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VSI Alliance News & Events 

VSI Alliance: VCSE Assembly, Thursday 17 November 2022, 1- 3 pm, Planning Process Form
To help support the planning process for this event, please complete the form linked below. This form will take around 2 minutes to complete. Your input is greatly appreciated and will have an impact on how the event runs.
If you would like to still reserve a place for the VCSE assembly, please email

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.


How to Save Energy in Your Community Building
If you run, lease or own a community building like a scout hut, village hall, community association building, or even a local church, you’re probably thinking about the rising cost of energy bills and how this is going to impact how your building is used. 


The Energy Bill Relief Scheme: Capturing the Needs of Charities
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued a survey to find out what businesses need in terms of further support beyond the Energy Bill Relief Scheme announced so far. Infrastructure charities in the Civil Society Group would like to ensure charities are well-represented in this survey, so that the government understands the distinct needs of charities - for example that costs cannot be passed on to beneficiaries in the way a private business could pass on rising costs to consumers. If you run a charity, please read this really helpful guidance from Charity Finance Group before completing the BEIS survey.

Survey: New ‘People’s Panel’ for West Yorkshire
Together with your  local Healthwatch, the Partnership  are developing a "people's panel" for West Yorkshire that will feed directly into decisions made about local health and care by the new NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board. Anyone interested in helping to shape the panel is being invited to take part in a survey and share their thoughts and ideas, including what the panel will be called and how people could be supported to get involved.

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.

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.

Social Value - Lever for Change or Lost Opportunity? - 29th *November*
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…

Pathway to a Care Career, Nov - Dec - Download PDF 
Octavia Learning is running programmes in West Yorkshire, and each programme includes six days of free government funded face-to-face workshops and coaching, followed by six months support to help you find employment or progress your career in the Health and Social Care sector.


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.

CFFC Launches New Programme of Funding for Youth Social Action - Closing 11th November
CFFC is proud to be distributing the latest round of #iwill funding in Calderdale made possible thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund and DCMS. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to fund projects to inspire10–14-year-olds to get involved in social action. Examples of projects funded in earlier funding rounds include intergenerational volunteering programmes, environmental initiatives and involving young people in the design and delivery of community activities. Visit for more information.

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.

Esmée Fairbairn Foundation: Grants for Securing a Fairer Future Now Available 
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, one of the largest grant-making institutions in the UK, has reopened its Fairer Future funding stream with revised priorities. Under the 2022 Strategy, there is a focus on work that contributes to a socially just and anti-racist society, where people have their rights protected, as well as the opportunity to speak and be heard, and the freedom to express their creativity. The minimum grant offered is £30,000, with grants offered across a fairly wide spectrum of sizes. As such, organisations are encouraged to apply for the amount that they need. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Rank Foundation - Pebbles Grants (Capital Funding included)
Funding is available for charities and churches for projects that benefit UK residents in UK communities. Grants range from £250 to £4,000 depending on the total cost of the project. The total cost of the project should not exceed £150,000.

Aviva Community Fund - Cost of Living Boost (with Crowdfunding)
The rising cost of living is putting extra strain on individuals, communities and the causes that support them. The need is greater than ever, and funding isn’t stretching as far. With our additional £2 million Cost of Living Boost, the Aviva Community Fund will support the causes helping those who need it most. If you’re one of those organisations working tirelessly to meet cost of living challenges, apply to the Aviva Community Fund today and we’ll match every individual donation you receive up to £250*.


Yorkshire Ambulance Service: Corporate Communications Officer - Closing 2nd November
We have two exciting opportunities for a confident and friendly Corporate Communications Officer to join Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust's busy in-house team – one permanent role and one twelve-month fixed term role.  We will also consider applications for a secondment.

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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