Street Angels have opened a Cafe in the centre of Halifax
Angels Rest is a friendly new cafe conveniently located in the centre of Halifax, just away from the hustle and bustle. Open every weekday lunchtime, we’re perfect for a tea break from your shopping, or why not pop in for a panini at lunchtime. Our prices are very competitive and all our produce is locally sourced wherever possible. Come along and give us a try – you’re always guaranteed a warm welcome, we’d love to see you soon!
Find us at Angel’s Rest Cafe, 15 Crossley Street, Halifax, HX1 1UG, Open Monday-Friday, 10am-3pm.
From 10am on Tuesday 15 October Community Foundation for Calderdale will be launching the Christmas Meal Appeal. From then localgiving.com are offering match funding on the first £10 you donate.
We are asking all our supporters to take part and donate £10 this will be matched and with gift aid will be worth £22.50 to us, we can then make a real difference this Christmas to local families.
Hopefully this Christmas you will be surrounded by family, food and presents, but some families in Calderdale won’t be so lucky. More families than ever are struggling to make their basic needs.
This year help us to support them with the gift of Christmas dinner; working with ASDA Halifax we will provide a family of four with Christmas dinner for £10.
Donate via localgiving.com and double your donation – please add reference SW2013.
Calderdale residents are being warned about a company that is contacting people about their Council Tax bands. Calderdale Council has received a number of calls from people who have been contacted by a Manchester firm claiming that their Council Tax bands might be wrong and they could be owed money. The firm tells people it can check their band, and tries to set up an appointment in their home. Once there, it starts charging a fee.
Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Cllr Steve Sweeney, says: “We want to make it clear that firms of this kind are not working on behalf of the Council, and we’re urging residents – especially elderly people, who seem to be the main target – not to give out any details if they are contacted about their Council Tax band.
“The firm is charging for a service that can actually be provided for free. If people think they might be in the wrong Council Tax band, and therefore paying the wrong amount of Council Tax, they should contact the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), which is responsible for keeping Council Tax bands up to date in England and Wales. The VOA checks banding for free. It’s not possible for anyone other than the VOA to make guarantees on the outcomes of appeals about Council Tax bands.”
Contacting the Valuation Office Agency: Website: Valuation Office Agency – Council Tax Phone: 03000 501 501
Electric blanket testing day
Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees are hosting an electric blanket testing day on Tuesday 12th November at the Age UK Choices Centre in Woolshops, 9.30am-12.30pm.
We are expecting a large number of blankets so booking is essential – call 01422 399830 to book your test. Then bring your blanket in and if it fails the safety test, we will replace it free of charge with a similar one of the same size.
At our last session 80% of the blankets tested failed the safety check!
Unsafe blankets are a potential fire risk and West Yorkshire Fire Service will be on hand to offer home fire safety advice.
Sector Support Calderdale Training Programme
FREE Training Courses in September
Fund Raiser Basic
24 September , 9.30-4.00 – Adult education Centre, Brighouse Practical and sustainable fundraising methods for funding small groups and projects. What’s out there and what’s suitable? Easy review and forward planning tool. Selling stuff, events, activities, networking and licences etc. Defining and nurturing individual and business donors. Ethical issues. Introduction to and effective use of Gift Aid.
Social Enterprise, Charity or Both?
25 September , 9.30-4.00 – Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax Thinking about being a Company Limited by Guarantee but not sure what it means? What are the key differences to a Company Limited by Share? Want to do ‘charitable’ things? pay the Company Directors? Want to do some ‘Social Enterprise’ trading apply for charitable grants? Should your Company register as a CIC, a Charity or none of these things? Can a Charity also be a ‘Social Enterprise’? Need a Governing Document that works for you
Understand key advantages / disadvantages of various routes you could take. This course explores what goes into the Memorandum and Articles of Association for a Company and what the various implications may be.
Fund Raiser Plus (2 day course)
8 – 9 October, 9.30-4.00 – Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge
22 – 23 October, 9.30-4.00 – Brighouse Methodist Church, Brighouse Devise diverse funding strategies across the spectrum of funding and fundraising opportunities. This more in depth course builds upon material covered in the other courses, although it is not absolutely necessary to attend all of the other courses in order to benefit from FundRaiser Plus.
If interested, please contact us for further information and a booking form: Olivia Swingler, North Bank Forum: email@example.com. We hope to see you there. Bookings are first come first served!
Volunteer Supervisors Network Re-launch (rebranded as Volunteer Managers Partnership)
Thursday 3 October, 9.30-4.15, Orange Box, Thomas Street, Halifax. Including free Leadership & Management Training for Volunteer Co-ordinators (funded by North Bank Forum (Sector Support Calderdale) and the Skills Enhancement Fund) to help you face new challenges, review how you work, manage change in your organisation and look to the future.
Managing Volunteers Workshop, 9.30-3pm
People Management – looking at leadership, performance management, effective teams, managing conflict, coaching, managing change and effective recruitment. We will look at how to build the participation of your volunteers for improved performance and personal development.
Marketing Skills taster session at 3pm
An introduction to marketing including marketing techniques and how to develop a marketing plan.
Refreshments provided. Bring your own lunch. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
This is a FREE training event but in order to secure a place you need to initially pay £25. Cheques made payable to ‘Succeed Training and Development’. This will be refunded to you by NBF once you have attended the training.
For booking information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org by 16 September Bookings on a first come first served basis!
Third Sector Trends Survey 2013:
mapping the Third Sector in Yorkshire & the Humber
If you work in the voluntary sector you’ll probably have been challenged on things like – how many people are employed in the sector or are there really that many organisations?
This is one of the reasons Involve Yorkshire & Humber is producing the 2013 Third Sector Trends survey, so organisations can have reliable evidence for bids, planning services and demonstrating the contribution of the VCS to the economy and communities. Click here to take the survey now
We want as many voluntary and community organisations across Yorkshire and Humber – small and large, volunteers and staffed- to fill in the survey. The Survey will provide robust data about the size, value, activity, volunteering and geographical spread of the voluntary sector for Yorkshire and Humber. This data will support the work of voluntary organisations and provide valuable information for other sectors concerned about their communities.
We will conduct this work through an anonymous online questionnaire, which we want to go to as many voluntary and community organisations of every type as possible. It takes 10-12 minutes to complete. If you have problems using the survey link, here is the web-address to go to: https://www.survey.bris.ac.uk/durham/thirdsectortrends2013yorkshireandhumber
This will be of interest to all staff /trustees/volunteers who have safeguarding responsibilities within their organisations
‘Best Foot Forward’ – Falls Awareness Week
http://www.ageuk.org.uk/calderdaleandkirklees/news–campaigns/falls-awareness-and-prevention/ Falls Awareness Week (17 June to 21 June 2013) is an annual event which aims to highlight things you can do to reduce your risk of falling and the local services available to help you to do this.
This year’s Falls Awareness Week will focus on healthy feet. Keeping feet healthy is fundamental to maintaining mobility and independence.
Further information is available from the http://www.cht.nhs.uk/services/clinical-services-a-z/community-services/falls-prevention-service/
From 1st April 2013 North Bank Forum will be providing Infrastructure Support to the voluntary and community sector groups in Calderdale. Over the next two years they will be offering an exciting sector development programme and are looking forward to working proactively with the borough’s groups and organisations in supporting their needs.
Their head office is based in Hull but from 1st April will be operating an admin office at Clare Road in Halifax. From there they will be accessible to all groups, regardless of their size and delivery, with an outreach presence in Calderdale’s communities. Throughout April they will be contacting as many VCS groups as they can to introduce themselves and offer support, including:
- organisational needs assessments to ensure the services provided are right for the sector’s groups
- Attendance at events and organising themed events around Calderdale
- Outreach advice surgeries
- A programme of future training workshops tailored to the needs assessments
- One to one advice, at venues accessible to individual groups
- Support for managing volunteers
- Safeguarding advice and support
- Funding advice
- Support around Community Asset Transfer.
The above is just a little taster of what they aim to deliver.
North Bank Forum are currently in the process of setting up contact numbers which will be circulated when available, but in the meantime if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Helen Schofield, Deputy Chief Officer on 01482 499039 or email@example.com
Make a Will AND Support a Local Charity!
Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees are holding a Will Making Month in March 2013 with the help of local solicitors to encourage more people to make their will.
This may be just the nudge you need! Age UK have teamed up with local solicitors and are holding a Will Making Month in March 2013 to encourage more people to make their will.
Make your will this March and help Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees provide services and support for all our older people.
• A number of local solicitors are donating their time and expertise to write wills for Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees supporters.
• It is open to all ages. All you have to do is contact a solicitor from our list to make an appointment between 1st and 31st March 2013.
• Please say you are calling about Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees ‘Make a Will’ month.
• All we ask is that you make a suggested donation of £60 per person or £100 per couple.
• This offer covers straight forward wills and does not include home visits.
Click here to visit our website or call for more information and participating solicitors on 01422 399830.
A FREE course from Noah’s Ark Centre, Ovenden, produced in association with Credit Action.
This free four-week course will enable you to manage your money, learn how to budget, increase income/reduce spending, save and borrow sensibly, and deal with debt. Following the course, there’ll be a session on the new benefit rules from Pennine Housing, information about bank accounts from Credit Union, and you will be able to access the internet to let you compare energy deals and/or check your benefit entitlement.
To register your interest please contact the Noah’s Ark Centre on 01422 366911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Calderdale Council’s Housing Energy Action Team can help with heating repairs and boiler replacements for people on low incomes who privately rent or own their own homes. Help and advice is available, along with financial assistance for qualifying households. Subsidised insulation is also available to help residents over 60 years old make their homes warmer and more comfortable. (Funding and any work are both subject to application and survey). Please contact us for details on telephone 0845 245 6000, email email@example.com or see our web pages at http://www.calderdale.gov.uk/housing