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.

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.

Early Bird Discount for Equality and Diversity Course

A 50% early bird discount is on offer for the Equality and Diversity Course to be held on Wednesday 21 February9.30am – 4.30pm at the VAC, Resource Centre, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

This session will help you to review and improve your performance for people with characteristics protected by the Equality Act 2010 and align your policies and procedures with the NHS Equality Delivery System (known as EDS2) to help deliver public services.

The one-day training course looks at:
1. Key definitions around equality and diversity including equality of process, equality of choice and equality of outcome
2. The Equality Act 2010 – the Protected Characteristics. The latest breaking news from the courts and tribunals covering service delivery and employment
3. Links to other laws such as the Care Act – brief outline
4. The Public-Sector Equality Duty – paying due regard to equality
5. Implementing the Duty with EDS2 – an audit framework for your policies and procedures including corporate governance, human resources, access to services, service user involvement AND partners/stakeholders
6. Signposting other sources of information and help

Booking is via our website https://cvac.org.uk/product/equality-diversity/

Alternatively, please ring the Training Administrator for more information on 01422 348777 or email training@cvac.org.uk

FREE Alcohol Brief Intervention Training at VAC

On 3 October 10:00 -13:00 at the VAC offices in Halifax there will be Alcohol Brief Intervention Training delivered by the Better Living Team, Calderdale Council.

Alcohol brief intervention training will give staff/volunteers the skills on how to approach having a conversation about alcohol use, how to briefly assess alcohol use and how and when to sign post clients to other support services.

The training consists of a 2 hour workshop that outlines the issues around alcohol in UK and Calderdale and giving staff the tools on how to deliver a brief intervention on people who have been identified as moderate to high level drinkers and how to facilitate a conversation to encourage reducing alcohol consumption.

Booking is via the VAC website http://cvac.org.uk/product/alcohol-brief-interventions/

Alternatively, please ring the Training Administrator for more information on 01422 348777 or email training@cvac.org.uk

Well Aware: 6 Week Evening Course

Well Aware is a free 6 week recovery course starting Tuesday 4 July 5:45 pm to 8:15 pm at the offices of Voluntary Action Calderdale on Hall Street Halifax HX1 5AY.

The course is delivered by workers and volunteers who have experienced mental distress a will help participants identify, challenge and change unhelpful thinking, learn new coping strategies and improve resilience through reflective and engaging exercises.

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Understanding How the Local NHS Works – VAC Training

This session on Friday 23 June 10am – 12pm will describe the national landscape and local responsibilities for commissioning and providing NHS services.

Participants will gain an understanding of how the NHS fits together and who has responsibility for providing specific local services.  The purpose of this session is to provide an overarching understanding of a complicated system and provide a who’s who and who does what within the local NHS.

Who is this session aimed at?

The session, to be held at VAC, 8B Hall St, Halifax HX1 5AY, will be useful for Engagement Champions and voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups who want to provide local services in partnership with the NHS.  It would also be useful to those who just want to understand how the NHS fits together.

Costs range from £30 to £80 depending upon the structure of your organisation. The course is booked online at http://cvac.org.uk/training but for further information email the training administrator at training@cvac.org.uk  or call 01422 348777.