VSI Alliance Update October 16, 2020

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Calderdale News & Information

News

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Weekly Update
This week’s leadership message comes from Dr Sara Munro, CEO for Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Keir Shillaker, Director for the Partnership’s Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism Programme. There is also a blog from Sayma Mirza as part of celebrating Black History Month.

Events and Training

In case you missed it:

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Climate Change Virtual Summit – 19th & 20th October
Over the two days there will be twelve workshops, each one will explore how as health and social care partners we can reduce the effects of climate change and prepare for its impacts.

Funding

Sir George Martin Trust
The Sir George Martin Trust has tightened up its geographical area for funding and will now be focusing its grant-making towards charitable projects which support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in West Yorkshire.

Women’s Sector Resilience Fund
The Women’s Sector Resilience Fund has been created with the support of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to safeguard the vital frontline jobs and support services of women’s organisations that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In case you missed it:

Nesta’s New Prize Supports the Vulnerable to Access Post-COVID Jobs and Finance – Deadline: 26th October
UK organisations are invited to apply for support to accelerate innovations that can help vulnerable workers, hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, to secure jobs and financial help.

The Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme
The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives.

Vacancies

Apprenticeship and Training Delivery Manager – Closing date: 23rd October
You will be responsible for the development, operational management and successful delivery of all apprenticeship and work-based programmes delivered by the Halifax Opportunities Trust work-based learning arm.

Sessional Youth Worker – Closing date: 25th October
Newground are looking for someone who is passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of young people and the communities they serve. This role will be for 1 evening a week between 6PM – 9PM, with the potential of overtime.

Bank/Relief Enabler – Closing date: 30th October
Pennine Magpie are looking to increase their team of Bank/Relief Enablers to cover staff holidays and sickness. The role will include both 1:1 support for students and facilitating group sessions.

In case you missed it:

Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) – Closing date: 19th October
The Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) will be part of a team that will work closely with NHS Calderdale CCG engagement team to lead on and/or support a wide range of patient and public engagement projects.

Volunteering

New Treasurer Required at Memory Lane Cafe Calderdale
Memory Lane Café run regular pop-up cafes providing entertainment, information, support and socialisation for individuals, their families and carers. Since they began, they have steadily increased their membership (firstly with their Sowerby Bridge cafe and, a year later, their Halifax cafe).

In case you missed it:

Community Covid-19 Champions
Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

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.

Crafty Ladies For Happy Days Charity

Although Covid 19 is preventing members of the Northowram Crafty Ladies activity group from meeting up they are still very busy knitting and sewing at home producing some fantastic items for the Happy Days homeless charity in Sowerby Bridge.

The crafty ladies do some great work and have raised thousands of pounds for charities across the area.

A big ‘Well done’ to Adela and the group.

Memory Lane Cafe Calderdale looking for new Treasurer

The impact of what Memory Lane does can be best summed up by what our members have said:-

“has been of tremendous help to me personally with all the advice and encouragement they have given me”
“my husband comes alive at the cafe”
“improves the way I feel – my mental health”

 We were established in 2016 to provide support for people affected by dementia, other memory problems, and isolation.  We run regular pop-up cafes providing entertainment, information, support and socialisation for individuals, their families and carers. Since we began we have steadily increased our membership (firstly with our Sowerby Bridge cafe and, a year later, our Halifax cafe).

We are now looking for an enthusiastic and committed volunteer to join our Trustee team as Treasurer to help us continue to grow and develop our what we do. You’ll need to attend meetings (quarterly plus other meetings from time to time) and also be able to work at home on managing the finances and providing reports etc to the Trustees.

Ideally, we are looking for someone who has:-

  • good communication skills
  • ability to use spreadsheets
  • awareness of accounting practices
  • willingness to learn – we’ll provide training as necessary and there will be other opportunities for learning and personal development as part of our team.

Our accounts are currently well-managed by our current Treasurer who will be leaving us at the end of the financial year (31-3-21). He will be available to familiarise and induct the new Treasurer into the role for a seamless transfer.

We are a Charitable Incorporated Organisation and Registered Charity No 1178595.

To arrange an initial informal chat please contact our Secretary – Chris Harvey (email chris@memorylanecafe.org or phone 07884 966756 or 01422 706373).

Everything is Possible Free Life Changing Project Abroad for 18-30 year olds

Take part in a free life changing project abroad

Ever thought about taking part of a worthwhile project abroad, whilst developing professional and personal skills?

York-based non-profit organisation, Everything is Possible, are offering volunteering and training projects in fields such as:

  • Sport coaching
  • Dance
  • Animal care and outdoor activities
  • Arts
  • Social Work

These are 2 to 9 months projects starting from January 2021 and taking place in countries such as Greece, Aruba, Croatia or Italy.

These projects are free. They are funded by the European Solidarity Corps programme of the European Union. There are no costs to you (flights, food and accommodation are paid for you).

Who is it for? They are looking for young people aged 18-30, living in the UK and be confident and ready to try new things. These projects may be a alternative opportunity for those who have not achieved what they hoped for in their A-levels or may not now be going to university due to COVID-19 disruptions.

Over the past 20 years, Everything Is Possible have helped thousands of young people, to experience international mobility opportunities. This experience brought them intercultural awareness, raised self-esteem and help them gain competences they would need for their future, while for others it has helped them to get the job they wanted.

Visit www.everythingispossible.eu to register for their next information session online.

VSI Alliance Update October 09, 2020

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Calderdale News & Information

In case you missed it:

Memory Lane Cafe Is Back in Business!
On Saturday 26th September, Memory Lane ran their first café in Sowerby Bridge since March – 22 members came along to enjoy the afternoon. The Halifax café reopens in October. Memory Lane Cafe provides a dementia-friendly environment for people affected by dementia, other memory problems and isolation.

Regional/National News & Information

National Developments This Week (1 – 8 October)
A roundup of the Government’s response to Covid-19, health and care, enforcement, children/education and non-Covid developments.

In case you missed it:

Flu Vaccine Information
Getting flu and coronavirus at the same time could be devastating to your immune system. Catching either coronavirus or flu, weakens your immune system putting you at higher risk to then catching the other virus. Have you had your flu virus vaccine?

Consultations

In case you missed it:

Young Advisors Transitions Survey – Closing date: 19th October
Calderdale Young Advisors are interested in hearing about the experience of young people transitioning between education settings, from primary school to high school, and high school to college/sixth form.

Events and Training

Brighouse Charity Gala Online AGM – 12th October
Although there hasn’t been a Gala this year, Brighouse Charity Gala will still be holding their annual general meeting.

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership – Climate Change Virtual Summit – 19th & 20th October
Over the two days there will be twelve workshops, each one will explore how as health and social care partners we can reduce the effects of climate change and prepare for its impacts.

In case you missed it:

The Big Calderdale Sleepout 2020 – 10th October
Join Calderdale SmartMove on World Homeless Day to experience just one night of sleeping rough to support the homeless and vulnerable of Calderdale. This year, rather than gathering together to sleep at the Piece Hall, they want as many people as possible to get involved and sleep out at home.

Funding

Nesta’s New Prize Supports the Vulnerable to Access Post-COVID Jobs and Finance – Deadline: 26th October
UK organisations are invited to apply for support to accelerate innovations that can help vulnerable workers, hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, to secure jobs and financial help.

The Ann Rylands Small Donations Programme
The Ann Rylands Small Donations programme makes grants of up to £1,500 to support smaller charities across the UK providing support for older people, people with disabilities or others facing difficulties in their lives.

In case you missed it:

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund – Starting Well – Deadline: 30th October
Funding will be given to existing schemes working with children from preconception to two and a half years old, who want to expand or develop their schemes by delivering new outcomes or to specific communities.

Vacancies

Apprenticeship and Training Delivery Manager – Closing date: 14th October
You will be responsible for the development, operational management and successful delivery of all apprenticeship and work-based programmes delivered by the Halifax Opportunities Trust work-based learning arm.

Staying Well Worker – Closing date: 16th October
Halifax Opportunities Trust is seeking to appoint a Staying Well Worker to join the ‘Park Ward Staying Well’ project. The successful candidate will help to effectively engage adults experiencing social isolation and/or loneliness in the Park Ward Hub area.

Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) – Closing date: 19th October
The Engagement Coordinator (Health and Care) will be part of a team that will work closely with NHS Calderdale CCG engagement team to lead on and/or support a wide range of patient and public engagement projects.
Volunteering

Community Covid-19 Champions
Would you be interested in a new volunteering opportunity that will help people to stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic?

In case you missed it:

Take Part in a Free Life Changing Project Abroad
Ever thought about taking part of a worthwhile project abroad, whilst developing professional and personal skills? Everything is Possible are offering volunteering and training projects in fields such as: sport coaching, dance, animal care and outdoor activities, arts and social work.

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.

One Minute Motions is now live!

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 

Thanks to the care and creativity of our Curious Motion family, we have launched Calderdale’s very own gallery of mindful videos, incorporating dance and movement. Take a look here:

www.curiousmotion.org.uk/omm-gallery

The collection of One Minute Motion films is free to view and will boost mental wellbeing among the Calderdale community and beyond. And what better day to launch this valuable resource than today; 10th October 2020, World Mental Health Day.

 

 

Every one of us is spending less time making memories with our loved ones. It can feel lonely and worrying. The One Minute Motions project reminds us that we are all connected.

Throughout September, wonderful people have submitted their one-minute film creations, supporting the mental health of others. Each piece in the gallery has a unique feel; some are relaxing, others are upbeat. Some focus on the wonder of nature; others celebrate the freedom of music and movement. Each submission is one of a kind, just like the person that made it, and we are thrilled to be able to share it with you.

A minute is all it takes to calm your mind and body. So, instead of using a meditation or mindfulness app on your phone or watch today, why not try something new? Take a look at the One Minute Motions gallery, made with love for the greater good of Calderdale.

View the Gallery

With love,

Sam and the team at Curious Motion x

This project was made possible thanks to funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Government for making this possible. Thanks also to Calderdale Community Foundation and the Adventure Programme for supporting us to develop our digital programme.

Pellon Clean Up Day!

On the morning of Thursday 8th October 2020 members of the North East Halifax Safer Cleaner Greener Partnership carried out two estate clean ups in the Pellon and Mount Pellon areas of the Warley Ward.

In total there were 26 bags of litter, 3 mattresses, 2 bed bases, various items of wood and a large oil drum containing cooking oil, this waste was collected from the streets and pavements only.

Involved were officers from the North Halifax Partnership, staff and vehicles (4 cage vans and a road sweeper) from Calderdale CMBC and Together Housing Group, also helping out were local residents and Councillors.

The council are carrying out reduced bulky waste collections if you have items you want removing please contact the council and get your collection booked in asap.