VSI Alliance Update September 11, 2020

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events

Report: Calderdale Voluntary and Community Sector’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
This report has been brought together by the VSI Alliance using evidence and insight drawn from across the diverse voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Calderdale.


Calderdale News & Information

Calderdale Anti-Poverty Dashboards – Evidence of Need Across Calderdale
This is a collection of dashboards and data sets showing selected statistics on poverty in Calderdale. The site may be of interest to Voluntary and Community groups in Calderdale who are seeking evidence of need for new funding bids and projects.

Fully Funded Courses from Calderdale College
Calderdale College currently have 3 courses live that are fully funded via a number of funded contracts (funding is subject to eligibility), all training is delivered remotely with full support from experienced college tutors.

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Coronavirus Support for Vulnerable and At-Risk People in Calderdale
Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped secure support for people in Calderdale who are at risk due to the coronavirus.

Do Your Own Thing: Self-Employment Programme for Women
Do Your Own Thing is a free 12-week programme to support women in Calderdale to set up their own business.
Regional/National News & Information

Access NCVO Member-Only Resources for Free
To support charities during COVID-19, NCVO have opened their member-exclusive resources to everyone. For just a few more weeks, you can still get access to practical resources, from governance support to volunteer management or finance help.


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Calderdale Test & Trace Survey
In Calderdale, the national Test & Trace service is supported by a local service to help us reach as many people as possible. They want to find out what you know about the Test & Trace service and how you feel about it.

Online Events and Training

In case you missed it:

The Secrets of Successful Change Management at a Time of Crisis – 17th September
During this impactful, free webinar, you will learn how to avoid common pitfalls and the key measures for successfully implementing significant change in your charity.

Funding Strategy and Diversification Post Covid-19 – 22nd September
This course from NCVO will help you understand and analyse the current funding situation of your organisation and teach you how to plan for the future.

Mental Health at Work – Current Challenges
This webinar is designed to provide line managers with information to help support their own and their team’s mental wellbeing during this current climate.


Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants
National Lottery Project Grants is the open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

New Fund Launched to Support LGBT Communities Affected By COVID-19
A new £350,000 funding scheme has been launched to address the additional needs of LGBT+ people and communities most adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and to support and strengthen LGBT+ organisations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phoenix Global Fund for Children for BAME VCSE Organisations – Upcoming deadlines: 16th & 30th September
The Phoenix Fund aims to put racial justice at the heart of COVID-19 pandemic response. The initiative will support a network of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic charities and groups in England that are working in the heart of their communities.

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New £3.3 Million Fund to Give Babies from Deprived Areas or BAME Backgrounds the Best Start in Life
Mothers and babies will benefit from a new multi-million-pound fund to give people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) or poorer backgrounds the best chance at a healthy start in life.


Family Outreach Worker – Closing date: 18th September
A passionate and enthusiastic team member is required at Jubilee Children’s Centre, committed to supporting vulnerable and excluded families.

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