VCS Peer Support Webinar 5th October

VCS Peer Support Webinar

Tuesday 5th October 2021 3pm – 5pm

This month, we will be joined by Jag & Cheryl from the National Association of Primary Care to discuss the health confidence question which may be beneficial to voluntary & community organisations to use to demonstrate the impact of health interventions and support future initiatives.

We will also be joined by Hilary Turley from All 1 Collective + Lab leading an open discussion around climate change. There will be additional information from Community Foundation for Calderdale about the Climate Emergency/Carbon Zero Fund.

Eventbrite link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/calderdale-vcs-coronavirus-peer-support-webinar-5th-october-2021-tickets-178652914677

Great Big Green Week outcomes in Calderdale

This week we have been taking part in a nationwide campaign, the Great Big Green Week, which runs from 18-26 September, to draw attention to climate change, whilst also making a connection with issues in communities around the borough.

As part of the week, on Monday 20 September, our teams demonstrated the vast amount of waste collected by Council workers in a normal weekend in Calderdale – see the images below!  All the waste collected was deposited in one area to be photographed and weighed with the costings of disposing calculated – demonstrating the cost of littering.

There was 6.1 tonnes of waste collected. The majority was plastic bottles, cans and paper cups that could have been recycled if people had taken their rubbish home.

Not only is this a cost in cash, but a huge cost to the environment – think of all that fuel used to transport the rubbish and to dispose of it safely.

 

A massive thanks to all involved in this project.

 

Please note that whilst this e-mail and any attachments originate from Calderdale MBC, the views expressed may not necessarily represent the views of Calderdale MBC.

Mixenden Ward Forum Tuesday 28 September 6pm

The Mixenden Ward forum will take place over Zoom on

Tuesday 28 September 2021 at 6.00pm

To join this meeting, please email Dan Marham

We want to hear you views about your neighbourhoods, We want to hear how you see work, shopping, education and leisure in the future.

All your thoughts will inform the planning that the Council is starting with businesses , health services, educational establishments and all our key partners, but most of all local people.

For further information or to express an interest in registering to attend, please contact:

Dan Marham

VSI Alliance Update 24 September 2021

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

 

VSI Alliance News & Events

Voluntary Sector Integration Coordinator – Closing date 5th October

This post will work as part of the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance (VSI Alliance) team.  VAC is a partner within the VSI Alliance which provides a range of ‘infrastructure’ services and support to voluntary and community groups across Calderdale.  The VSI Alliance team works closely with voluntary and community organisations to ensure that all groups have equal access to good quality services which in turn help build the capacity of the sector, enabling them to carry out their own objectives effectively.

Calderdale Quality & Engagement Officer –  Closing date 5th October
The role of the Calderdale Quality and Engagement Officer is central to the continued success and development of VAC projects across Calderdale.

Reporting to the VAC Quality and Engagement Lead, you will support the delivery and further roll-out of the Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing accreditation across Calderdale by recruiting and supporting local organisations.

News

The Better Living Service is back!We are here to support people in Calderdale to lose weight and be more active. Our partnership with Slimming World is continuing and 12 weeks of fully funded Slimming World vouchers are available for people who would like support to lose weight.  We have increased this offer to more people than ever – vouchers are now available to most Calderdale adults (18+) with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25 (Calculate your BMI).  The Better Living Service offers support to people face to face, by phone or via Microsoft Teams to suit each individual’s preferences. Referrals can be made online at www.calderdale.gov.uk/betterliving or by ringing 01422 230230.

 

Events and Training

Want to volunteer in a mental health care role in West Yorkshire & Harrogate?
We are a collective of NHS Trusts that provide mental health, learning disability and social care services across Yorkshire.
We are:

  • Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Our event aims to provide you with all the information you need to start a meaningful career in one of our wide-ranging roles where you will make a real difference in our communities. You will also have the opportunity to find out about some of the partner organisations we work with in the health and care sector who also have a range of roles and opportunities available.

Join us online at our free open virtual recruitment fair on 30 Sept. All you need is an internet connection and an interest in mental health. Register here https://bit.ly/3tplJ7J

Hate Crime Seminar – Tuesday 12th October

Iman Atta OBE Tell MAMA (Measuring anti-Muslim Attacks)

Alex Webster Northern Regional Security Coordinator for Community Safety Trust (anti-Semitic reporting)

Presentations on hate crime will be delivered by West Yorkshire Police and local stakeholders.

RSVP Leadership Seminar – Tackling Poverty and Increasing Opportunity 6th October 8.30am-9.30am
The Leadership Seminars support our Vision 2024 aspirations for the Borough to be enterprising, talented, resilient, kind, distinctive This session will examine the role of the West Yorkshire Mayor and building back better as we recover from the effects of Covid-19.

Consultations

Royal Armouries Exhibition Title Consultation
The Violence Reduction Unit are currently consulting on a title for their upcoming exhibition on knife crime taking place at the Royal Armouries.

Police and Crime Plan Consultation Launched
Tracy Brabin, the Mayor of West Yorkshire has today officially launched the consultation to inform her first Police and Crime Plan.


Calderdale Speech Language and Communication Pathway – SURVEY

A survey for Parents/Carers and Professionals/other stakeholders across the Borough to help gain an insight into what people currently understand of Speech Language and Communication as well as the services and support available from pre-birth to 25 years.

We would appreciate your help in promoting and sharing these surveys with your colleagues and any families who you work with.

If you are able to share the links to the surveys with others please copy us in so we are able to track how far the survey travels.

The surveys will close on the 17th October.

Practitioner and Partners survey
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NVQRDHZ

Parents survey
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F2BQW9C

Funding

COVID Grants for Voluntary Sector
The Council has modified the application process for COVID 19 Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) and web information to encourage Voluntary and Community Sectors to apply.

Local Leadership and Integration Fund
The Ministry of Justice has announced the opening of the second round of the Local Leadership and Integration Fund. The MoJ is asking local organisations to come together in partnership to submit proposals for new and innovative approaches which will improve outcomes for prison leavers in their local area.

The competition will be open for applications for six weeks until Monday 18 October. Successful pilots will run for a period of 16 months, and the maximum amount of grant funding available for a single bid will be capped at £1 million.

Grants of up to £2,500 available to combat crime working with young people
Are you running a groups in Calderdale, and your projects aims to prevent and combat crime by working with 5 – 25 year olds? Grants of up to £2,500 are available from The High Sheriff of West Yorkshire’s Fund. Deadline for applications is 4th October 2021

The CFFC General Grants
The CFFC General Grants round is now open for applications by following this link to our website, where you will find all guidance and a link to the application form.

There will be four rounds of the fund over the next 12 months, the maximum grant is £5k.

Racial Equity Fund – Lloyds Foundation
We support charities with an annual income of between £25,000 and £1 million with a strong track record of helping people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities overcome complex social issues. We offer a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000 alongside development support to help your charity navigate change.  Under our Racial Equity funding strand, we support charities where more than half of their Trustee Board self-identify as belonging to a Black, Asian or minority ethnic community.

Community Housing Fund Revenue Programme 2021/22
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has made £4 million available through the Community Housing Fund Revenue Programme 2021/22 to award grants to eligible community organisations in England (outside of the Greater London Authority area).

Lloyds Bank Foundation
If you are a small and medium-sized charity with an income between £25,000 and £1 million you can apply for two-year, unrestricted funding of £50,000 alongside dedicated development support. 

Santander Foundation Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund
“We’ve developed the  Santander Foundation Financial & Digital Empowerment Fund to help more people in the UK become digitally and financially empowered.
We want to support UK charities to give people the digital confidence, knowledge, and skills to enable then to make better, more informed decisions about money and have access to financial services. Together we can make a positive impact in our communities.”

BBC Children in Need COVID-19 Funding Streams – 23rd August 2021
Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and special schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Special schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties. The funding is being made available through the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme. Prior to applying organisations and schools will need to register with BBC Children in Need. The next closing date for applications is 11.30 am on the 23rd August 2021.

Vacancies

Various Jobs at North Halifax Partnership

Current Early Years Vacancies – For our Early Years posts we offer a rolling recruitment programme

  • Senior Early Years Practitioner – Kevin Pearce – 37 hours
  • Senior Early Years Practitioner – Innovations – 24 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations – 24 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations – 37 hours TTO
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Innovations – 37 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Ash Green – 19 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner Plus – Kevin Pearce – 32 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner – Ash Green – 37 hours
  • Early Years Practitioner – Ash Green – SEND Support – 27.5 hours TTO Temp post
  • Early Years Practitioner – Wellholme – SEND Support – 24 hours Temp post

Other Current Vacancies with a closing date of Wednesday 6th October 2021

  • Active North Halifax Community Engagement Officer – 37 hours
  • Communities Programme Manager – 37 hours
  • Marketing + Communications Manager – 25 hours
  • Staying Well Befriending Volunteer Coordinator – 18 hours
  • Advanced Administrator – 37 hours – Innovations

For more information about the individual vacancies and how to apply please visit our website at:  www.surestartchildrenscentresnhp.org.uk

*VOLUNTEERING ROLE* Drivers, Magpies
You will be responsible for picking up members from their homes and bringing them to our centre between 9am and 10am. You will then drop them back home between 3pm and 4pm.

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.

Animal Blessing service at Halifax Minster with the RSPCA

LOCAL RSPCA & HALIFAX MINSTER CELEBRATE WORLD ANIMAL DAY WITH ANIMAL BLESSING SERVICE

     

 

THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District branch in partnership with Halifax Minster are set to hold their annual animal blessing service in celebration of World Animal Day on Sunday 3rd October.

(A St Bernard is blessed by Trish Boyd at a previous service)

This annual service celebrates World Animal Day by giving attendees the chance to bring their beloved pets along to an animal friendly service, meet some other furry friends and get blessed. This special service takes place at 2.00pm on Sunday 3rd October at Halifax Minster, Causeway, Halifax, HX1 1QL.

Fay Gibbons, Digital & Events Fundraiser from the RSPCA branch said “We think World Animal Day is a day worth celebrating and we’re inviting everyone to join us for what is always a beautiful service in a truly stunning church. It’s a unique experience to have our furry friends join us in the pews, but if that may be stressful for your pet or perhaps your pet has crossed the rainbow bridge, a photo can be blessed instead.”

(Sid the dog enjoys a blessing along with Trish blessing photographs of beloved pets too)

 

All animals are invited to attend, but dogs must be kept on a lead and small animals (such as cats, hamsters, rabbits etc) kept in carriers. All animals will be blessed in their seat and the service usually lasts around 45 minutes.

 

The RSPCA animal centre in Halifax is a self-funded, local charity and is hoping to raise awareness of the animal welfare work they do within the Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford areas. All proceeds raised on the day will be split between the RSPCA branch and the Halifax Minster.

 

To find out more about the Animal Blessing Service please visit the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and Bradford branch website here: www.rspcahalifaxaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk, alternatively you can also find out more on the Facebook event page: RSPCA Animal Blessing Service Halifax.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work. Last year the branch rehomed over 500 animals. Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.

Halifax Minster was built some 900 years ago by Benedictine monks from Cluny, and it is that Benedictine tradition which shapes its ministry today: with daily worship; a place for education, culture and civic engagement; and a place of hospitality. The Minster belongs to the whole community: to the Christian community; to those of the other faith communities; and to those who have no faith. Everyone is welcome to come and experience the rich depth of heritage and spirituality. Visitors and new members looking for somewhere to worship regularly are both invited to come and join us for quiet services during the week, and to hear the Minster choirs and organs perform at weekends, as we join the Saints and Angels in the eternal hymn of praise to God the creator. The Minster serves Halifax and the borough of Calderdale, but we are also part of the worldwide Christian community. We are part of the Anglican Diocese of Leeds and particularly the Huddersfield Episcopal Area, and we have international links with Halifax’s twin town of Aachen, in Germany, and our mission partner, the Cathedral Church of St Peter, Kowak, in the Diocese of Rorya in Tanzania. The Minster is also the spiritual home to the Duke of Wellington Regiment and Association, now subsumed into the Yorkshire Regiment.

Loneliness Engagement Fund

[Excerpt from Gov.uk]

The Loneliness Engagement Fund provides small grants between £15,000 and £50,000 to organisations who can engage with target groups at high risk of loneliness. The fund will give out up to £260,000 of grants in total.

Purpose and aim of this fund

Feeling lonely is something we can all relate to, but admitting we feel lonely can be much harder. The government’s loneliness communications activity targets a broad audience, recognising that anyone can feel lonely, and that we all have the power to help those around us.

The objective of the Loneliness Engagement Fund is to reach the groups in England most affected by loneliness during COVID-19 with communications and engagement activity that will help reduce feelings of stigma, and encourage people to take steps to help themselves and others.

Eligibility

We will fund charities or benevolent and philanthropic organisations who have a track record of delivering effective communications and engagement activity at a national level; and who have a proven reach and track record of engaging with one or more of the target groups:

  • young people aged 16-24
  • people with diagnosed mental health conditions
  • people living alone
  • people from lower income households
  • unemployed people
  • disabled people

The fund is open to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations from across England, and applications should be for between £15,000 and £50,000.

This funding is for organisations to continue, adapt or expand existing activity that reaches groups at a higher risk of loneliness and supports the government’s loneliness objectives. All project activities must have concluded and funds must be spent by 31st of March 2022. We can only fund activities in England.

The value of the grant requested must not represent more than 50% of the applicant’s annual income.

For Eligibility and Application details: Read full article

Better Living Service info. Lose weight, be more active!

The Better Living Service is back!

We are here to support people in Calderdale to lose weight and be more active.

Our partnership with Slimming World is continuing and 12 weeks of fully funded Slimming World vouchers are available for people who would like support to lose weight.

We have increased this offer to more people than ever – vouchers are now available to most Calderdale adults (18+) with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 25 (Calculate your BMI).

The Better Living Service offers support to people face to face, by phone or via Microsoft Teams to suit each individual’s preferences.

Referrals can be made online at www.calderdale.gov.uk/betterliving or by ringing 01422 230230.