VSI Alliance: Reopening your Building FAQ and checklist

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


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.


Community Gymnastics classes restarting at Holmfield Mills

The Community Gymnastics classes (formerly run at Threeways sports centre) are restarting and they are taking bookings for the summer school classes.

Classes start on Monday August 3rd and run every weekday for the next 3 weeks.

Please visit on Facebook if you wish to send a message to enquire after available slots for your children. :


A few FAQs answered here:

  • Children must be 4 years old and in full time education to be covered by our insurance.
  • Classes are one hour long at present.
  • Numbers are limited to 10 per class.
  • Children must be dropped off in designated area and parents wait in vehicles or in communal waiting area at own discretion.
  • Shorts and T-shirt are suitable attire for classes (leotards are ideal)
  • Classes are £4 per session
  • Full booking amount will be due on the 1st day or can be paid up front by bank transfer.

Venue: Holmfield Mills, Holdsworth Road, Halifax, HX3 6SN

Grow Big Family learning movie – Make your own Play Dough!

We’re excited to be able to share with you a web link to our first family learning movie. We decided to go with a firm favourite – play dough.

This movie is for the families who have received the free Grow Big goody bags but it uses basic household ingredients so we hope many more families will watch it too and experience the benefits of sensory play.



The movie can also be accessed via our Facebook and YouTube channels (links at the bottom of our home page – www.growbig.co.uk).

We’d welcome feedback from both families and staff.

More movies to follow in September.

Arts and Crafts for Wellbeing Zoom sessions from Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds are providing online Arts and Crafts session via Zoom.

No experience is necessary, just the willingness to have a go! Join us in a friendly, supportive environment.

Sessions are as follows:

– Mon 3rd Aug – 6-7.30pm (Please book on by Tues 28th July)
– Mon 17th Aug – 6-7.30pm (Please book on by Tues 11th Aug)
– Mon 7th Sept – 6-7.30pm (Please book on by Tues 1st Sept)
– Mon 21st Sept – 6-7.30pm (Please book on by Tues 15th Sept)

As we may need to post paper copies, please book on your chosen session by the cut off date.

For more info and to book contact nicky@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk


St Columba’s JFC are looking for new players!

St Columba’s JFC would like to sign up any new players for the season now that football is back on!

The FA and Huddersfield League have just confirmed that training and games will commence in the new season so sign up will be happening over summer.

The club promotes sportsmanship, fairness and is welcoming to all. Last year the club Under 16’s won the league trophy, Under 12’s got to the finals and The whole club won a community award for contribution to sport and play.

Our coaches are all FA qualified and committed to ensure that not only our players develop their football skills, but enjoy the sport they love.

We are proud to have been awarded the FA Charter Standard Club status in 2020.

In 2014 we set up open age team, and as a result now have an exit route for the kids as they reach adulthood.

The main objectives of St Columba’s JFC are to promote discipline, fair play, sportsmanship & community spirit. The club plays at Ling Bob Playing Fields in Pellon.

We always welcome new players.

For more information

Visit St Columba’s Junior Football Club

Ian Lockyer (Chairman): 07910 379835


Garden Birds and You back by popular demand! Friday July 31st

Back by popular demand: ‘Garden Birds and You’ on Friday 31st July 11am-12.30pm!

Healthy Minds brings a light-hearted but informative Zoom look at the nation’s Top Ten Garden Birds.

Reviews for the first run were a mixed flock:

🙂 “We got through it on a wing and a prayer…”
🙂 “It didn’t come cheep…”
🙂 “It clearly was a fly-by-night presentation…”

To book a place contact Jonny on 07845 014930 or email jmorrison@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk


Time Out helpline for 10 – 19 year old now even more accessible

Time Out, the Healthy Minds helpline for 10 to 19 year old children and young adults now offers a text service.

This number comes in addition to their existing helpline.

By texting this number, you can request an appointment or a callback to discuss your concerns in an understanding, confidential way.

The number to text is 07418 311736

You can still ring 01422 345154 on Wednesday between 1pm – 4pm to speak to somebody over the phone.

More information:
Project Time Out: http://www.timeoutcalderdale.co.uk/
Healthy Minds: http://www.healthymindscalderdale.co.uk/

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