Help your community respond to the pandemic

We are looking for volunteers in the North Halifax area to help with our Covid19 recovery, helping the most vulnerable in our communities.

VSI Alliance Volunteer Hub is a group of volunteers responding to the needs of people still feeling the effect of Covid19. We are assisting people who are isolating by delivering food parcels, completing shopping, walking dogs, prescription delivery, posting and other errands they may need help with.

Volunteers have also been assisting at vaccination centres and helped at Calderdale College’s rapid testing programme. Volunteers helped Calderdale Healthy Holiday programme this summer delivering meals and activity packs to kids holiday groups across Calderdale, and plans to help with the Christmas healthy holidays programme later in the year. All of these tasks have been hugely beneficial to those who may otherwise have been left with no support during this continued challenging time.

The volunteer hub relies on community spirit and people who have the capacity to give their time to help others who need short term support.

Volunteers receive requests for support in their area and are asked based on what they have said they can do for people. We operate delivering shopping and food parcels 6 days a week but during the week is our busiest time.

As people have returned to work we have lost a number of volunteers and are finding it harder to reach demand, particularly in the lower valley and North Halifax area.

If you are able to give some time to those in your area please contact Kate Hornby, Volunteer Hub Coordinator on kate.hornby@vsialliance.org.uk.

Volunteer with Sure Start Children’s Centres

Here are Sure Start Children’s Centres North Halifax Partnership we recognise that volunteers play an important part in helping us to provide a quality service, at the same time building a portfolio of work experience and qualifications.  This can then help when applying for paid work.

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What Sure Start Can offer you as a Volunteer:

◾A wide variety of Vacancies

◾Opportunity to develop new skills and gain experience in a work environment

◾A placement with regular supervisions, guidance and feedback

◾A professional working environment with well-developed policies and procedures

◾In house training if appropriate

◾Paid expenses if necessary

◾References for future employment

 

Other reasons why you might want to volunteer:

◾Advice & guidance

◾Keeping you active

◾Improving your community

◾Making friends

 

What we ask from you as a Volunteer:

◾Regular attendance and commitment to appointed role

◾Actively promote Children’s Centres values

◾Be respectful, honest, professional and polite

 

The next Volunteering course will take place:

Friday 24th September 10:00am – 12:00pm & Friday 1st October 10:00am – 12:00pm (you will need to attend both sessions)

 

If you would like to attend the next course please click on the link https://bc.formstack.com/forms/form_1__fsform3525422_copy to complete the application form, if you would like further information please call 01422 251090

Volunteering options in your community

A number of studies has shown the benefits of volunteering, especially with promoting community cohesion.

Communities with volunteering options tend to be stronger and function better.

When people volunteer, they invest in their community and as such feel closer to it. They are more likely to develop a strong sense of belonging in their area, take more active roles and enhance general wellbeing.

Volunteering can often lead directly to employment. From expanding your skillset with practical knowledge to putting you in positions that are closer to paid roles, it can be a valuable stepping stone. It looks great on your CV too!

So how about giving some of your time?

There are several ways in which you can volunteer. Offering assistance in a charity shop is only one.

Places like Citizens Advice are heavily reliant on volunteers. There are other helplines that can offer training to potential volunteers, such as the Samaritans or Victim Support.

Your local council may offer volunteering options as well.

Keep an eye out for National Volunteering campaigns, such as the Great British Spring Clean!

There are frequent litter picks running locally at any given time. Or you may want to organise one yourself!

Volunteering with NHP

North Halifax Partnership has several volunteering opportunities for members of our community. You do not need an NHP membership to volunteer with us.

Our comprehensive volunteering programme offers opportunities to volunteer across many of our own services as well as being a single point of access for volunteering opportunities across Halifax.

 

We receive volunteering opportunities from places like Citizens Advice and  Neighbourhood watch. We organise litter picks and community clean-ups, such as Pimp my Pellon.

We are especially keen to recruit volunteers for the Staying Well Hub.

During the lockdowns, Staying Well has provided a telephone befriending service that has been a link for many isolated and vulnerable members of our community. We have run food hubs, delivered doorstep shopping, helped with various practical issues or just offered a listening ear. Much of this could only be possible thanks to our volunteers.

At present the SureStart Children’s Centres options are limited but keep checking. We anticipate we will soon be needing help there too.

If you want to volunteer with us or see how we can help you, visit our dedicated volunteering hub:

https://northhalifaxpartnership.org/volunteer-north-halifax/

 

However you decide to do it or for however long, volunteering is a unique experience that will fulfil and transform you, benefiting your community in more ways than you could imagine!

 

Further read:

Belong – Community Connection Cohesion

 

 

Volunteering week 1-7 June: The benefits of volunteering

Volunteers Week is held between 1 -7 of June to celebrate the brilliant contribution of volunteers. It is celebrated each year to thank those who have given up their time to help without asking for anything in return and in doing so have had a positive impact to many. Whether these volunteers belong to a small group or larger, more widely known charities, or even individuals who have offered their help without making mention of what they have done, this week is dedicated to them.

During the last two years, more than ever the impact of volunteers has been highlighted. There have been countless remarkable, touching stories of volunteerism, during the particularly trying times of consecutive lockdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The thankless efforts of many to look out for the more vulnerable among us and ensure their wellbeing has changed the lives of both the volunteer and the recipient.

Rightly should volunteers week open up the celebrations of June, being the Month of Community.

Volunteering, in every form, strengthens communities, promotes cohesion, forms bonds between individuals. The reach of voluntary efforts can extend far beyond the individual’s immediate surroundings.

There are several praises to the work of volunteers and testimonies as to the benefits of their work. So what makes someone do something for free?

Volunteering is its own reward. It gives satisfaction and a feeling of empowerment, knowing that your efforts had such meaningful impact. Come to think of it, without exerting or spending money, your efforts have made a difference, sometimes further than you could reach. That sense is almost intoxicating, it drives an individual, makes them wonder what else you can achieve!

You may be surprised but a good deed comes back to you eventually.

And these are just the benefits for the volunteer. The rewards for the wider community are much greater.

When people get together to achieve solutions to their issues, the community becomes stronger.

Lives can improve. Lives can be saved. All these from actions without ulterior motives, just the desire to do good, straight from the heart.

For this reason, each year on volunteering week, we join and from the bottom of our hearts we say: Thank you to all Volunteers out there.

 

For there’s no joy greater than the joy you give.

 

https://volunteersweek.org/

 

New volunteer befriending opportunity!

Staying Well are looking to recruit new Volunteer Telephone Befrienders! If you are friendly, chatty and would like to give some time to make a regular call and brighten someone’s day then this is the perfect opportunity for you. The commitment can be as little as half an hour a week and the difference you can make to someone’s life is immeasurable. If you would like to know more get in touch on 01422 392708 or drop us an email at stayingwellproject@calderdale.gov.uk.  

We will invite you along to an online Info Session to say a friendly hello and take you through the ins and outs of coming on board.

Isolation has never been such a concern and risk as it currently is but a chat with a volunteer befriender can make all the difference to someone who is lonely. Volunteering can give a great sense of purpose and reward. It’s one of your 5 Ways to Wellbeing and can also help you keep to your own routine, feel fulfilled and be more connected with your community.  

Calderdale Countryside News Winter/Spring 2021

Welcome to the winter/spring newsletter for 2021, hope you are all keeping well as we start the New Year.  Being back in lockdown is tough and is proving to be a challenge to lots of us, but now there is light at the end of the tunnel with the roll out of the vaccine and the days getting lighter as we head towards spring.  Winter is currently in full flow with storms and snow to contend with, but despite that here’s hoping you manage to get out and explore your local countryside over the next few months to make the most of the changing seasons.

>> Read the Countryside News here <<

 

 

Your Calderdale Countryside News for Winter/Spring 2020 is here!

Welcome to the first newsletter of Countryside News for 2020, packed with ideas of how to make the most of enjoying the great outdoors, right at your doorstep!

There are events for you to get involved in, wildlife awareness courses, volunteering opportunities, as well as news and updates you don’t want to miss.

>> Read the Countryside News here <<