Halifax North and East Friday Flyer 29 July 2022 – OUT NOW!

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This week:

  • VCSE Sector Financial Sustainability Survey – by August 4th
  • Could you become a Staying Well Telephone Befriender?
  • Halifax Panthers Ladies vs Illingworth Ladies July 31st at OSCA Grounds
  • Love Parks Week 29 July – 5 August 2022

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VSI Alliance Update 29 July 2022

VSI Alliance News & Events
Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


Read the latest updates from the VSI alliance. You will find information on local events and available training, job opportunities and volunteering options. The newsletter also highlights current campaigns and consultations.

Read the updates here

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.

VCSE Sector Financial Sustainability Survey

The VSI Alliance is gathering feedback and insight on the financial sustainability of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) Sector in Calderdale.The information we receive back will form the basis of a findings report that will be presented on behalf of the VSI Alliance and the local VCSE Sector by Julie Robinson, CEO of VAC at the Calderdale Collaborative Community Partnership Board (3CPB), part of Calderdale Cares, on Thursday 11th August.The survey should take no longer than 10 minutes and we’d really appreciate your input to help contribute to as big a picture as possible about the current financial situation for our sector.https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/VCSEFINANCIALSUSTAINABILITY/The deadline for submissions is Thursday 4th August in order to give time to analyse and write up the information for presentation.Thank you,VSI Alliance

Let’s Grow! Free Family events schedule

Let’s Grow comes to Calderdale for a week of hands on outdoors experiences around growing and learning about the wonderful world around us!

Start the summer holidays with our free, family friendly fun sessions! Each session is hands on with something for the whole family to enjoy.

Children and babies are welcome!

Sowerby Bridge – 3rd August
Tuel Lane Car Park, next to Tuel Lane Lock

Todmorden – 4th August
Pollination Street Garden

Elland – 5th August
Southgate Bandstand

Brighouse – 6th August
The Parklets, Bethel Street Car Park


Innovations and Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre embark on project with Octopus Energy Group

We were recently approached by Octopus Energy Group, who own wind turbine number three at Ovenden Moor.

On 20th July, the energy company visited Innovations Children’s Centre to complete a workshop with the children. Eleanor, Dean and Kathryn Beeby talked to the children about renewable energy and showed them pictures of wind turbines and explained what they are used for. We then created some drawings relating to wind turbines and renewable energy, which Octopus Energy will use as projections on the turbines!

We had a special visitor, Constantine the Octopus puppet, who spoke about how we can look after our planet, what energy is and how we need to try use less.

We were then provided with a kit to make our own wind turbine and we went outside to discuss the weather and see if the wind was blowing. Fact sheets were also given to parents with top tips on how to save energy which included weekly tasks they could complete to reduce energy in the home.

Below: Children drew their own wind turbines – and Constantine the Octopus!

Could you become a Staying Well Telephone Befriender?

Sometimes you want a brew and someone to talk to…

Here at Staying Well, we have our very own Telephone Befriending Service for people who for whatever reason might find chatting to someone regularly on the phone beneficial. We often find that the volunteers get just as much out of befriending as our clients. Volunteering with us requires no more than 30 minutes of your time every week for you to put your feet up, have a brew at the ready and have a light hearted conversation with our clients.

“I really enjoy giving something back and chatting to someone from a different generation – we have some great conversations all from the comfort of my own home” Matthew – Telephone Befriending Volunteer

No qualification or experience is needed for the role – it helps if you are empathetic, reliable, can listen well and have good banter! If you would like to know more, please contact us on stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk or call 01422 392767.

Induction and training will be provided and you will be supported every step of the way.

For more information visit Staying Well Telephone Befriending


Digital Skills One Week Online Course – Android Tablet on Completion – Starting August 1st



Course Start Date: 1st AugustCourse Completion Date: 5th August

This is a remote course where your clients will study from home, they will receive help and guidance daily from a online tutor.

Online – Monday to Friday

Monday Times: 11am – 4pm

Tuesday to Friday Times: 10am – 4pm

Units Covered

Developing digital career skillsManagement of InformationDigital device safety awarenessCommunication and ProductivityDigital Security


Learners must be unemployed. Be receiving a benefit. A UK resident for 3 years or more Aged 19 or older on 31 August within the 2021 to 2022 funding year

A Maths and English assessment must be completed before your clients can start the course. This will be sent via email.

Once they have completed the assessment, a tutor will contact them to go through the enrollment over the phone prior to the course start.

Please click the button below to refer your candidates.

Click Here to Book!