VSI Alliance – Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

Calderdale News & Information

The Big Thank You Campaign
The Halifax Courier are creating a special supplement that thanks all the individuals, organisations, community groups, charities, support teams, volunteers, and businesses that have gone above and beyond during these difficult times. You are invited to send good quality images of people and your teams by Friday.

The Grief Project
verd de gris arts are offering a series of intimate online support sessions for people affected by grief. This means people from all our communities: family members, health/emergency workers and carers, or those who may be deeply fearful or anxious.

Regional/National News & Information

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Leading the Coronavirus Recovery
Locality’s new report, “We Were Built for This”, highlights the vital role that community organisations have played in meeting community need and supporting people during the coronavirus crisis.

Scope Services Supporting People with Health Conditions and Disabilities into Employment, Training & Volunteering
Their employment services – Starting Line, and Kickstart – are still running, albeit slightly differently to the usual delivery. Both services can work with anyone with any disability, physical impairment, mental health condition, sensory impairment, learning difficulty, or long-term health condition.

Funding and Tenders

Co-op Local Community Fund – Deadline: 28th June
Funding for projects which benefit local communities centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes. The funding aims to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing – physically and virtually.

COVID-19 Extraordinary Home Office Funding for Vulnerable Children’s Charities – Deadline: 29th June
West Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit has been allocated an additional £285,168 to provide to small/micro charities (defined as those having an income less than £100,000 per annum). This emergency funding is contingent on it being provided to secure critical frontline services affected by COVID-19.

One-Off Funding for Organisations That Employ People from Vulnerable/Disadvantaged Groups – Deadline: 29th June
Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that employ people from vulnerable or disadvantaged groups and have suffered a loss of trading income due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can apply for a grant.

Sustainable Urban Development Call – Deadline: 30th June
SUD calls are the only multi Priority Axis Calls to be launched across the European Structural and Investment Funds programme in the Leeds City Region and represent a unique funding opportunity for projects in the ESIF programme.

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Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
The Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) will lend to charities and social enterprises with long-term viability but whose expected income and activity has been delayed or disrupted by COVID-19.


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West Yorkshire PCC Violence Reduction Unit Vacancies – Closing date: 28th June
West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Mark Burns-Williamson, is recruiting to his West Yorkshire-wide Violence Reduction Unit, and is looking for enthusiastic and passionate colleagues to work with him to continue to make a real difference to the lives of people across communities in West Yorkshire.


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Charity Shop Volunteer Matching Service Launched
The Charity Retail Association, in partnership with Wil-U, has launched a new service to match prospective charity shop volunteers with local retailers.

Mothershare – Trustee Vacancies
Would you like to meet new people, help to make a difference to children’s lives and give something back? Mothershare are looking for passionate volunteers to join their Board of Trustees.

About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or see below contact information.

We can support you with:

  • Organisational development
  • Social enterprise, business development and asset transfer
  • Governance
  • All aspects of establishing a new group or organisation
  • Quality assurance including Quality For Health
  • Safeguarding support
  • Fundraising and income generation
  • Partnership working
  • Specialist financial advice and services
  • Volunteering brokerage and development
  • Engagement Champions
  • Voice and representation of the VCS sector

Contact information:

Delivery Manager, food banks and Sowerby/Ryburn area – contact Jayne Leech: jayne.leech@vsialliance.org.uk

Funding, business planning and any groups in Upper Valley – contact Pat Akerman: pat.akerman@vsialliance.org.uk

Engagement Champions – contact Nikkie Dooley and Jayne O’Connell nikkie.dooley@cvac.org.uk / jayne.o’connell@cvac.org.uk

Communication – e-bulletin/social media – contact Jake Farrar: jake.farrar@vsialliance.org.uk

Volunteering support and any groups in Central Halifax – contact Charlie Johnston: charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in North Halifax – contact Rachel Shaw: rachel.shaw@vsialliance.org.uk

Organisational development – any groups in Lower Valley – contact Olivia Swingler: olivia.swingler@vsialliance.org.uk

Locality specialist support – contact Sophie Michelena: sophie.michelena@vsialliance.org.uk

WYCAS: specialist financial advice – contact Helen Galvin: helen.galvin@vsialliance.org.uk