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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.

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, . 


Help your Charity or Club with this Huge Giveaway
As part of our sponsorship of the Pedal 4 Pounds event with Huddersfield Town we are Giving Charities and Sports clubs the opportunity to win £500 to spend with us, which could help kickstart a fundraising campaign for your organisation.

Calderdale Council: Creativity Flows Through Calderdale
Calderdale’s new cultural strategy provides a roadmap for creative delivery over the next 10 years.

Advice and information from Turn2Us
As prices for energy bills and food continue to soar many 'people are struggling to afford even the basics. Our guide provides useful and practical information for your service users on benefits, charitable grants, support from local authorities and advice on reducing out goings and expenditures.

Still Time to Register to Vote in the Local Government Elections 5 May 2022
If you are already registered to vote at your current address, you don’t need to register again. Anyone who needs to register can do so quickly and easily online. Registering takes less time than it takes to make a cup of tea! Register here

New Referral Processes
Are you an organisation that signposts or refers people for support? Make a note of these new ways to refer…



Unique Ways Annual Survey 2022 - Closing 1st May 
Audience: anyone who has used Unique Ways services in the past year.
Organisation: Unique Ways
Purpose: to assess how well Unique Ways has met its members’ needs, and shape their future offer

Would you like to help us create an important information project for local people about Annual GP Health Checks? You can earn some money by sharing your experiences with us.

Your WYFRS, Have Your Say
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service continuously strive to make our county safer and to always deliver the best Service for you. Your views on WYFRS are important to us and we want to know what you think of the service we provide.

Events and Training

Steering Group Members Sought - First Meeting 3rd May 
The Programme is seeking people to join our new West Yorkshire Neurodiversity Steering Group and Reference group. This work is all-age i.e. Children and Young People and Adults.

Knowledge Sharing and Training Opportunity - 5th May 
SEYH are proud to be working with Caris Consulting and Social Enterprise International Ltd (SEi) and others on the European Social Economy Network (ESEN) project.  This aims to support social enterprises in Europe through sharing knowledge and providing high quality training. 

Eid Family Celebration
The Piece Hall are  pulling together a small family friendly event for Eid on Saturday 7 May. They will have arts and craft activities (some free - card making, games, fabric drawing), some charged for; Henna, face painting, and Simply Delish are going to have a pop-up food stall selling hot and cold food.

Cancer Patient Focus Group - Click Here to Download PDF 
Have you been affected by cancer either yourself as a patient or as a family member/friend supporting someone else? Then we would like to invite you to join our next ONLINE. 
Monday 9th May 2022, 2.00pm til 3.30pm Online via Microsoft Teams. 

MEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP  - Click Here to Download PDF
A support group for men affected by cancer in Calderdale & Huddersfield. 

In conversation with the VRU: Caribbean, African, Asian & Mixed Heritage Women Community Event - 18th May
• Women’s feelings of safety; • The experiences and understanding of abuse and violence of Caribbean, African, Asian & Mixed Heritage women and; • Access to services such as domestic abuse services and maternity services.

WEA: Supporting You Into Work West Yorkshire - Click Here to Download PDF 

WEA: Learn Something New and Meet People - Click Here to Download PDF  

WEA: Improving Your Skills and Confidence - Click Here to Download PDF  

WEA: Improve Your Health and Wellbeing Course - Click Here to Download PDF 


Benefact Trust’s Brighter Lives Grants Programme
Funding to Christian organisations to respond to the long-term impact throughout society of Covid-19 on people’s mental health – whatever their faith, or none. Funds can support existing or emerging services provided by churches and Christian charities for people struggling with mental health. Rolling programme, grant size dependent on need.

Community Transport Grants
Through this new grant programme we aim to help charities and organisations to make an immediate impact for disabled people, by awarding funding to develop, expand and improve community transport options. 

The NAAFI Fund reopens for 2022/2023
The NAAFI Fund has already distributed over £1.9million to the British Armed Forces units around the world. With grants reaching over 27 countries and 11 ships we know that these grants improve the quality of life for serving personnel and serving families living on or near a Forces base or station. 

Asda Foundation: Refugee Support Grant 
Group Guidance & Criteria. 


Migration Coordinator for Calderdale - Closing 18th May
Calderdale wants to welcome and support new migrants who are seeking safety here and each and every one of you plays a role in making that happen, the good news is that we now have this new post to help us all in our commitment to do this too.

EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER 16 hours per week – Temporary for 12 months Salary - £20,283.99 per annum (Actual £8,654.50 pro rata) MATERNITY COVER.

SENIOR EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER – Room Leader Based in Todmorden Children’s Centre 
SENIOR EARLY YEARS PRACTITIONER – Room Leader Based in Todmorden Children’s Centre 37.5 hours per week Salary £21,746. 

Integration Key Worker – Calderdale & Kirklees 
37.5 hours per week £24,053.37 per annum Fixed Term Contract until 31st March 2023

Community Project Worker - (West Central Halifax)
22.5 hours per week Temporary position until end December 2022 Salary - £20,000 (£12,000 actual pro rata)

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