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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. This is a online only event. To book please email

VSI Alliance: Dealing with Difficult Volunteers Training 
Volunteers are the lifeblood of organisations in the sector, and most are helpful, dependable, and wonderful to have around… But occasionally, a volunteer comes along that isn’t, and makes things difficult for everyone.

In this session we’ll explore the different types of difficult behaviour, some myths about awkward volunteers and look at practical suggestions for handling them (including exit strategies).

To be held at VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY on Wednesday 23rd November 10am - 1pm.To book your place please email

VSI Alliance: Applying for Grants Training - 29th November
To be held at the VAC Offices (Wainhouse) on Tuesday 29th November 2022 from 1.00 pm to 4.00pm  - Max 10 people

Applying for Grants

Aims of the session - to understand the key points of finding and applying for grants

Attendees will be able to:

  • Recognise different types of funding and eligibility criteria
  • Know the different tools to carry out a funding search
  • Identify and respond to the key elements of a grant application
  • Write a simple project plan
  • Show how systems and processes can help manage the ‘funding cycle’

To book a place email


New Lightcliffe Cricket Club premises in 2023
We are reaching out to community groups who may be interested in using our new pavilion. It will be it accessible inside and out, with a free car park, accessible toilets and patio at ground level. The interior will be modern, comfortable and bright, with an eco-sustainable heating system, LED lighting and free WiFi.The ground floor function room and kitchen will be available to hire at very reasonable rates Mondays to Fridays, 9am-5pm.

New ‘choose well for mental health’ guide helps local young people find the right support
South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT) have created a new guide to help children and young people ‘choose well for mental health’.

Heading #Home4Noon People challenge
Heading #Home4Noon People challenge - sharing ideas about how the NHS and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector can work together to help people go home from hospital earlier in the day.

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees: Our Execs did it! Leeds Abbey Dash 10k Update
It was the Leeds Abbey Dash this weekend gone and our Execs Taf Mohammed and Carol Rodmell took part, raising a total of £855.

We would like to thank Ann and Traci for taking part and helping us raise such an amazing amount and supporting our campaign Driving Out Loneliness’, towards the purchase of an Electric Minibus. We have now raised £2,516 towards our £10,000 target! 

If you would like to make a donation, this can be made through out JustGiving page here:

If you are interested in joining one of our upcoming events, or arranging one in your workplace, please get in touch: Taf Mohammed email: or call: 07931 564602. 

Re-engage Community Christmas Directory
Christmas can be a lonely time for many older people. But it doesn't have to be.

Community Christmas provides a free online directory of local festive events and activities taking place across the UK, between 17 December 2022 and 1 January 2023, which are open to local older people who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone. 


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.

Enter the Neighbourhood Watch Cybercrime Survey
Neighbourhood Watch Network, with their Cyberhood Watch partner, Avast, have launched their annual Cybercrime Survey to understand the impact of cybercrime on communities across England and Wales today. The survey findings will help inform their work on addressing cybercrime.  

Events and Training

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. The information session will take place via Microsoft Teams and a meeting invite will be emailed to all participants on Monday 14th November.

Third Sector Conference - Safety of Women and Girls Strategy Launch
- 23rd November 

The Mayor for West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Alison Lowe OBE, would like to invite you to attend their second annual Third Sector Conference which will celebrate the work of the sector and how it has worked in partnership over the last 12 months. The topic for this year’s conference is the Safety of Women and Girls and the impact of the cost of living crisis on those we support which is recognised as a key challenge in our efforts to keep West Yorkshire Safe. Just. Inclusive.

The vision for our work is to come together with partners including the police, local authorities, health, education, VCSE partners and our communities. The event will give delegates the opportunity to discuss the latest issues, developments and actions in light of the challenges. To secure your place at this important event please email along with any dietary, access or other requirements by Friday 18 November.

Rastrick Big Local AGM - 14th November 

Will you come along and join us at our AGM? It’s on Monday 14th November 2022 at Rastrick Library at 7.00 pm.We will be giving an update on the projects we have funded this year and some ideas we have for the future.Our Community Small Grants fund is open for small projects and we have now re-opened our Big Impact fund.We’ve only a few more years left to fund any projects within the area so if you have any ideas for a new project then please come along and discuss this with us.We would welcome any new faces on the partnership too!

Calderdale Safeguarding Adults Awareness Month - November 2022
- Download the Schedule
This year Calderdale Safeguarding Adults Board are offering a number of learning opportunities to promote awareness of the various aspects of safeguarding adults.  Nationally Safeguarding Adults week is the last week in November, however we know that to put every session on in the one week limits people to being able to attend as many as they would have liked, so we have decided to spread them across November.  I have also included the link to either book or in most cases to just join the Microsoft Teams meeting, I hope this helps everyone to join as many as they can.

Anti-Poverty Partnership: Money Counts Training Sessions
- Multiple Dates Available

The 'Money Counts' training course is a single 1hr session designed to help frontline workers and volunteers and elected members to best use Calderdale’s ‘Worrying About Money?’ leaflet (attached) when supporting people who are struggling with money worries or financial crisis.  The sessions help people to gain confidence in having initial conversations with people about their money concerns.
Learning objectives include:

  • to identify someone who might have money worries
  • to know which financial advice and support options are available locally and nationally
  • to feel confident to support customers to access advice and support services
  • to use the 'Worrying About Money?' leaflet well and with confidence 


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WYHCP: Cultural Competency and Humility Training -  Access the background information 
The West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership is looking for an organisation(s) or individual(s) to develop a Cultural Competency & Cultural Humility training package for cross sector partners working or volunteering in the field of Health and Care.
£15,000 (exclusive of VAT) is available to do this, it is anticipated this work will begin early December and the training package is drafted by end of March 2023.The training package will be based on a training framework developed by cross-sector partners of the West Yorkshire Health & Care Partnership.

Use background information to complete your EOI application. To access the application use this link: EOI Application before the deadline. The closing date for completion of applications is 15th November 1pm.

Guidance for the 2023 Healthy Holidays Calderdale Programme
You will be able to apply online to the Healthy Holidays Calderdale programme from Monday 14th November using this link: Healthy Holidays Calderdale 2023. Please use the guidance document to complete your application. 

Applications Invited for BBC Children in Need’s Project Grants 
Funding to support activity costs of groups working to support children and young people. Alongside its new Core Grants programme, BBC Children in Need will also continue to offer funding for defined projects with a focus on children and young people. Registered not-for-profit organisations who work with disadvantaged children and young people of 18 years and under living in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands are eligible to apply. Through this stream, organisations can receive support for up to three years. The maximum grant is £120,000 (or £40,000 over three years), though most grants made are for much less than this. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Blue Spark: Funding for Children and Young People
Schools, community groups, clubs, societies or other organisations in England, are invited to apply for funds to improve the education and development of children and young people through educational, cultural, sporting and other activities. Funding for relatively small-scale projects which might not happen at all or would only happen on a lesser scale without the support of Blue Spark. 
Application reviewed on a rolling basis

Peter Harrison Foundation: Opportunities through Sport 
We accept applications for this programme from charities and CASCs throughout the United Kingdom. The Trustees wish to support organisations and activities that use physical activity to enable disabled people and those who face disadvantage to fulfil their potential and to develop personal and life skills.  

The Trustees welcome applications for physical activity initiatives that:

  • Provide a focus for skills development and confidence building
  • Have a strong training and/or educational theme
  • Provide sporting equipment or facilities for disabled or disadvantaged people
  • Have a high degree of involvement from beneficiaries and those with lived experience
  • Have a plan for sustainability

We will consider applications for capital, revenue or project funding.

The Steel Charitable Trust 
Charities, including CIOs, registered in any part of the United Kingdom can apply if their annual turnover is over £50,000. Areas of interest are:

  • Arts and Heritage
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Social or Economic Disadvantage

The minimum grant size is £10,000. Awards of more than £25,000 are rare. 
Application deadline 20/01/23 

The Country & Land Association Charitable Trust 
The Country & Land Association Charitable Trust is currently inviting applications for funding. Applications will be accepted from small and medium-sized charities and not-for-profit organisations such as Community Interest Companies.

To be eligible, applicants must have a current safeguarding policy and must not have received a grant from CLACT in the previous three years. Applications are particularly welcomed for projects for children and young people, disadvantaged financially, physically, mentally, or from areas of deprivation.

Funding is at the discretion of the Trustees. The average grant awarded is in the region of £2,500.
Application deadline 06/02/2023

Youth Justice Sport Fund
The Youth Justice Support Fund is a new grants programme backed by the Sport for Development Coalition which aims to meet the following two goals:

  • Support vulnerable young people, aged 10 to 17, at risk of involvement in crime, anti-social behaviour and serious violence through involvement in local sporting activities.
  • Through capacity building, increase the capability of sport sector delivery organisations to work effectively with their local criminal justice partners, including Youth Justice Services, Police and Police Crime Commissioners (PCC)/Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) structures.

Grants of £20,000 are on offer, though smaller and larger amounts may also be available depending on the project.
Application deadline 9am 05/12/22

The Connect Fund - Barrow Cadbury Trust
Barrow Cadbury Trust has updated the funding strands available under its Connect Fund and is now requesting applications under the following strands:

  • Peer Networks to Support Market Building - creating a supportive network that allows enterprises to discuss and seek help with idea development or business planning.
  • Challenging Power with Participation - involving the communities affected by investment decisions in decision-making processes.

Applicants must be based in England and incorporated as a charity, social enterprise or have charitable objectives clearly incorporated into their articles of purpose with an appropriate asset/mission lock. Additionally, organisations must already be social investors of fund managers to be eligible to apply.
Application deadline 31/12/22

The Money Saving Expert Charity
A limited number of grants are available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK for projects that relate to the delivery of financial skills to different defined groups. Non-profit groups with constitution inc Registered Charity, CIC and Credit Unions are eligible to apply. Up to £7,500.
Application deadline 31/01/23


Healthy Minds: Marketing Officer - Closing 21st November 
Want to use your creative skills and marketing experience to support a great cause? We are looking for a confident and pro-active Marketing Officer to help our small but mighty charity to reach people in emotional distress and improve local awareness of our programmes of support.  

The Marketing Officer will support teams across the organisation to roll out marketing campaigns, raise our profile, improve communications with local people and connect with other VCSE organisations and statutory bodies.

HumanKind : Regional Volunteer Coordinator
At HumanKind we have a vacancy for a 30-hour Regional Volunteer Coordinator. The area covered by the role is Calderdale, South Yorkshire and Staffordshire so the post holder can be based in any of those areas.

Job Purpose: To coordinate the day-to-day functioning and performance of the volunteer programme within a service(s) / region. To create and maintain an active and visible volunteer workforce across the service through identifying vacancies, recruitment, induction and ongoing support and training.  To support and guide volunteer supervisors across the service.

Halifax Opportunities Trust: Senior Family Support Worker - Closing 18th November 
We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic team member, committed to supporting vulnerable and excluded families. Having direct line management for a team of Family Support and Outreach Workers. Including undertaking regular supervision and ensuring quality of the work undertaken by the team.For an informal discussion regarding the above post please contact Penny Wilson on 01422 434971.

Bradford Volunteer Centre: Volunteer Coordinator - Closing 25th November 

  • To support the delivery of Volunteering Bradford’s inclusive volunteering service.
  • To recruit, train and manage a team of volunteer support assistants.
  • To support and enable people with additional support needs (mental health problems/physical or sensory impairments) who are often isolated and socially excluded, to take full advantage of the opportunities offered through volunteering.
  • Experience of working/volunteering with people with additional support needs and previous experience of voluntary / community work is desirable.

If you have any queries regarding the nature of this post please contact Steve Blackman

Halifax Opportunities Trust: Family Outreach Worker - Closing 18th November  
We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic team member, committed to supporting vulnerable and excluded families. Working directly with parents, carers and their children you will introduce and encourage new families to engage with the service, supporting them in groups and on a 1-1 basis to improve the quality of their lives and opportunities.
For an informal discussion regarding the above post please contact Penny Wilson on 01422 342552.

Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees: Footcare Practitioner 
At Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees we provide a high quality, professional foot care and nail cutting service at our centre’s or in the comfort of people’s homes.

We are currently looking for foot care practitioners who who can provide general foot health checks, cut toe nails and carry out foot massage as required. If this sounds like you and you have a professionally recognised manicure/pedicure or foot care specialist qualification (e.g. Level 2 manicure and pedicure) and have access to a vehicle during working hours.

Halifax Opportunities Trust : Family Support Worker - Closing 18th November 
We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic team member, committed to supporting vulnerable and excluded families. Working directly with parents, carers and their children you will introduce and encourage new families to engage with the service, supporting them in groups and on a 1-1 basis to improve the quality of their lives and opportunities.

Halifax Opportunities Trust: Nursery Cook - Closing 5th December 
We are looking for a passionate and enthusiastic team member, committed to supporting vulnerable families. Planning menus and complying with national food and nutritional standards, you will be providing high quality, healthy meals for the children at Todmorden Children’s Centre Nursery. For an informal discussion regarding the above post please contact Sally Holdsworth/Julie Ratcliffe on 01706 399970.


Re-Engage: Are Looking for Volunteers to Help Our Activity Groups for the over 75’s in West Yorkshire!
Re-engage is a national charity dedicated to ending loneliness and social isolation. Our activity groups bring people over 75 together in local communities across West Yorkshire to help reduce loneliness, social isolation and improve physical wellbeing.  Our groups rely on the support of volunteers to bring together communities and engage in activities such as gentle exercise, tai chi, gardening, walking or a game of boules. Our fortnightly or monthly groups are free to attend and we provide light refreshments to enjoy.
Our groups are expanding all across West Yorkshire and we’re looking for coordinators, drivers and other volunteers to deliver activities to help host our groups or help launch a new one in Calderdale.

Volunteering opportunity: A helping hand at St Augustine's Centre 
Many of those who come to St Augustine's for support are from outside of the UK and speak other languages. Supporting them to make connections in our community involves time, patience and some understanding of the challenges that those seeking sanctuary face.
You could help someone learn English, find out where the Doctors are, the best places to shop, the nice places to go for a walk, the fun places to relax and have a laugh... And so much more!

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