Lead the Way January 2021 eBulletin

The latest Lead the Way eBulletin is out with helpful resources for clients and carers, organisations that can support you and information on their online sessions.


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VSI Alliance Update January 8, 2021

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Basic Bookkeeping Using the WYCAS Cashbook – 28th January
A 3 hour Zoom workshop to show you how to use a free template giving you confidence to set up a bookkeeping system on a spreadsheet.
You will:

  • Be shown the structure of the linked spreadsheet
  • Set up a fictional organisation, with categories of income and spend, restricted funds and bank and cash accounts
  • Reconcile the bank transactions to the spreadsheet
  • Review how the inputs produce a finance report for use in the year

A basic ability to use a spreadsheet is needed. Your WYCAS tutor will lead the session, working through a practical exercise, so that you will be able to set up and use a spreadsheet recording method for your organisation.

Could you be a Covid Champion?
Do you want to help people stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic? We are looking for Community Covid-19 Champions to help share information and help us develop our response to the virus in the future.


Calderdale Council’s response to the national lockdown
On Monday 4 January 2021, the Government announced that the country was moving into national lockdown with immediate effect.  The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS and social care services.

Update on Council services
Following the announcement that England will return to national lockdown restrictions with immediate effect, Calderdale Council is working through the implications for its services.


Have your say on the 2021/22 policing budget for West Yorkshire
An online survey on the police budget has been launched, asking how you would like to see money raised for the police part of the local council tax, called the ‘precept’.

Events and Training

Safeguarding Multi-Agency Training opportunities
Upcoming courses that were originally meant to be face-to-face, but will now take place online.


Calderdale Suicide Prevention and Self-harm Small Grants – Deadline extended: 18th January
The Calderdale Suicide Prevention Group have received funds from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to aid local suicide and self-harm activity. The fund will enable voluntary and community organisations to bid for small grants up to £8,000.

ESF Community Grants Relaunches
Since it was confirmed that ESF Community Grants was extending for applications into 2021, ESF have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure all processes are as efficient and accessible as possible for projects applying for funding.


Programme Co-ordinator – Closing date: 17th January
Newground are looking for an experienced and motivated individual to join the Employment & Skills team as a Programme Co-ordinator, to provide effective leadership and programme management of a new ESF Inclusive Growth Action Research Programme.

Project Officer (Youth Team) – Closing date: 17th January
Newground’s Youth Team (NYT) deliver a range of Youth Work programmes across the north and they are looking for someone to join the Calderdale Team, with a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of young people and the communities they serve.



Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub invite applications for additional board members
The board is entirely voluntary and most of them are in full-time employment or have other commitments and they need some additional board members to help with the load and share the work at this exciting time.

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.

Santa-gram campaign brings Christmas cheer to Calderdale!

Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale’s first ever Santa-gram campaign has been a great success, spreading Christmas cheer to seniors across the local area.

Launched in November, Home Instead’s Santa-gram campaign reached out to primary schools across Calderdale to ask school children to create a special Christmas card or letter for an elderly person this Christmas. Most of our elderly population have experienced isolation and loneliness this year due to COVID-19, with many continuing to isolate over the Christmas period.

The home care company, which provides companionship, housekeeping and personal care to people in their own homes was overwhelmed by the result. They had nine local schools sign up to the campaign, receiving 696 Christmas cards which were all decorated, or hand drawn by children from ages four to 11. They also received a further 427 items including bookmarks, letters, pictures, decorations and riddles, to be distributed to seniors along with their cards.

Morrison’s supermarket in Elland, Halifax also got involved, with customers donating presents to the campaign.

The Santa-grams were packed into envelopes and delivered along with the presents to retirement homes, care homes, pharmacies, churches and community groups including Memory Lane Dementia Café and Calder Community Cares. The company also teamed up with Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees who helped to distribute the Santa-grams to their network.

Home Instead added one of their festive activity guides with every Santa-gram to give older people/recipients some puzzles, quizzes and other challenges over the Christmas period.

Alec Clark of Sowerby Bridge received a Santa-gram along with his home-delivered pharmacy prescription, and phoned Home instead just three hours after it was delivered to comment: “What a fantastic idea! I love the personalised Christmas card from a local school, it felt like it was sent by someone who knows me. Very personal!”

56 Santa-grams were distributed to residents at Copley Mill House and Threadneedle Court retirement living schemes, managed by social housing provider Stonewater.

Emma Tobin, Head of Retirement Living at Stonewater, added: “Home Instead’s Santa-grams initiative has been a great way to spread some festive cheer among the local community.

“Some people do not have the luxury of lots of family and friends around them, but lockdown restrictions have further heightened feelings of loneliness, isolation and separation for many people. So, having these Santa-grams to hand out to our residents has been a lovely gesture – thank you to all the children for creating the cards and getting involved.”

Margaret Rooker receives live-in care services from Home Instead, from caregiver Cathryn Frankland. Cathryn presented Margaret with her Santa-gram, along with a framed picture created by one of the children that took part in the campaign. She was absolutely delighted to receive the Santa-gram, which brought a smile to her face, alongside making her feel appreciated and remembered!

To find out more about Home Instead Calderdale and the home care services they provide, including live-in care, please call 01422 476878 or visit https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/calderdale/

Home Instead Senior Care Calderdale supports older people to stay independent in their own homes.

Will You be on Santa’s Nice List This Year?

For all the wonderful things that you do, here is a free Christmas Songbook film for Care Home residents and staff.

This film contains local musicians from Kirklees and Calderdale who have voluntarily sent Christmas song clips. These have been edited into a 50 minute songbook film to bring cheer and festivity during this time. The producers would like to let people know they are thinking about them, knowing how important music is with memory and connection especially at these times when musicians are unable to go directly to the residents.

The clip is on a private YouTube channel where only the Care Home managers or organisations can access it with a link provided and if they so wish and they can pre approve the film before showing.

Secure YouTube link for Care Home managers to access the film. https://youtu.be/YU-2HLTAlns

If you require any more information please email Sophie Jones at connectingwithcommunitymusic@gmail.com

Proudly supported by
Modesto Works
The musicians that volunteered their time.

Have a very merry Christmas x

EAT PIZZA & HELP ANIMALS In Need This Christmas with LIVIN’Italy & Local RSPCA!!!

Enjoy a delicious pizza this December and help to feed an RSPCA animal spending Christmas in shelter! 

This Christmas, Leeds-based Italian restaurant LIVIN’Italy are donating £1 from every single Margherita pizza sale to the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch.

The Restaurant hope that their Christmas campaign will help local animals in need find loving forever homes and of course, raise vital funds for the charity after what has been their hardest year due to the Pandemic.

The restaurant is still currently closed due to falling under West Yorkshire’s Tier 3 restrictions, however, the restaurant are offering a click and collect service so you can still enjoy a delicious restaurant quality Italian dinner at home or you can order their brand new ‘Twice Baked’ pizza’s online through ArrowFreshUK, simply place your brand order online, pop your pizza in the oven for a second time at home to enjoy a delicious treat! For every twice baked Margherita pizza ordered online LIVIN’Italy and ArrowFreshUK will donate 50p each to the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford to help support the charity and the animals spending Christmas in their care.

Pictured above: Zena the kitten, who lost an ear and her tail after being hit by a car before arriving in the care of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford branch. 


Digital Fundraiser for the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford branch Fay Gibbons said “We’re so touched by LIVIN’Italy and ArrowFreshUK’s kindness to help fundraise and raise awareness for our Animal Centre this Christmas. It’s been an incredibly hard year for all local businesses and charities throughout the Pandemic, so we really hope that people will get behind this campaign and help brighten up Christmas for the animals currently looking for their forever homes this December. Every penny raised will go directly to the animals in our care just like Zena the kitten, who sadly lost her ear and tail after being hit by a car. We think it’s an amazing opportunity to support a local business and a local charity at the same time, plus, who doesn’t want to eat delicious Margherita pizza whilst knowing they’re helping cats, dogs and lots of small animals enjoy a magical Christmas as they await their forever homes!”


Pictured – the campaign will help brighten up Christmas for the charities current residents like Humphrey the cat and Tish the German Shepherd. 

If you’d like to support the campaign you can order your click and collect pizza by visiting https://livinitaly.com/ or head over to https://www.arrowfresh.co.uk/collections/livin-italy-pizza to get your half-baked pizza delivered to your door!

The local RSPCA branch rehabilitate and rehome over 500 animals every single year and rely solely on the generosity of their local community to help raise the funds needed in order to keep the doors of their animal centre open. Every penny raised will go directly towards caring for the animals in their care. This year, the branch are also running their annual Christmas Meal Appeal where supporters can donate the cost of a meal or treat to brighten up the festive period for their current residents! You can even select which individual animal you would like to buy a festive treat for here https://www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk/christmas-meal-appeal. Or text XMASMEAL to 70085 to donate £1 today.

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.  This year the branch has rehomed 67 dogs, 115 cats and 34 small 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.  

VSI Alliance Update December 11, 2020

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

New Engagement Champions Training dates for 2021

Engagement Champions are individuals working in the voluntary and community sector who are trained to help deliver engagement and consultation activities on behalf of NHS Calderdale Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Engagement Champions have strong links to their community and enjoy listening and talking to local people.  It is important to also have an interest in health and care services.

VAC, in partnership with NHS CCG, offers free training for local people to become Engagement Champions and help local communities to have their say about health and care services.

The next Engagement Champions training will begin in 2021:
Session 1: Tuesday 26th January 2021
Session 2: Tuesday 2nd January 2021
Session 3: Tuesday 9th February 2021
Session 4: Tuesday 23rd March 2021.

All sessions are held online through Zoom and last from 10am – 12 noon.  Attendees need to be able to commit to attending all 4 sessions and applications can be made via engagement@cvac.org.uk.


Calderdale News & Information

Sanitary Products – The Red Box Project
The Red Box Project can provide any service/voluntary organisations who may need a donation of sanitary products to distribute to their female clients/service users.

In case you missed it:

Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum
Accessible Calderdale Disability Access Forum (ACDAF) is part of the Accessible Calderdale Project which aims to develop a more accessible and inclusive place for all. ACDAF warmly invite new members to join their friendly and inclusive group.

Cautious reopening of leisure centres and libraries
As the country comes out of national restrictions, some leisure centres and libraries in Calderdale are starting to reopen cautiously. In Tier 3, leisure and sports facilities can open, but group exercise classes, including fitness and dance, should not go ahead.

Do you want to help reduce fuel poverty?
Did you know 23%** of people have never switched energy provider? And that simple change could save them hundreds of pounds per year. If you know people who’ve never changed supplier and who’d like to save money on their energy bills, then now is the time to act.
Regional/National News & Information

The twelve days of Christmas employment: Guidance, events and advice
12 bits of guidance/events/advice to help your organisation improve around employment.

In case you missed it:

Men Ending Violence – A Lockdown Toolkit
The White Ribbon UK Lockdown Toolkit is available to provide practical suggestions and show where to get help for men who are worried about their behaviour during lockdown, and men who are concerned about the behaviour of their friends and colleagues.


Integrating Care – The next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England
NAVCA and NHSE/I are working together on two events on the 14th & 18th December, to ensure that the voices of the VCSE sector are captured and fed in to the current consultation.

Events and Training

Employability/Upskilling Networking Meeting – 15th December
Calderdale Adult Learning would like to invite you to a Zoom networking meeting where your organisation’s needs can be discussed and how best they can meet them.

In case you missed it:

Improving access to health research for BAME communities in Calderdale/Kirklees – 16th December
A webinar has been organised which will cover these two localities and include some short presentations by local NHS colleagues, followed by a Q&A panel to address any specific questions about research/COVID research.


Bettys and Taylors Group Coronavirus Community Fund
The Bettys and Taylors Group Coronavirus Community Fund has been developed as part of Bettys and Taylors Group’s community grants programme. The fund aims to support local groups with core costs or small step changes.

Further financial support for businesses and community groups
Businesses and community groups which have had to close or have been the most severely affected by COVID-19 restrictions can now apply for a new grant. Calderdale Council has launched the Additional Restriction Grant today, worth around £4 million in total.

National Lottery Community Fund Re-Opens Regular Funding Programmes for England
After being paused due to the coronavirus crisis, the National Lottery Awards for All, Reaching Communities, and Partnerships funding programmes are open for applications again.

In case you missed it:

Grants to Voluntary Organisations – Deadline: 21st December
Calderdale’s voluntary groups are invited to apply for grants of up to £25,000, to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, tackle poverty and build strong neighbourhoods.

Calderdale Suicide Prevention and Self-harm Small Grants – Deadline: 4th January
The Calderdale Suicide Prevention Group have received funds from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to aid local suicide and self-harm activity. The fund will enable voluntary and community organisations to bid for small grants up to £8,000.

Weston Charity Awards
The Weston Charity Awards have been created through a partnership between the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight to celebrate and support charities working in the fields of youth, welfare and community.


In case you missed it:

Befriender/Mentor Coordinator – Closing date: 14th December
A passionate and enthusiastic Befriender/Mentor Coordinator is required, committed to working with people from a wide range of backgrounds within the Calderdale and Kirklees areas, to increase integration by supporting the most socially excluded new migrants in their local areas.

Mental Health Facilitator – Closing date: 15th December
Temporary vacancy for a Mental Health Facilitator, to join WomenCentre’s multi-disciplinary team in providing support to women who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health.


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.

Santa’s Christmas Rescue – Online Christmas Show from the Victoria Theatre

The Victoria Theatre has teamed up with their Pantomime production company, Imagine Theatre, to bring an online Santa show into the homes of families in the borough this Christmas.

Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a 35-minute live theatre show for children up to age 7 or those who are simply young at heart! It will be streamed from 10 December 2020 and for just £5 you can have unlimited views up until 3 January 2021.

The online streaming of Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a great opportunity for people to support their local theatre in such a difficult time for the industry and ensure live performances will be back once more next year.

There is also an option to purchase a ticket at £7.50, with the additional £2.50 going to Acting for Others, a charity supporting theatre professionals throughout the UK.

For more information and links to the download please visit: https://www.victoriatheatre.co.uk/whats-on/santaschristmas-rescue and please share this message far and wide so that families with young children can still enjoy some live theatre in the safety and comfort of home this Christmas.