Do you want to be part of positive change in Calderdale?

Do you want to be part of positive change in Calderdale?  

   

An exciting opportunity has arisen at Halifax Opportunities Trust to join our Board of Trustees and make a difference to hundreds of people’s lives throughout Calderdale.

Halifax Opportunities Trust is an award-winning charity dedicated to making vibrant, multi-cultural and self-sustaining communities across Calderdale and has being doing so for over 20 years. Our work includes the delivery of children centres services and nurseries to helping community members find meaningful, quality work, and the provision of learning programmes that allow people to reach their full potential. In addition to that we run two thriving social enterprise business centres that support small and micro enterprises in the borough. On a typical day we work with over 1,700 people across Calderdale – many people refer to us as Calderdale’s best kept secret!

We are proud of the diversity and inclusivity of both our staff and our Board and are looking to recruit new members to the Board who can bring experience and/or expertise in the following areas: Living or working in Park or Warley wards Running a social enterprise or dealing with social finance Property development, particularly housing development Nutrition and/or food security Charity or company law. As well as being part of one of the largest social enterprise charities in the region, our Trustees are given regular opportunities to further their skills and knowledge through training, onsite visits and attendance at national conferences and events. We are active members of the development trust association, Locality, and Trustees regularly take advantage of our membership benefits to further their professional skillset and their understanding of place-based community action.

Our Board currently meets 4 times a year with some sub-groups meeting more often particularly in respect to finance. We are seeking individuals who have both the time and desire to commit to attending our quarterly meetings. If you are ready to become part of our growing charity please contact Alison Haskins on 01422 399401 or email alison.haskins@regen.org.uk for an informal discussion about the role.

Applications for the role of Trustee will close on Friday 14th August 2020.

To find out more about what we do visit www.regen.org.uk


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VSI Alliance – Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

 

VSI Alliance News & Events

Invictus is a CIC and currently offering talking sessions in Calderdale as part of their BREW (Building Resilience & Emotional Wellbeing) project for 5 – 17-year-olds. They’re working with children’s mental health services and the safeguarding team to ensure best practice and good outcomes for the young people they are supporting.

All of their work so far has been done over the telephone and zoom and they’ve ensured best practise as much as possible for this.

But they recognise that children/young people may respond much better to face-to-face intervention and are looking to roll out a ‘Walk & Talk’ programme in Calderdale (they’ve been involved with another LA which has successfully done this). For this project, they will be completing risk assessments of walking routes.

Do any groups out there have risk assessments already for walks that they would be willing to share with Invictus? If so, please can you send to Charlie and she will pass them on to the group. (charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk).

Thank you!

Upcoming Forum Dates:

Food Poverty Forum – Thursday 16 July, 10am on Microsoft Teams
Young Lives/Youth Strategy Group – Thursday 16 July, 2pm – discussing CMBC Youth Service restructure on Microsoft Teams.
For information about these forums, please contact Jayne Leech: email Jayne.Leech@vsialliance.org.uk or call 01422 438721.

News

Calderdale News & Information

Calderdale COVID-19 Outbreak and Control Plan
Calderdale Council, alongside multiple organisations and partnerships across the Borough, has been working to support a range of settings (e.g. schools, care homes, workplaces) and communities, both proactively and reactively as part of the overall COVID-19 response.

Regional/National News & Information

In case you missed it:

100 Days of COVID – A Story of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Efforts
100 days since full lockdown was announced across the United Kingdom, leaders in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are thanking over 100,000 people who work as part of England’s fourth largest integrated care system.

Help to Find the Right Income Mix
The templates are designed to help trustees and managers understand how far the charity relies on a particular income stream and explore more diverse funding approaches.

Funding

COVID-19 Extraordinary Home Office Funding for Vulnerable Children’s Charities – Deadline extended: 6th July
Additional emergency support funding for small/micro charities that are working with vulnerable young people at risk of being involved in serious violence.

In case you missed it:

Calderdale Ward Forum Grants Have Restarted
Grants available up to £500 in any given financial year provided the group is fully constituted (with a dissolution clause), has a safeguarding policy and has a dedicated twin signatory bank account also in the name of the group.

Food for Life Get Togethers Small Grants Programme Relaunched
Small grants of £150 are available for applications from June 2020 to April 2021. The grants are to support community-led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers.

Vacancies

Business Support Officer Vacancy – Closing date: 5th July
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, is seeking to appoint a Business Support Officer to work with him to continue to make a real difference to the lives of people across communities in West Yorkshire.

Freelance Marketing Practitioner – Closing date: 10th July
Calder Valley Community Land Trust (CLT) is currently advertising for a Freelance Marketing Practitioner with a proven track record who can lead for them on a marketing, communications and PR campaign.

In case you missed it:

Mental Health Support Team Vacancies
Calderdale Mental Health Support Team are seeking a representative workforce to work in schools and education settings. They need staff including qualified Clinicians & Supervisors and a Service Manager to work in this innovative new Open Minds service.

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 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: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

VSI Alliance – Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

 

VSI Alliance News & Events

Are you recruiting new volunteers?

Charlie Johnston, the VSI Alliance’s Volunteer Development Officer, is asking if your group is currently (or soon to be), recruiting new volunteers to your organisation. She’s had a few enquiries from individuals and others from professionals who are working with people who are interested in volunteering and would appreciate knowing what opportunities are out there.

We’re not suggesting that you should or shouldn’t be taking on new people at the moment, we’re just wondering if you are… It would be super helpful for Charlie (and for potential volunteers) to know what the options are for those that want to commit to joining an organisation to give their time, energy and skills.

There are over 800 people registered on the Council’s volunteering hub database and it’s Charlie’s hope that some of these people, who may have never volunteered before, will have caught the volunteering bug (as opposed to the other bug that’s going around!) and will want to continue being an active part of making Calderdale a great place to live. Charlie’s looking into potential opportunities to reach out to these people to see if there’s an appetite with them for longer term volunteering – many of them have come forward just during the current crisis so may not have considered the future. So it would be good to know what’s out there for them.

Please could you email Charlie (charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk) and let her know if you’re recruiting at the moment, and if not, when you might start again.

 

News

Calderdale News & Information

Earlier this week:

The Grief Project
verd de gris arts are offering a series of intimate online support sessions for people affected by grief. This means people from all our communities: family members, health/emergency workers and carers, or those who may be deeply fearful or anxious.

Regional/National News, Information & Resources

100 Days of COVID – A Story of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Efforts
100 days since full lockdown was announced across the United Kingdom, leaders in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are thanking over 100,000 people who work as part of England’s fourth largest integrated care system.

Help to Find the Right Income Mix
The templates are designed to help trustees and managers understand how far the charity relies on a particular income stream and explore more diverse funding approaches.

 

Events and Training

Easing of lockdown: practical considerations for managing and supporting staff – 29th June
Normal working practices have changed dramatically in a very short period. Most staff are still working remotely, and many organisations have made use of the furlough scheme. This NCVO webinar will share good practice on managing and supporting staff in this new environment.

 

Funding

Calderdale Ward Forum Grants Have Restarted
Grants available up to £500 in any given financial year provided the group is fully constituted (with a dissolution clause), has a safeguarding policy and has a dedicated twin signatory bank account also in the name of the group.

Food for Life Get Togethers Small Grants Programme Relaunched
Small grants of £150 are available for applications from June 2020 to April 2021. The grants are to support community-led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers.

Earlier this week:

Co-op Local Community Fund – Deadline: 28th June
Funding for projects which benefit local communities centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes. The funding aims to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.

COVID-19 Extraordinary Home Office Funding for Vulnerable Children’s Charities – Deadline: 29th June
West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit has been allocated an additional £285,168 to provide to small/micro charities (defined as those having an income less than £100,000 per annum). This emergency funding is contingent on it being provided to secure critical frontline services affected by COVID-19.

One-Off Funding for Organisations That Employ People from Vulnerable/Disadvantaged Groups – Deadline: 29th June
Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups and have suffered a loss of trading income due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can apply for a grant.

Sustainable Urban Development Call – Deadline: 30th June
SUD calls are the only multi Priority Axis Calls to be launched across the European Structural and Investment Funds programme in the Leeds City Region and represent a unique funding opportunity for projects in the ESIF programme.

Vacancies

Mental Health Support Team Vacancies
Calderdale Mental Health Support Team are seeking a representative workforce to work in schools and education settings. They need staff including qualified Clinicians & Supervisors and a Service Manager to work in this innovative new Open Minds service.

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 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: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

VSI Alliance – Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team
News

Calderdale News & Information

The Big Thank You Campaign
The Halifax Courier are creating a special supplement that thanks all the individuals, organisations, community groups, charities, support teams, volunteers, and businesses that have gone above and beyond during these difficult times. You are invited to send good quality images of people and your teams by Friday.

The Grief Project
verd de gris arts are offering a series of intimate online support sessions for people affected by grief. This means people from all our communities: family members, health/emergency workers and carers, or those who may be deeply fearful or anxious.

Regional/National News & Information

In case you missed it:

Leading the Coronavirus Recovery
Locality’s new report, “We Were Built for This”, highlights the vital role that community organisations have played in meeting community need and supporting people during the coronavirus crisis.

Scope Services Supporting People with Health Conditions and Disabilities into Employment, Training & Volunteering
Their employment services – Starting Line, and Kickstart – are still running, albeit slightly differently to the usual delivery. Both services can work with anyone with any disability, physical impairment, mental health condition, sensory impairment, learning difficulty, or long-term health condition.

Funding and Tenders

Co-op Local Community Fund – Deadline: 28th June
Funding for projects which benefit local communities centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes. The funding aims to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.

COVID-19 Extraordinary Home Office Funding for Vulnerable Children’s Charities – Deadline: 29th June
West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit has been allocated an additional £285,168 to provide to small/micro charities (defined as those having an income less than £100,000 per annum). This emergency funding is contingent on it being provided to secure critical frontline services affected by COVID-19.

One-Off Funding for Organisations That Employ People from Vulnerable/Disadvantaged Groups – Deadline: 29th June
Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups and have suffered a loss of trading income due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can apply for a grant.

Sustainable Urban Development Call – Deadline: 30th June
SUD calls are the only multi Priority Axis Calls to be launched across the European Structural and Investment Funds programme in the Leeds City Region and represent a unique funding opportunity for projects in the ESIF programme.

In case you missed it:

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) will lend to charities and social enterprises with long-term viability but whose expected income and activity has been delayed or disrupted by COVID-19.

Vacancies

In case you missed it:

West Yorkshire PCC Violence Reduction Unit Vacancies – Closing date: 28th June
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, is recruiting to his West Yorkshire-wide Violence Reduction Unit, and is looking for enthusiastic and passionate colleagues to work with him to continue to make a real difference to the lives of people across communities in West Yorkshire.

Volunteering

In case you missed it:

Charity Shop Volunteer Matching Service Launched
The Charity Retail Association, in partnership with Wil-U, has launched a new service to match prospective charity shop volunteers with local retailers.

Mothershare – Trustee Vacancies
Would you like to meet new people, help to make a difference to children’s lives and give something back? Mothershare are looking for passionate volunteers to join their Board of Trustees.

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 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: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk

The recent past and the future of the Phoenix Shed

Before we came to the lockdown, the Phoenix Shed had been doing some amazing things in the local community.  Their most recent project involved the pupils of Moorside Community Primary School.  The school had been planning a community garden and wanted to encourage wildlife into it, so they enlisted the help of The Shed.  What came out of that was a wonderful amalgamation of old brains and youthful exuberance.  The Shed made up 8 bird box kits, a hedgehog house and a bird table.

Eddie Moss and Chris Freeman, from The Shed, visited the school in March and two groups of children and parents made up the 8 bird boxes.  The joy of seeing 8 and 9 year old children banging nails in with all their might, with smiles on their faces, will live in me forever.  With hope, these animal houses will attract many birds and maybe a hedgehog family next year.

The Future

 The trustees of The Shed are having to deal with the way forwards and to address this they are considering how this can be achieved, in keeping with the Government’s guidelines, with help from the UK Men’s Sheds Association.

Stay tuned for further updates!

Men’s sheds are set up to help tackle social isolation.  If you know of someone who could benefit from joining the Phoenix Shed, please contact Chris Freeman – 07930207537, or Eddie Moss 07481543881.  We have so much to offer!

RSPCA Virtual K9 Party In The Park 2020 July 5th

LOCAL RSPCA SET TO HOST ANNUAL DOG SHOW LIVE FROM THEIR ANIMAL CENTRE THIS JULY 5TH

The Covid 19 Crisis has created many obstacles to the Charity Sector this year and one of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch’s most popular events – the K9 Party in the Park – has had to convert from an outdoor event to a virtual fun dog show which will be live streamed to viewers homes!

 

The local RSPCA Branch were devastated to cancel their summer fundraising events due to the Covid-19 Crisis which hit the country back in March. One event in particular was their K9 Party In The Park, which this year would have seen the 20th anniversary of their hugely popular Fun Dog Show held in Manor Heath Park, Halifax.

 

Event goers enjoying K9 Party In The Park last year at Manor Heath, Halifax.

 

The self-funded, local branch of the RSPCA relies heavily on this annual event to help raise vital funds for the animals in their care and had already put plans in place to celebrate their 20th year with their two-legged and four-legged supporters.

 

However, due to the government’s current safety ruling on banning large events, the charity came up with an exciting virtual twist, which will allow their supporters to enter a virtual fun dog show prior to hosting a live streamed show at their Animal Centre to join in with at home!

 

2019 – Revellers enjoy the charities dog show parade

 

The K9 Party Fun Dog Show boasts a staggering 20 classes to coincide with their 20th year, all of which can be entered by uploading your dogs photograph or video from June 26th – July 3rd via the Facebook event page or by email to the event organisers.

 

Then on Sunday 5th July, the Animal Centre will hold a live-streamed event from 12pm, which will not only announce the fun dog show winners, but will also host a dog adoption parade, doggy party games, raffle and more interactive games to join in with from home.

 

One of last years party arena dance performances

 

Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser says “Our K9 Party In The Park is an event we look forward to holding every year and we had so much planned for this year’s 20th anniversary. The event isn’t just a dog show to us, it’s a chance to celebrate how much our canine companions mean to us and to meet up with our incredible supporters to have a day of fun and celebrations’’

 

Each year the K9 Party hosts up to 800 dogs, with more than 1400 people attending the event in Manor Heath Park in Halifax. The Branch hopes this year’s virtual event will help raise vital funds to support their animal welfare work through the current COVID19 crisis and also provide a bit of fun for their supporters who may be missing their local community events this year

 

The dog show classes will include old favourites such as ‘puppy love’, ‘waggest tail’ and ‘eyes that melt your heart’ with all winning entries announced during the charity’s live Facebook stream from 12pm on July 5th.

Entries cost just £2 and all the details of how to enter will be on the Branch’s website www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk and Facebook page.

 

“The day will be exactly what it says it is – a party! We hope all of our supporters will tune in to join the fun and hold their own K9 Party in their homes!’’

Canine dog show entrants pose for the camera in 2019

 

For more information about the K9 Party in the Park and the Branch please visit: www.rspcahalifaxhuddersfieldbradford.org.uk or to support the event on Facebook click https://www.facebook.com/events/195997204805283/

 

“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.  Our charity has rehomed 61 dogs, 102 cats and 33 small animals already this year. 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.”

Nominate a Friend! Learning Disabilities week 15 – 22 June 2020

It’s Learning Disabilities Week next week. This year is about friendships and you can nominate someone who has been a good friend and brought happiness to your life or the lives of others!

Friendship Nomination Form

Please nominate someone or share with your networks, and return to: info@leadthewaycalderdale.org as soon as possible.

If you have already sent a nomination, you do not have to resend it.

 

Given the current situation with COVID-19 there won’t be any outdoor celebrations but keep an eye out for online inclusive events.