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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: Introduction to the DBS Service - 6th October,11:30 - 12:30
Delivered by the new Reginal Consultant (Via Zoom) from DBS service, this free session is for anyone who needs to know a little bit about DBS but not in great depth. We'll be looking at the rile of the Disclosure and Barring service, understanding the checks and eligibility, how "Regulated Activity" with children and adults is defined (and what this means in practice)... Along with how to get support from the service. To book please email 


CFFC: Nominations are Open for the Calderdale Community Spirit Awards
The Community Foundation for Calderdale host the Community Spirit Awards celebrating the often unsung champions who work in our community, often in extremely challenging situations. This is an opportunity for us to say thank you and give recognition to the Not-for-profit organisations, groups and individuals, who give of their time and energy doing brilliant work to make Calderdale a nicer place to live. Nominations close on 30th September.
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 24th November at The Venue, Barkisland.

GOV: National Insurance Increase Reversed
The 1.25 percentage point rise in National Insurance will be reversed from 6 November, the Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has announced on the 22nd September.


Calderdale Council: Calderdale 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 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. The plan, developed by the Climate Action Partnership, sets out the action we will take in the next three years. We’ve selected actions that we think will have a ripple effect across the borough and beyond. There’s a lot of work we must do together, and we see you as playing a key part in Climate Action going forward.

Events and Training

Shared Harmonies CIC: Diversity and Dementia - 10th October
Participants will get the opportunity to hear about the learning from Shared Harmonies’ Diversity and dementia project, explore benefits, barriers, enablers and real life experiences through guest speakers and panel discussions. There will also be practical demonstrations and sharing of resources to enable participants to use the learning and songs within their own practice. We will welcome input, ideas and questions.


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.

Triangle Trust: 1949 Fund Opens for Young Offender Employment Project - Closing 28th October
The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund is currently accepting applications from across the UK for projects that work with young people with criminal convictions (up to the age of 25 years) to find meaningful and secure employment. Grants of up to £60,000 over two years are available to groups with an income of less than £1.5 million over the past three years. A maximum of £30,000 per year can be requested.

ASDA FOUNDATION: New Cost of Living Grant - Will Close As Soon As The Budget Cap is Reached
Asda Foundation’s new Cost of Living Grant will provide grants of between £500 and £2,000 for activities taking place before 28 February 2023. The funding is intended for local not-for-profit community groups who are facing an:

  • Increase in rent/utility bills: support to keep community buildings open to the public or increase opening times to help people stay warm (known as ‘warm banks’).
  • Increase in food costs: support for people most affected by providing meals, support community cafes, food parcels, delivered meals, soup kitchens, etc.
National Deaf Children’s Society: Grants to Support Young Deaf People 
The National Deaf Children’s Society is offering grants of up to £1,000 to support young deaf people that wish to deliver projects and activities that benefit their lives.

British Gas Energy Trust
Grants are available to individuals and families across Great Britain to be used to write off their energy debts. Two schemes are intended to tackle fuel poverty by clearing the energy debts of struggling households and respond to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis. Grants to cover arrears of up to £1,500 will be paid. 

Prince’s Countryside Fund
Applications are invited for grants of up to £25,000 over two years, for projects that will create a long-term difference in rural communities across the UK. Especially welcome are applications from groups and organisations with projects in hamlets, villages and small market towns.


Calderdale Council: Programme Manager (North Halifax) - Closing 28th September
We have an exciting and challenging opportunity available to manage a programme of community wealth and capacity building in North Halifax that reduces inequality and delivers inclusive economic and health recovery. The role is key in helping to maximise investment, including emerging opportunities through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), and activity in North Halifax. The main objective is to work with the local community to develop a community led partnership which will identify local priorities and projects to form a Strategic Plan for North Halifax recovery.


Oxfam: Looking for Volunteers
Oxfam’s Halifax Shop is currently looking for volunteers to help with its Online Shop. We will give you all the training and support you need so you will develop your skills as part of our Online Shop team. You don’t need to have any experience – we’ve got you covered. You can also get some lunch and travel costs too. Whatever you need, we’re here to help.

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