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

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


VSI Alliance News & Events

Are you recruiting new volunteers?

Charlie Johnston, the VSI Alliance’s Volunteer Development Officer, is asking if your group is currently (or soon to be), recruiting new volunteers to your organisation. She’s had a few enquiries from individuals and others from professionals who are working with people who are interested in volunteering and would appreciate knowing what opportunities are out there.

We’re not suggesting that you should or shouldn’t be taking on new people at the moment, we’re just wondering if you are… It would be super helpful for Charlie (and for potential volunteers) to know what the options are for those that want to commit to joining an organisation to give their time, energy and skills.

There are over 800 people registered on the Council’s volunteering hub database and it’s Charlie’s hope that some of these people, who may have never volunteered before, will have caught the volunteering bug (as opposed to the other bug that’s going around!) and will want to continue being an active part of making Calderdale a great place to live. Charlie’s looking into potential opportunities to reach out to these people to see if there’s an appetite with them for longer term volunteering – many of them have come forward just during the current crisis so may not have considered the future. So it would be good to know what’s out there for them.

Please could you email Charlie (charlie.johnston@vsialliance.org.uk) and let her know if you’re recruiting at the moment, and if not, when you might start again.



Calderdale News & Information

Earlier this week:

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 & Resources

100 Days of COVID – A Story of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Efforts
100 days since full lockdown was announced across the United Kingdom, leaders in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are thanking over 100,000 people who work as part of England’s fourth largest integrated care system.

Help to Find the Right Income Mix
The templates are designed to help trustees and managers understand how far the charity relies on a particular income stream and explore more diverse funding approaches.


Events and Training

Easing of lockdown: practical considerations for managing and supporting staff – 29th June
Normal working practices have changed dramatically in a very short period. Most staff are still working remotely, and many organisations have made use of the furlough scheme. This NCVO webinar will share good practice on managing and supporting staff in this new environment.



Calderdale Ward Forum Grants Have Restarted
Grants available up to £500 in any given financial year provided the group is fully constituted (with a dissolution clause), has a safeguarding policy and has a dedicated twin signatory bank account also in the name of the group.

Food for Life Get Togethers Small Grants Programme Relaunched
Small grants of £150 are available for applications from June 2020 to April 2021. The grants are to support community-led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers.

Earlier this week:

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.


Mental Health Support Team Vacancies
Calderdale Mental Health Support Team are seeking a representative workforce to work in schools and education settings. They need staff including qualified Clinicians & Supervisors and a Service Manager to work in this innovative new Open Minds service.

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