VSI Alliance Update January 22, 2021

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


VSI Alliance News & Events



Safeguarding Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults – 4th February

This workshop offers knowledge and practical down-to-earth advice – alongside information on DBS checks and safer recruitment.

It’s important for us all to recognise the vital importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults in our work.

  • Are you working with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults?
  • Have you a clear understanding of your responsibilities around safeguarding?
  • Do you understand your organisation’s Safeguarding Policy?
  • Are you confident around what you must do if you have concerns?

We want your feedback – the VSI Update

Thank you to all who have completed this survey already.

The VSI Alliance are seeking your feedback on our weekly update to find out if we are including the right information for you and your organisation’s needs. Your feedback will form part of a review of the layout and content of our update to make sure it is fit for purpose and as useful as possible.

The survey is anonymous and will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Thank you!


In case you missed it:

Funding available to make homes easier and cheaper to heat
Following a successful application process, Calderdale Council is set to receive over £2million from the Government’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, to help improve the energy efficiency of low-income households.

PREVENT Calderdale
Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the UK government’s counter-terrorism strategy and aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.


Calderdale Council Budget Consultation
You can have your say on the budget proposals by a number of ways. The proposals will be finalised by the Cabinet on Monday 8 February 2021 and the budget will be agreed at the Annual Budget Council meeting on Monday 22 February 2021.

Events and Training

Adultification Training
With the current focus on child criminal and child sexual exploitation the need to understand notions of vulnerability and childhood has never been timelier. This free interactive virtual workshop will explore the concept of adultification and its application to practice.

Working in Partnership to Keep Faith Communities Safe – 27th January
Online partnership event, organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire Police. This event will be the first of a series to help build on relationships with faith communities and to explore how they can further support these communities.

Challenges of Safeguarding in Sport during and post-Covid-19 lockdowns – 28th January
NWG are hosting a virtual event with Keith Oddy talking about his professional experiences during these challenging times. Keith is The Independent Child Protection Officer for Swim England and has a varied professional background including law enforcement.

Virtual Event: Exploring the impact of Covid-19 on poverty and inequalities in Calderdale – 25th February
Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council, will be addressing all attendees to set the scene. This engaging event will present different lived experiences of poverty during the pandemic and the latest key statistics.

In case you missed it:

West Yorkshire Police Independent Scrutiny and Advisory Group – 28th January
West Yorkshire Police are creating this group to tackle race, inequality, and the legacy of historical injustices within policing.


Emergency Responders Fund – Deadline: 29th January
The Emergency Responders Fund brings together various streams of emergency funding from the Government and local donors and aims to support organisations to continue their emergency response work, aiding Calderdale residents in need.

In case you missed it:

Local Connections Fund – Deadline 26th January
The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.


In case you missed it:

Vacancies at Sure Start Children’s Centres – Closing date: 27th January
There are number of vacancies within the Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation.


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.