North and East Halifax Friday Flyer 29 January 2021 – OUT NOW!


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This week:

  • Vaccination information for front line VCS workers & volunteers supporting health, social care and the most disadvantaged clients
  • Zoom session – Calderdale Budget 2021 Consultation
  • Time to Talk Day 2021 takes place on Thursday 4 February 2021
  • Shielding Experts webinar February 3rd, 2021

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Vaccination information for front line VCS workers & volunteers supporting health, social care and the most disadvantaged clients

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

 

The Local NHS across Calderdale and Kirklees is working with Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust Hospital and their respective Councils, and we are now able to offer vaccinations to frontline VCS paid workers and volunteers who support individuals with their health, social care or those who are most disadvantaged or vulnerable.

Priorities have been identified in accordance with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and Green Book guidance – see https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/948757/Greenbook_chapter_14a_v4.pdf

If you have not already heard directly from the vaccination team, but think members of your team who deliver face to face work with clients (or will return to delivering front line services after lockdown) should receive the vaccination, in the first instance please contact;  Catherine Bann, Emergency Covid-19 Coordinator, Catherine.bann@vsialliance.org.uk

 

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.

Laptops for Learning – from Calderdale Council

We’ve teamed up with the Community Foundation for Calderdale and The Valley Learning Partnership to launch Laptops for Learning – an appeal to purchase laptops for pupils most at need while they are being home schooled.

Find out how you can support the campaign here: https://crowd.in/YBz3QW

Harry Potter Book Night with Calderdale Libraries

The annual Harry Potter book event from  Calderdale Libraries is here once more, this time via the magic of the internet in your own home!

Event by Calderdale Libraries
Thursday, 4 February 2021 at 18:00 UTC
Price: free
Public Anyone on or off Facebook
Celebrate Harry Potter Book Night with us on Thursday 4th February. As Hogwarts is closed this year, all students are home-schooling and we are offering a virtual opportunity for learning.
Renowned Potion Masters Professor BellaDonner, Clixxi and Blilk from Love Science have some new delights to share with you and Professor Binns has some enthralling and enlightening tales to tell. We are also being joined by twins and witches in training, Allegra & Minerva who attend our sister school the School of Spells AKA ZooLab, and they will introduce their animal sidekicks. It will be a wondrous evening of magical education.
All activities are pre-recorded and will be screened from 6pm on Thursday 4th February.

Time to Talk Day 2021 takes place on Thursday 4 February 2021

A small conversation about mental health has the power to make a big difference.

We know that the more conversations we have, the more myths we can bust and barriers we can break down, helping to end the isolation, shame and worthlessness that too many of us with mental health problems are made to feel.

Time to Talk Day is the day that we get the nation talking about mental health. This year’s event might look a little different, but at times like this open conversations about mental health are more important than ever.

We need your help to start the conversation this Time to Talk Day – together we can end mental health stigma.

Sign up for Time to Talk Day updates and inspiration to help you get the conversation started. https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/get-involved/time-talk-day

Job Vacancies at VSI Alliance

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Job Vacancies at VSI Alliance

We are recruiting for 2 exciting new posts! Be part of the VSI Alliance team that’s supporting Calderdale charities & community groups who are, in turn, making such a vital difference to local people.

FOOD POVERTY CO-ORDINATOR

£24,204 per annum, 30 hours per week (£19,625 actual)

Fixed term for 1 year

  • Would you like to make a difference to the health and lifestyles of people and families across the district?
  • Would you like to be part of a committed team to ensure fair distribution of goods to enable households to live well?
  • Have you experience of working with individuals who live on a low income or in poverty?
  • Do you possess strong communication skills?
  • Are you empathetic but with tenacity to deal with challenging, multi-layered issues?
  • Can you demonstrate a practical approach whilst understanding the larger political picture?
  • Do you have an eye for detail?
  • Can you evidence working in partnership?

We would like to recruit a Co-ordinator who will work as part of a team to address Food Poverty, throughout the Covid pandemic and beyond. The post will continue to respond to future, national and local challenges including any transport/import implications to the UK food distribution systems now we have left the European Union.

This role will support the existing Food Poverty Forum.  It will also link into the wider Food Network, especially around nutritional content of `free’ meals and parcels.

This role is part of a wider voluntary and community sector infrastructure support service, working closely with Calderdale Council, Public Health and Anti-Poverty teams.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Sunday 14th February

Interviews: Monday 22nd February

PLEASE NOTE: Because of Covid-19, we will be conducting the interviews via Microsoft Teams (video conferencing).

To request an application pack please contact:

Ali Middle, Business Support Manager, by emailing ali@nbforum.org.uk

For more information about this post (or technical concerns relating to Microsoft Teams) please contact Jayne Leech, Delivery Manager,

via email  jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk or on 07791 041 058

Could you be the person to help connect local volunteers to those who need support in challenging times?

VOLUNTEER HUB CO-ORDINATOR

£24,204 per annum, 37 hours per week

Do you have:

  • Previous experience of managing people and an enthusiasm for connecting people?
  • Energy and enthusiasm to work with organisations to help build resilience in our communities?
  • A flexible and adaptive attitude to community challenges?
  • Great organisational skills and a good head for data management?

We are looking to recruit a Co-ordinator who will lead on the Volunteer Hub activities through the pandemic and beyond. The post will look to respond to future challenges including further lockdowns and possible local flooding incidents. Responding to requests for support from individuals, families and community anchors, our Co-ordinator will link volunteers to specific tasks, follow up afterwards and collate all data about the support.

Our Co-ordinator will have previous experience of assisting in the delivery of training and of being part of developing new initiatives as and when required.

Working as part of a wider voluntary and community sector infrastructure support service, this will be an integral post, supporting the continuation of the Volunteer Hub for the future. This role is part of a wider voluntary and community sector infrastructure support service, working closely with Calderdale Council, Public Health and Council Volunteer Managers.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Sunday 14th February

Interviews: Thursday 25th February

PLEASE NOTE: Because of Covid-19, we will be conducting the interviews via Microsoft Teams (video conferencing).

To request an application pack please contact:

Ali Middle, Business Support Manager, by emailing ali@nbforum.org.uk

For more information about this post (or technical concerns relating to Microsoft Teams) please contact Charlie Johnston, Volunteer Development Manager, on 07791 066292 or email charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

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.

Shielding Experts webinar February 3rd, 2021

As the number of cases of COVID-19 rises rapidly, and the third national lockdown continues, shielding advice has once again been issued to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

 

Advice to shield at home until at least 21 February has been re-issued to over 100,000 people in West Yorkshire and will be reviewed during this period should it need to be extended.

 

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP), along with the Local Resilience Forum, West Yorkshire Prepared, will host ‘The Shielding Experts’ webinar on Wednesday 3 February, providing a valuable opportunity to listen to people about their experiences of shielding.

 

Attendees will hear insight from research and surveys, and importantly the personal experiences of those who shielded, including staff, to inform our health and care practice this winter and beyond. The aim is to support people who live and work across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to put the right conditions in place to enable those with the highest clinical risk to stay happy, healthy and safe.

 

This session is suitable for people who work across the health and care sector or anyone involved in the shielding response in local places, including the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, local NHS and council staff. Speakers include shielding experts by experience as well as Rob Webster, CEO Lead for WY&H HCP; Hannah Davies, CEO for Healthwatch, Leeds; John Walsh, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust; Ann-Louise Caress, University of Huddersfield; Dave Thompson, Kirklees Council, and Rachael Loftus, Head of Regional Health Partnerships.

 

Rob Webster said: ‘Over 100,000 people have been shielding in West Yorkshire and Harrogate. Our councils and VCSE partners have been magnificent throughout the pandemic, supporting people through local partnerships, including hundreds of volunteers. This opportunity to share their experiences, which have often been hidden behind closed doors in every community, is invaluable in improving services further in the future’.

 

Rachael Loftus said: ‘Councils are working hard to ensure that clinically extremely vulnerable people have the right support to enable them to follow the shielding advice. We know how hard shielding is for people and we hope that our webinar will contribute to improving the quality of their care and increase understanding of the people who are making extraordinary efforts  and significant sacrifices to stay safe at this time’.

 

Connie Cluderay, from Leeds said: ‘As a shielder, I welcome the opportunity to share my story.  It’s great that people want to take part in the conversation and listen to us’.

 

Cllr Rebecca Charlwood, Chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board said: ‘This event will give people who have been shielding at home the opportunity to share their personal experience. The pandemic has been hard for all, and especially for people who have been isolating at home and very often alone without family and friends close by. Our communities have been fantastic, offering kindness, practical support, and compassion throughout. It’s really important to bring people together to share the overall experience and learning’.

 

Robin Tuddenham, Co-chair of the Local Resilience Forum and CEO for Calderdale Council said: ‘The way that partners have come together with our communities to support those shielding has been one of the really positive experiences from the pandemic. It’s a story of kindness and quiet determination, with our voluntary and community sector playing such a pivotal role. This event will provide an opportunity to listen and learn, and in particular understand the lived experience of those who have shielded, and what this tells us about how to build back a stronger health and care system in West Yorkshire.’

 

Further details about the webinar and how to book can be found here