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VSI Alliance News & Events 

Volunteer Development Officer - Closing 11th July
“Volunteering is a powerful thing – it’s not doing something for nothing, it’s doing something that can mean everything.” Could you support the future of volunteering in Calderdale?

Food Poverty Co - Ordinator - Closing 11th July
We would like to recruit a Co-ordinator who will work as part of a team to address Food Poverty. The post holder will respond to national and local challenges including any transport/import implications to the UK food distribution systems post Brexit, the increases in cost of living and fuel energy prices.

Quality and Engagement Project Support Worker - Closing 22nd July
The role of the Quality and Engagement Project Support Worker is central to the continued successful development and delivery of VAC contracted projects primarily across Kirklees and Calderdale. Reporting to the Quality & Engagement Team Lead, you will support the team to deliver the roll-out of the Quality 4 Health + Wellbeing accreditation across Calderdale and Kirklees and wider areas by providing a range of support to recruit and coordinate contract and income generating related activities with Voluntary and Community Sector Enterprise (VCSE) organisations.


Volunteer to Present Games Medals 
Alison will volunteer this summer at Birmingham Commonwealth Games. Local social entrepreneur has accepted a key role in Medals Ceremonies. Due to Alison’s complex disabilities she has a social services funded care team. This summers opportunity costs more than the care budget allows so to ensure that Alison can make the most of this opportunity she needs to raise approximately £1500 to fund her care team. Make a Donation Here. 

Join ACDAF and Discuss Inclusive Commuting and Green Spaces Access
We have focus groups on Transport, countryside and green spaces, tourism and health and wellbeing. Members can be as involved as they choose but everyone has an equal voice to raise awareness of issues affecting their lives in regards to access and inclusion. If you would like a membership form or to find out more about our friendly group please contact Lorri 07596 707795

Healthy Holidays Calderdale Programme
The Healthy Holidays Calderdale Programme is back for the Summer! Free places are available at Summer holiday clubs across the Borough for children aged 5-16 eligible for benefits-related free school meals.
Bookings are now LIVE.


Victims’ Survey 2022 - Closing 26th August
Have you been a victim of or reported a crime in the past three years? Tell us about your experience.

Events and Training

UKSPF in West Yorkshire - Local Investment Framework - 4th July 
This workshop will focus on the headline Local Investment Framework for the Core element of UKSPF, plus an update on the Multiply Local Investment Plan. The workshop will be held via Microsoft Teams, to enable as many partners as possible to attend.

Power to Change: Powering up your Digital and Climate Skills - 4th July 
On Monday 4 July we're hosting two online sessions on the next round of Powering Up. These webinars will outline the focus and requirements for the next round of programme, which is launching this summer.

PH Approaches to Changes in Cost of Living - Building Food Resilience
- 6th July

Aim: Present practical solutions to reduce the impact on health as a result of the cost of living increase. Explore the inequalities experienced and disproportionate impact on health outcomes due to food insecurity.

Speakers: We are still finalising the agenda but speakers we have so far are:
  • Jo Smith, Consultant Dietitian (Clinical Academic) at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and Teesside University
  • Dr Claire O’Malley and Andrea Burrows, Teesside University
  • Selina Treuherz ShefFood Partnership Coordinator
  • Mark Game – CEO That Bread & Butter Thing
  • Maria Bryant, Reader in Public Health Nutrition, Department of Health Sciences and the Hull York Medical School
  • Case studies from Yorkshire & Humber

Book Via Eventbrite 

Together Study: A Study to Promote Family Wellbeing - 15th September
Are you a parent with children aged 3-18? Do you want to help shape services for the future? Come and be part of a study to promote family wellbeing. Click Here to Download the PDF 


VocTech Seed Grant Fund - Closing 13th July
VocTech Seed Fund grants of £15,000 to £50,000 for projects using technology to transform how adults gain and maintain skills for work. Charities, trade bodies, existing learning providers and employers can apply.  Will fund exploration of new approaches to using technology to enable adult skills development, specifically experimentation and scoping of early-stage ideas, including pilots, prototyping and planning for long-term success. The grants can be used to support a wide range of learners with particular interest in supporting sectors, locations, skills levels and individuals that have not been well served by mainstream provision.

Woodward Charitable Trust’s: Grants Up to £3,000, Towards Core Funding for Smaller Registered Charities - 19th July
Woodward Charitable Trust’s: grants up to £3,000, towards core funding for smaller registered charities (annual turnover less than £20,000) working with: Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in antisocial activities; Disadvantaged families including: parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refugees and domestic violence projects and projects that benefit travellers, ethnic minorities and refugee families; Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoners' families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release.

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity grants - Closing 22nd July 
In response to the Cost of Living Crisis, the usual September grant round is being brought forward to earlier in the summer. The theme for this round is 'Developing Resilience' and will focus on supporting organisations who provide urgent money guidance and emergency debt help. 

LLoyds Bank Foundation: Reaching Further - Closing 29th July 
We will be accepting new applications from eligible small and local charities. We encourage all eligible charities to apply for an unrestricted £50,000 grant by the closing date. 

Asda Foundation: Foundation Grants - Closing 19th August 
ASDA Foundation Empowering Local Communities and U18’s Better Start grants of £500 to £1,500 supports a broad range of activities which contribute towards transforming communities and improving lives.


Calderdale Council: Independent Visitor & Volunteer Worker
- Closing 4th July

The Independent Visitor and Volunteer Team are looking to recruit an additional worker to join their statutory team. Within this role you will be able to develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, policies and procedures regarding volunteers, children and young people.

North Halifax Partnership: Staying Well (Active) Worker - Closing 6th July
The role involves working within our existing Staying Well team.

Women Centre: Specialist Domestic Abuse Practitioner - Closing 25th July
Bradford Maze Behaviour Change, 18.5 hours per week - S01 point 23 - 25 (£27,741 to £29,577 pro rata)(Temporary contract, funded until 31st March ’23, with potential to extend subject to funding)

Women Centre: Counselling Practitioners Bradford Survive & Thrive
- Closing 25th July

Counselling Practitioners Bradford Survive & Thrive, (16 hours post, funded until 30 September 2023), Scale points 23-25, £27,741- £29,577 pro rata.

Halifax Opportunities Trust: Work Based Assessor/Tutor -  Closing 15th July
Halifax Opportunities Trust is a large, local social enterprise with a broad portfolio of activities that create vibrant, multicultural and self-sustaining communities in Calderdale and Kirklees. We are looking for someone who has a strong background delivering apprenticeship standards with strong organisational skills and excellent communication skills. 

Halifax Opportunities Trust: Apprentice Early Years Practitioners
- Closing 15th July

This is a fantastic opportunity to build a rewarding Early Years career within the child care sector, following a nationally recognised qualification. You will spend around 80% of your time working and interacting directly with children, in an Early Years setting, on a day to day basis. You will support the provision of a stimulating and effective Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, which will enhance children’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual development.

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