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VSI Alliance News & Events 

VSI Alliance: Calderdale VSCE Assembly - 17th November 
You are invited to attend the second meeting of the VSCE Assembly on Thursday 17 November 2022, 1- 3 pm.  Learn more about the new Calderdale Cares Board arrangements (integrated health and social care partnership at place) see how your organisation contributes to the overall wellbeing of individuals and the surrounding environment. A chance to share your views and influence future decisions.

To book please email

The venue has not been finalised yet, but it will be hybrid – so you can be there in person or join online. Please specify this when making your booking. 

VSI Alliance: Good Governance: The Role of the Trustee Training
- 20th October 

The free training will look at the roles and responsibilities of a trustee position. 

WYCAS Training - Budget Setting and Forecasting (Calderdale)
- 31st October 

WYCAS Budget Setting and Forecasting - delivered by Rhys North, WYCAS Community Accountant, (CALDERDALE community groups and organisations only). This course will introduce participants to budgeting and cash flow forecasting.


Calderdale Council: Climate Action Plan Consultation
Throughout 2022, we have been preparing Calderdale’s Climate Action Plan. We now have a consultation plan we’re proud of and we are looking for comments from key organisations and people across Calderdale.  The plan is divided into six key themes and we have spent a lot of time making sure the plan is accessible and is clear on the positives – both big and small –  of tackling Climate Change.

Disability Access Forum launches new Hebden Bridge Access Map
Disability Access Forum launches new Hebden Bridge Access Map. Hebden Bridge Disability Access Forum, HBDAF, has just published its updated Step-Free Access Map and Guide to Hebden Bridge town centre. The map was first published in 2018 but is now fully updated to September 2022. Previous editions have been useful for ​residents and ​visitors to the town​. Websites for local events, such as the Folk Roots Festival​​​,​ have included links to the map​.​

Neighbourly: Connecting Charities and Businesses
Neighbourly connects over 20,000 small charities and good causes across the UK and Ireland with local businesses that want to give back to their community. Through three giving streams: food and product surplus, volunteer help and financial grants, the platform is free to use for charities, schools and good causes. Find out how Neighbourly can help you.

Benefact Group: 250 more Charities win £1,000
We're giving away £120,000 in December. Our next draw is in December, when we’ll be giving £1,000 to 120 charities in our seasonal 12 Days of Giving phase of Movement for Good. If you’ve already nominated your favourite charity, they remain in the draw so share with your networks to get as many nominations as you can. The more nominations your charity has, the more chance they have of being drawn.

Neighbourhood: Halloween and Bonfire Night!
It is coming to that time of the year again, where Halloween and bonfire night are fast approaching. Although it is a time of fun for families to enjoy, not everybody enjoys these activities so please bear this in mind when participating in any local or private events. 

Please find attached some posters which may be suitable for shop windows/ residents homes or any place which may benefit from their use.

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We’d love you to join OPEN and get involved.
Everybody has mental health and everybody’s experience matters, so whether you have experience of a mental health problem or not, we want to hear from you! Membership is completely free. By joining OPEN you will have the opportunity to take part in a range of optional activities, including surveys, focus groups and interviews. We are currently inviting OPEN members to take part in a new project, to help us understand how the increasing cost of living is affecting people’s mental health and wellbeing. If you are interested in taking part, simply join OPEN and we will send you further information via email.

If you’d like to know a bit more, head over to our FAQ page. Still got questions? Contact Yvonne, our OPEN community manager:

If you’d like to sign up, then head to our Sign Up page.

Events and Training

Calderdale Interfaith: Moral Economy Conference - 25th October
The idea of a moral economy is not new. However, as we learn more about the climate crisis, plastic pollution, and our unprecedented scale of impact on the natural world, we become ever more concerned that something needs to be done. Gone are the days when we paid attention only to the price of the things we buy. Today we want to know whether there was any child labour involved, whether human rights were violated, whether our consumption is causing irreparable damage to the communities producing the things we are consuming. Many people are arguing that moral values such as equality, empathy, solidarity and co-operation should determine the behaviours of individuals and institutions rather than material interests. These issues are of immense interest to faith communities and to people of no faith as well. This conference aims to give us an opportunity to reflect on these profound issues and to identify practical ways to apply these in our contexts.

Social Value - Lever for Change or Lost Opportunity? - 29th October
Social Value UK is working with colleagues from across civil society to host this conversation about what social value means to us right now. Is it still the lever for change that many of us hoped it would be - or has that moment passed? We want this event to offer an opportunity for us all to come together, reflect & learn - and remember what connects us in this space. If ever there was a time for civil society to collectivise around our shared goals it is now…

CalderdaleCreates Network Launch - 1st November
CalderdaleCreates is the new strategic Cultural Partnership for Calderdale. After delivering Calderdale's new Cultural Strategy, ‘Where Creativity Flows’, it's now time to start developing detailed plans to strengthen, energise and grow our cultural sector so we can maximise our impact and deliver on the strategy.

Healthy Holidays Calderdale (HAF) 2023 Programme Information Session - 16th November
Are you interested in becoming a Healthy Holidays Calderdale provider for the #HAF2023 Programme? To find out more information on the 2023 programme applications, please register your place on this webinar. We encourage both existing and new providers to attend the information session.

Greener Together Workforce Development Training, (October - December)
- Download the PDF  

We will be be running seven unique sessions for community workers, youth leaders and anyone involved in delivering community sessions for residents of Calderdale. 


Electrical Safety Fund - Closing 23rd October  
In response to the cost-of-living crisis and the likelihood of electricity safety being compromised by financial issues, Electrical Safety First is offering grants of up £5,000 for fire and rescue services, community safety groups, trading standards authorities, and other not-for-profit organisations across the UK to deliver projects addressing electrical safety.

Calderdale Cares Community Programme Board (3CPB): Calderdale Innovation Funds - Closing 28th October
We are excited to announce that the Calderdale Cares Community Programme Board (3CPB) has received funding to support the creation of new and innovative ideas that will support the development of our community sector. As a Board we want to people to live healthier lives in healthy places all across Calderdale. This additional money presents a great opportunity for us to explore new ideas on the delivery of community services and how they can make a positive contribution to people’s lives. To do this, the Calderdale Cares Community Programme Board is now inviting bids from across the system on how we can develop community services.

LGBT+ Consortium Seeking Applications from Small Groups - Closing 30th October
 Funding to support the work of smaller targeted, intersectional voluntary organisations. With less than a month until the deadline, the LGBT+ Futures: Equity Fund has opened a ‘Really Small Grants Programme’ to attract smaller grassroots applicants. The programme, which features a simplified application process with fewer questions, will accept requests of up to £1,000.

Second Round of Youth Music Catalyser Fund  - Closing 4th November
Funding is available to UK based organisations who are running music projects in England for children and young people (aged 25 or under) to sustain work, scale-up delivery, or create change in sector practice.

Mayor's Safer Communities Fund Grant Round 3, Now Open - 11th November.
Grant Round 3 will support projects which align with the Police and Crime Plan priority; Safer Places and Thriving Communities. We will still welcome applications that support other priorities and cross-cutting themes which support policing, crime and community safety.

Funding Regulators: Code of Fundraising Practice
The Code of Fundraising Practice sets the standards that apply to fundraising carried out by all charitable institutions and third party fundraisers in the UK. It replaces the previous code, rulebooks and legal appendices.


Northpoint Wellbeing: Service Support Administrator - Closing 19th October
We are experiencing rapid growth and we have an exciting new opportunity for a Service Support Administrator  to join our Open Minds Team in Calderdale.  You will  provide admin support to our therapeutic and management team, liaising with colleagues, service users and partner agencies to ensure seamless service delivery.

Halifax Opportunities Trust: EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONERS - 31st October
Halifax Opportunities Trust are now looking for passionate and enthusiastic team members to work in our nurseries. We provide a warm, secure and stimulating environment and for children aged between 0 - 5 years. You will be the key person for a number of children supporting them in reaching their full learning potential. 

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