Prince’s Trust training with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service for 16-25 year olds

Are you between 16 – 25 and not in employment or education?

The Prince’s Trust, in association with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service are offering an 8 week Free online training programme to gain a level 1 qualification in personal development and employability.

The course started on 29th of June but you may still be eligible.

For more information:

Call 07552 283640

or email

Gambling support training for frontline staff and volunteers from Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice Calderdale are offering  support in the form of training to deal with gambling addiction.

With YouGov research showing that nearly two-thirds of “engaged” gamblers increasing the time or money they spend during the lockdown, it’s no better time to get up to speed with gambling support training.

Our Gambling Support trainer, Colin Bland, has produced a short awareness video to help anyone interested in the issues around gambling. He’s also busy getting his training videos completed before doing a big launch to anyone interested. If you’d like to know more about the services we provide then contact Colin through Twitter using @GambleSupportYH, and join his youtube channel

Visit Citizens Advice Calderdale

Free WYCAS Finance Forum for Calderdale Groups – Tuesday June 30

Tuesday 30th June, 12-2pm

Hosted over Zoom, the Forum will be led by WYCAS’ Chief Executive, Amanda Peters, with Helen Galvin, Community Accountant for Calderdale.

If you are involved in organising the finances in your organisation (as a volunteer or a paid worker) we’re guessing you will have had a tough couple of months….

COVID-19 and lockdown may have meant an increase in demand for your charity’s services, or having to deal with closing your premises entirely. You may have been furloughing staff, negotiating rent, applying for emergency funding, looking at the implications for cashflow, and working out how you get cheques signed if your trustees are all shielding?

If you’d like a chance to share some of your experiences over the last few months, as well as discuss any current issues or problems, you are very welcome to join us.

Log in information will be emailed to you one week prior to the event.

More info:

Healthy Minds offering Zoom Wellbeing Workshops

Healthy Minds workshops are back and available online via Zoom. They offer a selection of workshops that will help improve mental health and promote feelings of wellness.




Calderdale VCS COVID-19 Peer Support Webinar 2nd June 2020

There is still time to register for the next Calderdale VCS Peer Support Webinar on Tuesday 2nd June. 

This webinar will see the new Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council, Deborah Harkins, in attendance.

Register here:

Family Learning Team courses are back on! June and July courses list

Sure Start North Halifax Partnership are pleased to be able to deliver the following courses to you at home.

  • Baby Massage
  • Baby Yoga
  • Parents and Baby Pilates
  • Parenting Teenagers
  • Top tips for remaining positive during uncertainty
  • Top tips for managing children’s behaviour

Download course list FLT online courses May and June 2020

Classes will be brought direct to you online via Zoom. Zoom is a simple app for your phone, tablet, laptop or computer. It allows us to still hold classes face to face but in a virtual space. Everyone can see and hear each other, we can still learn, laugh, smile and gain the all-important social contact that you and your babies need.

If you are offered a place on the course you will be notified by text on around a week before the courses is due to start. You will then be contacted by the trainer a short time later by emailed with instructions on how to join the session.

To apply for a place please complete the booking form below please remember places are limited. Our usual allocation procedures still apply. If you have any questions please contact


Course Application form
Download Zoom here

VSI Alliance Announcement – COVID-19 list of useful resources

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

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, or see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech:

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman:

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell / jayne.o’

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar:

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston:

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw:

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler:

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena:

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin:

Calderdale News & Information

Fancy Joining the Arts Drop Bag Packing Team?
During the pandemic, The LCEP is using their resources to coordinate a scheme called ‘Arts Drop’ where they are sending creative activity packs to the borough’s most disadvantaged children and young people via their social workers.

St. Augustine’s Centre Appeal
St. Augustine’s is providing daily phone advice, takeaway lunches, a food parcel delivery service, online English Language tuition and accommodation support. Next up is the making and delivery of 300 activity packs. Can you help?

Regional/National News & Information

Charities Are #NeverMoreNeeded
Now more than ever we need to build support for our sector so that we can help the country come through the crisis and help the recovery, share your story on social media using #NeverMoreNeeded.

Promote Virtual Activities for Free
The Yorkshire Sport Foundation (YSF) Activity Finder now shows virtual activities, and is free to use.

Funding News & Resources

National Lottery COVID-19 Related Funding
The National Lottery Fund have updated their funding page to make a clearer, easier process for organisations to apply for lottery funding for COVID-19 related activity.

Preparing Your Financial Information for Funders
While we are seeing new announcements of funding available in response to the crisis almost daily, often the details and processes are slower to emerge. This fantastic resource developed by Locality can help you with your preparation around financial information for funders.


CFFC Community Resilience Fund
Grants of up to £3,000 to support local voluntary and community sector organisations to help those most vulnerable during the crisis

Key Questions in Funding Applications
We know how daunting it can be writing funding bids, especially if you haven’t got much experience, so here are a few tips on the information you should be thinking about and that funders would normally be expecting to see.