VSI Alliance Update 23 September 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.

Life Qi are looking for Tai Chi instructors

We are looking for enthusiastic people interested in healing others to live a remarkable life in health and wellbeing.
Train to become one of our amazing instructors with the new CalmX programme – learning the basic skills and principles of T’ai Chi & Qigong exercise.
 
Are you patient, kind and understanding of others’ needs?
 
Then apply to Marsha at LifeQi – the company devoted to helping others enjoy Energy for Life, with a Calm Mind and Strong Body.

Partnership backs World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 and urges all those struggling to reach out

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) have once again pledged their support to World Suicide Prevention Day 2022 and urged anyone who is struggling with their mental health to reach out for help.

The theme for this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day – spearheaded by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) – is ‘creating hope through action,’ aiming to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.

Suicide prevention is one of the ten ambitions of WY HCP with figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing that the area has higher suicide rates than England as whole.

The latest figures released this week for 2021*, also show the three-year rolling rates have risen in all areas of West Yorkshire, except for Kirklees, compared to those three-year rates released in 2020.

In Leeds, suicide rates have risen from 13.3 to 13.9 per 100,000 people, in Wakefield from 16.2 to 17.3, in Calderdale from 15.6 to 16.9 and in Bradford from 9.2 to 9.8.

West Yorkshire also saw a rise from 12.6 per 100,000 people to 13.2 – compared to the England average, which has remained the same, at 10.4 per 100,000 people.

The suicide rate for Kirklees fell from 11.8 to 11.2 per 100,000 people.

[NB It’s helpful to note that the registrations of deaths with coroners are up to end of 2021 and this may not be reflective of the current position now.]

Rob Webster CBE, CEO Lead for WY HCP said: “It’s clear that periods of recession and financial distress increase the chances of suicide in our population.

“We can prevent this from becoming a reality.

“Knowing the signs and being able to have the conversation with someone is a skill that we can all develop.

“This Suicide Prevention Day I’m urging everyone to take the free 20-minute training provided at www.zerosuicidealliance.com – you might just save a life.”

Jess Parker, project manager for WY HCP’s Suicide Prevention Programme said: “These figures show that on average, over the last three years to 2021, there have been rises in suicide rates across West Yorkshire, except for Kirklees.

“With the economic pressures faced by people and communities, the risk of suicide may increase going forward.

“We know that households are struggling with financial worries at the moment, so we want them to be aware of the support that is available and to reach out if they feel they need it.

“Feeling suicidal is something that we don’t want anyone to go through alone. We realise that many factors can be at play, like relationship breakdown, bereavement, financial difficulties, addiction and ill-health.”

The WY HCP Suicide Prevention website brings together the broad range of support on offer across all areas of West Yorkshire for anyone struggling with their mental health or in a crisis – including for gambling issues and self-harm, young people, LGBTQ+, parents, veterans, and bereavement.

It is also a hub of information on suicide prevention including latest news and blogs, resources for professionals and the training available to all, including that offered by Zero Suicide Alliance.

Jess added: “We all need to be aware of the risk of suicide – residents, employers, colleagues, workers across the public sector – take the training and you could potentially help save a life.

“To all those struggling, know that support is out there and reach out – there are people ready and waiting to help.”

WY HCP’s Suicide Prevention Programme has been carrying out intensive work – based on its five-year strategy launched earlier this year – towards an ambition of reducing the suicide rate by ten per cent before 2027.

Recent measures include recruiting people with personal experience of suicide into a project to help shape future prevention work, improvements to the sharing of real-time information on suspected suicides across West Yorkshire and securing funding to invest in suicide prevention training for frontline workers.

For the full range of suicide prevention support and resources available in West Yorkshire visit www.suicidepreventionwestyorkshire.co.uk.

The Samaritans provide 24-hour support on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.uk.

Weekly activities at the OSCA Foundation Community Sports Hub

The OSCA foundation at Forest Cottage in Ovenden has a choice of fitness and exercise activities to suit all ages and abilities.

Other activities taking place at the OSCA include

  • Car boot sales every two weeks on a Sunday morning
  • Live music events, usually every other weekend
  • Rugby fixtures for the Halifax Panthers Women Sunday afternoon
  • Andy’s Man Club – Mondays except Bank Holidays from 6:30pm. Just turn up!
Old tyme and modern sequence dancing – Tues, Thurs 2.00 – 4pm, in the Enderby Hall.

Tae Kwon Do – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – 6.30 – 8mp – All ages

Over 50s Walking Football – Tuesday – 10.30 – 1pm

Keep fit, Indoor – Thursday 9.45 – 10.45 and 11.00am – 12.00pm. All ages

Rug Ratz, Nippers Rugby Training – Saturday & Sunday – 9am – 10.30am

Ladies Rugby League, Halifax Panthers Women – Sunday Afternoon

Various junior outdoor soccer teams  for both boys and girls, from 5 years to 16 years.

You need to book into each activity separately with the instructor. You can do so by visiting the centre at the activity time and introducing yourself.

For more information on any of the above, ring Steve on 07727860731

The facilities at the OSCA can be rented for training sessions, functions and birthday parties. With ample parking space, spacious rooms and even plenty of outdoor grounds, they have a lot to offer for many event needs.

With new, refurbished halls at professional standards, including a fully licensed pub and regular events, this is a one-stop community hub.

  
Football and Rugby changing rooms

 

The outdoor football grounds are getting ready for matches and they are already able to host 5-aside football teams and rugby matches.

 

Sports grounds of the OSCA

The OSCA exercise Studio

OSCA Foundation Community Sports Club
Cousin La, Halifax HX2 8AD

Shelf wellbeing community September Newsletter

The Shelf Wellbeing Community Newsletter is here with information about the group, their wellbeing walking group, coffee mornings, with focus on this month’s special, the MacMillan Coffee Morning, held together with Witchfield Grange in Shelf.

You can download the Newsletter here (PDF)

Health Challenges and Living with Disability beyond Covid-19

Parasol Disability Group are hosting a community research event at Todmorden College on
Thursday 22nd September 2022 from 1.30 – 3.30pm
to publicise research about Disability and Health as we move beyond the Shadow of Covid and make positive recommendations for the future.

The event may be held in Todmorden but we will be promoting our research across Calderdale – by including community groups and other potential allies who are based in Todmorden, Hebden Royd, Halifax and other areas of Calderdale.

Register here : Community research event:
Health challenges and disability beyond Covid-19 Tickets

Download Flyer here (PDF)

In the first half of the meeting we will be going through the 7 headings of our research findings about Disability and Health – as we did previously with our on-line meeting in April.  This includes Professional Support, Voluntary Sector Support, Friends and Family, Personal Care, Family Carers, Getting Out and about, Friends and Community, Disability Rights and Access.

In the second half of the meeting, we will be discussing our recommendations in an open forum.  These themes include Listening to and involving local citizens more in local decision-making, tackling inequalities and upholding the rights of disabled people.  We welcome your ideas or suggestions on how we can follow-up our initial research in practical ways.

Register at Community research event: Health challenges and disability beyond Covid-19 Tickets, Thu 22 Sep 2022 at 13:30 | Eventbrite

VSI Alliance Update 16 September 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.