VSI Alliance Update March 12, 2021

VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team


VSI Alliance News & Events


Local News

SEYH Awards
Nominations are now open to highlight the achievements of 2020, closing at 5pm, Thursday 22nd April. The awards evening will take place Thursday 27th May at 6pm online.

SFSC Parenting Programme
Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities (SFSC) is a free inclusive course to help parents and carers raise happy confident children, from ages 3-18 years. SFSC runs for 3 hours a week for 13 weeks.

Walking Football
The Mark Duffy Football School are starting a Walking Football group for over 50s, from Monday 19th April at West Vale Sports Ground. Experience mental and physical health benefits by having fun, keeping active and making new friends!

National News

New National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates
The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates will increase on 1‌‌ ‌April. In addition to the new rates, the age from which workers become eligible for the National Living Wage will be lowered. From 1‌‌ ‌April all workers aged 23 and over must be paid the National Living Wage or above.



Easing of National Lockdown – NCVO support – Closing date: 18th March
As national lockdown starts to ease and voluntary organisations embark on opening up premises and resuming services or activities in line with the government’s road map, NCVO would like to hear from you about the issues/concerns you have and what they can do to offer further support.

In case you missed it:

Calderdale CAB Website Survey
Citizens Advice Calderdale are in the middle of updating their website to make it easier to use, and need help with their research. If you’re chosen for the research you’ll receive a £40 online voucher.


Events and Training

Online screening event and Q&A supported by verd de gris arts and Calderdale Open Minds Partnership on how do we support the imaginations and aspirations of our young people.

In case you missed it:

Community First Funding Fair – 23rd-25th March
Building on the success of last year’s online Funding Fair, Community First are doing something a little bigger this year over 3 days.



Cash boost for Never Hungry Again fund – Deadline: 18th March
Children and young people in lower-income families will be supported to stay healthy and happy over the Easter school holidays, thanks to a new round of grants under the Never Hungry Again fund.

In case you missed it:

CityConnect Community Grants – Deadline: 19th March
The CityConnect Community Grants progamme encourages not-for-profit organisations across West Yorkshire to bid for grants of up to £5,000 to support people in their communities to cycle and walk more.



In case you missed it:

Facilities Coordinator – Closing date: 15th March
Todmorden Learning Centre and Community Hub (TLCCH) is a charitable Community Benefit Society created to ‘Save Tod College’ from closure and the loss of an important community facility within the town.



Volunteering Matters Good Practice Toolkit
The Good Practice Toolkit offers support and advice around volunteering for and with older people and people with dementia. This toolkit was created by Volunteering Matters project, Network Point Newcastle, commissioned by Newcastle City Council.


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.

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