VSI Alliance Update January 8, 2021

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


VSI Alliance News & Events


Basic Bookkeeping Using the WYCAS Cashbook – 28th January
A 3 hour Zoom workshop to show you how to use a free template giving you confidence to set up a bookkeeping system on a spreadsheet.
You will:

  • Be shown the structure of the linked spreadsheet
  • Set up a fictional organisation, with categories of income and spend, restricted funds and bank and cash accounts
  • Reconcile the bank transactions to the spreadsheet
  • Review how the inputs produce a finance report for use in the year

A basic ability to use a spreadsheet is needed. Your WYCAS tutor will lead the session, working through a practical exercise, so that you will be able to set up and use a spreadsheet recording method for your organisation.

Could you be a Covid Champion?
Do you want to help people stay safe and support your local community to respond to and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic? We are looking for Community Covid-19 Champions to help share information and help us develop our response to the virus in the future.


Calderdale Council’s response to the national lockdown
On Monday 4 January 2021, the Government announced that the country was moving into national lockdown with immediate effect.  The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS and social care services.

Update on Council services
Following the announcement that England will return to national lockdown restrictions with immediate effect, Calderdale Council is working through the implications for its services.


Have your say on the 2021/22 policing budget for West Yorkshire
An online survey on the police budget has been launched, asking how you would like to see money raised for the police part of the local council tax, called the ‘precept’.

Events and Training

Safeguarding Multi-Agency Training opportunities
Upcoming courses that were originally meant to be face-to-face, but will now take place online.


Calderdale Suicide Prevention and Self-harm Small Grants – Deadline extended: 18th January
The Calderdale Suicide Prevention Group have received funds from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to aid local suicide and self-harm activity. The fund will enable voluntary and community organisations to bid for small grants up to £8,000.

ESF Community Grants Relaunches
Since it was confirmed that ESF Community Grants was extending for applications into 2021, ESF have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure all processes are as efficient and accessible as possible for projects applying for funding.


Programme Co-ordinator – Closing date: 17th January
Newground are looking for an experienced and motivated individual to join the Employment & Skills team as a Programme Co-ordinator, to provide effective leadership and programme management of a new ESF Inclusive Growth Action Research Programme.

Project Officer (Youth Team) – Closing date: 17th January
Newground’s Youth Team (NYT) deliver a range of Youth Work programmes across the north and they are looking for someone to join the Calderdale Team, with a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of young people and the communities they serve.



Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub invite applications for additional board members
The board is entirely voluntary and most of them are in full-time employment or have other commitments and they need some additional board members to help with the load and share the work at this exciting time.


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.