VSI Alliance Update August 7, 2020

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Closing date: 28th August

Are you the person to help shape the future of volunteering in Calderdale? We are looking to recruit a development officer with a proven background in developing and delivering volunteer programmes to a wide range of groups and organisations and with a strong commitment to the values of quality volunteering.

Do you have:

  • Previous experience of managing volunteers?
  • An interest in developing new and exciting volunteer opportunities?
  • Energy and enthusiasm to work with other organisations to create a new approach to volunteering?
  • Enthusiasm to help volunteering initiatives within the business world?
  • An interest in working with us on the community-based Social Action pilots?

More information: https://www.sectorsupportcalderdale.org.uk/work-with-us/


Calderdale News & Information

Calderdale CCG Translation Services Available for GP Appointments
NHS Calderdale CCG have produced some videos on the translation services that are available to help people during GP appointments. They are available in Polish, Punjab, Urdu, Czech, and Slovak, as well as English.

Letter to Calderdale Residents: ‘We Need Your Help to Beat Coronavirus in Calderdale’
Letter from the Leader of Calderdale Council, and Leader of the Council Director of Public Health which is to be distributed to all Calderdale households.

Earlier this week:

Local Restrictions – What You Can and Cannot Do
As announced at the end of last week, see what the new local restrictions are as imposed by the government.

Regional/National News & Information

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Weekly Update
This week’s Leadership Message comes from Mike Doyle, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Suicide Prevention Lead and Lin Harrison, who is the Suicide Prevention Project Manager for the Partnership.


Applications Open for Infrastructure Organisations to Support BAME-Led Charities & Groups to Access National Emergencies Trust Funds
UKCF is seeking applications from BAME-led infrastructure organisations to access the new fund. Grants between £5,000 – £20,000 over a maximum of three months are available.

Holiday Food SupportDeadline extended: 10th August, 12noon
Grants will be awarded to help support vulnerable people in the immediate emergency caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) to reduce hunger and/or food poverty over the summer and beyond; and to have a lasting positive impact on families.

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust Grants – Deadline: 19th August
Grants range from £500 to £20,000. Registered charities can apply for grants of between £500 and £20,000. Other not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants of between £500 and £2,000.

Earlier this week:

Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage – Deadline: 17th August
Heritage organisations in England that are at risk of no longer trading viably this financial year can apply now for grants of between £10,000 and £3 million to cover any reasonable costs that helps them recover and become viable.

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England And Wales – COVID Recovery Fund
Launched today, the funding is aimed at small and medium sized charities that are helping people overcome complex social issues such as dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse. A Q&A webinar will be held on 11th August.


Project Worker: Peer Support for People in Crisis – Closing date: 31st August
Healthy Minds, working with the NHS Intensive Home-Based Treatment Team (sometimes called the “crisis team”, part of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) and Calderdale CCG, has an exciting opportunity to try out a different way to support people in emotional distress.

Earlier this week:

WYCAS Accountancy Vacancies:
Do you want to use your accountancy skills and knowledge to make a real difference to communities? Do you like the idea of working in a small team where you’ll have your own caseload, and where there’s flexible working, and plenty of training and development opportunities?

Community Accountant – Closing date: 17th August
Trainee Accountant – Closing date: 18th August



Earlier this week:

The Space @ Field Lane Seeking New Treasurer
Exciting opportunity for a willing and committed volunteer to join the board as a Trustee and take on the role of Treasurer. Could you be the right person to join The Space @ Field Lane’s supportive and inclusive board?

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 visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

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
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