayne know at if you are planning on attending.


  1. Welcome & Introductions
  1. Background to the Fund
  1. Working in partnership with public health
  1. Ideas for bids
  1. Process to apply
  1. Q&A
  1. Next Steps

About the Fund

Mothers and babies will benefit from a new multi-million pound fund to give people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or poorer backgrounds the best chance at a healthy start in life.

VCSE organisations are encouraged to apply for share of the Health and Wellbeing Fund to develop schemes themed around ‘starting well’. The Fund will help community projects improve learning and development, perinatal mental health and prevent obesity. The third round of the Health and Wellbeing Fund is part of the government’s aim to level up communities and promote equality.

Applications are open for a share of a £3.3 million fund – organisations have until Friday 30 October 2020 at midday to apply, with the successful projects to be announced in December.

The fund is open to applications from charity-run projects aimed at:

  • improving perinatal mental health
  • reducing the percentage of babies born with low birthweight
  • increasing babies being breastfed
  • obesity prevention and support
  • reducing smoking or encouraging smoke-free homes
  • improving learning, speech and language development
  • improving immunisation rates and reducing rates of preventable disease

It aims to tackle key public health issues from an early age such as obesity, which disproportionately affects people and children from an economically deprived area. The government recently launched a world-leading obesity strategy to make the healthy choice the easy choice for families and help reduce obesity rates.

The £3.3 million is available to support the new schemes in 2020/21, with funding for schemes planned for a further two years up to 2022/23.

Active Updates – Newsflash from Active Calderdale

Here is our news and updates with ideas to keep you active and healthy!


Walk to School week runs 5th to 9th of October encouraging both pupils and grown-ups to travel to school on foot. A number of primary schools in North Halifax have already signed up and will receive resource packs.  If you’re school hasn’t signed up there’s a free resource pack available at Living Streets – Walk to School.


To Couch to 5K?

Have you been taking part in the Move the Calderdale Way Challenge?  If you’ve been walking more than half an hour at a time why not start the NHS’s Couch to 5K during the last week?  Just replace 3 half hour walks with 1 minute of gentle running (start slow) and 1.5 minute of walking for 20 minutes. It’s a simple 9 week course designed for beginners and there’s an easy NHS C25K app that talks you through each session and even gives your encouragement.

Autumn is here and with COVID restrictions back in place it’s can seem harder to maintain health and happiness and leave you feeling  less inclined or able to get out and about. Why not give yourself a free MOT with the NHS’s One You – How Are you Quiz.  It takes 10 minutes and gives personalised advice on mental and physical health, diet, alcohol and smoking.