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Voluntary Action Calderdale supports local communities throughout our Borough by working with local voluntary and community groups, networks and individuals.


We do this by:

  • Supporting and helping groups and organisations to develop and deliver their own local projects

  • Helping local people to influence how local services are delivered

  • Bringing people and groups together to create solutions for local communities.


To find out more about our work please visit our projects listed opposite.



Welcome to Voluntary Action Calderdale

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Voluntary Action Calderdale leads the way on innovation






*NEW* Quality For Health Award






Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC) has been invited to become a Beacon for Change by BIG Assist, a lottery-funded programme to strengthen voluntary sector infrastructure and build social action. Beacons for Change are organisations which have benefited from BIG Assist support and are now recognised as leading the way on adapting to changing circumstances, developing new approaches and building relationships.


As a Beacon for Change, VAC will become part of a national network with opportunities to inform policymakers, funders and BIG Assist. They will share learning through their networks as speakers and case studies, and help build the confidence of others to think in new and creative ways. This will lead to voluntary sector infrastructure becoming more connected and better resourced.

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VAC is a Charity for Charities and works with local groups through its projects like the Health Team, providing a package of organisational support to both the Voluntary and Community sector and Patient Reference Groups. Based at The Resource Centre in Halifax, VAC also supports local communities with projects like Choice, a supported volunteering programme and Healthwatch, the Health & Social watchdog.  


Through the help of BIG Assist, VAC has reviewed its business plan and product development.  It has also helped with the development and delivery of VAC’s new quality assurance system, Quality For Health.  As a Beacon for Change organisation, VAC has actively been sharing good practice with other Voluntary and Community Organisations across the UK.


Dr Soo Nevison, Chief Officer of VAC said


“It is an honour to be chosen as one of a handful of Big Assist Beacons for Change as it acknowledges our commitment to developing our own organisation, sharing good practice and supporting our peers across the UK.  The team work really hard for the benefit of Calderdale and I am pleased that this dedication has been noted in this way.”

Co-Production: What's it all about?

Thursday 24th September 2015

9:30 - 12:30

Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY


Co-production is a term that we often hear when public sector organisations are talking about involving people in the design and delivery of services, but what does it actually mean? What role does the Voluntary & Community Sector play in the communities that they work and live in? This session will look at the reality and the principles of co-production and how it is put into practice.


What does it mean and why co-production?

Who is involved in co-production

Methods of co-production

What difference does it make?

Asset based approaches


This training session is aimed at any member of a Voluntary/Community group wanting to gain a greater understanding of Co-production.


To book onto this session please contact moya.kirkman@cvac.org.uk or ring 01422 348777. The full training programme for Autumn/Winter 2015-16 can be found here.