VSI Alliance Volunteer Hub for short term projects

VSI Alliance: Do You Need Volunteers? 

The VSI Alliance Volunteer Hub can help if you need extra volunteers for one off events or short term projects. From stewarding to administration, from distribution to gardening we have volunteers who want to help Calderdale and our wonderful, vibrant, creative community through micro-volunteering.

To find out more contact Kate Hornby on Kate.hornby@vsialliance.org.uk.

From NHP Volunteers Week Event Wednesday June 8th

To mark the end of Volunteers’ Week, on Wednesday June 8th NHP held a celebration event to say THANK YOU!

After an ice breaker quiz, some speeches, presentation with volunteers’ feedback, and Staying Well awards, there was food and touching stories shared as we reflected on the difference our Volunteers make to our community.

North Halifax partnership wouldn’t be the same without you.


Staying Well Awards ceremony

Way back in January 2020, Staying Well set out to hold an awards ceremony to celebrate the fantastic work their volunteers and groups are involved in.

Without all the wonderful things going on in our communities to reduce loneliness and isolation and keep people healthier and happier, Staying Well could not do what they do.

Staying Well want to take this opportunity to say thank you. The people of Calderdale nominated over 100 groups, organisations and individuals across the borough who are all working and volunteering to make our communities a better place.

A panel of judges selected winners in 10 categories:

1. Staying Well Lower Valley Award

Christ Church, Hipperholme

2. Staying Well North & East Halifax Award

Men United

3. Bringing People Together Award

Sheila Jackson, Shakeela Zaman

4. Staying Well Upper Valley Award

Tuesday 2 O’clock Club

5. Staying Well Central Halifax Award

Raziea Yousaf

6. Calderdale Cares Award

Bankfield Surgery Practice Health Champions

7. Contribution to Community Resilience Award

Calderdale Friends of Dorothy

8. Dedication to Communities Award

Shabir Hussain

9. Outstanding Individual Award

Kevin Sheils

10. Active Calderdale Award

George Watson

The COVID pandemic may have prevented Staying Well from holding the party they had in mind, so instead they have made a film to celebrate and highlight all those who were nominated and won awards, showcasing the brilliant groups and activities they are involved in.

Congratulations to everyone! You can watch the video here https://youtu.be/3rQOYtfBoNs to see just how awesome the people of Calderdale are.

If you would like more information on Staying Well, please visit www.stayingwellhub.com

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.




Volunteers resume works at Shroggs Park

With the help of local volunteers, the Friends of Shroggs Park Group have started to pick up where they left off pre-covid with a number of small scaled clean up and maintenance activities in the park which have taken place fortnightly.

Friends of Shroggs Park and community volunteers have been working in small groups over the last month alongside employees from CMBC Parks Department to carry out works in order to keep the park in a pleasant state for those who use it.

The first clean up effort resulted in a dozen bin liners of general litter being removed from the parks grounds with the whole park, including the woodland walk being covered on that occasion.

The following work that took place was focused on cutting back and neatening up the edges of the walkways in the vicinity of the maze which saw a fair amount of turf loaded into the back of a CMBC Vehicle.

The group would like to extend a thank you to CMBC for the support and providing the vehicles to remove the waste at the end of the clean ups.

These activities are currently ongoing with the next one taking place on Monday 24th August 2020 – 10am to 12noon, meeting by the Maze in the park.

If you would like to get involved in these efforts or require further information, contact Peter Robinson on 07599 524471 or by email to peterrobinson936@yahoo.co.uk. You can also email Dan Marham, Ward Link Worker for the North Halifax Partnership at Daniel.Marham@Calderdale.gov.uk if you would like to get involved.

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An offer from Insight Healthcare this Christmas!

Are you holding an event for Older Adults this Festive Season or  know someone who is?

Insight Healthcare might be able to help you with your event, perhaps in terms of providing a few staff members to volunteer or in other creative ways.

If you would like the help of Insight Healthcare at your event email linsay.denton@InsightHealthcare.org

FREE First Aid Training for Volunteers

Voluntary Action CalderdaleAttend a FREE First Aid Training Course for volunteers and receive a certificate of attendance.

On Saturday 3 October – From 9.30am to 4pm
At Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY.

To book a place call 01422 438727 or email choice@cvac.org.uk