EU Nationals UK Settlement Scheme apply by June 20, 2021

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 20th June 2021.

If you need support to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, you can get help from Calderdale Council in partnership with Halifax Opportunities Trust.

We can scan your valid passport and help you to apply to the scheme.

You will need:

  • A valid EU or EEA passport or an ID card (biometric) or UK-issued biometric residence card
  • A mobile phone
  • Email address (this can be set up at the session)

For further information call 07857601530 and speak to Janice or email

If you would like to book an appointment, please go to the Calderdale Council website and search for EU Settlement Scheme

Appointments will be held at:

Unit 13, Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax, HX1 5PG


For self applications please note: You can complete the application for yourself if you have an NFC enabled phone or tablet.

Calderdale Census March 21 first digitally completed census

Households across Calderdale will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Without robust data on the size of the population at a national and local level, decision-makers are operating in a vacuum, unaware of the extent and nature of disadvantage which communities may be experiencing in terms of health, educational outcomes, employment and housing.

Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online.

Paper questionnaires will be available on request.

Census day is 21st March. 

For more information and to request a paper questionnaire, visit

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.



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, or visit for more contact details.

Running Aunties blog

I don’t look like a runner, I’m middle-aged, black and overweight. But I run, so I’m a runner.”


The Running Aunties is a running and walking group aimed at women of colour. Bernadette, Tahreen, and Shanaz share their stories of getting started and creating a group to support other women. Find out more


If you’d like to move more and need some help to get started why not try the Park Walk 8 week plan.

City Connect Community grant for community based groups until 19 March

Are you a community-based group or individual who can help the local people around you to walk and cycle more in 2021 and beyond?

The City Connect programme has opened a new round of Community Grants funding, with up to £5k on offer to projects and initiatives aiming to get more people out and about on foot or by bike.

The CityConnect Community Grants programme 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.

This may be aimed at improving people’s health and wellbeing, to support access to employment and training opportunities or to boost social networks and decrease loneliness.

Grants can be spent on a wide range of activities and initiatives. Previous projects have ranged from pool bike and bike loan schemes, led rides and walks, and free training to increase people’s cycling confidence.

Community or voluntary groups and not-for-profit organisations are all encouraged to apply. Applications open on Friday 19 February 2021 and close at midnight on Friday 19 March 2021.

Applicants can discuss their ideas or application further by contacting the CityConnect team on 0113 251 7366 or at

Find out more about CityConnect Community Grants and Apply here.

Find out more about CityConnect in general here.

Put your best paw forward this March and support local RSPCA animals in need!

Dave the dog from the Halifax RSPCA Animal Centre.


The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District Branch have an exciting challenge this March that encourages their supporters to get active, raise much needed funds and you can even receive a medal for your efforts!

The Best Paw Forward is a personal challenge that can be uniquely catered to your own abilities. You pick the distance you want to cover, the method you will use and go at your own pace – the only rule is you must complete it by 31st March.

Whether you walk, run, cycle or skate! Your challenge can help raise funds and awareness for the animals currently in the care of the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Animal Centre.

Tish the German Shepherd from the Halifax RSPCA Animal Centre.

All participants have a full month to finish the challenge and it can be part of your daily exercise or a personal goal. The event is open to all ages and abilities, and entrants are encouraged to raise sponsorship from family and friends to help the local RSPCA care for the animals spending lockdown in their centre.

Community Fundraiser, Michelle King says ‘The Best Paw Forward is a great way to keep fit and get outdoors, especially now the weather is turning brighter! The flexibility of the event should hopefully make your goal more achievable – from running 30 miles if you’re ready for a big challenge or just 10 miles of walking the dog. Anyone who raises £20 or more in sponsorship will receive a special medal and a goodie bag for those with a canine companion! We hope you’ll take on the challenge and help support our lockdown animals this March”.

After a difficult 12 months, the local RSPCA branch hopes this event will help raise vital funds for their rescue centre and the animals in their care.

All funds raised from the challenge will directly benefit the local RSPCA rehoming centre and you can find out more/sign up via their website here

You can also email or call Michelle on 07908 478956 to for more information.

Billy (current Animal Centre dog) enjoying playtime and training with our resident Dog Trainer and Behaviourist Yeli Williams.


“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 rehomes around 500+ animals every 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.” 

Up to £10,000 of Government funding available to Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance when providing Traineeship

For the first time ever, the Government will fund employers who provide trainees with a quality work experience placement at £1000 per Trainee – Up to a maximum of 10.

The Government have recently launched a national campaign to offer the opportunity of a Traineeship to help people get a step onto the job ladder. Traineeships are fully funded employer led programmes, designed to enable employers to fill skills gaps whilst providing 16–24 year olds with exposure to industry, via a high quality work experience placement. This can be within any sector, any role and is at no cost to the employer.

Are you able to offer a traineeship placement? They can range anywhere between 6 weeks to 6 months and are at no cost to the employer. There is no commitment to offer a job role upon completion, all we ask is that you provide a reference and more importantly a high quality experience for our students.  However, many employers find that the programme has resulted in them finding future employees.

To reiterate, the programme is completely free of charge and the Government is offering £1,000 for each trainee that is supported under the scheme (up to a max of 10/£10,000 in each region).

Would you be free for a chat around how this could benefit Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance?