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VSI Alliance News & Events 

Calderdale Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE) Assembly - Thursday 5th May
Hybrid in person or online Elsie Whiteley Centre, Hopwood Lane, Halifax, HX1 5ER 12.45pm networking lunch* , prompt 1.30pm start – 3pm
Would you like to:
  • Understand the changing strategic landscape at Calderdale and West Yorkshire level?
  • Understand more about the changes that are taking place in the Health, Social Care, Environment and Economy worlds?
  • See where you organisation is contributing or is filling a gap in your community?
  • Feel more in the loop?
  • Be part of the initial conversations?  
To reserve a place for you or an organisation rep, please email
*If you have any dietary/special requirements or access requirements, please let us know.

Knife Crime, Violence Against Young People Awareness Event - Monday 16th May
Time: 9.30 am – 12noon,* finishing with a network lunch for adult/professional participants (Young people attending with be provided with a snack and drink during the session and should be able to get back to their school in enough time for lunch) 
Subject: Knife Crime, Violence Against Young People Awareness Event
Venue: Square Chapel, Blackledge, Halifax, HX1
Sponsor: Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) West Yorkshire Mayoral Police and Crime Commissioner.  In partnership with Calderdale Safety Partnership

To reserve a place:email  
If you have any requirements that we need to be aware of, which will enable you to attend and fully participate in the event please let us know.

Target Audience:
Young People (from secondary/grammar schools locally)
Professionals/Organisations who provide diversionary activities or early intervention for young people
Partners/Leadership:  Violent Crime, Police, Community Safety, Children & Young People Services.
There will be some refreshments available, so please let us know if you have any dietary requirements or allergies.

VSI Alliance: Training Program for 2022/23!
Click Here to Download the Full Training Program, (April - June 2022). 
This is a rolling a program that will be updated as more courses are announced. You can also keep up to date with the latest training courses available by visiting the training & events section of the VSI Alliance website. To reserve a place email, . 

Charities Act 2022: Implementation Plan 
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has published its plans for implementation of the Charities Act, which became law in February. Different provisions are expected to come into force at different points over the next 18 months.

Good Practice for Charities in Supporting the Public Response to Ukraine
NCVO has published a blog looking at the ways charities can use good practice learned in previous crises to support the public's generous response to Ukrainian refugees through the Homes for Ukraine scheme. Commenting that "The speed and scale of the response from potential volunteers themselves aren’t always matched with the development of large-scale national programmes, particularly ones as complex as the Homes for Ukraine scheme,". 

Do you want to be an Engagement Champion? - Click here to Download the PDF
The Engagement Champions programme, delivered by Voluntary & Community (VAC) on behalf of NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Groups  supports voluntary and community sector organisations to undertake  training for their staff or volunteers to become an accredited ‘ Engagement Champion’ and then seek the views of the organisation’s members  to inform health service changes.   Engagement Champions is about capturing the views of residents, especially those who are seldom heard, specifically in relation to health. Community and voluntary organisations are so well placed in communities to engage with residents.  


Has your Charity Experienced Problems with Banking?
The Civil Society Group has been working on helping charities that are experiencing problems with banking. This short survey will help us understand the scale of the challenges so that we can advocate on your behalf to the Charity Commission, government, and the banking sector. It should take you 5-10 minutes to complete. Deadline: Friday 6th May. 

Events and Training
Calderdale LGBTQ+ Mental Health Campaign Presents ‘Queer Up’ Event - 21st April 
Award-winning podcaster, writer, and speaker, Alexis Caught joins the Mind Your Head campaign to discuss mental health and belonging, and the queer community.

  • ‘Queer Up’ a Q&A with Alexis Caught - Thursday 21 April at 7.30pm on Facebook Live and at
Overcoming Barriers To Engagement - 25th April 
Join us to explore how to support people to engage with the activities that can improve their wellbeing, and how to address barriers that’s top them from taking part.

The Yorkshire & Humber Women & Girls Virtual Learning Event - 26th April 
How can the voluntary and community sector and social enterprises work together with funders and commissioners to change the lives of women and girls?

Come and explore strategies for rising to the challenges posed by Violence Against Women & Girls, domestic and sexual abuse, human trafficking, Covid 19 and strained finances.

It Takes a Village: A Little Village Research Report - 26th April 
You are invited to join Little Village to hear the conclusions of their research into poverty rates among families with children under five, and the ways we can tackle it together.

Burnt Bridges? Briefing - 13th July 
Calderdale Safeguarding Adults Board review of the deaths of five men who lived street-based lives.
These briefings are based on the learning event from December 2021 and includes the stories of the men and trauma informed responses. Niamh Cullen, Public Health Manager and report author will talk about the report findings and answer questions.


Funding Opportunity - Sustain - Food for the Planet project - *Closing 15th April* 

A programme of new grants has been launched recently by Sustain as part of the Food for the Planet project. The grants aim to support communities to campaign and advocate to make food in their area better for people and the planet. Applicants are encouraged to propose their own ideas for great local action, but should focus on areas that have a big impact locally, for example:

  • Encouraging and celebrating climate-friendly food in public institutions and council settings
  • Growing more sustainable and healthy food, especially in urban fringes
  • Tackling unfair and unhelpful pricing and advertising of the most climate-damaging foods
  • Supporting groups and communities that are marginalised to campaign for food climate justice and tackling racial injustice in the food system
  • Divesting from industrial agriculture

Grants of up to £5,000 are open to any local food partnership, local authority or community group in the UK.
 Please note the grant deadline is 5pm Friday 15th April 2022. For further information, please contact Ruth Westcott.


Charity Commission: 2 x Board Members 
These two vacancies are senior roles requiring people with the necessary non-executive skills and experience to assist the Chair in providing strategic leadership and oversight of the Charity Commission.  The Commission’s work is highly varied and engages with people and institutions throughout England and Wales: the Board seeks to reflect that diversity in its composition.  


Viaduct Friends
This is your opportunity to get involved with The Viaduct Theatre as a Volunteer! Usually Volunteers will be Event Ushers whose role can include Meeting & Greeting the Audience, Checking Tickets, Selling Programmes & Merchandise, Helping the Audience to their Seats, Selling Ice Creams and Maintaining our Health & Safety Procedures. Usually there is the opportunity to see the Productions/Shows/Events in the Theatre for free in return.

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