VSI Alliance News & Events
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team
The latest VSI alliance News & Events discusses Coronavirus vaccination, local consultations, online activities and training opportunities from various organisations, as well as job vacancies and volunteering opportunities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.
It will probably come as little surprise that we have decided to hold our network meeting online, as it feels too risky to bring together a group of people in an inside space at the moment.
However, we do hope that you will join us by Zoom for a shortened meeting on:
Wednesday 26th January, 10:30am-12.00pm
Although we will miss the coffee and cake element of proceedings, it will be fantastic to see you all and to share information about what’s going on for children and young people in our area.
We will aim to keep the meeting concise (as per agenda below) and, depending on how many people come, we aim to finish in the allocated time.https://forms.office.com/r/qBHPhMQVGn
We would appreciate if you could complete this form for numbers:
Apologies if you have already emailed but this form is very short and is the online booking.
- Introduction to meeting
- Update from Time Out – new and existing staff
- Activity for Children’s Mental Health Week on the theme of Growing Together
- Update (three minutes max please!) from all partners
- Next meeting date
Join Zoom Meeting on this link: http://bitly.ws/nCunMeeting ID: 896 0311 8938 Passcode: 740978
With very best wishes
The Time Out Team
Calderdale Clinical Commissioning group would like to encourage everyone eligible for a Covid vaccination to take the opportunity to protect themselves and others from coronavirus.
Whilst the vaccine will not make you immune to coronavirus, it will significantly reduce the severity of the symptoms and prevent hospitalisation.
- It’s never too late to get your first and second dose.
- Your vaccine is waiting for you, book online, call 119. Over 18s should get boosted now.
- Boosters will be offered to 16 and 17 year olds once national prescribing arrangements are in place.
- Recent data shows two doses of the vaccine are not enough to stop people becoming unwell from Omicron but suggests a booster significantly increases protection against the variant.
- There are lots of appointments and walk-in clinics available to get your vaccine in Calderdale.
- 1st and 2nd doses should be the same vaccine type. In line with JCVI advice Pfizer or Moderna is being given for boosters. If people are unable to have this vaccine type due to a medical reason it may be possible to have AstraZeneca, after discussion with a health professional.
- If you have had COVID-19 you need to wait before getting the vaccine. 4 weeks for over 18s and 12-17 year olds at high risk of COVID-19, and 12 weeks for 12-17 year olds.
Key contact and useful links:
VCS Peer Support Webinar
Tuesday 18th January 2022 3pm – 5pm
This month, we will be joined by Hilary Turley from All 1 Collective + Lab leading an open discussion around climate change. Eventbrite link here:
The consultation deadline for the proposed Designs for Halifax Railway Station has been extended to Sunday the 30th of January. Please complete the survey and share your views.
With over £30m of funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, we have the opportunity to transform Halifax Railway Station, improving the travel experience and providing a boost to the local economy.
The station is the sixth busiest in West Yorkshire and served nearly two million rail journeys each year before the pandemic. However, the current station has limited facilities and poor accessibility, which will only get worse if passenger numbers grow as we expect.
Following the feedback from the consultation we held at the beginning of the year, we’ve been able to adapt and further shape the plans for the station and now want to hear from you on these latest designs.
For those who are unable to access the internet, printed copies of the designs and surveys can be picked up from the following locations:
- Halifax Railway Station ticket office
- Halifax Central Library
- Discover Halifax Hub in Woolshops
Alternatively contact Mott MacDonald, the design consultants, who will post this out.
By email: email@example.com
By phone: 0113 3946697
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Strategy, Cllr Jane Scullion has recorded a short video to support the latest consultation. You can view this below 👇
Find out more about all of the Next Chapter projects online at:
We would like to introduce our very own Staying Well Community Fund and the three different types of funding we offer. We are keen to work with community groups, small community associations, organisations, projects and initiatives that work in and around North Halifax to reduce social isolation and loneliness, help individuals and communities to get moving more, and finally, offer support to groups who are financially vulnerable due to the challenges of Covid and want to keep their vital support/service going.
To clarify the areas we work in for North Halifax, these areas are: Ovenden, Mixenden, Illingworth, Warley, Pellon, Shelf and Northowram (and all the in between places too!). We have colleagues across other localities in Calderdale. Should you have an idea in another area we can put you in touch with our colleagues.
All information and further detail of our funds can be found on the Staying Well website: https://stayingwellhub.com/2020/09/26/staying-well-funding-for-community-groups/.
You can contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org
or ring 01422 392 767 and ask for either Zain or Craig if you have any ideas or just want to talk through any support you are needing.
We look forward to working with you all in 2022!!
This fund is open to application from starting and existing organisations, targeting loneliness and social isolation, particularly delivering services for COVID support.
The next round of Ward Forum Grants for the North and East of Halifax is open.
You can apply for a Ward Forum Grant of up to £500 for a project that will benefit your ward area or local community. The deadline is 24th March 2022.
Your application should meet one of the 3 following priorities:
1. Improving the Environment
2. Improving Health & Wellbeing;
3. Community groups recovery.
To find out more read the FAQs on our website.
These grants are available to organisations based in the North and East regions of Halifax, including Ovenden, Warley, Illingworth, Mixenden, Northowram and Shelf. We are keen on projects that improve the environment and the health and wellbeing of residents.
We welcome community groups and individuals to apply for funding to spend on eligible activities and projects that benefit the ward. We are especially looking to provide support to groups, clubs and projects as they try to restart their activity;
Apply online here https://halifaxnorthandeast.com/ward-forum-grants/apply/
Or Download an application form
The maximum grant per application is £500.
Please ensure your application is thorough as insufficient information may result in your application being rejected. You can get help with your application by contacting us on 01422 252209.
email Tony : Tony.King@calderdale.gov.uk
or Heather : Heather.Bentley@calderdale.gov.uk
You may resubmit your application if you feel you have left information out.