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Free Advice Surgery

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Free Advice Session for Not for Profit Organisations & Voluntary & Community Groups, Tuesday 17th June, 10.00-14.00, Mytholmroyd Community Centre   Sector Support Calderdale is holding a free advice session where you can get support on a wide range of issues affecting your group or organisation, including:

  • Setting up a new organisation
  • Governance & legal structures
  • Business & project planning
  • Funding sources & bid writing
  • Community engagement and consultation
  • Community Asset Transfer

Also if you have recently been turned down for a CMBC Small Grant we can review the feedback with you and help you to improve future applications.   For further details, or to book a place, please contact: Jo Budgen, 01422 345174/ 07791 060614, jo@nbforum.org.uk     Venue: Mytholmroyd Community & Leisure Centre, Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, HX7 5AF

Calling all Knitters and Crotcheters – the Big Knit is here again

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How the big knit helps

As many as 24,000 older people die needlessly because of the cold every winter. Many others spend the time lonely and isolated, unable to heat their homes and struggling to get out and about.
So ten years ago Innocent had an idea. They asked some older people, and some younger people, to knit little woolly hats. They put those hats on their smoothies, and for each one sold they made a donation to Age UK.
For each behatted smoothie bottle they sell, they give 25p to Age UK to spend on things like hot water bottles, blankets, hot meals and social gatherings. Many older people also knit hats themselves through knitting groups organised by Age UK. The impact of the knitting groups is incredible and for some, they’re a real lifeline.

If you would like to have a go, here are a couple of patterns to get you started:
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or alternatively go to http://thebigknit.co.uk/join-in

Dementia Awareness Week May 19th – 23rd.

Please share this and pass on to highlight the benefits that creativity can have, for those living with dementia; and support the Alzheimer’s market place events in Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Friday morning and at the Maurice Jagger centre on Friday afternoon.

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Proudly announcing new ‘Men in Sheds’ group

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Multi-agency event at Cornholme Old Library


Inn Churches Project


Regular Volunteer Help Needed!

As we approach Christmas and the weather is getting colder, an Inn Churches Project is going to run this winter.
Training for volunteers is on Tuesday 12th January, 2014 at 7pm at Salvation Army Halifax, St James Road, Halifax, HX1 1YS.
The purpose of the Inn Churches Project is to provide night shelter 7 nights per week between 3rd January and 3rd March overnight between 6pm and 7am, for those who are homeless.
A number of volunteer roles would help with the smooth running and success of the project including; Chef/Cook, Be-friender, team leader.
Full training is provided and the next training session is being held on Tuesday 12 January, 2014 at 7pm at Salvation Army Halifax, St James Road, Halifax, HX1 1YS.
If you would like to make a real difference and can volunteer on a regular basis during the 3 month period please contact Dave Fawcett at catchdkf@hotmail.com

Calderdale Carers – Christmas Felicitations!

December 18 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Calderdale Carers special Christmas carer’s event will take place on December 18th

There will be lunch, music, carol singing plus much more to begin the festive season…

Carers, Cared for’s and Former Carers are all welcome to join us!

Booking Essential to book please call 01422 369101

Wednesday December 18th at St Paul’s Church, Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge from 12.30pm – 3.30pm


Christmas Meal Appeal Launched


Angels Rest Cafe

Angels Rest Cafe 

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.

Community Foundation Christmas Meal Appeal

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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.

Thank you.

!!!Warning on Council Tax Calls!!!


 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 CabineCMBC logo on clear backgroundt 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 safey check


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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.

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Sector Support Calderdale Training programme

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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: olivia@nbforum.org.uk. 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 steve@nbforum.org.uk by 16 September Bookings on a first come first served basis! 


Job vacancy – St Augustine’s



Alzheimer’s Society Halifax Roadshow


Sector Support Calderdale launch event – Voluntary and Community Sector showcase



Calling all VCS organisations – your help is needed

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

Launch of VCS Safeguarding Forum

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Best Foot Forward – Falls Awareness Week

‘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/


Did you know that Jobcentre Plus is now delivering services in the community?