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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

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.

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

Aim  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


Lloyds Bank Foundation: Free Resources From the Foundation
Press, Communications and Influencing guide: From developing key messages to working with the media to amplify your small charity, our free guide is a great place to start when thinking about your communications. Download for free.
Trustee Recruitment guide: Our free toolkit provides guidance on the fundamentals of trustee recruitment, selection and induction, and offers useful exercises and practical tips that you can implement in your organisation. Find out more

West Yorkshire Health & Care Partnership Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub
A financial stress package is available via the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub – The Hub self-help hub for any staff, volunteers and organisations working in health and social care, including those in the voluntary and community sector.)

Artworks: BBC Art Show Winner to Deliver Painting Challenge in Halifax
The winner of the BBC One’s TV painting competition ‘The Big Painting Challenge’ is set to deliver an exciting painting challenge of her own at a Halifax art school. Suman Kaur, who was crowned winner of the show in 2017, is working with Artworks, an art school, gallery space and artist studios based in Halifax, to deliver the six-week course designed to help participants develop their painting skills. Starting on the 31 October, the course will feature a new challenge each week, including still life, portraits, landscape and life drawing.

West Yorkshire Improving Population Health Fellowship Information Pack 2023 - Download the PDF Pack
We are pleased to share the West Yorkshire Improving Population Health Fellowship Information Pack 2023 with you.
Please share this pack through your networks and with anyone you think may be interested in becoming one of our:
  • 30 Health Equity Fellows,
  • 30 Adversity, Trauma and Resilience Fellows,
  • 5 Climate Change Fellows, or
  • 5 Suicide Prevention Fellows.


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

Festival of Trusteeship 2022 - 7-11th November 
Getting on Board’s Festival of Trusteeship will take place during Trustees Week, 7-11 November 2022. It’s a week-long online series of events, during Trustees Week, stuffed with exciting options for people who want to become trustees, trustees who want to keep learning and developing, and for charity leaders who want to understand best practice in trustee recruitment and diversity.

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.

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.

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 


Mayor's Safer Communities Fund Grant Round 3, Now Open
- Closing 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.

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


Newground Together: Senior Youth Worker Role - Closing 4th November
Newground Together is an award-winning social enterprise and a member of Together Housing Group, committed to providing excellent Youth work. We are looking for someone who is committed to working with & for young people, ensuring they have the information to make informed choices about their lives, opening up new opportunities and have a say in local decision making.


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.

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