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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: Volunteer Managers Network - 21st September 
This group, hosted by the VSI Alliance, is for anyone who managers volunteers and would like an opportunity to meet others in similar roles. 

The meetings are an informal chance to catch up on what’s happening with each other’s organisations, natter about any challenges you might have in the world of volunteer management and provide an opportunity to support each other by sharing knowledge. 

It's also a chance for you to tell us at the VSIA what you need from us!

If you would like to attend the meeting, please let Charlie know by emailing


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.

Events and Training

Calderdale Council: Free Expert Advice at Let’s Do Business Event - 12th & 13th September 
Businesses in Calderdale are invited to a free two-day event packed with expert advice to help their enterprise grow and flourish. The Let’s Do Business event, hosted by Business Growth Calderdale on behalf of Calderdale Council, aims to provide small and medium sized businesses with the knowledge, confidence and connections to help them succeed and overcome specific challenges they may be facing. The event is taking place at the Elsie Whitely Innovation Centre in Halifax on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 September 2022 and includes a series of practical workshops hosted by business experts, covering everything from starting a business and recruitment to strategic marketing and reducing your environmental footprint.

CalderdaleCreates Launches New Training & Events Programme
The key partnership for culture in Calderdale is excited to announce a new series of network events & industry training events that is live from September onwards. The events and training specifically cater to the sector in Calderdale coming out the priorities identified in the cultural strategy ‘Where Creativity Flows’ and link in with the Culturedale brand. Creative Producer Training: Closing Soon! Deadline to Apply: 12 September. 

CalderdaleCreates in Discussion with Martin Sutherland OBE the road to Calderdale Year of Culture 2024 - 1st November
If you’re a creative professional, living in or working in Calderdale come along to the launch of the CalderdaleCreates network on Tuesday 1st November at Artworks The EveryBody School of Art 2pm – 5pm for the chance to network and shape the future of culture in the borough. Keynote Speaker Martin Sutherland OBE, CEO Coventry City of Culture 2021. 

Shaping Our Lives: Thinking Outside the Tick Box - A User-Led Inclusive Involvement Conference - 1st November 
This conference is the UK's first user-led inclusive involvement conference, drawing together service users from marginalised communities to talk about what matters to them when it comes to having their say in the services that affect their lives. Join us online or in Birmingham to hear from an array of speakers, and to share and discuss how to make involvement truly inclusive, meaningful and effective.

YHMAST: Ey Up, Dad! - Engaging with the Men in Children's Lives - 25th November 
This conference will explore the topic of engaging fathers, partners and other important men in practice from various different viewpoints: men's lived experience, attachment, bonding, mental health, learning from reviews, practice tips and sharing of knowledge


New Cost of Living Grants Fund for Older People. *Short Application Window* - Closing 16th September
Funding to support older people in the UK with the cost-of-living crisis. The charity, Independent Age is providing a total of 25 grants of £40,000 each to charities and community organisations across the UK. The funding is intended to ‘get more money into the pockets of older people and help ensure they do not have to choose between buying food to eat and heating their homes this winter’. Applications will be accepted from registered or exempt UK charities, charitable incorporated organisations (CIO) or community interest companies (CIC) with an annual turnover of at least £100,000.


Healthy Minds: Community Health & Wellbeing Service Manager - Closing 14th September
The Service Manager will provide practical, day-to-day line management and supervision for the CHWB team, comprising 10 full-time equivalent workers.  Ensuring that each worker is suitably supported and equipped to fulfil their role, the Service Manager will advise and assist as required by each worker. They will liaise with key partner organisations across the Calderdale health system, representing the service at meetings on a local, regional and national level as required. This will be a varied and challenging role in a new and innovative service. Rate of Pay: (2021-22): £28,574 per annum + 5% pension

Healthy Minds: Membership & Engagement Coordinator - Closing 19th September 
The coordinator role will be varied, communicating with people at different levels throughout Calderdale.  This is about building and nurturing relationships within the Healthy Minds team of staff and volunteers, Healthy Minds members and the people of Calderdale. Rate of Pay: (2021-22): £26,245 per annum + 5% pension.

Healthy Minds: Link Project Worker - Closing 19th September
The Healthy Minds Link project has been commissioned to explore alternative (outside of the statutory system) support for those stuck in a mental health ‘crisis loop’ and to find ways out of that loop. Link is unique and differs from other Healthy Minds services in that it focusses on individual rather than peer support. It differs from the one-to-one support offered via Safespace for example (which takes place ‘in the moment’) in that a longer-term, supportive relationship is purposefully built and focusses on progression and making changes. It differs from statutory services in that it is non-clinical - not responding or planning according to diagnoses. We work carefully to complement and add to statutory services already available, rather than replace them. The Link worker creatively eradicates any ‘us & them’ relationship, instead placing the focus on ‘us and we’. Rate of Pay: (2021-22): £13.46 per hour; £15,747 per annum + 5% pension

Women Centre: Counselling Practitioners Bradford Survive & Thrive Part-time Counsellor - Closing  19th September
We are looking to recruit experienced counsellors. To apply you will need to have:
  • A minimum of two years post qualification experience of offering individual counselling to people who have been exposed to domestic abuse and/or sexual violence and/or over two years of domestic abuse and or sexual violence support experience
  • A sound knowledge of relevant support services across the Bradford District

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