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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Coronavirus, social distancing, hospitality venues and shielding

The following information may be useful if you need to understand the present situation with Coronavirus.

Clarification on social distancing measures

You should continue to keep two metres away from people. Where this is not possible you must keep more than one metre away and take extra precautions to reduce the risk such as wearing face coverings, working side-by-side instead of face-to-face, or the use of Perspex screens or other physical barriers. You can find more details of other recommended precautions by reading this list.

From 4 July, you can also meet in a group of 2 households (including your support bubble), in any location –  public or private, indoors or outdoors. This does not need to be the same household each time.

It remains the case – even inside someone’s home – that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble.

More information on keeping safe during this time can be found on the government website.

Hospitality sector reopening

From Saturday 4 July, restaurants, bars, leisure and entertainment venues can reopen as part of the latest relaxation of restrictions.

Reminders of safety messages will be visible in popular areas across the city centre, along with hand sanitiser stations. Additional cleaning will be carried out, especially on objects being touched such as benches, bins and push buttons as well as at transport interchanges.

A team of council-managed night marshals will be operating over the four weekends in July to guide the public, especially in busy locations. West Yorkshire Police will also be supporting the reopening with extra resources on hand.

We have been supporting the hospitality sector by providing businesses with materials such as signage and social distancing visuals and where possible, pavement widening has been put in place to provide more space for people to move safely.

To prevent the spread of the virus, if you are visiting the city centre this weekend, please remember:

  • As part of NHS Test and Trace, businesses are being asked to keep a record of their customers and visitors for 21 days. You should assist by providing details when asked to do so.
  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Regularly wash your hands and wear a face covering if you’re using public transport to come in to the city.
  • Stay home if you or anyone in your household experience any symptoms and book in for a test.

Remember that pubs and restaurants will be operating differently:

  • Opening times may vary.
  • Be patient. Expect queues, and things to take longer than usual as businesses operate social distancing measures.
  • Most businesses are taking online bookings only or operating on a first come first serve basis.
  • Drink responsibly and ensure your taxi is booked for the way home.

More information on what to expect can be found here.

Some important changes to shielding

From Monday (6 July), the advice for people who have been shielding will change so that you can safely meet others outdoors in groups of up to six people, whilst strictly maintaining 2m physical distancing. If you are shielding and live alone or in a single-parent household, you can create a mutually exclusive ‘support bubble’ with one other household. For more information, visit our shielding webpage.

Further changes to the shielding guidelines are anticipated in August, and we will share more details as these are announced.

Anyone advised to shield can access priority supermarket delivery slots when they have registered with the national shielding service. This priority access will be ongoing throughout the pandemic – but the deadline for registration is 17 July 2020. If you have been advised to shield, make sure you register for support on the government website.

Calderdale Forum 50 Plus Newsletter July 2020

 

Welcome to the latest Newsletter from the Calderdale 50+ forum. Calderdale Forum 50 Plus aims to represent and promote the collective voice of people over the age of 50 in Calderdale by: Communication, Campaigning, Influencing, Encouraging and Empowering.

 

Download July 2020 newsletter

 

Read here.

 

 

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OSCA Foundation Pub and function suite weekend opening hours

OSCA Foundation (Forest cottage, Cousin Lane, Ovenden) are pleased to announce the re-opening of their Public Bar and function suite.

The pub’s opening hours are:

Saturday 12pm – 6pm

Sunday 12pm – 9pm

All old and new customers are welcome to join us to enjoy drinks at the most competitive prices in Calderdale.

Watch this space for extra opening times during the Summer months.

Regular classes will not be resuming for the time being.

The venue is not taking any bookings for events either at present.

Disability Partnership Calderdale Newsletter 6 July

Take a look at the newest Disability Partnership Calderdale newsletter.

Welcome to the latest Disability Partnership Calderdale newsletter. This week’s focus
is on shielding changes and a couple of key bits of local news, including the reopening of (some) public toilets and markets, indications that life is slowly getting back to normal.

We work with local authorities, volunteers groups and various service providers to improve the lives of people with disabilities in Calderdale. We also support our members with whom we consult regularly and for whom we provide meetings and social events.

Download the newsletter here…

Or read it below:

Can You Help Deliver Physical Activities in Our Local Parks?

Lots more people have been telling us that they don’t feel like they have the opportunity to be active during COVID19. As a response to this we’d like to work with local communities to develop free activities in local parks and open spaces over the summer into September/October as a way of providing more opportunities for our residents to be move more. This is a similar scheme already established in Birmingham.

If you deliver sports or activity sessions that get people moving, it could be hula hooping, dancing, gardening or tai chi that can be transferred to an outdoor setting, and are interested in the opportunity to get involved in Active Parks please get in touch for more details. Activities will have to be delivered in accordance with the latest government guidance on physical distancing.

Contact Active Calderdale: ActiveCalderdale@calderdale.gov.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

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