VSI Alliance Update August 14, 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


In case you missed it:

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.


Employment and Skills Plan Refresh Survey
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has launched an online survey for the employment and skills plan refresh which is open until 6th September.


Arts Council Grants Programme
Arts Council England has re-opened its open grants programme with grants up to £100,000 to individuals, arts organisations and organisations delivering arts (dance, music etc.), museums and libraries projects that engage people with arts and culture, to get activities up and running again after COVID-19.

Funding for Small Businesses in Calderdale
More small businesses in Calderdale are now able to benefit from funding of up to £10,000 from the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund.

Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Communities Fund
Grants up to £500 for not-for-profit organisations supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities.

In case you missed it:

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.

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.

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.



Children & Adults Safeguarding Board Learning & Improvement Officer – Closing date: 23rd August
The specific role purpose is to support organisations who work with children, adults and families to ensure that their workforce and volunteers are clear about their responsibilities, are suitably skilled and that training and learning needs are met.

Vacancies for Education Mental Health Practitioners – Closing date: 31st August
Northpoint Wellbeing are recruiting 8 x Education Mental Health Practitioners (EMHPs) to work as part of Calderdale’s exciting new Mental Health Support Team.

In case you missed it:

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

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.

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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