Could you be the next VAC Trustee?

Voluntary & Community (also known as VAC) are looking to continue building their board of trustees to reflect the diversity and expertise of the great communities they work with.

So, who are VAC? 

In a nutshell, VAC is a Charity for Charities and the Voluntary and Community Sector providing services and initiatives to organisations across Calderdale and Kirklees including their work as part of the VSI Alliance.  Their vision is to promote positive social change to improve local lives.  To find out more about VAC’s work and ethos, please visit the website www.cvac.org.uk.

VAC Trustees

If we were to strip back our Trustee recruitment goals, we are looking for people.  Passionate people with an interest in the development & success of Voluntary & Community Sector. If you also have professional and/or lived knowledge or experience in the following areas that would be an added bonus:

  • Local Government
  • Estate/Property Development or Management
  • Health Background

We are looking for people who may be considering taking their first step in a Trustee role or may have been involved with trusteeships previously.

When considering a trustee role, it can be a tough decision to choose which great cause and organisation could best benefit from your time and knowledge.  By becoming one of our Trustees, you will not only be shaping the work of VAC but you will be supporting and championing the work of the Voluntary and Community Sector across the Calderdale and Kirklees landscape!

For further information, please visit the website www.cvac.org.uk or for an informal chat please contact Tracy Saunders our Chair on 07810 156765 or tracy.saunders@btinternet.com.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to info@cvac.org.uk 

Closing date for Trustee expressions of interest is Friday 31st December 2021.

Interviews will take place week commencing 14th January 2022 and successful candidates will be invited to observe the next board meeting on 26th January 2022.

Save the date: VAC AGM – Thursday 9th December 2021

The VAC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held virtually on

Thursday 9th December 2021

from 3.00pm.

The meeting will be held via Zoom video conferencing on this occasion and we would be delighted if you could join us. To register your attendance or apologies, please email membership@cvac.org.uk. We will reflect on our work during 2020/21 but predominantly we will be looking forward to sharing our plans for 2022 and beyond with a view to ensuring we continue to support and advocate for our members and our sector by creating opportunities and solutions so we can all keep improving local lives. We will also be introducing our redesigned membership offer.  The membership offer has been reviewed over the past year to ensure it is responsive and supportive of the sectors needs both now and in the future.  After a period of consultation with current member and non-member organisations, we have developed a scalable offer that can grow year on year, supporting and nurturing a strong, unified membership across Calderdale and Kirklees.

Become an Engagement Champion

Do you enjoy listening and talking to people?

Do you have an interest in health issues?

Are you from a Calderdale voluntary or community group?

Become a voice for your community

Join the Engagement Champions

Engagement Champions are individuals working in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector who are trained to engage with the local population on Calderdale CCG’s behalf and talk to them about changes and developments in health services. Engagement Champions give communities a louder voice and help to make sure that health services are developed in response to the needs of local people.

You will receive free training for this role and support along the way.

The training programme starts on 21/09/2021

Read further for more information

Are YOU the Next Chair of Voluntary Action Calderdale?

Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC) – Improving Local Lives has provided infrastructure support in Calderdale since 2000 and operated from their own premises in Halifax since 2006.

Over recent years the breadth of work has increased to create greater impact and benefit for the voluntary and community sector and the communities they serve. They have delivered a wide a range of successful projects and work with a variety of funders, to support the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in the Boroughs of Calderdale and Kirklees as well as promoting the Quality For Health Award to third sector organisations nationally.

VAC is in an exciting period of change as an organisation and have plans to transform our organisational mission, vision and strategy gathers momentum. They want our unique philosophy of ‘improving local lives’ to be the cornerstone of all their work, social impact and achievements over the coming years.

The current chair will stand down after 6 years in April 2019. We are therefore seeking a dynamic, experienced and committed individual to work with the Board of Trustees and the Leadership Team in the pivotal role of Chair. As Chair you will:

  • Lead the Board of Trustees and work closely with the CEO providing leadership for VAC and for the Trustee Board.
  • Be the visible face of VAC and main ambassador for the Charity.
  • Ensure the charity is properly governed and managed with a key focus on maximising the ‘difference that the organisation makes across our sector and the communities we serve.
  • With a commitment to both diversity and inclusion and the effective practice of volunteering, you will be a driving force to promote and help achieve the vision, mission, values and strategic direction of Voluntary Action Calderdale.

This is an unpaid voluntary position for which proper and reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed. The initial term will be for three years with the potential for renewed for a second term of three years.

If you are a proven strategic leader with a clear alignment with our vision, mission and values then we look forward to hearing from you. To apply or download further information on the required skills and experience for the role, please visit http://www.cvac.org.uk.

Closing date for applications: Monday 18 March 2019, 5:00pm.
Interview date: 27 March 2019 (half day session from midday onwards) at VAC.
Attendance at Board meeting: 28 March 2019 at VAC.

For more information about the above please contact the Dipika Kaushal, VAC CEO on 01422 348777/ 07495 049457

Volunteers Week – Volunteering with VAC

As part of Volunteers Week (1-7 June) VAC will be hosting an open day at a residential care home in Todmorden for anyone interested in finding out more about the Molly and Bill project or Quality Voice and the new volunteering opportunities available in the Upper Valley.

Tuesday 5 June, 2:00pm-4:00pm  VAC Volunteer Open Afternoon at Ferney Lee Residential Care Home, Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden, OL14 5JW.

VAC will also be attending two open sessions hosted by the VSI Alliance to recruit new volunteers in Halifax.

Thursday 7 June, 2:00pm-4:00pm Volunteer Recruitment Fair at Hope Street Resource Centre, Halifax .

Friday 8 June, 10:00am-12:00pm Mayor’s Charity Stall in Halifax Town Centre

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering at VAC feel free to attend  a drop in session.

If you cant make one of the above then please get in touch with us directly

VAC is always looking for new volunteers to get involved in our different projects. Comprehensive training is provided to volunteers and sessions are arranged regularly to induct new volunteers. There is ongoing support to all volunteers who take part in the projects.

for more information visit the website at www.cvac.org.uk, email  volunteering@cvac.org.uk or call 01422 348777.

Voluntary Action Calderdale AGM

VAC (Voluntary Action Calderdale) invite you to attend the 2018 Annual General Meeting which is to be held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre on Wednesday 2 May, 4:00pm-6:00pm.

There have been some major changes to the Voluntary and Community Sector over the past year and this meeting will allow you to find out more about the new Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Alliance which is a partnership between six organisations, made up of four providers and two commissioning bodies, working together and sharing skills to benefit voluntary and community sector groups working in Calderdale:

  • Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC)
  • Sector Support Calderdale (North Bank Forum)
  • West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service (WYCAS)
  • Locality
  • Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group & Calderdale Council

To confirm attendance, please email info@cvac.org.uk of visit the Eventbrite page.

 

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Quality Voice Partnership

An innovative new partnership has been developed in Calderdale between West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC). The fire service has been delivering Safe and Well visits to people in their homes across Calderdale since April 2017. These free-of-charge visits involve fire crews identifying potential fire risks within the home. WYFRS believe they’re delivering a quality service but wanted to find out from customers themselves, what they thought about the service they had received and whether they had acted on the advice and information given.

Together with VAC, the Quality Voice project was created and has been running since June 2017. Local volunteers are recruited and trained to contact people by phone and ask them how they found the experience. Volunteers attend VAC’s Resource Centre each month for a few hours to make the calls. The information collected is analysed by WYFRS and used to improve the service.

Martyn Greenwood, Calderdale District Commander for WYFRS, said

Our partnership with VAC has been a great way for us to connect with the local community through volunteers. The volunteers have helped identify the high quality of our Safe and Well Visits and encouraged a culture of continuous improvement within WYFRS. We are very grateful to our customers and our volunteers for the vital feedback they give us each month.”

Hailey Dundavan, Quality Voice volunteer, said

“It has been unlike any volunteering I have been involved in before. Having WYFRS involved with us so closely has really helped to get a sense of the difference we are making.”

Adam Clark, Volunteering and Projects Manager at VAC, said

“Our team of volunteers are fantastic. They have a professional but relaxed phone manner and are able to connect with people in a unique way to gather feedback about services. The Quality Voice team have learnt some important skills through our partnership with WYFRS, not only gathering feedback but also offering follow-up support to people to ensuring they understand and implement the fire safety advice given by WYFRS. As the project continues to develop we would love new people to volunteer and join the Quality Voice team.”

To attract new volunteers to the Quality Voice project, VAC are holding a volunteer open day on Monday 26 February at the VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY between 11:00am–2:00pm. Anyone interested in the project is invited to attend; the fire service will be talking about the project and offering free home fire safety information to those who attend. There will also be a chance to find about VAC’s other volunteering roles which include delivering creative activities in care homes, offering a befriending service to older people and mystery shopping adult social care services.