Community Cleaning Day at Illingworth Sports Club March 27

ISC look after the base at Mason Green, Keighley Road, Illingworth for Crossley Juniors AFC and Illingworth Junior Rugby Club who have hundreds of kids from age 6-18 playing sports every weekend.

During the lockdowns and with the club being closed, the areas around the club have become a hang out for local youths who despite our polite requests to put their litter in the waste bins at the club, continue to smash beer bottles and other rubbish around the site, making it dangerous for our children and volunteers to safely return to.

As the restrictions begin to reduce and the children look forward to returning to training and playing from early April,  we have organised a clean-up day on the Saturday 27th March, from approximately 10am onwards at the club.  All necessary social distancing will be maintained and the club volunteers will be on site to assist/guide any helpers as necessary.  All PPE and tools required to do the clean-up will be provided by the club on the day.  There is plenty of free parking at the club car park.  Refreshments will be provided for all volunteers.

We have a dedicated team of unpaid volunteers committed to ensuring the children and general community in North Halifax have accessible, family friendly facilities for their kids to play sports for years to come.   Please come along on the day and get involved !

Africaniwa: She Chose to Challenge March 26

This Friday 26th March at 6pm, in celebration of IWD2021, Africaniwa is proud to present: She Chose to Challenge, a Photo Exhibition.

Marking International Women’s Day, we are reminded that a challenged world is an alert world. And at a time where recent events call us to challenge masculine violence and empower women to #reclaimthestreets, we might have pondered, ‘what would it look like to have a world where women lived free from the patriarchy?’.

Over 30 years ago, one woman chose to make this a reality for the women who live in Umoja, a village where only women and children live. Meet Rebecca Lolosoli as we hear her story and mission in founding Umoja and what life is like living without men.

This month in celebration of IWD2021, Africaniwa is proud to present She Chose to Challenge, a Photo Exhibition.

Click on the link to register for your free ticket. You will receive the zoom link on the day of the exhibition:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/she-chose-to-challenge-tickets-146039916321

Africaniwa are raising funds to help Umoja village after their main source of revenue, tourism, has been hampered by the pandemic. This will be used to buy basic provisions like food, chalk for classrooms and toys such as footballs for the children. Every little helps so please spare whatever you can give at PayPal to esenetekyerema@gmail.com. Thank you.

Want to become a life changer? Volunteer with Guide Dogs!

Are you experienced in teaching new behaviours? Do you feel you can dedicate 14 months to training a new puppy? Then this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

We are looking for Puppy Raisers in Halifax, to join our Guide Dogs family! The role involves looking after a pup full time in your home for a year and helping to train the pup according to Guide Dogs standards. A perfect companion and new training project during these difficult times!

If you feel that this much fluffiness may be too much of a distraction but still want to give your support, we are also looking for fundraising help, including a Treasurer for the fundraising group.

For more information please email danielle.wilkin@guidedogs.org.uk.

VSI Alliance Update March 12, 2021

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Local News

SEYH Awards
Nominations are now open to highlight the achievements of 2020, closing at 5pm, Thursday 22nd April. The awards evening will take place Thursday 27th May at 6pm online.

SFSC Parenting Programme
Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities (SFSC) is a free inclusive course to help parents and carers raise happy confident children, from ages 3-18 years. SFSC runs for 3 hours a week for 13 weeks.

Walking Football
The Mark Duffy Football School are starting a Walking Football group for over 50s, from Monday 19th April at West Vale Sports Ground. Experience mental and physical health benefits by having fun, keeping active and making new friends!
National News

New National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates
The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates will increase on 1‌‌ ‌April. In addition to the new rates, the age from which workers become eligible for the National Living Wage will be lowered. From 1‌‌ ‌April all workers aged 23 and over must be paid the National Living Wage or above.

Consultations

Easing of National Lockdown – NCVO support – Closing date: 18th March
As national lockdown starts to ease and voluntary organisations embark on opening up premises and resuming services or activities in line with the government’s road map, NCVO would like to hear from you about the issues/concerns you have and what they can do to offer further support.

In case you missed it:

Calderdale CAB Website Survey
Citizens Advice Calderdale are in the middle of updating their website to make it easier to use, and need help with their research. If you’re chosen for the research you’ll receive a £40 online voucher.

Events and Training

REALTIMETALK – 24th March
Online screening event and Q&A supported by verd de gris arts and Calderdale Open Minds Partnership on how do we support the imaginations and aspirations of our young people.

In case you missed it:

Community First Funding Fair – 23rd-25th March
Building on the success of last year’s online Funding Fair, Community First are doing something a little bigger this year over 3 days.

Funding

Cash boost for Never Hungry Again fund – Deadline: 18th March
Children and young people in lower-income families will be supported to stay healthy and happy over the Easter school holidays, thanks to a new round of grants under the Never Hungry Again fund.

In case you missed it:

CityConnect Community Grants – Deadline: 19th March
The CityConnect Community Grants progamme encourages not-for-profit organisations across West Yorkshire to bid for grants of up to £5,000 to support people in their communities to cycle and walk more.

Vacancies

In case you missed it:

Facilities Coordinator – Closing date: 15th March
Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub (TLCCH) is a charitable Community Benefit Society created to ‘Save Tod College’ from closure and the loss of an important community facility within the town.

Volunteering

Volunteering Matters Good Practice Toolkit
The Good Practice Toolkit offers support and advice around volunteering for and with older people and people with dementia. This toolkit was created by Volunteering Matters project, Network Point Newcastle, commissioned by Newcastle City Council.

 

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.

VSI Alliance Update March 05, 2021

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

News

Pop-up vaccination centre to be held at Elland mosque
Covid-19 vaccinations are available at Elland Masjid (mosque), on Elizabeth Street in Elland from 9am-12pm on Saturday 6th March 2021.

In case you missed it:

A budget for the recovery
Preparing for a strong and sustainable recovery was the Council’s priority when setting the budget for 2021/22, agreed at Budget Council on Monday 22 February 2021.

ESF Community Grants awards first grants of 2021
Following on from the ESF Community Grants reopening at the start of the year, they are delighted to have made their first grant awards to the following projects.

Mentoring scheme re-launched by Small Charities Coalition
The Small Charities Coalition has re-opened their mentoring scheme, in which small charities can be matched with a fellow small charity leader to support them with an issue.

The Value of Small in a Big Crisis
‘The Value of Small in a Big Crisis: the distinctive contribution, value and experience of smaller charities in England and Wales during the COVID 19 pandemic’ follows on from Lloyds Bank Foundation’s 2018 research, The Value of Small, and to test the original findings against the pandemic.

 

Consultations

Calderdale CAB Website Survey
Citizens Advice Calderdale are in the middle of updating their website to make it easier to use, and need help with their research. If you’re chosen for the research you’ll receive a £40 online voucher.

 

Events and Training

Fibre – International Women’s Day 2021 Celebration – 8th March
Uplifting celebration event to mark International Women’s Day 2021 with live music, singing, and a very special sound:poem.

Pivot Don’t Pause – Real Business Strategies for the Pandemic and beyond – 9th March
This is the place to be to learn skills and strategies to help your business earn and grow, during the pandemic and beyond. This SEYH Knowledge workshop will be all about practical steps that you can implement right now.

HCI and All 1 Collective International Women’s Day Event – 11th March
Hosted by Halifax Central Initiative and All 1 Collective & Lab, this year’s event will be hosted on Zoom, looking at the issues that are affecting the women of Calderdale during these difficult times.

Community First Funding Fair – 23rd-25th March
Building on the success of last year’s online Funding Fair, Community First are doing something a little bigger this year over 3 days.

In case you missed it:

National Child Exploitation Awareness Day 2021 – 18th March
The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.

 

Funding

CityConnect Community Grants – Deadline: 19th March
The CityConnect Community Grants progamme encourages not-for-profit organisations across West Yorkshire to bid for grants of up to £5,000 to support people in their communities to cycle and walk more.

Vacancies

Facilities Coordinator – Closing date: 15th March
Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub (TLCCH) is a charitable Community Benefit Society created to ‘Save Tod College’ from closure and the loss of an important community facility within the town.

In case you missed it:

Early Years Practitioner Vacancies – Closing date: 10th March
Sure Start are advertising a number of vacancies within their Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley.


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.

Africaniwa: Chocolate Has a Name campaign video

Following February’s Africaniwa event Chocolate Has a Name, we have officially launched our campaign to support Fair Trade Fortnight.

Most cocoa farmers have never tasted chocolate as it is a luxury item outside their means. This Easter, we are asking people to remember the cocoa farmers, remember that chocolate has a name and we should choose Fair Trade.

Campaign video here: https://youtu.be/jugv33ellcE

More about Africaniwa

VSI Alliance Update February 26, 2021

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Local News

A budget for the recovery
Preparing for a strong and sustainable recovery was the Council’s priority when setting the budget for 2021/22, agreed at Budget Council on Monday 22 February 2021.

ESF Community Grants awards first grants of 2021
Following on from the ESF Community Grants reopening at the start of the year, they are delighted to have made their first grant awards to the following projects.

In case you missed it:

Ready, steady, census
Households across Calderdale will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. By filling in your census, you will help shape your community for the next 10 years. Census day is 21st March.

Refreshed Police and Crime Plan Launched
Mark Burns-Williamson, the West Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner, has launched the refreshed Police and Crime Plan for West Yorkshire. The Plan sets the strategic direction for West Yorkshire Police and community safety partners.

Support available to over 3000 additional residents now being asked to shield
Calderdale Council is continuing to support those most at risk of becoming seriously ill if they catch COVID-19, as the national shielding programme is extended.

National News

Mentoring scheme re-launched by Small Charities Coalition
The Small Charities Coalition has re-opened their mentoring scheme, in which small charities can be matched with a fellow small charity leader to support them with an issue.

The Value of Small in a Big Crisis
‘The Value of Small in a Big Crisis: the distinctive contribution, value and experience of smaller charities in England and Wales during the COVID 19 pandemic’ follows on from Lloyds Bank Foundation’s 2018 research, The Value of Small, and to test the original findings against the pandemic.

 

FundingEvents and Training

Ain’t Nuff Time – Research Workshop: Lived Experience – 2nd March
There will be opportunities for people who have experience of prison to gain paid roles as actors and crew for the film, which will be shown to prisoners whilst they are still serving their sentences.

National Child Exploitation Awareness Day 2021 – 18th March
The National Child Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.

In case you missed it:

Green Social Prescribing Fund – Deadline: 2nd March
West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership is offering grants of between £5k and £10k for innovative projects that either enable people to access nature-based activities or involve creating new greenspaces in areas of need.

Flood Resilience Fund – Deadline: 3rd March
Community Foundation for Calderdale launched the Flood Resilience Fund last week in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund. Organisations can apply for up to £20K to improve Calderdale’s resilience in flood-risk areas.

 

Vacancies

Early Years Practitioner Vacancies – Closing date: 10th March
Sure Start are advertising a number of vacancies within their Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley.

In case you missed it:

Finance & HR Manager – Closing date: 11th March
There is an exciting opportunity at WomenCentre for a qualified and experienced finance manager to join the Senior Management Team as Finance and HR Manager.

 

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.